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Best Dressed Lady at Irish Derby: 'My husband said you're not wearing that are you?!'

Freya Drohan

Published 28/06/2014 | 17:59

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28/6/14***NO REPRO FEE***Pictured today was the winner of Most Stylish lady Catriona Hanley from Raheen in Limerick with Millie Mackintosh at Derby Day in The Curragh racecourse at The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival.The judging panel led by TV personality Millie Mackintosh including IMAGE Magazines Editor in Chief, Melanie Morris and Head of Personal Shopping at Brown Thomas Stacey ODonnell.
The Winner walked away with the biggest prize the Irish Derby has given to date worth almost 20,000 and will enjoy a holiday of a lifetime to Dubai, courtesy of Dubai Duty Free and spend five glorious nights in Dubai Duty Frees own, 5 star hotel, The Jumeirah Creekside as well as 1,000 to spend at the multi award-winning Dubai Duty Free and return flights. Also included in this amazing prize is a Personal Shopping Experience at Brown Thomas Dublin to the value of 3,000 plus a champagne lunch at The Brown Thomas Restaurant for 4 people as well as a spectacular 18 carat gold diamond pendant from Boodles and an overnight stay at the Five Star Marker Hotel in Dublin.Official Irish Derby Style Ambassador Millie Mackintosh was wearing clothes and accessories from Irish Derby retail partners Brown Thomas and Boodles.
For more information on The Irish Derby please contact FleishmanHillard:Sandra Morris Sandra.morris@fleishmaneurope.com / 086 847 4644 / 01  618 8429 Astrid Brennan astrid.brennan@fleishmaneurope.com / 086 215 4883 / 01  618 8475 Pic: Marc O'Sullivan
Most Stylish lady Catriona Hanley from Raheen in Limerick with Millie Mackintosh at Derby Day in The Curragh racecourse at The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival Pic: Marc O'Sullivan
28/6/14***NO REPRO FEE***Pictured today was the winner of Most Stylish lady Catriona Hanley from Raheen in Limerick at Derby Day in The Curragh racecourse at The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival.The judging panel led by TV personality Millie Mackintosh including IMAGE Magazines Editor in Chief, Melanie Morris and Head of Personal Shopping at Brown Thomas Stacey ODonnell.
The Winner walked away with the biggest prize the Irish Derby has given to date worth almost 20,000 and will enjoy a holiday of a lifetime to Dubai, courtesy of Dubai Duty Free and spend five glorious nights in Dubai Duty Frees own, 5 star hotel, The Jumeirah Creekside as well as 1,000 to spend at the multi award-winning Dubai Duty Free and return flights. Also included in this amazing prize is a Personal Shopping Experience at Brown Thomas Dublin to the value of 3,000 plus a champagne lunch at The Brown Thomas Restaurant for 4 people as well as a spectacular 18 carat gold diamond pendant from Boodles and an overnight stay at the Five Star Marker Hotel in Dublin.Official Irish Derby Style Ambassador Millie Mackintosh was wearing clothes and accessories from Irish Derby retail partners Brown Thomas and Boodles.
For more information on The Irish Derby please contact FleishmanHillard:Sandra Morris Sandra.morris@fleishmaneurope.com / 086 847 4644 / 01  618 8429 Astrid Brennan astrid.brennan@fleishmaneurope.com / 086 215 4883 / 01  618 8475 Pic: Marc O'Sullivan
Most Stylish lady Catriona Hanley from Raheen in Limerick at Derby Day in The Curragh racecourse at The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival. Pic: Marc O'Sullivan
28/6/14***NO REPRO FEE***Pictured today was the winner of Most Stylish lady Catriona Hanley from Raheen in Limerick at Derby Day in The Curragh racecourse at The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival.The judging panel led by TV personality Millie Mackintosh including IMAGE Magazines Editor in Chief, Melanie Morris and Head of Personal Shopping at Brown Thomas Stacey ODonnell.
The Winner walked away with the biggest prize the Irish Derby has given to date worth almost 20,000 and will enjoy a holiday of a lifetime to Dubai, courtesy of Dubai Duty Free and spend five glorious nights in Dubai Duty Frees own, 5 star hotel, The Jumeirah Creekside as well as 1,000 to spend at the multi award-winning Dubai Duty Free and return flights. Also included in this amazing prize is a Personal Shopping Experience at Brown Thomas Dublin to the value of 3,000 plus a champagne lunch at The Brown Thomas Restaurant for 4 people as well as a spectacular 18 carat gold diamond pendant from Boodles and an overnight stay at the Five Star Marker Hotel in Dublin.Official Irish Derby Style Ambassador Millie Mackintosh was wearing clothes and accessories from Irish Derby retail partners Brown Thomas and Boodles.
For more information on The Irish Derby please contact FleishmanHillard:Sandra Morris Sandra.morris@fleishmaneurope.com / 086 847 4644 / 01  618 8429 Astrid Brennan astrid.brennan@fleishmaneurope.com / 086 215 4883 / 01  618 8475 Pic: Marc O'Sullivan
Most Stylish lady Catriona Hanley from Raheen in Limerick at Derby Day in The Curragh racecourse at The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival. Pic: Marc O'Sullivan

Dress for yourself, or you won't have the confidence in your eyes- such was the advice from milliner and Best Dressed Lady finalist Carol Kennelly from Co Kerry.

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As chief sartorial judge, Made in Chelsea's stylish star Millie Mackintosh picked Limerick native Catriona Hanley as the most stylish lady on the day.

Catriona, a nurse in the oncology department in the Mater Hospital, had never entered a ladies day competition before, but wowed in her fuchsia Mary Katranzou jacket and simple white dress.

Completely In surprise, she laughed "My husband said you're not wearing that are you! I can't believe it- I just wanted to go for something timeless."  

Millie, wife of rapper Professor Greene, advised fashionistas to "look for something that stands out, and is fashion forward but still shows off your own sense of style."

As was to be expected, impeccable style was evident today at the Curragh race course as the Dubai Duty Free Derby 2014 took place. Just under 25,000 people attended the event.

According to celebrity stylist Courtney Smith those who stand out always embrace their individuality:

She says, "Don't be scared to break the rules. It's not the way it used to be- you can have more fun and experiment a little more."

As for trends: the many ladies who opted for yellow caught our attention, as did those who opted for citrus shades of tangerine and lime.

For these women who spend weeks and months, Carol Kennelly maintains that the fun is mostly in the preparation: "It's lovely to be appreciated. It's great fun putting outfits together."

Best dressed finalist Annmarie Blennerhassett ultimately hits the nail on the head with her advice: "My top tip is just to smile on the big day!"

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