Fashion Week wows audiences both near and far

Kilkenny was the centre of attention of Ireland’s fashion scene last week, as the Marble City flaunted its couture at home, and to the rest of the nation on both RTE’s Nationwide and TV3’s Expose.

Nearly 600 people were present in the Lyrath Hotel’s event centre for the gala fashion show, at which over 20 local retailers were represented on the catwalk. Fashion show producer and stylist Catherine Condell was the producer of the evening, the like of which has never been seen before in Kilkenny.

Young, aspiring fashion artists had been recognised for their talents the day before, as the festival got underway in the Clubhouse Hotel with a competition for a Kilkenny Fashion Week Student Scholarship. Loreto student Grace O’Mahony won a four-week scholarship to study fashion design at the Grafton Academy of Dress Designing, while Dylan Kerr from Kilkenny College won a three-week scholarship.

On Thursday, the over-50s were catered for with Fabulous Fashion at Fifty – a fashion show in association with Curves.

Then, on Friday, the Left Bank took centre stage as Karen Morrissey hosted a special show demonstrating hair, makeup and style advice. In a packed venue, cocktails and glamour were the order of the day, as the audience were invited to interact with the presenter and professionals onstage.

Stylist Kieran O’ Gorman worked his magic on Mary Kate Lanigan’s hairstyle, before makeup artist Michael Browne demonstrated a range of techniques, and gave advice to his rapt audience.

Saturday saw a fashion train of models providing pop-up fashion in locations around the city, concluding at 6pm in the Pembroke Hotel.