Tuesday 16 January 2018

Fashionistas hit the rails in search of perfect coat

Bairbre Power and Laura Butler

Jacob's Creek wine and iced cookies greeted the fashion squad who turned out in force for the Arnotts AW2013 launch party in Henry Street mid-week and the shoppers had one thing on their mind . . . coats.

Funny how a drop in temperature suddenly re-noses our shopping priorities. Many of the stylish ladies cut the chat short and headed straight for the rails to try on the new coats and other temptations.

Front-row guests included actress-turned author Claudia Carroll who confided that she is working on a next book, which looks at marriage and it features the novel concept of divorce hotels, which are quite the thing in Amsterdam it seems. You check in married and you leave single!

Former model Sharon Smurfit looked super-elegant in black and enjoyed the 69-piece catwalk show with her daughter Charlotte, bang on trend in tartan leggings.

Chef and restaurateur Clodagh McKenna is tanned after returning from holidays in France. She was loving her new Lennon Courtney outfit of blue top and leather drindle skirt. "Their new collection is my favourite yet," said Clodagh.

Kathryn Thomas flew the Irish fashion flag and looked stunning in a Caroline Kilkenny dress with delicate gold sequin detailing. Ray Herman, the new CEO, celebrated with his wife Suzanne and Deirdre Devaney, Director of Fashion and Beauty at Arnotts, turned heads in Jill Stuart, a new label the store has brought in from New York.

The big surprise came at the end when Melanie McCabe performed the Emeli Sandé song 'Clown'. Does that mean the Dublin singer is out of X Factor we wondered? "Not at all," we were told. That will keep us glued to our seats on a Saturday night.

Irish Independent

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