Sunday 26 October 2014

Kathryn Thomas says late nana is her style inspiration

Published 18/07/2014 | 10:21

Ladies day judge Kathryn Thomas pictured at Killarney Ladies Day races with the Dawn Milk best dressed lady Denise Healy
Ladies day judge Kathryn Thomas pictured at Killarney Ladies Day races with the Dawn Milk best dressed lady Denise Healy
Ladies day judge Kathryn Thomas pictured with her partner Padraig McLoughlin
Ladies day judge Kathryn Thomas pictured with her partner Padraig McLoughlin
Ladies day judges Haley O'Sullivan Rose of Tralee and  Kathryn Thomas pictured at Killarney Ladies Day races
Ladies day judges Haley O'Sullivan Rose of Tralee and Kathryn Thomas pictured at Killarney Ladies Day races

Her grandmother was voted Queen of Fashion at Killarney Races in 1960, and this year Kathryn Thomas was the judge.

Margaret Keane, from Kenmare, who died only three months ago, would have loved to have seen her TV presenter granddaughter return as a judge.

Ladies day judges Haley O'Sullivan Rose of Tralee and  Kathryn Thomas pictured at Killarney Ladies Day races with the Dawn Milk best dressed lady Denise Healy
Ladies day judges Haley O'Sullivan Rose of Tralee and Kathryn Thomas pictured at Killarney Ladies Day races with the Dawn Milk best dressed lady Denise Healy

In her honour, Kathryn chose a cream dress with a fawn top hat with netting - one of her gran's signature colours.

"Nana loved fashion and she loved big, bold colours and people who stood out and made an impact," said Kathryn.

"Cream, black and camel were her colours and that's why I chose to wear cream today to honour her. I know she's very much with me today."

The Operation Transformation and The Voice presenter was enjoying some down time before she gets back to work in September, and attended Ladies' Day at Killarney Races with partner Padraig McLoughlin and her mum.

Ladies day judge Kathryn Thomas pictured with her partner Padraig McLoughlin pictured at Killarney Ladies Day races
Ladies day judge Kathryn Thomas pictured with her partner Padraig McLoughlin pictured at Killarney Ladies Day races

This year's Dawn Milk Queen of Fashion, Denise Healy, fitted the judges' criteria for standing out and broke all the rules by wearing trousers.

Denise, from Killarney, is engaged to Kerry footballer Aidan O'Mahony. For her, fashion is all about taking risks, and she too was inspired by her mum, Mairead, who died two years ago.

"My mother was the most stylish person I knew and she taught me how to be ladylike and creative but also simple and practical," she said.

Denise wore black capri trousers with a black and white top and wide-brimmed hat with matching ribbon.

And although she knew it was a risk to wear trousers, she stuck to her motto when it comes to fashion: "If it looks good, go with it."

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