Tuesday 21 May 2019

Guggi suffers for his art as toast of toff London

Guggi with Jodie Kidd ... same hairdresser?
Guggi with Jodie Kidd ... same hairdresser?
Vicky Pattison sampled the delights of Dublin last weekend
Miriam O'Callaghan. Picture By David Conachy.
Barry Egan

Barry Egan

His lifelong friend Bono possibly never got the memo (does he ever?). Guggi launched his new sculpture last Wednesday night in London by saying that he always felt he should be "like a small Victorian child - seen but not heard".

Guggi was both seen and heard by a royal-adjacent beau monde in London's Embassy Gardens and, of course, by his other great pal John Rocha. The Irish fashion designer flew over from Dublin to attend the event which saw Irish developer Sean Mulryan unveil Ballymore's latest development in West London.

Channelling his inner small Victorian child, Guggi went on to give a beautiful speech about his dramatic new work, entitled Rice Bowl. About the fragility of life and all that.

Indeed, when I talked to Guggi the next morning, he said he was "feeling very fragile" after enjoying himself a little too enthusiastically at the party. "You only live once," he said. In fairness to Guggi's liver, this wasn't just any soiree either. He was the toast of toff London.

French actress and model Josephine de La Baume was DJ on the night, while Robin Gill magicked up the canapes: venison tartare served with Perigord truffle, secret smokehouse salmon with Cornish caviar and wild mushroom. The Irish chef is soon opening the doors to Darby's, a new restaurant for Embassy Gardens.

The very swish event, hosted by Ballymore and Harper's Bazaar, attracted over 200 guests, including the late Princess Diana's niece Lady Kitty Spencer, Viscountess Weymouth, Jodie Kidd and British fashion designer Alice Temperley. Prince Harry's good pal Natalie Pinkham and actress Naomie Harris (plus Girls Aloud singer Nicola Roberts and designer Anya Hindmarch) also pitched up to enjoy a glass of Malherbe Champagne and take in the wonder of the Irish artist's latest creation.

It says something about Anglo-Irish relations that a lot of posh, rich, pretty aristos (chief among them Prince William and Prince Harry's first cousin, the aforementioned Lady Kitty Spencer) from the castles in the shires are swooning over the work... of a long-haired working-class Ballymun yahoo who used to ride a horse down the street he grew up on with Bono and Gavin Friday, Cedarwood Road.

Maybe ask Bono to explain. He put the image of the horseback Buddha of Ballymun in U2's latest tour.

The Buddha of Ballymore himself, Sean Mulryan, said on the night: "I have a long-standing admiration for Guggi's work and we are delighted that his creativity is now built into the fabric of Embassy Gardens, building yet further on our commitment to arts and culture."

Vicky lights up Krystle (plus 37, Xico and House)

Vicky Pattison sampled the delights of Dublin last weekend

It was a case of I'm A Celebrity Get Me Into Here! last weekend for Vicky Pattison, who was in Dublin with a group of female friends, having flown last Saturday morning from Newcastle.

The 2015 winner of ITV's I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! and one-time star of MTV's Geordie Shore made her mark on the nocturnal capital last Saturday night.

Queen of the Jungle Vicky, in a floor-length, pink strapless dress and gold heels, was helping her pal Kailee Thompson celebrate her birthday. They arrived in the emporium 37 at 10.30pm. There was no birthday cake, but there were tequila shots for Vicky and her party of eight in the establishment on Dawson Street before they decamped across St Stephen's Green for vodka and cranberry cocktails in the VIP garden area of House on Leeson Street at around 11.45pm.

But the night was still young for the TV star, when she and her gang of bon vivants headed to Xico on Baggot Street at 1am. But at the risk of sounding like an echo, the night was still young when she and her gang of refreshment-seeking cailini left Xico and made the short journey back across St Stephen's Green to Krystle just before 2am.

It was here at the nightclub, co-owned by Eileen Wright and Rangan Arulchelvan, that Vicky and her coterie of connoisseurs of designer fun finished the night. You'd have to give them full marks for going out of their way to experience the full delights that our capital city at night has to offer.

Tidy Tahnee's morning glory

Anne Marie McManus - the beautiful wife of Kieran, son of Ireland's leading racing tycoon JP - was first past the post at the Ivy last Wednesday morning on Dawson Street.

The occasion was the breakfast launch of the incomparable Tahnee Morgan's latest collection, 7th Heaven.

What's the story? Tahnee's morning glory?

Everyone from Minister Josepha Madigan, comedian par excellence Deirdre O'Kane, wellness guru Alison Canavan, TV3's Debbie O'Donnell, designer Helen McAlinden, stylist Cathy O'Connor, pop star Sinead O'Carroll, and legendary fashion godhead Ian Gavin were, indeed, in seventh heaven.

And, for once, it wasn't the food in the Ivy that was bringing them to this exalted place of blissed-out Zen.

No - it was Tahnee's new collection. The new Queen of Irish fashion from Queensboro was Louth and clear when she told me she was "delighted to share my story with them through the collection of scarves and jewellery. The room was filled with the perfect people for my launch. A spiritual, uplifting morning, full of positive energy and happy vibes."

This woman should be running for President. I like her.

RTE stars meet for tea and talks

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Miriam O'Callaghan. Picture By David Conachy.

Oh to be a fly on the wall of the Intercontinental last Thursday morning. (Do they even allow flies on the walls of smart 5 star hotels?) Joe Duffy and Gay Byrne were deep in conversation over tea in the lobby area of the glam Ballsbridge establishment. Not far away in Ranelagh, another RTE star was also spotted deep in conversation on a Sunday afternoon two weeks ago in Tribeca restaurant. Granted, the man Miriam O'Callaghan was spotted having chats with was none other than her husband, Steve Carson.

Another broadcaster, Elaine Crowley, was sitting outside Tribeca having coffee with a friend.

But back to Miriam, as they say on Primetime.

She was flaunting hair braids (plaits to you and me) and was looking pretty in pink.

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