Glamorous wives turn heads as Ryder Cup gets into swing
IRISH designer Zoe Jordan tees off the Ryder Cup fashion stakes today by dressing the European Wags for the opening ceremony.
Zoe has designed a limited edition coat in electric blue for the players wives and if sporting fans like it, they will be able to buy it at Harrods store in London for £945 (€1,200). The commission for Zoe was a very personal one, coming directly from Paul McGinley, captain of the European side.
The Jordans and the McGinleys are longstanding friends. Zoe's dad, former Formula One boss, Eddie Jordan has caddied for Paul McGinley and Zoe's mother, Marie, is a big golf fan.
The coat which will be seen for the first time officially at Gleneagles in Scotland today is very luxurious. It blends the best of British mohair with stylish leather trims and the idea behind the design is to keep the player's wives and partners warm when they are out watching their men compete.
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Meanwhile, Caroline Harrington flew the flag for Irish fashion last night when she wore a head-turning, stunning navy lace cocktail dress with detachable train at the gala team dinner in Auchterarder.
Caroline's cocktail dress was by Lya Solis, the talented Russian-born designer who recently opened her own boutique In Dublin's Powerscourt Townhouse Centre and also has a design studio on Fitzwilliam Street.
The dress is all the more dramatic because of the use of two, different laces, and Swarovski crystals added.
Caroline was photographed with her husband, Padraig, the vice team captain, at the Gleneagles Hotel before attending the Ryder Cup team gala dinner.
Caroline commissioned Lya to make a lace dress for her birthday and she returned for a second dress which she wore to the first big night out.
The American wags scrubbed up well with Amy Mickelson stealing the show in the group shot wearing a bodycon, fishtail white full-length gown. There was a sprinkling of strapless ballgowns and more sedate cocktail wear but from last night's opening fashion shot it is clear the American wags are that bit more ostentatious.