It’s been a while since I’ve featured an outfit post as such – sometimes I overthink things and get very awkward and self critical when it comes to having my photo taken… especially if it’s going to be on a public profile, but I think this is one outfit worth talking about.
JADE REIDY DESIGNS
As you know, supporting Irish Design is the focal point of my blog. I regularly write about emerging talents and love to incorporate Irish Design into my daily looks – mainly in the form of affordable accessories.
Yesterday, I attended the SHOUT Ladies’ Lunch at Sligo Park Hotel and I jumped at the chance to wear designs by local Fashion Design Graduate Jade Reidy. On Thursday Jade’s work caused quite a stir on the runway during the first Sligo Fashion Trail (detailed review to follow). She impressed not only the crowds, but key figures on the Irish fashion scene: founder of the Irish Fashion Innovation Awards and Mandy Maher of Catwalk Modelling Agency. They commented on the finish of Jade’s garments, extraordinary for such a young designer.
I chose a mix of Jade’s skirt and crop top coords to suit my complexion, body shape and the occasion in question. It was a daytime, dressy affair. This was an unusual outfit choice for me, but I thought it suited the event and time of year perfectly. I felt very comfortable, proving that Jade Reidy Design is not just for the catwalk – it’s very wearable too. These pieces were from Jade’s Graduate Collection and were designed with key words in mind: comfort, protection, security and memories. The digital prints were designed using original artwork and acid dyes. This collection was inspired by Jade’s connection to Hazelwood.
See more of Jade’s work here.
Her designs have been chosen to feature in the final of Top Model Ireland next Saturday, 10th of December.
I got my usual simple pony done at Salon 2 and I added some gold leaf hair clips.
My chain was from another Irish jewellery designer, whose work I’ve admired for years: Vivien Walsh.
Last year, I was MC for the fashion show at the SHOUT Ladies’ Lunch in Diamond Coast Hotel in Enniscrone. Read about the event here. This year, I was off duty and got to sit back and enjoy. Claire Ronan was a fantastic MC speaking of individuals overcoming adversity. She spoke about Bill Gates overcoming failure, Richard Branson’s struggles with dyslexia and Oprah Winfrey’s oppressive, abusive and heartbreaking past. She really captured our attention.
Zulu showcased some stunning looks during the fashion show and Clodagh Murray spoke beautifully about overcoming adversity while swimming the English Channel – an incredible feat – with a breakup thrown in the mix. She surrounded herself with strong, encouraging women – including her mum and bestfriend Bernice – who put it to her simply, taught her to think sensibly and made her laugh out loud along the way. She stressed the importance of humour.
We’re looking forward to future SHOUT lunches in aid of Sligo’ Oncology Unit. SHOUT helps cancer patients and their families.
Have a lovely weekend!
Thanks for reading,