Saturday, 12 October 2013

Irish Fashion Designers Wow

Moi wearing an outfit from Marion Murphy- Cooney''s debut ready-to-wear label, MMC (available in The Design Atelier, Nenagh and selected boutiques nationwide)

On Tuesday morning last, October 8th at 5am- I blearily reached out of my bed to put a gag on my mobile phone alarm which had been bleeping non-stop for ten minutes flat- clearly on a mission to drive me insane! Okay guys- there was a very good reason for getting up at this unearthly hour of the morning- fashion glorious fashion, and top Irish couture fashion at that!

Talented Nenagh based Irish designer, Marion Murphy- Cooney's trademark supremely tailored, luxurious designs have lit up the red carpet at high-profile events such as this years IFTAs-at which five of her dresses were worn! MMC ( the name of Marion's first ever ready-to-wear collection!) has dressed top Irish stars like Kathryn Thomas, Karen Koster, Miriam O'Callaghan, the quirky, inimitable Jennifer Maguire- and the eternally elegant TV presenter, Maura Derrane.

Renowned Irish fashion designer Marion, had asked me a few days previously to attend the CIFD (Council of Irish Fashion Design) National Media Event in the Peter mark Hair Academy on Dublin's South William Street a few days previously, as her muse! So here I was- with the help of MAC, Elnett and all the rest of my make-up bag buddies, primping and preening at 5.30am in a bid to somewhat resemble Marion's muse!

The fashion show- which comprised of 19 'hot off the runway' Irish designers Emma Manley, Heidi Higgins, Richard Lewis, print-genius Lisa Ryder, Galway milliner-of-the-moment, Mark T. Burke and Marion Murphy-Cooney (who showcased her debut ready-to-wear collection, MMC) was beautiful- wearable yet quirky- a sumptuous 'dessert-trolley' of Irish design which left me wanting more.

The show took place in a white, light-filled room overhead the Peter Mark Style Club, and was compered by ex model agent and fashion business veteran, Eddie Shanahan. The lightness and whiteness of the airy chair-lined room added oodles to the designers' creative offerings. It conveyed a relaxed, chic atmosphere that was picked up on by the designers loyal customers whom trickled in chatting and enjoying the eye-catching canap├ęs and pastries and coffee before and after the show. The Peter-Mark goody-bag full of Redken and Kerestace products snapped up by all guests was a suitably stylish touch to the event. And yes, in case you're wondering- I snagged one too!

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