Glamour and glitz was all the rage last Wednesday night when staff and students of Loreto Kilkenny and Kieran’s College took to the catwalk.
The style night, which took place at Langtons incorporated fashion, hair and make-up was organised by the Loreto Parents Association to raise funds for the Loreto Secondary School.
The models showcased the best in fashion from a number of top city stores and wore the latest style from the Winter season.
RTÉ’s Mary Kennedy, presenter of Nationwide and one of Ireland’s best-loved broadcasters hosted the magnificent event and went down a storm with the audience who came out in force to support the event.
‘We were thrilled and honoured to have had Mary Kennedy on board’, said Una O’Neill, chairperson of the Loreto Parent Association.
Karen Morrissey of Hype Model Agency joined Mary on the night and as always did a superb job at making the models feel relaxed before they stood out in the limelight of the catwalk.
She was busy behind the scenes putting the models through their paces to ensure that the night was truly professional and an unforgettable event.
The models showcased a variety of outfits to suit all age groups. The night included fashion from Kilkenny’s top stores including Pamela Scott, Marchioness, A Wear, Grooms Formal Wear, Jack & Jones, Rutha Designs and WIT student designer clothes as well as shoes from Grahams and hats by local milliner, Rebekah Patterson.
Also on the night, multi-award winning hair stylist Kieran O’Gorman gave a hair demonstration which was followed by a make-up demonstration by Emma from Eyrebrushed Make-Up Studio.
The Loreto Transition Year students also did a memorable up styling demonstration.
The up styling element was led by Joan Brennan a lecturer in fashion in WIT.
Joan has been working with the Transition Year girls, taking clothing from local charity shops and teaching them skills to transform them into unique, stylish clothes at no cost. The students thoroughly enjoyed the project and showed how creativity and innovation goes a very long way.
Mariel Dunne, Loreto Transition Year Co-Ordinator said, ‘This has been a fantastic project for the girls, giving them a knowledge and confidence to make their own completely personalised clothes for free’.
The evening was a huge success and there was a wine reception as well as a raffle which was generously supported by businesses in the city and county.
The organisers would like to extend our thanks to all the local shops and designers who provided clothes.
A big thank you also to all the generous sponsors and to the local charity shops who provided clothes for the group of TY Upstylers who designed their own outfits and to the Parents Council for all their hard work.