Saturday 24 February 2018

Madonna jets into Ireland to attend funeral of close friend

The superstar singer made a whirlwind trip to Dublin today to attend the funeral of the late interior designer David Collins

Graham Norton at the funeral. Photo: John Dardis
Graham Norton at the funeral. Photo: John Dardis
Madonna arrives at St Patrick's Church, Monkstown, Co Dublin, for the funeral of David Collins
Mourners at the funeral of Dublin interior designer David Collins at the Church of St Patrick, Monkstown, Dublin. Photo: John Dardis
Irish Designer Louise Kennedy and sister Caroline kennedy behind. Photo: John Dardis
Designer David Collins

Caitlin McBride and Laura Butler

SUPERSTAR singer Madonna travelled to Dublin today to grieve her close friend, the late interior architect David Collins.

Mr Collins' funeral was held today at St. Patrick's Church in Monkstown.

Madonna was just one of the many famous faces who travelled to mourn his loss, with BBC star Graham Norton also among the congregation.

Mr Collins was diagnosed just three weeks ago with skin cancer.

An insider explained: "She was wearing a black dress, accompanied by one bodyguard and two female assistants. She brought a beautiful bouquet of flowers for the mass and then exited through the back door by the rectory and immediately hopped into a car with blacked out windows."

Other celebrity mourners included designer Louise Kennedy and RTE presenter Brendan Courtney.

Mr Collins was an A-list interior designer, famed for designing some of the world's most famous restaurants and buildings, including Claridge's, The Connaught's bar, Harrods and Nobu.

He studied architecture at DIT Bolton Street before moving on to interior design, a career option which happened by chance one day when he had left a secure job. When he moved to London soon after his studies, he set up the David Collins Studio, an institution synonymous with elegant style. Jimmy Choo, Alexander McQueen and Bergdorf Goodman all hired him for innovative concepts in store.

His death made headlines last week and has left the fashion world in mourning.

Vogue UK editor Alexandra Shulman said: "David's death is a real shock. As well as being responsible for designing many of the most influential London restaurants and bars of our age, he was a dear friend of many at Vogue. His work merged luxury, glamour and heritage in an inimitable fashion and his company was always of the first and most enjoyable order."

Similarly, the magazine's editor-at-large Fiona Golfar paid equal tribute. "The things that mattered to David, as much as style and the right shade of blue, were his loyal and long-lasting circle of friends - who were like his family," she added.

"You could always count on him to tell you what's what, to pay you a compliment, to tell you off, to break a diet with a scone or a cake, or to play cards with you. He involved you in all of his life. He adored glamour and beautiful things, and was always rushing off to Loro Piana to buy his mother something fabulous. He had a great sense of humour - he could make you cry with laughter."



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