Sunday 11 December 2016

On the beat - Chanel inspires as garda races to victory in style

Published 12/09/2016 | 02:30

Longines finalists at Leopardstown: Leanne Durkan, Ciara Murphy, Louise Allen, Sharon Kennedy and Lisa McGowan
Longines finalists at Leopardstown: Leanne Durkan, Ciara Murphy, Louise Allen, Sharon Kennedy and Lisa McGowan

From Garda blue to a Chanel-inspired cream suit trimmed with black, Ciara Murphy raced to victory in the 'Prize for Elegance' at Leopardstown on day one of the Longines Irish Champions Weekend.

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The Store Street garda who won Best Hat at the Galway races in July went back to the same millinery well. Her wide-brimmed black hat was by Fiona Rafter from Dunshaughlin who had made her Ballybrit feathered headpiece. Ciara turned heads at Leopardstown in her very elegant, classic suit inspired by the iconic French designer, Coco Chanel. Her cream boucle wool collarless, edge to edge jacket and flared skirt came from Ted Baker.

Husband and wife finalists – and both serving gardaí – Ciara and Mark Murphy from Dunboyne, Co Meath
Husband and wife finalists – and both serving gardaí – Ciara and Mark Murphy from Dunboyne, Co Meath

Ciara told me how she first spotted the jacket at BT2 in Blanchardstown this time last year "and I stalked it until it went into the sales and I bought it in January".

She said: "When I heard there was a skirt to match, I started visiting the Ted Baker shop in Kildare Village every few weeks and then I spotted it there." Her handbag, shaped like a perfume bottle complete with stopper, was a gift from her husband Mark, and so too were her shoes.

The garda couple met at Fitzgibbon Street station and Mark has gone from being escort to the 'Best Dressed' entrant, to being a style contender in his own right.

Now stationed at Mountjoy, Mark was one of the five finalists in the Louis Copeland-sponsored Best Dressed Man competition. Dapper in a blue windowpane suit from Diffneys, he finished the look off with a grey waistcoat, watch chain, brown hat and shoes.

"We had a great time, it was brilliant for Mark to do it," said Ciara.

The couple went racing at the Curragh with friends yesterday and while Ciara dressed up in a gold skirt from Zara and cream blazer from Monsoon, she didn't throw her hat into the style competition.

Her prize from Saturday includes a shopping experience with leading Irish designer, Louise Kennedy at her Merrion Square salon, a Longines watch and a luxury stay at the Merrion Hotel.

The Best Dressed Man competition on Saturday was won by fashion blogger, Mark Mpame, who wore a tux jacket, white jeans, loafers from Zara and, in his lapel, he added a white camelia which was Chanel's favourite flower.

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