Wednesday 22 November 2017

Stunning style as designers bring elegance to the state visit

The queen was a vision, but no one put a sartorial foot wrong, says Fashion Editor Bairbre Power

Queen Elizabeth II with Lady Chryss O'Reilly. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Queen Elizabeth II with Lady Chryss O'Reilly. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Bairbre Power

Bairbre Power

TEAL green was the colour of choice for the queen last night when she attended the fashion fest at the Convention Centre, wearing an elegant evening outfit of lace coat with satin trim.

The silver lace over a teal base had a scalloped edge down the front of the coat and the queen wore a matching dress in the same fabric. Her silver brooch comprised of 10 discs decorated with Celtic swirls.

President Mary McAleese wore a single-buttoned gold coat in duchess satin with distinctive piping. Designed by Deborah Veale who has been responsible for the vast majority of her outfits for the royal visit, the dress below was a gold lace spider web detail over a navy silk satin shift dress.

The Taoiseach's wife, Fionnuala Kenny, chose a handcrafted outfit of an ecru, three-piece knit suit with decorative hemline. She accessorised with a co-ordinating silk scarf in the same colour which was embellished with discs that caught the light.

Guests personally introduced to the queen included TV personality Lorraine Keane, who was in a grey and raspberry check tweed bodice and shrug by Brendan McDermot and satin skirt by Deborah Veale, with a cropped sleeve, bolero top over a pale skirt, also by designer Brendan McDermot.

Earlier in the day, the queen was a vision in cornflower blue when she visited the Irish National Stud. She wore a brightly coloured, woven wool coat with attractive dot detail in the fabric. The collarless coat was trimmed in white around the neckline, down the front and on the cuffs.

The blue coat featured double pockets on each side and the cornflower blue colour was the perfect backdrop for the Prince Albert sapphire brooch and -- like so many of the fabulous pieces of jewellery which the queen has worn during her visit -- it has an historic backstory. It was a gift from Prince Albert to Queen Victoria on the eve of their wedding in 1840.

The queen's white hat yesterday was particularly decorative, with a playful open weave brim set off by blue guipure lace applique and, on the side, a large bow in blue raw silk.

The queen toured the stud, listening attentively to Lady Chryss O'Reilly, chairperson of the National Stud, who was dressed in cream jacket with a faint pinstripe in stone. The hip-length jacket featured an inner rever trimmed in the same colour as her skirt. She accessorised with tan hat, elegant pumps and a quilted Chanel handbag.

Irish Independent

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