Wednesday 13 December 2017

Society: Romance on the Twittersphere and Chloe's return from LA

Chloe Townsend was inspired by her late mother to go into jewellery design. Photo: David Conachy.
Chloe Townsend was inspired by her late mother to go into jewellery design. Photo: David Conachy.
Louise Duffy and Julie Danz at the launch of the Juvi necklace in Arnotts. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall
Becky, Lorraine and Tori Keane at the Keane on Style roadshow in aid of the Drogheda Boomerang Club
Varya O'Neill Namsaraeva and Mary Greene at the Keane on Style roadshow. Photos: Mel Maclaine
Designer Sean Byrne with Sarah Morrissey , who showcased a new luxury scarf collection.
Geraldine Fitzpatrick and Pippa O Connor at the launch of TV3's The Restaurant at Marco Pierre White Courtyard Bar & Grill Donnybrook.
Kevin Jansson with his father Tom at the Kevin Jansson Performance on the Gallery of the Westbury hotel. Photo: Kieran Harnett.
Vincent O'Gorman, Sophie Governey and Pat King at the Kevin Jansson Performance on the Gallery of the Westbury hotel. Photo: Kieran Harnett.
Jeweller Chloe Townsend has launched Willow and Clo at Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, Dublin. Photo: Anthony Woods.
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Outsider woman of the Year Olive McGloin with Outsider Man of the Year Mick O'Meara pictured at the awards at the Sugar Club on Leeson St. Photo: Anthony Woods
Edel Kinnane Rowell & Roisin Finlay pictured at the Outsider Magazine awards
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Does Paul Galvin qualify as the most romantic newly- wed?

The former Kerry footballer is a regular on social media commenting on fashion, and things that caught his attention this week included Robbie Keane's jeans - Galvin approved, no doubt, because of their strangled ankles look.

This week, the sporting hero turned creative director of his own brand at Dunnes tweeted and instagrammed a photograph of Today FM's broadcaster, Louise Duffy, his missus since New Year's Eve with the caption; 'Beautiful wife, beautiful life", and it quickly captured hundreds of appreciative likes.

Paul wasn't around this week when Louise launched the new Juvi empowerment necklace, with all proceeds from the €79 piece going to the ISPCC.

Freshly tanned from her honeymoon in Antigua, Louise modelled Juvi's new necklace, which is available exclusively in Arnotts.

Supporters of the charity in attendance included Caroline Downey, president of the ISPCC, pr guru Joanne Byrne and M&S marketing whizz, Carmel Breheny. There was lots of the admiration for the necklaces in 24ct gold plate or sterling silver with an aqua chalcedony semi-precious gemstone and a silver or gold disk featuring an oak tree, which symbolises strength and protection.

Juvi designer team, husband and wife Vincent Tynan and Julie Danz, were both in attendance.

I met them the previous week at the Showcase trade fair in the RDS and their stand just inside the door was attracting lots of attention.

This week Julie delivered the exciting news that they had got their product into Avoca shops and they were "delighted about that".

Another lady delighted with the world this week was Lorraine Keane after ticking off yet another show on her Keane on Style roadshow. The event was in aid of the Drogheda Boomerang Club. She was ably assisted by her sisters, Becky Keane, who is head make-up artist at Dylan Bradshaw hair salon on South William Street and Tori Keane, who is Ireland AM's resident hair expert.

"All those years buying them Girls' World doll heads paid off in the end," joked Lorraine. It must be in the genes because five out of the six Keane sisters are all involved in the worlds of fashion, beauty or hairdressing.

Drafting fashion law at the Bar Council

The legal eagles were out in force on Thursday night for the first Bar Council Benevolent Fund Fashion Show which took place in the plush surroundings of the Bar Council of Ireland.

The Attorney General, Maire Whelan, and Chief Justice, Susan Denham, were among those in the audience to see a fashion show featuring chic tailoring by designer Sean Byrne, gloves and bags by Paula Rowan and suits by Louis Copeland.

Sean is no stranger to dressing the ladies of the bar and on Thursday he unveiled his latest project - an exciting luxury silk and twill scarf which is available from his salon on Drury Street. The 'HallByrne' scarf is a collaboration with Brian Halligan, an artist from Malahide who credits art luminaire Sebastian Guinness, brother of style icon, Daphne, as a fan of his work.

Designer pins with forks at the ready

The Round Room of the  Mansion House was packed last Friday night as the Samaritans launched its new pin designed by fashion couturier Richard Lewis.

Richard only retired from the rag trade at Christmas but he is busy with a few projects, one being the creation of the pin to raise funds for the charity which has a huge number of volunteers. The pin is a fiver and a number of stores have offered to take them and sell them at till points which is admirable and should help fundraise.

Thursday night, I was back in the Mansion House again for the launch of Dine in Dublin 2016.

Now in its eighth year, it swiftly became a major hit and this year it runs from February 22-28.

DublinTown hosted foodies and socialites including Keith Mahon of, model Gail Kaneswaren and Debbie O'Donnell from TV3 who were all treated to a unique tasting menu curated by six of the city's top chefs.

MC for the evening was the charming Andrew Rudd, who kept guests entertained with foodie trivia questions.

Andrew has moved his Medley food business from Drury Street down to Fleet Street in the former offices of the Irish Times and the glass fronted building is very smart and he hopes to be open for business by the end of the month.

Clyde Carroll, marketing director of DublinTown filled guests in on the events and offers available across 65 city centre restaurants taking part in this year's festival - a record number.

Our favourite dish of the night went to the mouth-watering Wicklow venison with a lentil, sweet potato and bacon cassoulet created by 101 Talbot's Neal Magee. Neal is doing incredible things with 101 Talbot these days which is nice for us in Indo Towers down the other end of the street. Be sure to add them to your Dine in Dublin to-do list!

Highlights of the night included wine tastings from Fallon & Byrne, delicious cocktails of Sherbet Sips and French 105s by The Liquor Rooms, a blind tasting of rhubarb popcorn (don't ask...)

And a prize goes to the edible QR code which gave us all the details on the incredible six course tasting menu.

The Cork lad who stirs up magic like Mozart

He may come from Cork's rugby creche that is Presentation College but that sport is firmly off the agenda for young piano sensation, 15-year-old Kevin Jansson who left the guests of The Westbury Hotel totally in awe with his recital last Saturday afternoon.

There was something incredibly soothing about enjoying afternoon tea on The Gallery while getting lost in the magical tapestry of Kevin's pianaforte talent.

His dad, Tom, who is a music teacher like his wife, was there as Kevin received sustained applause for his classical highlights from the great composers including Bach's Partita No 4, Beethoven's early sonata Opus 10 No 2 and pieces by Tchaikovsky, Ravel and Liszt.

The teenager was invited by German pianist, Joseph Moog, to be one of eight young pianists to compete for the Thierry Scherz Prize at the prestigious Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad in Switzerland on Wednesday. Definitely a name to watch!

Back from LA to open new store

Jeweller Chloe Townsend has launched Willow and Clo at Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, Dublin. Photo: Anthony Woods.

Jeweller Chloe Townsend is just back from LA where she celebrated Christmas with her family.

"It was lovely and my brothers Stuart and Dylan brought me around and showed me all their favourite spots in the city.

"Dylan has got into acting, like Stuart, and he is also into producing," said Chloe who is busy with the official opening of her store, Willow & Clo on the ground floor of Powerscourt Townhouse Centre this month.

"We had a pop-up for Christmas and now the store has opened and I've done a SS16 Willow collection in 22ct gold featuring aqua and green chrysoprase.

"Growing up, I used to make friendship bracelets and I was always the kid with a daisy chain on her head," said Chloe (28) whose mum, top model Lorna Townsend, died tragically from a brain haemorrhage 21 years ago.

Chloe has treasured childhood memories of watching her mum getting ready and putting on her jewellery. "I love the idea of creating pieces that people will treasure and keep." Despite her golfing credentials - dad Peter is a former golf pro - Chloe isn't into the sport but her half brother, Hugo (16) is showing promise.

Outsider's top gong goes to a real-life Reese

Reese Witherspoon

Remember Reese Witherspoon (pictured) in the movie Wild, beating her demons in a 1,100 miles solo hike along the infamous Pacific Crest Trail?

Well meet the real deal, Irish ultra hiker, Olive McGloin from Dublin who picked up the top honour as Outsider Woman of the Year in the Outsider magazine People of the Year awards at the Sugar Club on Wednesday.

The magazine chronicles the achievements of Ireland's adventure fraternity and Olive, who works as an air traffic controller in the UK covered 5,300 miles on the PCT, 60pc of which was wilderness. She completed the return leg solo as her husband sustained an injury. The PCT runs from the Mexican to the Canadian border and has some of the most punishing terrain on earth. "We were tested all the time, all the while having to keep a sense of humour," says Olive who hiked 17 hours a day for 195 days. "My husband always tells people I am strong willed; I think it's really code for being a stubborn Irish woman."

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