Racing style queen sets out her own fashion stall
WHAT a difference a year makes. Just 12 months ago, make-up artist Rachelle Guiry was basking in the glory of having just won the coveted 'Anthony Ryans Best Dressed Lady' at the Galway Races. A year later, she is planning to launch her own clothing range, and maybe even a store.
Rachelle says fashion was always something she wanted to get into - and while she hasn't a financial backer, she might consider looking for a grant to open her business. "After the platform of winning at Galway a year ago, and winning the Best Dressed prize at The Curragh a month ago, I'm definitely going to start putting things in motion," said Rachelle who comes from Newcastle West, Co Limerick.
"My phone hasn't stopped ringing in the past year and even last week, women were calling me and asking for style advice for the races," she said.
"On Ladies Day at Ballybrit last week, people recognised me and were coming up and asking me where I got my ideas and my clothes from. Hopefully down the line, I will have a store but I want to start off with my own clothing range, something that is a little bit vintage, a little bit classy, all about the tailoring and attention to detail."
Meanwhile, Galway milliner Edel Ramberg has already experienced an international business bounce after a win in the Ballybrit style stakes.
Galway chef Paula Clancy won the 'Best Hat' prize on Ladies Day wearing one of Edel's goose feather creations and since then, the milliner's phone and website have been inundated.
"I've already had two orders placed from the US and there have been enquires from Australia, it's been wonderful and hopefully, I can push towards business for the Kentucky Derby," said Edel, who lives only a few miles from the racecourse.