Politicians unite in style for fashion coalition
FROM treading the corridors of power to walking the catwalk, Ireland's politicians happily became models for the night.
It was a case of model behaviour at the second annual Oireachtas Charity Fashion Show at the Shelbourne Hotel last night.
Stylist Marietta Doran pulled off a cross-party sensation, talking Oireachtas members out of their power suits and into partywear, Irish tailoring and the wondrous millinery creations for the €50-a-ticket fundraiser.
It was all in aid of Motor Neuron Disease Research – and with it, the Irish fashion industry too.
Minister Jimmy Deenihan came up with the fashion show idea after his colleague Deputy Nicky McFadden was diagnosed with motor neuron disease in 2012.
There was Senator Catherine Noone in an emerald satin Dawn Fitzgerald gown while Seanad newcomer Hildegarde Naughton wore Laura Jane Halton.
But the biggest smile of all came from Minister Frances Fitzgerald who wore a long, full skirted black dress by Irish designers Lennon Courtney.
"And best of it, it has pockets," she declared giddily, as she whipped out her mobile phone.
The dress of the night was worn with gusto by Senator Averil Power, while Mary Mitchell O'Connor wore Fran & Jane and Senator Deirdre Clune chose an outfit from Samui.