Thursday 14 December 2017

Glamorous wives turn heads as Ryder Cup gets into swing

AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Back row L-R: Susanne Jiminez, wife of Europe team vice captain Miguel Angel Jiminez, Allison McGinley, wife of Europe team captain Paul McGinley
, Helen Gallacher, wife of Stephen Gallacher of Europe, Pernilla Bjorn, wife of Thomas Bjorn of Europe, Caroline Harrington, wife of Europe team vice captain Padraig Harrington - Front Row: LR: Emma Stenson, wife of Henrik Stenson of Europe, Kathryn Tagg, partner of Jamie Donaldson of Europe, Martin Kaymer of Europe, Victor Dubuisson of Europe, Katharina Boehm, partner of Sergio Garcia of Europe, Kate Rose, wife of Justin Rose of Europe pose for a photograph at the Gleneagles Hotel before leaving for the Ryder Cup Team Gala Dinner at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 24, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Back row L-R: Susanne Jiminez, wife of Europe team vice captain Miguel Angel Jiminez, Allison McGinley, wife of Europe team captain Paul McGinley , Helen Gallacher, wife of Stephen Gallacher of Europe, Pernilla Bjorn, wife of Thomas Bjorn of Europe, Caroline Harrington, wife of Europe team vice captain Padraig Harrington - Front Row: LR: Emma Stenson, wife of Henrik Stenson of Europe, Kathryn Tagg, partner of Jamie Donaldson of Europe, Martin Kaymer of Europe, Victor Dubuisson of Europe, Katharina Boehm, partner of Sergio Garcia of Europe, Kate Rose, wife of Justin Rose of Europe pose for a photograph at the Gleneagles Hotel before leaving for the Ryder Cup Team Gala Dinner at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 24, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Zoe Jordan's Ryder Cup coat which Paul McGinley invited her to design for their wives and partners
Golfers and the wives and partners of the European team pose with Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland during the 2014 Ryder Cup Gala Dinner at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum on September 24, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Phil Mickelson, Keegan Bradley, vice captain Andy North, Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar, vice captain Steve Stricker, (middle row L-R) Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed, Hunter Mahan, vice captain Raymond Floyd, (front row L-R) Webb Simpson, Zach Johnson, Tom Watson, Captain of the United States, Jimmy Walker and Jim Furyk of the United States team pose during the 2014 Ryder Cup Gala Dinner at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum on September 24, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Phil Mickelson, Keegan Bradley, vice captain Andy North, Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar, vice captain Steve Stricker, (middle row L-R) Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed, Hunter Mahan, vice captain Raymond Floyd, (front row L-R) Webb Simpson, Zach Johnson, Tom Watson, Captain of the United States, Jimmy Walker and Jim Furyk of the United States team pose during the 2014 Ryder Cup Gala Dinner at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum on September 24, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
The United States team pose during the 2014 Ryder Cup Gala Dinner at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum on September 24, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
The European team pose during the 2014 Ryder Cup Gala Dinner at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum on September 24, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
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IRISH designer Zoe Jordan tees off the Ryder Cup fashion stakes today by dressing the European Wags for the opening ceremony.

Zoe has designed a limited edition coat in electric blue for the players wives and if sporting fans like it, they will be able to buy it at Harrods store in London for £945 (€1,200). The commission for Zoe was a very personal one, coming directly from Paul McGinley, captain of the European side.

The Jordans and the McGinleys are longstanding friends. Zoe's dad, former Formula One boss, Eddie Jordan has caddied for Paul McGinley and Zoe's mother, Marie, is a big golf fan.

The coat which will be seen for the first time officially at Gleneagles in Scotland today is very luxurious. It blends the best of British mohair with stylish leather trims and the idea behind the design is to keep the player's wives and partners warm when they are out watching their men compete.

Read more: Meet the GWAGs: the Ryder Cup birdies

Meanwhile, Caroline Harrington flew the flag for Irish fashion last night when she wore a head-turning, stunning navy lace cocktail dress with detachable train at the gala team dinner in Auchterarder.

Padraig Harrington and his wife Caroline Harrington pose for a photograph at the Gleneagles Hotel before leaving for the Ryder Cup Team Gala Dinner on September 24, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Padraig Harrington and his wife Caroline Harrington pose for a photograph at the Gleneagles Hotel before leaving for the Ryder Cup Team Gala Dinner on September 24, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Caroline's cocktail dress was by Lya Solis, the talented Russian-born designer who recently opened her own boutique In Dublin's Powerscourt Townhouse Centre and also has a design studio on Fitzwilliam Street.

The dress is all the more dramatic because of the use of two, different laces, and Swarovski crystals added.

Caroline was photographed with her husband, Padraig, the vice team captain, at the Gleneagles Hotel before attending the Ryder Cup team gala dinner.

Caroline commissioned Lya to make a lace dress for her birthday and she returned for a second dress which she wore to the first big night out.

Sergio Garcia of Europe and Katharina Boehm pose during the 2014 Ryder Cup Gala Dinner at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum on September 24, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
Sergio Garcia of Europe and Katharina Boehm pose during the 2014 Ryder Cup Gala Dinner at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum on September 24, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
Henrik Stenson of Europe and wife Emma Stenson pose before leaving for the 2014 Ryder Cup Gala Dinner at Gleneagles Hotel on September 24, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
Europe team captain Paul McGinley (2ndR) and wife Allison (R) pose with Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland and Pernilla Bjorn (L), wife of Thomas Bjorn during the 2014 Ryder Cup Gala Dinner at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum on September 24, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
Europe team vice captain Miguel Angel Jiminez and wife Susanne Jiminez pose before leaving for the 2014 Ryder Cup Gala Dinner at Gleneagles Hotel on September 24, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
Sergio Garcia of Europe and Katharina Boehm wave during the 2014 Ryder Cup Gala Concert at the SSE Hydro on September 24, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Jamie Donaldson of Europe and partner Kathryn Tagg appear on stage during the 2014 Ryder Cup Gala Concert at the SSE Hydro on September 24, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy (L), Graeme McDowell (2ndL), Martin Kaymer (3rdL) and Sergio Garcia (R) of Europe with Katharina Boehm pose on stage during the 2014 Ryder Cup Gala Concert at the SSE Hydro on September 24, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Europe team captain Paul McGinley and his wife Allison McGinley pose for a photograph at the Gleneagles Hotel before leaving for the Ryder Cup Team Gala Dinner on September 24, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Henrik Stenson of Europe and his wife Emma Stenson pose for a photograph at the Gleneagles Hotel before leaving for the Ryder Cup Team Gala Dinner on September 24, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Europe team vice captain Miguel Angel Jiminez and his wife Suzanne Jimenez pose for a photograph at the Gleneagles Hotel before leaving for the Ryder Cup Team Gala Dinner on September 24, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Sergio Garcia of Europe and his partner Katharina Boehm pose for a photograph at the Gleneagles Hotel before leaving for the Ryder Cup Team Gala Dinner on September 24, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Thomas Bjorn of Europe and his wife Pernilla Bjorn pose for a photograph at the Gleneagles Hotel before leaving for the Ryder Cup Team Gala Dinner on September 24, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Jamie Donaldson of Europe and his partner Kathryn Tagg pose for a photograph at the Gleneagles Hotel before leaving for the Ryder Cup Team Gala Dinner on September 24, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Europe team vice captain Sam Torrance and wife Suzanne Torrance pose before leaving for the 2014 Ryder Cup Gala Dinner at Gleneagles Hotel on September 24, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
Ian Poulter of Europe and his with Katie Poulter pose for a photograph at the Gleneagles Hotel before leaving for the Ryder Cup Team Gala Dinner on September 24, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Justin Rose of Europe and his Kate Rose pose for a photograph at the Gleneagles Hotel before leaving for the Ryder Cup Team Gala Dinner on September 24, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Stephen Gallacher of Europe and his wife Helen Gallacher pose for a photograph at the Gleneagles Hotel before leaving for the Ryder Cup Team Gala Dinner on September 24, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Lee Westwood of Europe and his wife Laurae Westwood pose for a photograph at the Gleneagles Hotel before leaving for the Ryder Cup Team Gala Dinner on September 24, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Europe team vice captain Padraig Harrington and his wife Caroline Harrington pose for a photograph at the Gleneagles Hotel before leaving for the Ryder Cup Team Gala Dinner on September 24, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Lee Westwood, Victor Dubuisson, Jamie Donaldson, Ian Poulter, Thomas Bjorn, Stephen Gallacher, Justin Rose, Martin Kaymer, Henrik Stenson, Rory McIlroy, Europe team captain Paul McGinley, Graeme McDowell and Sergio Garcia together with vice captains Padraig Harrington, Sam Torrance, Des Smyth, Miguel Angel Jiminez and Jose Maria Olazabal and wives and partners of the European team pose during the 2014 Ryder Cup Gala Dinner at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum on September 24, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Back row L-R: Susanne Jiminez, wife of Europe team vice captain Miguel Angel Jiminez, Allison McGinley, wife of Europe team captain Paul McGinley , Helen Gallacher, wife of Stephen Gallacher of Europe, Pernilla Bjorn, wife of Thomas Bjorn of Europe, Caroline Harrington, wife of Europe team vice captain Padraig Harrington - Front Row: LR: Emma Stenson, wife of Henrik Stenson of Europe, Kathryn Tagg, partner of Jamie Donaldson of Europe, Martin Kaymer of Europe, Victor Dubuisson of Europe, Katharina Boehm, partner of Sergio Garcia of Europe, Kate Rose, wife of Justin Rose of Europe pose for a photograph at the Gleneagles Hotel before leaving for the Ryder Cup Team Gala Dinner at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 24, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Lee Westwood, Victor Dubuisson, Jamie Donaldson, Ian Poulter, Thomas Bjorn, Stephen Gallacher, Justin Rose, Martin Kaymer, Henrik Stenson, Rory McIlroy, Europe team captain Paul McGinley, Graeme McDowell and Sergio Garcia together with vice captains Padraig Harrington, Sam Torrance, Des Smyth, Miguel Angel Jiminez and Jose Maria Olazabal and wives and partners of the European team pose with Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland during the 2014 Ryder Cup Gala Dinner at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum on September 24, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Phil Mickelson, Keegan Bradley, vice captain Andy North, Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar, vice captain Steve Stricker, Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed, Hunter Mahan, vice captain Raymond Floyd, Webb Simpson, Zach Johnson, Tom Watson, Captain of the United States, Jimmy Walker and Jim Furyk of the United States team pose with wives and partners and Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland during the 2014 Ryder Cup Gala Dinner at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum on September 24, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Justin Rose of Europe looks at Rickie Fowler of the United States new haircut during the 2014 Ryder Cup Gala Dinner at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum on September 24, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
Stephen Gallacher of Europe acknowledges the crowd with wife Helen Gallacher (L), Victor Dubuisson of Europe, Jamie Donaldson (R) of Europe and partner Kathryn Tagg (2ndR) during the 2014 Ryder Cup Gala Concert at the SSE Hydro on September 24, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Europe team captain Paul McGinley (2ndL) and wife Allison (L) pose with United States team captain Tom Watson and wife Hilary with Fred MacAulay during the 2014 Ryder Cup Gala Concert at the SSE Hydro on September 24, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

The American wags scrubbed up well with Amy Mickelson stealing the show in the group shot wearing a bodycon, fishtail white full-length gown. There was a sprinkling of strapless ballgowns and more sedate cocktail wear but from last night's opening fashion shot it is clear the American wags are that bit more ostentatious.

Zoe Jordan's Ryder Cup coat which Paul McGinley invited her to design for their wives and partners
Zoe Jordan's Ryder Cup coat which Paul McGinley invited her to design for their wives and partners
Phil Mickelson of the USA and his wife Amy Mickelson.
Phil Mickelson of the USA and his wife Amy Mickelson.

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