Mum's the word as baby Violet steals the show
She may be only six months old but Violet Kathleen Higham has all the fashion chutzpah of her singer mum Imelda May.
Imelda is famous for her rockabilly quiff and her love of leopard-pattern clothes and shoes, and yesterday Violet wrapped her mum's two signature styles into one with a cute leopard-print beanie with fun peaked ears.
Violet was the centre of attention when she posed at her first-ever photocall before the 16th annual UNICEF lunch held at the Four Seasons, Ballsbridge. It happened pretty much by chance when she woke up from a snooze and mum included her in the photograph.
A smiling Imelda said she "loved motherhood".
"It's the deepest love you can imagine. I'm besotted with my little girl and can't imagine life without her now," said the Liberties belle.
It really was a case of mum's the word as the hotel's ballroom filled up with two generations from many families, all keen to raise money for the charity and watch a fashion show of spring-summer 2013 trends from Arnotts.
And along the way they were cajoled into spending money by MC Marty Whelan, who had a raft of prizes to auction, including an offer from author Cathy Kelly to immortalise one winner, by name, in her next novel.
"It's not going to be a horrible character, it's going to be someone really nice," Cathy reassured bidders.
And the winner of Cathy's offer, as it happens, is no stranger to media ink. Senator Imelda Henry from Sligo, Fine Gael's spokesperson on Children in the Seanad, will now find herself moving from the world of politics to chick lit.
There were many tables of mums and daughters, including Catherine O'Brien and her mother Sheila, Rhona Blake and her mother Frances, Denise Russell and her mother Pauline and Margaret Clandillion and her mother Betty.
GAA stars Joe Canning and Dermot Earley and their mums were among the 300 guests, along with Dr Rhona Mahony, master of the National Maternity Hospital.
The Arnotts' fashion show featured statement pieces for this season from designers such as Tara Jarmon, Vivienne Westwood, Love Moschino, M Missoni, Marella and Hoss Intropia.
The proceeds from the lunch go to UNICEF Ireland's Safe Motherhood programme.