Marie Field, Siobhan Bourke and Caoimhe Hickey giving a taster of what to expect at the Fall into Fashion event Picture: Marie Keating
NEWCASTLE West is living up to its fashion destination label in what its organisers hope will be the style, fashion and fun event of the season.
But the event, which takes place next week, on October 19, promises to be a lot more as it is being held as a fundraiser for the Adi Roche Chernobyl Children International charity.
Ms Roche, no fashion slouch herself, will be present and will speak briefly about the work of the organisation she founded.
“We are so thrilled that Adi Roche was able to fit us in,” Joan Cahill, of Bella Sola in Newcastle West and one of the organisers. “There is a lot of excitement about meeting her and she will do a short talk and show a short video of the work she is involved in.”
Fellow organiser Ailish Mullane of Kimono added, “For us, her attendance is the icing on the cake.
“We wanted to do a charity event and the Chernobyl Children International plucked at people’s hearts. So many children have come from Chernobyl to Limerick homes over the years. We know the money will go to a very good cause.”
The doyenne of fashion in Limerick, Celia Holman Lee has been roped in and is enthusiastic about being back in Newcastle West on what is her first event in the Longcourt House Hotel.
“I have phenomenal memories of the old hotel, the crowds and the dozens of events I attended here,” she said.
“I got a bit of a heart jump when I came in. It is great to see it regenerated and back in business, beautiful and alive again.”
The line-up for the night, the organisers are confident, should appeal to a wide range of women. It will include conversations about styling and fashion featuring Celia and Marietta Doran as well as a champagne reception, dinner and a very relaxed fashion demonstration of autumn and winter wear.
Elaine Murrihy of Ela Maria, the third of the organising trio, said it will be a mix of information and fashion and people can expect to see some of the season’s on-trend colours. “We will have lots of green, olive green and forest green, especially in outer wear such as coats. But we also have lots of red; red with cheque, red houndstooth, red with camel,” she added. “And it will be glamour all the way.”
Tickets cost €60 and include the reception, dinner and dinner-wine and they are available from the three boutiques involved.