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Thursday 24 April 2014

Height of fashion in MacBees

Muireann Hickey, Mountcollins, Karen Collins, Abbeyfeale and Joan Hickey Mountcollins at the Start Showcase of Irish Design and Broken Down Doll Vintage Doll preview party at MacBees, New Street, Killarney on Thursday.

FASHIONISTAS had all eyes focused on MacBees over the weekend for a special pop up showcase boutique of contemporary Irish designs and vintage fashions.

It all kicked off on Thursday evening with a fashion show compered by RTE's Off The Rails presenters Brendan Courtney and Sonya Lennon who cast a keen eye over the impressive designs on show on the night.

Several designers were there in person to detail their new collections, including Aideen Bodkin, Carol Kennelly, Niamh O'Neill and Margaret O'Rourke. And there were collections too from contemporary designers such as Sian Jacobs who featured her cashmere knits, jewellery from Dan Jacobs and event-wear from Marian Murphy Cooney.

Designs were on show throughout the weekend and vintage pieces by Broken Down Doll also took pride of place throughout the five day showcase. Broken Down Doll is the brainchild of Aoife McBride, daughter of MacBees' owner Mary, and Courtney Clelland from Texas. The duo source exclusive one off vintage pieces and have pop-up shops across London including in Notting Hill and Westbourne Grove.

"We had around 140 here on the Thursday night and we were delighted with how it all turned out throughout the weekend," Mary McBride said, adding that she was particularly delighted with the guests of honour on the night.

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