Top designer Laura Jayne wins style stakes
Laura Jayne Halton is famous for dressing other people, from Irish nominees on the Oscars red carpet to the Kilkenny 'Best Irish' winner at the Galway races only last week.
But yesterday the 32-year-old designer from Maynooth, Co Kildare broke through in her own right, clinching the highly coveted 'Best Dressed Lady' at the Dundrum Town Centre Ladies' Day at the RDS wearing one of her own, bespoke designs.
Humming with originality and sophistication, her monochrome cape and dress was the epitome of chic, with a dramatic ivory cape with graphic print worn over a grosgrain dress cinched in with an obi belt. And she even made her hat too.
"I'm thrilled. This win is almost a sense of accomplishment and feeling that my work is admired," said Laura Jayne who picked up a prize of a €10k voucher from Dundrum Town Centre.
And judging by the warm reaction at the showgrounds yesterday, the designer will be fielding lots of enquiries for her pared-back silhouette with its nod to 40s nostalgia.
The other style winners also had stories to tell.
Midwife Sarah Cass (28) was delivering babies on Wednesday afternoon and winning the Longines 'elegance' prize 24 hours later in a Ted Baker outfit and Jennifer Wrynne hat.
Elsewhere accountant Linda Morrison (32) had been painting the hemline of a vintage wedding dress with her daughter, Blanaid. The matching lavender hat created by Carol Kennelly, the overall winner of the Best Dressed in 2014, was chosen for the Great Lengths 'Most Creative hat' prize.
Linda Malone (38), a vet from Navan, won the HP Most Colourful outfit with a red 'Kevin John' ruched dress she bought at Vanilla boutique in Mallow and her hat, loaded with tangerine butterflies, was made in LA.
The irony of the 'Best Dressed Man' winner was that Cormac Bates (19) chose orange accessories to match his girlfriend, Shaunagh Thompson's outfit and then won a Louis Copeland suit.