Way back since the week after the Kilkenny Rose, I have been busy preparing, sourcing and collaborating with various designers and brands to complete my perfect day and evening outfits. I am delighted to say that I got nothing short of an amazing response, merely only clarifying the status and respect the festival has today amongst the Irish community in 2014. And while I am not going to reveal too much about the final pieces (as the oufits themselves are still a work in progess) I am going to share with you some of the adventures and designs I have picked up so far.
You may remember that I headed to Kildare Outlet Village in March for their secret VIP sale to avail of a special discount? There I could not resist picking up one of these perspex Lulu Guinness lips clutch to add to my already expansive Lulu collection and this bag will definitely add some fun to photo shoots too. A must have for Summer selfies fo'sure. I recently visited the outlet village again last weekend as I made my way to Dublin to check out a store I have been excitingly awaiting to visit for some time now.
There I found Om Diva, located on Drury Street, running parallel a few streets over to the infamous Grafton Street. And while the ground floor emulates somewhere like Amity boutique in Cork, it's rails are full of flirty 50 house wife fun. In the basement however there's bargain rails of vintage goodies housed in a retro living room feel with gorgeous decor to boot! And finally upstairs, you will find the mecca of young Irish talent and design in Atelier 27. There I spent hours trying on the designs of the stars of Irish fashion future. Making decisions on whom I would re-home and who I would leave for a later date was difficult but I think my choices were fun and definitely reflect my fashion sense. I can't wait to reveal to you next week who will be joining me in Port Laoise.
And finally, one Irish brand I am honoured to be courting at the festival is the wonderful 'Kiyoni' which specialises in beautiful silk scarves. This design duo behind the brand are from Galway and were recent winners of the Irish Fashion Innovation Awards 2014 in the accessory category and I am much in love with their fairytale 'stories on silk' designs. Any one who really knows me is aware that I am a scarf magpie and am delighted to have found a homegrown brand to support. Thank you again James and Lisa McKeon for being such wonderful sponsors.
I have a store of posts to get through so make sure to check back on Thursday where I will share my recent afternoon tea attire. And you thought I couldn't find an appropriate elasticated waisted skirt to enjoy all that cake? Think again!
Until next time Ducklings,
Love Vera Xx