Designer chic for the ladies who lunch
AS CHARITY lunches go, this was a high-viz fashion one.
Eyes were peeled at the ISPCC fundraiser at the Four Seasons yesterday to see who had bagged this season's trophy designer pieces: the Victoria Beckham frock with off-the-shoulder neckline, ruching and exaggerated long sleeves, the two-toned Celine tunic and those impossibly high YSL heels.
Glamorous Jane Given lunched with a purpose while footballer hubby Shay manned the nets for Ireland in Armenia.
Jane wore a grey Victoria Beckham with a grey zip while legal eagle Clodagh Hopkins wore the same dress in peach, both frocks from last season.
Morah Ryan arrived, a tanned vision in cream tulle. "It's from Topshop and no, I didn't borrow it from my daughter," she said to Caroline Desmond.
Victoria Smurfit, MC for the fashion show, wore Dolce & Gabbana guipure lace, and Fran & Jane black patent heels "that my five-and-a-half-year-old daughter Evie is an expert at walking in, better than me".
The mission of the day was to equal or better the €50,000 raised at last year's ISPCC lunch, but before the keenly awaited raffle -- with prizes including a €3,525 Cartier bangle -- the ladies settled down and put their specs on to do some serious fashion homework.
For 30 minutes, the seriously stylish gathering studied designer form, with 134 outfits from Brown Thomas' Autumn-Winter Collection, including Balenciaga, Gucci, Donna Karan, Pucci, Dries Van Noten and queen of the wrap dress Diane Von Furstenberg.
Dolce & Gabbana's leopard prints had feline magic, purr-fect for the Indian summer we are enjoying. Stella McCartney delighted the fashion police with her playfulness.
Givenchy's sexy take on demure pinafores and Chloe's pussy-bow blouse in camel with matching leg lengthening triggered a palpable reaction.
Alexander McQueen's flared camel jacket with thick leather belt and bell sleeves sent ladies reaching for their pens to tick the running order.
If they were flagging after 102 models, the Tom Ford menswear made the ladies sit up. A series of buffed, bow-tied male models strutted their stuff, the picture of elegance in work suits, tuxedos and an exceedingly cute blue velvet jacket.