Style's in full bloom for Roses festival
IF they're good enough for Oprah, they're good enough for Rose of Tralee guests.
New designs by Kerryman Don O'Neill will feature at the Kerryman/Irish Independent Autumn/Winter Fashion Show at this year's Rose of Tralee festival.
Don, who is creative director of the Theia brand, will show his autumn-winter 2012 collection in Ireland for the first time in the festival dome on Sunday, August 19.
Originally from Ballyheigue, his reputation is growing as A-list celebrities such as Nicole Kidman, Natalie Portman, Oprah Winfrey and Taylor Swift have all been pictured wearing his clothes.
The gala show -- which will be produced by Limerick model agency owner Celia Holman-Lee -- is a celebration of Irish fashion success stories, including Philip Treacy and John Rocha. It will also feature local emerging stars such as Karyn Moriarty and Carol Kennelly from the Kerry Design Centre.
More than 30 models will sashay down the catwalk, showcasing a variety of designs, including those from local boutiques such as Weardrobe in Tralee and Killarney, Hannons of Castleisland and La Boheme in Dingle. It will be the first opportunity for many to get a preview of autumn/winter collections.
There is a pre-show reception on the night in which guests can take part in the Best Dressed Lady Competition.
One lucky lady will win two nights in the Muckross Park Hotel's presidential suite. To book tickets, visit www.roseoftralee.ie or phone: 066-7121322.