Irish fashion 'Oscars' return to the Kingdom
The Oscars of the Irish fashion industry will take place at the Hotel Europe & Resort on March 4 as part of Kerry Fashion Week 2016.
Details of the 2016 Irish Fashion Industry Awards were unveiled yesterday with the confirmation that Dunnes Stores has come on board as a new associate sponsor, joining 'Image Magazine' and Lancome Paris.
There are 16 categories to enter and this year, the organisers have introduced a new category, the Independent Retailer of the Year, which is aimed at owner/manager boutiques.
The closing date for entries is Friday, February 5, and the winners will be announced at the awards ceremony, which traditionally is the highlight event of Kerry Fashion Week (KFW).
This is the eighth year of KFW, which started in 2009 with a handful of events and just three categories.
"We see it as a real springboard for emerging talent and the event attracts young designers making a name for themselves early in their careers," said Orla Diffily, joint producer of KFW.
"We see our role as nurturing emerging talent, which is why we encourage as many people as possible to take part and there is no fee for entering. As well as categories for fashion and accessory designers, there are also awards for those that make it all happen behind the scenes, including make-up artists, fashion stylists, hair stylists, photographers, bloggers, models and retailers."
Dunnes Stores will be showcasing its SS 16 Designer Collections at the opening of this year's Irish Fashion Industry Awards, with collections from Carolyn Donnelly The Edit, Paul Costelloe Living Studio, Lennon Courtney and Paul Galvin.
Speaking at the launch, Carolyn Donnelly, creative director of Dunnes Stores, said the Irish chain was delighted to be the exclusive retail partner and to be associated with such a successful fashion event.
Donnelly joins the judging panel, which also includes Melanie Morris, Editor in Chief, Image Publications; Bairbre Power, Fashion Editor, Irish Independent and Executive Editor, 'Weekend Magazine'; and Helen Cody.