Style to the fore in charity fashion night

Pauline Comeford, Philomena Smith, Amy Smith and Mary O' Brien pictured at the 'Rags to the Runway' fashion show in Ballyroe on Saturday night
Pauline Comeford, Philomena Smith, Amy Smith and Mary O' Brien pictured at the 'Rags to the Runway' fashion show in Ballyroe on Saturday night
Danny Leane, Carmel Patton, Angela O' Sullivan and Claire Murphy pictured enjoying themselves at Ballyroe Heights Hotel on Saturday night
Kinga Grunau, Grace Madden, Kristin Mckenzie Vass, Aisling O' Connell, Pawel Novak and Ray Stack backstage at the Rags to the Runway fashion show in Ballyroe. Photos by Fergus Dennehy

Fergus Dennehy

Ballyroe Heights Hotel was the scene of a wonderful night of charity and fashion on Saturday night as the inaugural 'Rags To The Runway' event took place in the famous hotel.

Organised by Tralee's very own Ray Stack, in conjunction with a number of local charity shops and designers, the Kerry models took to the runway dressed to the nines in style designed especially by local stylists, with a number of designs that came directly from local charity shops.

The concept behind the show saw stylists having to create five different styles from clothes found in the shops, and members of the audience then voted on whose designs they found most appealing.

Ballyheigue native Aine Wall, who lives in Derrymore, emerged as the victorious stylist on the night, claiming almost half the total votes in a blind vote by the audience in a keenly fought runway battle.

Organiser Ray Stack said he was delighted with how the night went and that it is certainly an event that he can see being run again the future.

"The night went very well, as a show in general and as a concept for a show, it went very, very well -we were delighted," Ray told The Kerryman on Monday.

"The charity shops that were involved have been onto us since and they are delighted with all the exposure that they received on the night, so that's something we're proud of, that we could help them out in some way.

"We'd just like to thank all of the models, stylists and shops that helped us out on the night; a special mention must go to Expose in Mounthawk who helped out with the makeup."

Kerryman

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