Feast of fashion puts spotlight on new collections

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The style was sensational, both on and off the runway, at a fashion spectacular in the Muckross Park Hotel, Killarney.

Guests travelled from all over Kerry and beyond for an exclusive preview of new collections from top Irish and Kerry designers and boutiques.

Anita Coffey, Meg Dalton, Lisa O’Shea and Katie Horgan

The show was opened with a collection bursting with colour, happiness and light by acclaimed Irish fashion couturier Helen Cody and the finale was a rare retrospective showcase from another multi award winning couturier Delphine Grandjouan.

Produced by Orla Diffily and the team at Upfront Model Management, in association with Ray Stack Productions, it was the first in a series of shows designed to put Irish fashion creatives back into the spotlight and promote local businesses and fashion sustainability.

The main show was modelled on international fashion week salon setting and featured Helen Cody, Carol Kennelly, Cathy Troth, Delphine Grandjouan Goose Boutique, MacBees, Phoenix V, Jasmine, Hannons, Holden Leathergoods, Lily Mais by Fran and jewellery by master goldsmith Brian de Staic.

The winner of the Upfront new emerging designer competition Megan Hanley of Lola and Winter also showed her beautiful collection.

The MC at the event was fashion blogger Emily O’Donoghue

Annette O’Brien and Noreen Middleton

The winner of the most sustainable guest style, in association with Kelliher’s Toyota Tralee, and judged by Emily O’Donoghue, was Jill Hannon, who won a matching Fiadh pendant set from jeweller Brian de Staic.

The winner of the most sustainable collection award was Frances Fogarty, creative director with Lily Mais by Fran who designs colourful swim robes made completely from disused and repurposed towels.

The winner of the most stylish guest prize was Vambail who won a limited edition new season leather clutch by Holden.

Pictures: Barry Murphy

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