AN OUTFIT inspired by “the dainty looks worn by Marilyn Monroe” saw Limerick lady Rachelle Guiry totter away with her second Best Dressed Lady prize at the races.
The Knockaderry beauty artist took the top prize at the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh on Saturday - a year after being named best dressed on Ladies Day at the Galway Races.
“My mum Anne and I decided to go on a girlie day out at the Curragh and I was so thrilled when I won as the best dressed,” smiled Rachelle who says she “loves putting an individual look together.”
She started working on her Darley Oaks outfit back in the spring, taking inspiration from her Lulu Guinness ‘lips’ clutchbag, which was a gift from her boyfriend Mark O’Connell from Glenroe.
A qualified art teacher, Rachelle met sports fanatic Mark when they were both teaching in Scoil Pol secondary school in Kilfinane.
Rachelle purchased her dress from ASOS and added the lace detailing herself to create a raw scalloped edge detailing on the sleeves and the underskirt to create a translucent finish.
“My gloves were from Etsy with a little box pleat detailing. I wanted the hat to be quite vibrant and feminine so I met with Carol Kennelly, the Tralee milliner and explained my ideas,” she said.
The exquisite headpiece included a lush array of orchids, peonies, roses and rosebuds varying from dusky pink to white hues.
“My shoes were a dusty pink nude from Ted Baker and complimented my Lulu Guinness bag perfectly,” she added.
For her efforts Rachelle won a wine trip to Chateau l’Hospitalet in Narbonne, France, courtesy of O’Brien’s Wines and €500 jewellery from the Stella & Dot online company. “I will probably go at the end of August. It’s a break away,” said Rachelle who last year wowed the judging panel on Ladies Day at the Galway Races in her powder blue ensemble.
The minute she clapped eyes on the dress which featured a pretty Peter Pan collar, she knew it was the one for Ladies Day. “I thought it would be a real classic piece for Galway. I had been before but I never entered Ladies Day,” explained the Newcastle West-based make-up artist who won €12,000 worth of prizes. “I thought the style there was so beautiful. It was fabulous to be there and take it all in,” she added.