Friday 24 November 2017

Politicians unite in style for fashion coalition

Minister Jimmy Deenihan,with Karen Fitzpatrick, and Roz Purcell, at the Oireachtas Charity Fashion show at the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Minister Jimmy Deenihan,with Karen Fitzpatrick, and Roz Purcell, at the Oireachtas Charity Fashion show at the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Catherine Noone and Arthur Spring at the Oireachtas Charity Fashion show at the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Brent Pope at the Oireachtas Charity Fashion show at the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Former Miss World Rosanna Davison at the Oireachtas Charity Fashion show at the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Roz Purcell at the Oireachtas Charity Fashion show at the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Yomiko Chen at the Oireachtas Charity Fashion show at the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Sarah Morrissey at the Oireachtas Charity Fashion show at the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Jason OCallaghan, Minister James Reilly and Elaine Walsh at the Oireachtas Charity Fashion show at the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Holly Carpenter at the Oireachtas Charity Fashion show at the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Senator Averil Power at the Oireachtas Charity Fashion show at the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Simon Coveney at the Oireachtas Charity Fashion show at the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Bernard Brogan at the Oireachtas Charity Fashion show at the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Bernard Brogan at the Oireachtas Charity Fashion show at the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Minister Richard Bruton at the Oireachtas Charity Fashion show at the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Rosanna Davison at the Oireachtas Charity Fashion show at the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Bairbre Power

Bairbre Power

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.

Irish Independent

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