Bairbre Power... Out and about
Our resident diarist calls into the best parties and events around the country
The sun shone for the stylish Mercedes-Benz/Louise Kennedy customer lunch at Luttrellstown Castle, Co Dublin. Ciaran Allen, sales manager of Mercedes-Benz in Ireland, welcomed guests whose eyes were dazzled by the sight of the €200,000 S-Class Cabriolet at the door, complete with stunning cream leather upholstery.
After bubbles on the patio, we stepped inside to see the splendour of the castle, which dates back to the 15th century. Formerly the home of chatelaine Aileen Plunket - it was a wedding present in 1927 from her father, Ernest Guinness - the castle in Clonsilla Queen Victoria twice and Victoria and David Beckham got married there in 1999. Louise Kennedy, pictured above right with her sister Caroline, hosted a chic salon show of her favourite SS17 pieces. Guests included Amanda Pratt, Jane McDonnell of The Gloss and (below) Padraic and Aisling Dempsey.
I tipped my hat at Co Monaghan bard Patrick Kavanagh as I passed his statue on the sunny Grand Canal Bank en route to dinner at Forest Avenue. The event marked the launch of the extended Penneys Home collections - and I, for one, am super excited about their rose gold cutlery (coming in September) and those metallic rose PU feather pots. There was a lovely fashion crew there and I chatted with (below) buyer Laura Nolan and PR Stephanie Game.
Dublin's best-tressed set recently flocked to see (below) Mark O'Keeffe and his Sugar Culture team of hair and beauty virtuosos, who hosted an exclusive summer showcase featuring a lavish runway show in their flagship salon, Brown Sugar, on South William Street.
Next Friday is proving a very busy day for ladies who like to lunch with a purpose. Charity Angels Quest is having its summer fundraising lunch at The Westbury, while at Leopardstown racecourse Breast Cancer Ireland will benefit from a Ladies' Evening of networking, racing and indulgence hosted by the very funny Aisling Bea.
We spied (3) Darren Kennedy, Catriona Gallagher and James Kavanagh at the launch of Specsavers' Darren Kennedy Recommends 2017 collection at Wilde in The Westbury. So many hats to wear - fashion designer, TV presenter, Irish style icon (and Weekend columnist!) Darren has more pairs of specs than anyone else I know. That all comes from research for his Specsavers Ireland collections, of course, for whom he is also official style ambassador. His latest curated seasonal edits of top frames for men and women go on sale next Monday and include his 'Harry Potter' style (pictured above).
Photo: anthony woods