Bairbre Power... Out and about
Our resident diarist calls into the best parties and events around the country
Affable stylist and Weekend columnist Darren Kennedy has a way with words - which is how he ended up with a global exclusive on his hands, featuring no less than David Beckham. It all happened at the Oxo Tower during the London Collections: Men, where Darren was attending the launch of the Ken & Curwen's British heritage collection. Beckham is now co-owner of the revamped Savile Row label.
"I was chatting with David and asked him to do a quick piece to camera and I started filming it on my phone. Then, I discovered from his publicist that David hadn't done any film that day, so I was delighted to get the scoop and share the footage on my YouTube channel," said Darren, who is celebrating getting two million views on his Instagram posts over the last four weeks.
I caught up with Darren at Brown Thomas's launch of its Spring/Summer 17 collection in the Grafton Street store last Tuesday, where Darren was photographed with Clodagh Edwards, CEO of Image Publications, and author Annmarie O'Connor, whose launch of her latest book, The Happy Medium, was a very happy event indeed at Dubray Books the following night.
This weekend Darren is in Paris at the Kenzo and Paul Smith shows. "I'm taking over MAC's Instagram account and hosting a dinner for them attended by all the editors, so that should be fun," said Darren.
The Irish premiere of Ben Affleck's Live by Night at the Savoy was very well attended and guests included Olivia Hogan and Luke Sweetman.
Popular high street store River Island is one of the most keenly attended press days, pulling in lots of bloggers and social media influencers. This year, they decided to host an eve-of-launch private dinner for fashion editors at Wilde in the Westbury Hotel. It was attended by Alison Byrnes, the brand's Irish PR, Emma Bolger, and Nicole Gibbons, who flew in from their London office, pictured below.
Model Thalia Heffernan is now proud owner of a cute lurcher called Bowie. The youngest contestant on Dancing With the Stars Ireland, Thalia told me how she's now vegetarian, a lifestyle change sparked by the fact that she's begun studying animal psychology.
Brendan Courtney was his eloquent self at the launch of Andrea Hayes' second book, My Life Goals Journal, at Farrier & Draper on Dublin's South William Street. And boy was he eloquent when he appeared on The Late Late Show in advance of the RTÉ documentary, We Need To Talk About Dad. It charts the family's struggle after his father, Frank, was paralysed on the left side of his body following a stroke. "The idea for the programme came from my friend, Teresa Smyth, with whom I did Wanderlust. We talked about it over coffee last January and the reaction to it last Monday was overwhelming. After doing The Late Late Show, Ryan Tubridy and myself sat in the green room, we had a few beers, and Ryan was so engaged, he is a gorgeous human being," said Brendan.