The creme de la creme of Wexford fashion came together for a totally sold-out catwalk extravaganza on Saturday night (September 20th) ably hosted by RTE star Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh. Top Irish models Sarah Morrissey, Yomiko, Teo Sutra and more walked the catwalk with some of the county’s biggest GAA stars in fabulous outfits from 22 Wexford boutiques.
Three talented Oulart and Wexford players proved particularly good sports, honouring their commitment to the charity event in spite of a shock defeat to Glynn Barntown just hours before in the senior hurling championship. Eoin Moore, Shaun Murphy, David Redmond and Keith Rossiter joined veteran of last year’s show Brian Malone, Ferns star Paul Morris and Jack O’Connor of St Martins and were a smash hit with the capacity crowd of more than 450 people.
Merrion-square based couturier Umit Kutlik’s extraordinary designs drew gasps from the crowd while Gorey girl Blaithin Ennis’s award-winning ornate jewellery designs will surely be scribbled down on Santa lists around the county now.
Organised for the third year by the Wexford Chamber of Commerce, the organisation’s CEO Madeleine Quirke hailed the night as a resounding success. ‘The show was first established to boost our retail sector during difficult economic times and allow them to showcase their fabulous designs to as wide an audience as possible. It is now an established night on the fashion and social calendar and is raising valuable funds for charity – this year counselling service It’s Good 2 Talk was our charity partner – while showing off what our wonderful boutiques and retailers have to offer. This was our first time here in this iconic County Hall building and we couldn’t have asked for a better venue or backdrop.
‘As always our wonderful producer Keith Jordan did an unbelievable job and we were delighted to have great sponsors on board in Wexford County Council, Alan Keville Hair, Gainfort Academy, Ken Boylan Make-up Play, the Talbot Hotel, Westgate Design and Keelings who all helped to make the night possible. We look forward to seeing you all back next year!’