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Couturiers come into their own with some eye-catching outfits

Published 18/05/2011 | 05:00

PRESIDENT Mary McAleese greeted the queen wearing a magenta matching dress and coat.

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It was executed in fine English wool by leading Irish couturiers Niall Tyrrell and Donald Brennan at their salon in Dublin's Pembroke Street.

The eye-catching outfit had a fine, pleated satin ribbon in the vertical seams which has a very slimming effect.

The coat also featured ribbon piping around the arm holes, another signature look for the designers who made a square-necked, slightly longer dress for under the coat.

The President uses the talented duo frequently, and she wore one of their black lace over slate-blue satin coats when she met the queen in Hillsborough Castle two years ago this month.

Later, Mrs McAleese changed into a Deborah Veale black coat and dress to go to the Garden of Remembrance in Parnell Square.

The lightweight silk and wool mix fabric featured a slightly raised, quilted weave and the collar revers and front were piped in white.

The Monkstown-based designer created an elegant black silk dress with tone-on-tone piping, and the President accessorised the look with black court shoes, dark tights and grey pearls.

For her second outfit, the queen wore a gleaming oatmeal coloured coat with a sweeping, curve front decorated with appliqued floral embellishment in taupe.

The queen's dress and hat were made in the same glistening fabric and her hat was trimmed in taupe and featured a matching flower.

As always, the queen accessorised with a brooch from her extensive collection.

This time she chose a ruby and gold one worn with three strands of pearls at her neck and the same patent black shoes as before, ideal for tackling the large number of steps.

Irish Independent

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