Kilkenny Fashion Week opens

Ireland’s top models, stylists, make-up artists, fashion producers and Kilkenny’s fashion retailers are on the final countdown to Kilkenny Fashion Week which opens today (October 9).

Ireland’s top models, stylists, make-up artists, fashion producers and Kilkenny’s fashion retailers are on the final countdown to Kilkenny Fashion Week which opens today (October 9).

Top fashion producers Catherine Condell and Sinead Keenan have been styling and selecting a huge selection of fashion looks from more than 20 stores participating in the gala fashion show at Lyrath. Top models taking part include: Karen Fitzpatrick; Sarah Morrissey; Irma Mali; Teo Sutra; Yomiko Chen; Aoife Cogan; Nikki Bonass; Alison Canavan and Holly Carpenter. Two teams - from Lancôme and Kieran O’Gorman Hair & Beauty - will work in a busy backstage area alongside 10 volunteer ‘dressers’ to ensure each model is catwalk-ready.

“Kilkenny Fashion Week created a huge buzz last year – not least in Dublin fashion circles. Our big show is one that equals shows in London, Paris or New York. That’s the standard we’ve set and the selection of models reflects our ambitions”, said Moira Fulton, chairperson of Kilkenny Fashion Week. Any remaining tickets for the event can be sourced at Paco and Pauls.

The Grafton Academy of Dress Design is also in town to showcase some of its graduate fashion at tonight’s show before presenting this year’s Kilkenny Fashion Week Student Scholarship tomorrow morning.

Stylist Cathy O’Connor also hits Kilkenny tomorrow to preside over the fashion event for over 50s at Langtons at 2pm. This is a free event and promises to be a great afternoon’s entertainment featuring a bevy of local models taking to the catwalk for the very first time. There are a number of tickets still available and can be collected from Pauls, Goods, Paco or Rumour. Friday will see TV3’s Ireland AM and Xpose fashion stylist Courtney Smith take to a special stage in the Left Bank on Friday night where she will host Style in the City featuring a fashion show and fashion quiz. Models on the night will include Eva Phelan, winner of the Kilkenny Fashion Week New Face competition and runner-up Andrea Brennan as well as Grace O’Mahony and Sinead de Buitleir. Tickets are €20 and are available from the Left Bank, Hibernian Hotel, Pauls, Goods, Rumour and Paco.

Fashion on the Streets at the Tholsel on Saturday will see the fashion shows brought to the public as a troupe of models from Prima provide 20-minute fashion shows every 45 minutes, starting at 12.30pm until 4.30pm. Across the road in Market Cross shopping centre, one of Ireland’s most sought after make-up artist, Derrick Carberry, will host a one-hour make-up session alongside Emma Hogan Eyre. The fringe programme includes: late night shopping; in-store fashion events; ‘Meet the Designer” initiatives and make-up demos. For more see www.kilkennyfashionweek.com