Stephanie Roche's Style Diary: 'I mixed high fashion and high street at the White House'
Stephanie gives her style stats from the White House, in her exclusive Independent.ie column
Trying to prepare myself for a visit to the White House is never something I would have ever saw myself doing. Yet here I am!
It hasn’t been easy either - I’ve been focusing a lot on football the last few weeks and really haven’t had a lot of time to myself. Luckily I have the fabulous Irish designer, Helen Cody to help me prepare.
We've worked together before (Helen is responsible for my Ballon d'Or dress) and she's brilliant. She knows what suits me, and more importantly, what I will be comfortable in for such an important occasion.
It's not easy trying to organise something like this through email, but we did it!
Having been away in Croatia with the Irish team 10 days before I left for Houston, it left us with just one day to come up with the right look.
"I chose this design for Stephanie, because the brief in my head was Stephanie the sports style ambassador," Helen explained. "I thought about women who have been style icons in the past in a timeless way. Grace Kelly and Jackie O came to mind, but I still wanted Stephanie to look modern."
"The dress is made from pearl grey hand loomed Calais lace with powder blue organza underneath. I created the beaded shamrock embellishment as a subtle nod to St Patrick's day.
"I honestly thought about Stephanie and what would suit her and the occasion best. I think she's Ireland's answer to Grace Kelly!"
To be compared to these women for me, is just unbelievable, now I just hope I pull off the look! No pressure!
Before the visit to the White House I was invited to the official opening of the new Irish consulate in Austin, Texas. For this, I decided to buy my own outfit. During one of my last days in Dublin, I picked it up in River Island for €65.
I met An Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the event and myself and my boyfriend Dean had a good chat with him. He talked to us a bit about everything that has happened the last few weeks and also about the White House visit. He also mentioned my move to Houston Dash in his speech!