Bairbre Power... Out and about
Our resident diarist calls into the best parties and events around the country
The inaugural Xposé/Benefit Awards celebrated all that is fabulous about the fashion and the entertainment industry here, and it went off in style at Dublin's Mansion House.
There was quite a queue to pose on the pink carpet where we caught up with Julie Strang, manager of Benefit Cosmetics in Ireland, New York-based designer Don O'Neill, who won a special Industry Innovator award, his husband, Pascal Guillermie in a floral shirt and tie, and Lou Conlon, Benefit's marketing manager who rocked her wedding skirt with a pink shirt and floral crown. By far the most competitive queue was for selfies with the surprise Beauty Hero winner, Caitlyn Jenner. Don told me, "With all the fuss, a strap on Caitlyn's backless dress had become visible, so I quickly introduced myself and discreetly repositioned the offending bra strap", adding that Caitlyn was delighted to learn that the Irish designer had dressed both Khloe and Kendall.
I sat with my fellow judges - we compiled the lists of nominees before they went to public vote - and Darren Kennedy had just arrived home after meeting David Beckham the previous night at the launch of his grooming brand, House 99, at Harvey Nichols. With a bottle of Möet & Chandon Rose Champagne placed at every table, it was an opportunity to toast our fellow judge, Melanie Morris, who has set up her own company, Genius Ideas Inc.
Debbie O'Donnell, executive producer of Xposé, was like a mother hen as the awards were being filmed for transmission and when it was all finished, we grabbed her for a shot with Katie Hanley. Debbie had the best accessory - a giant smile - after months of planning. Can't wait for next year's!
I can’t remember a Thursday night quite like it with the Xposé/Benefit awards and two other events taking place an hour apart, but thankfully they were all located around St Stephen’s Green so it was a night for flat shoes. I dropped into the opening of Glovers Alley where chef Andy McFadden (who earned a Michelin star at L’Autre Pied in London) was snapped with his predecessor at the Fitzwilliam Hotel restaurant space, namely Kevin Thornton. Next, I raced around the Green to the RHA Gallery on Ely Place where Horse Racing Ireland hosted ‘Racing to the Top’, a lively panel discussion about racing, business and life which was conducted by broadcaster Nick Luck. His interviewees included Barry Maloney, Rich Ricci and Chanelle McCoy, who looked fab in pink from her own boutique and was pictured, below, with Ruth Farragher.
Talk about a record number of Instagram pics - the Jo Malone London 'Just Because' breakfast at Cliff House introduced something new to the floral long-table concept for events. Hosts Bianca Iaciofano and Emily Baker decorated the event with over 100 black and cream balloons which hovered over our heads and then floated down to join us for coffee!
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