What happens when you invite a select gathering of Irish male influencers from the world of sport and entertainment to a stylish dinner in the penthouse of The Dean hotel? They talk double S's: sports and shoes.
Arnotts menswear fashion director Valerie O'Neill, pictured below with TV presenter Aidan Power, hosted the evening and introduced the guys to the store's new menswear brands for this season, including Armani Collezioni, Scotch & Soda, Michael Kors shirts, Armani Jeans and Mr. Jenks. TV presenter Baz Ashmawy and 2FM's Eoghan McDermott lined out, as did Dublin GAA star Diarmuid Connolly, radio presenter Killian O'Sullivan and DublinTown communications director, the always dapper Clyde Carroll.
I popped in for an early drink with Valerie but left the meal to the boys and, by all accounts, they had no problems polishing off crumbled black pudding with poached egg and grilled asparagus, and aromatic duck with avocado. But did they have the guilts about the warm chocolate brownies and vanilla ice-cream? There were mumbles about the gym first thing!
I bumped into former Irish rugby star Eoin Reddan - pictured here with Clodagh O'Hagan of Vodafone at Drury Buildings - for the screening of Vodafone's TV programme Irish Rugby: Four Days in November, the compelling fly-on-the-wall documentary about the Irish rugby team's historic victory in Chicago over New Zealand's All Blacks. Redser - the former scrum-half who captained Ireland, Leinster and Wasps along the way - has carved a very nice career for himself working for Avolon, the global aircraft-leasing firm.
PSST! I can reveal that there’s a jungle theme in Joanne Hynes’ new SS17 collection — inspired by Henri Rousseau — which lands in Dunnes Stores next Thursday. Collectors of her luxury shearling coats are in for a surprise: this season, it’s blue!
Congratulations to the classically French-trained perfumer Marija Aslimoska, owner of Parfumarija in Dublin's Westbury Mall with her husband, Brendan Coyle. They've welcomed the arrival of their second daughter, who has the beautiful fragrant name of Rose Winter Coyle.
"I'm hoping to do an Adele on it," beamed Brown Sugar boss Mark O'Keeffe when he told me his salons and staff scooped nine nominations in the 17 categories in Ireland's hair and beauty Oscars - the Image Business of Beauty Awards (BOBs) - which take place on April 9. In the meantime, Mark, pictured above with style director Christian Shannon, is introducing a Mother's Day treat in memory of his late mum, Peggy. Mark introduced a mums-go-free policy for all staff members when he opened 11 years ago and for Mother's Day (which falls on March 26) Brown Sugar clients are offered 50pc off their mum's service when they book in with them. Nice touch.