Belfast Telegraph

A-List price tags to go with talent at fashion parade

By Bairbre Power

There wasn't a shopping trolley in sight and it was more glam Jimmy Choos than grocery lists. Dublin's A-List socialites and fashionistas gathered in Dundrum Town Centre last night.

The familiar retail backdrop of Dundrum was transformed by the chic brigade who arrived for the Harvey Nichols annual autumn-winter fashion show.

And the prices were AList, too, with dresses on display retailing for upwards of €3,000. The front row at the catwalk show was as glamorous as the tempting designer labels sashaying down the runway.

The 400-strong guest list was studded with names like Caroline Harrington, Yvonne Keating and Lorraine Keane.

On the style menu for the night were new exclusives to the Dublin store like Talbot Runhof, whose structured dresses displayed rich colours.

The sophisticated and glamorous label, a creative collaboration from Johnny Talbot and Adrian Runhof, may have been new to many arriving for the show – but they certainly went home with a memory of the duo's burgundy velvet evening gown with generous train seared on their brains and with a price tag of €1,600.

The dresses wowed the crowds, and 110 pieces were shown in all, but it was the special 12 VIP pieces flown in specially from the Harvey Nicks ‘mothership' in Knightsbridge, London, that sent hearts racing.

They included a stunning Holmes & Yang black evening gown and dresses from Azzedine Alaia, Emilio de la Morena and Roksanda Ilincic.

They were all available to purchase after the show.


Last year there were just six VIP pieces on display which sold out straight after the show ended – and organisers were expecting the same to happen after last night’s event.

Special pieces that should prove popular included a Teal Dress by Preen priced at €3,140 and a silver Roksanda Ilinic silver dress at €1,209, a favourite of Kate Middleton.

Thalia Heffernan is the busiest schoolgirl model in the capital and has walked all of the top runway shows here in the past few weeks. Last night she wore Emilio de la Morena’s white panel dress costing €1,400. Earlier for a photocall, she wore an Alexander McQueen tartan puffball dress (€530) and ankle boots (€700), while Yomiko wore a McQueen feather print dress (€465), jacket (€445) and boots (€700). It was a night for dynamic Irish designers to make their mark.

Joanne Hynes is back in town and her accessories, including statement neckpieces and collars, were top of many women's shopping lists after the show last night. Galway milliner Edel Ramberg has been invited back on a permanent basis to Harvey Nicks following the success of a pop-up shop in the summer. She has created a number of bespoke pieces for the Dublin store.

Young illustrator Julianne Kennelly designed the front cover of the show's running order and displayed some of her illustrations on the night, too.

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