It was a double win for Munster in the style stakes at Ladies Day in the RDS Horse Show yesterday. Claire Murphy from Kerry won best dressed lady while Raymond Gilbourne from Cork was best dressed man.
“I was on the phone to my husband as the name was being announced, not thinking it would be me and I was saying, ‘What time are you taking her [their daughter] to the Gaeltacht?’ And then next thing somebody said, ‘It’s you.’ So I just don’t know where my phone is right now, I think I dropped it,” Claire, from Tralee, tells the Irish Examiner.
She wore an apple green and cream outfit, championing the creativity of the kingdom in Killorglin designer Tina Griffin’s dress and local milliner Carol Kennelly’s headpiece.
“A couple of months ago I saw the apple green head piece and I just worked the outfit around that then. I went to Tina then and she designed the dress to go with it,” says Claire.
“Usually I start with the dress but this time, I saw the headpiece and I started up there and moved down.
“I try to go Kerry [with her clothing],” says Claire, who travelled up to Dublin for the event with a group of friends.
“I arrived up with a group of Kerry ladies on the train. I came up casual, and then checked into the hotel and changed and got a taxi here for about 1 o’clock.”
Claire won a €10,000 voucher for Dundrum Town Centre and intends to capitalise on her win by heading to the Galway Races. “I have something else in mind for Galway,” she says.
Both judges, blogger Louise O’Reilly and fashion editor Bairbre Power, were firmly united in their decision to declare Claire as the best-dressed lady on the day.
“In the end, the actual winner we both saw her in the crowd and went ‘wow,’ and couldn’t wait for her to come up and tell her story,” says Bairbre, adding that the elegance and sophistication were the common threads throughout the entrants.
“It was something that really struck us but at the same time it was incredibly difficult because there was just so many outfits that just blew us away,” said Louise.
In total, more than 400 people entered into the competition, from mothers and children to men and couples.
The Conor McGregor sartorial effect rippled through the RDS yesterday with most of the male entrants clad in tweed three-piece suits.
Best dressed man, Raymond Gilbourne, who lives in Millstreet, said he is known as “tweed man” among his colleagues.
“I’m known as the ‘tweed man’ where I work because I like wearing tweed, I don’t wear dark colours, I like wearing bright colours. I’ve orange trousers, red trousers, yellow trousers,” he told the Irish Examiner.
Mr Gilbourne will have a pure wool suit made for him by Louis Copeland & Sons as his prize.
BOSS IS BACK
Hidden away in the confines of the VIP area of the showjumping arena, rock star Bruce Springsteen cut a low-key figure as he watched his daughter Jessica competing in the event.
He casually walked towards a small gathering of journalists, who had discreetly made their way into the VIP section.
“Oh it was wonderful, it’s a great audience here for us,” he told the Irish Examiner about his recent gigs in Croke Park.
“It’s wonderful to be back here in Dublin.”
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