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Tuesday 25 October 2016

6 hottest debs trends for 2016

Published 27/08/2016 | 02:30

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For the class of 2016 a sing-song with Michael Healy-Rae, hefty breakfast rolls and boa constrictors are the secret ingredients to the pitch- perfect debs.

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According to 'Debs Planners' around the country,  these debutantes want stand-out moments and plenty of choice photo opportunities.   Great Gatsby and masquerade themed debs were popular five years ago but they no longer cut the mustard. Here is what is hot for Debs Season 2016.

Michael Healy-Rae. Pic Tom Burke
Michael Healy-Rae. Pic Tom Burke

Cameos & Centre Pieces

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The attendees of Kenmare's Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine debs couldn't believe their eyes when TD and legendary party animal Michael Healy-Rae turned up at the bash. The students were so elated they began singing "Healy-Rae is on Fire".

Declan Bennett of organised the event and says special appearances and "centre pieces" help make a debs truly memorable. "We didn't ask him to be there but he made it a night to remember. Debutantes want something to get people talking - from photo booths to candy carts."

Mr Bennett added that while he cannot promise Healy-Rae will show up at any of his future debs "we have an eight-foot dancing robot, it might not be as popular but the robot gets people talking".

Mermaid hair


Less Ariel, more Katy Perry and Kylie Jenner. Big bouncy waves, fishbone plaits, pastel hair dyes, glitter, and lots of pouting.

"The classic up style is gone," Kim Delahunty of salon Sugar Cubed said. "It's a softer hair look. Big waves but not like Kate Middleton ones, these are starting at the root and going down."



During the boom years, any debutante worth their salt had a limo cart them from the school to the hotel. But those heady days are behind us.

"There are fewer people asking for stretch Hummers," Alison Reddy of Plan My Debs said. "Most schools all want to get the bus together. It's become part of the fun of the night."

Paint the town red


If there is one shade 2016 Debutantes cannot get enough of, it's deep russet and scarlet reds.

"That's what they want," boutique owner Marian Gale says.

"Red, red and more red. It's a classic and striking shade."

Marian added that when it comes to finding that perfect gown, "midi-length doesn't exist".

"They want full-length and sweeping," she said.

Snap happy


Debs planners are now offering live Instagram feed projections so debutantes can snap and share their memories during the course of the night.

Debs organisers are also offering DVDs of the night.

Hair and beauty salons have also noticed more and more debutantes coming in with a selection of Instagram and Pinterest "inspo". This is both a blessing and a curse. "The filters cause a problem because they change the shade of the lipstick so much," Kim Delahunty of Sugar Cubed said. "Girls ask for a certain shade but it's a completely different colour because there are so many filters."

Dapper dandies


McGregor-inspired three-piece suits are as on-point as they were in 2015, but now check patterns are becoming more popular.

Boa constrictors & breakfast rolls


"Snakes are big this year," Alan McArdle from says. "Boas, pythons - they add a bit of drama."

At the end of the night, after all that dancing, debs are yearning for one thing and one thing only - a greasy breakfast roll.

Irish Independent

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