Saturday 18 January 2020

Michelle sews up Ladies' Day in vintage dug out of an old trunk

Best-dressed lady Michelle O'Connor, wearing vintage family fur
Best-dressed lady Michelle O'Connor, wearing vintage family fur
Eliana Fuscoe braves the rain to enjoy the day out at the Irish Grand National in Fairyhouse, Co Meath
Sally O'Neill
One-year-old Byron Barker from Dunboyne, Co Meath, studies the form at the Irish Grand National Ladies' Day at Fairyhouse, Co Meath yesterday as Eileen Sutton from Ashbourne, Co Meath, looks on

Louise Hogan

IT was a vintage fur stole and an ornate hat unearthed from a grand-aunt's old trunk that sealed the deal for the Most Stylish Lady at the track.

In the midst of towering feather creations and teetering stilettos, civil servant Michelle O'Connor, from Navan, Co Meath, cut a dash in a €40 navy jumpsuit, replete with long-johns underneath to fend off the damp weather.

"The hat and the stole are an old grand-aunt's, they were found in a suitcase," she said, after matching her 'Downtown Abbey' inspired outfit with gloves from Penneys and a belt from Marks and Spencer.

Model Rosanna Davison, who was judging the Carton House-sponsored €8,000 prize package, said Ms O'Connor had a "unique sense of style" and entrants had been creative and borrowed items.

RTE style guru Brendan Courtney, back on television screens this September when 'Off the Rails' returns, picked architectural student Aisling Ahern (23) from Boyle, Co Roscommon as the winner of the new competition running over the summer to highlight hat creators called 'Who Wants to be a Milliner?'

"I've been dabbling at it for about a year," Aisling said, as she insisted that the teetering pink suede creation atop her head was in fact "very comfortable".

It was the perfect day for hats as rain threatened, with TV presenter Grainne Seoige (left) sporting a hat from Irish Enniskerry designer Lucy Murphy as she fronted the fashion for RTE.

Spotted around the track was l'Ecrivain chef Derry Clarke, who owned the "good leg" of runner Oscars Well, who alas failed to win the first race of the day.

Also enjoying the day out was model Pippa O'Connor and her television presenter husband Brian Ormond, High Court judge Frank Clark and 'The Apprentice' TV judge Brian Purcell.

Irish Independent

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