Bairbre Power... Out and about
Our resident diarist calls into the best parties and events around the country
It certainly was a beautiful evening for a beauty launch and House on Dublin's Leeson Street was filled with guests eager for a first glimpse of the new Dr. Hauschka make-up range. Attendees sipped bubbles while watching a demo by (1) international make-up artist Karim Sattar (centre), photographed with Jeanette Kealy (left), director of the Dr. Hauschka brand in Ireland, and artist and designer Helen Steele, whose dress from her new AW17 collection provided a colourful highlight. (She even had a digital print dress with berry tones that matched the new lipsticks.)
If there is one healthy food I adore, it's pomegranate and that's largely due to chef Yotam Ottolenghi, whose eatery on London's Ledbury Road is a site of pilgrimage on the last day of London Fashion Week each season. Karim told me there is pomegranate in the new foundation because it stores a large amount of moisture and vitality in its fruit. Dr. Hauschka GM Orla Doyle made my night when she came over to 'fess up that it was only after she saw our Weekend magazine shoot with Helen and her model daughter Hallie, at their home in Monaghan, that she got the idea to invite Helen to talk through the theory behind the new make-up range's colours and her new-season clothing collection.
It was a night to catch up with other fashion scribes, including stylist Cathy O'Connor who celebrated her birthday last month with a fab garden party and is busy this summer "making new opportunities happen".
Lots of guests dashed over from the Clarins event at the Marker, where Marrita Coyne oversaw the unveiling of the eighth generation of Clarins Double Serum. I got chatting with Emma Fitzpatrick (above left), the ace PR for Debenhams, and beauty blogger Diane Everett, whose mint-green hair attracted nearly as many compliments as her River Island beaded kimono.
Dolores Boles, above, with Mark (left) and Peter Keaveney was one of 300 Peter Mark employees honoured at a special awards ceremony marking longstanding service and contribution to the company. Dolores started work 50 years ago, in March 1967, at the Peter Mark branch in Stillorgan. She's still there. Over the years, Dolores has looked after approximately 60,000 clients... that's around 740,000 minutes of blow-drying glam hairstyles! The Keaveney brothers, who started the hair chain in 1961, recognised employees in the Leinster region at Dublin's Smock Alley Theatre, and other regional ceremonies are planned throughout the year. By December, they will have celebrated 496 employees who have been in the business for a decade or more.
If you are in West Cork this bank holiday weekend, watch out for Olympic rowing heroes Paul and Gary O'Donovan, who are attending Graham Norton's annual quiz night at the Ahakista Regatta & Festival, which they are also opening.