Friday 19 September 2014

Fashion folk have designs on prestigious industry awards

Published 18/12/2013 | 05:36

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Katie Fitzgerald, Sean Taaffe Group; David Cronin, General Manager, Europe Hotel & Resort; Orla Diffily, Upfront PR and Paul Ruane Midpoint Creative with top model Blathnaid O’Callaghan wearing a gown by award-winning Kerry designer Clodagh Irwin Owens.

ORGANISERS of the sixth annual Kerry Fashion Week (KFW), due to take place next March, are now calling on entries for their prestigious Fashion Industry Awards.

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This year there will be 13 awards up for grabs, from national to local to special judges' awards.

There are also a number of new award categories aimed at recognising and celebrating the creativity and success of the wider fashion industry including boutiques, make-up artists, stylists, photographers and bloggers, as well as fashion designers and milliners.

The awards are due to take place in the Europe Hotel & Resort on Saturday, March 8, and entry forms - along with a list of award categories - are now available at Closing date for entry is January 31, 2014.

Melanie Morris, editor-in-chief of Image Publications, returns as chairperson of the judging panel for the sixth year and will be joined by celebrity stylist Ingrid Hoey and Lisa Brady, fashion journalist with The Sunday Business Post.

Director of Kerry Fashion Week, Paul Ruane, is once again looking forward to an influx of impressive entries.

"Each year since KFW's inception entries to these awards have shown that the standard of talent in the Irish Fashion Industry just keeps getting better," he said.

"We look forward to seeing this year's entries and are excited to support and showcase the amazing work being produced in Ireland."

The 2014 Kerry Fashion Week will take place from March 3-8, with highlights including a fashion photography exhibition; a window dressing competition; the 'Business of Fashion' seminar and the new collections show in association with IMAGE magazine.


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