Monday 18 December 2017

Creative Claire shows her design for life

WHO says fashionistas are over-botoxed harpies who care about nothing other than themselves? Not moi, for sure.

The eternally fascinating Irish fashion designer Claire O'Connor is just back from Indian city Kolkata – perhaps still known to you as Calcutta – where she spent six weeks working with the Missionaries of Charity as a volunteer.

"As I was there for a while, I was assigned a little boy to teach on a daily basis, who loved arts and crafts, so, needless to say, we didn't run out of ideas," Claire – who I had the pleasure of going to see Lady Gaga with in Hamburg in September – told me, adding that she also helped out at Kalighat, a hospice for the sick, destitute and the dying in Kolkata.

"I had been told that it's a grim place, very daunting and certainly not for the faint-hearted, but I found it to be full of tiny miracles and loved every minute there, putting my work-ethic into overdrive, to finish the laundry and washing dishes so I could spend time with the ladies."

Please note: not the ladies who lunch, the ladies who launder.

In another world, bright young fashion designer Sean Byrne made the gorgeous full-length guna worn by Sarah Greene at the London premiere of The Hobbit last Wednesday night.

Theatre actress Sarah is the other half of the film's star Aidan Turner – who plays the young dwarf Kili.

Finally on my seasonal sartorial stake-out, I spied Sarah Owens during the week and she told me that her VBF Lainey Keogh's pop-up shop in Dalkey, opposite Finnegans, is open today from 2pm to 5pm (closing on Tuesday) and that La Lainey has some great (plus ca change) bargains that will make fab Crimbo pressies.

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