Breaking the ice with bold party looks

Get your skates on – it’s party season. From lush velvet to sequins and silver, Irene O’Brien showcases her festive fashion edit at Cork On Ice.

Much like the costumes of competitive figure skaters, festive dressing requires glitz that makes an impact, sparkle that catches light and stretch that allows the wearer glide into the room and around the dancefloor for many hours into the night.

This season’s party wear is bold and wearable. 

Understanding that we want to dress beautifully without compromise, the high-street is awash with velvet dresses, lurex jumpsuits, sequin separates and feather cover-ups, with long sleeves, high necks and pockets as commonplace as spaghetti strings, short hems and body-con offerings. 

No longer do we have to choose between comfort and statement — this season’s glam dressing is a celebration of fun and the female form.

Cork On Ice is now open at Mahon Point Shopping Centre until January 2019.

Pleated hair bando, Accessorize €9.90 Statement neckpiece, Accessorize €29.90 Velvet dress, Monsoon €145

Gold headband, Accessorize €9 Velvet dress, Monsoon €119

Coloured drop earrings, Accessorize €15.90 Jumpsuit, Swamp €44.95 Coloured drop earrings, Accessorize €15.90 Jumpsuit, Swamp €44.95

Silver hair-combs, The Collection @ Debenhams €24 Feather shrug, J By Jasper Conran @ Debenhams €88 Chainmail dress, Star by Julien Macdonald @ Debenhams €98


  • Hair: Peter Mark @ Mahon Point
  • Makeup: Inglot @ Mahon Point
  • Photographer: Miki Barlok
  • Stylist: Irene O’Brien
  • Style Assistant: Lauren Sullivan
  • Models: Fiona Griffin and Grace Madden at Upfront Model Management
  • Shot on location at Cork on Ice, Mahon Point, Cork

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