Winners of the Irish Fashion Innovation Awards announced

The crème de la crème of the fashion industry attended the Irish Fashion Innovation Awards last night, hosted at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway City. Often referred to as the Irish Fashion Oscars, the 42 shortlisted designers took to the catwalk producing a world class showcase of Irish design. The awards, now in their 7th year, recognises the creative talents of Irish fashion designers from emerging students to established Irish labels. 
Attending the event was Patricia McCrossan , Golden egg Photo:Andrew Downes, xposure.

Irish Fashion Innovation Awards 2016

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The Irish Fashion Innovation Awards 2016…

This year, for the first time I attended the Irish Fashion Innovation Awards along with a group of fellow Bloggers from Into The West Blogger Network.  It was such a pleasure to be part of this amazing event which took place in the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Galway on Thursday 10th March.  A highlight of Galway Fashion Week, The Irish Fashion Innovation Awards was founded by Patricia McCrossan, MD of Golden Egg Productions.Patricia and her team at Golden Egg Productions did an amazing job – 42 designers battled it out across 6 categories, with the lucky finalists taking to the stage to showcase their designs at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Galway.  The Irish Fashion Innovation Awards 2016 were proudly sponsored by Colm Quinn BMW, Hartmanns of GalwayBrown Thomas,  Local Enterprise Office, GalwayNow Magazine and The Radisson Blue Hotel & Spa, Galway.

Undoubtedly One Of The Stand Out Events In The Irish Fashion Calendar…

The show is the only platform in Ireland for young designers in Ireland and the prestigious awards give visibility, support and a voice to young design talent throughout Ireland, offering an opportunity for their work to be shown to a judging panel of fashion design experts.  It was such a glamours evening starting with a pre-show drinks reception at 7pm, followed by the fashion show featuring so many amazing finalists including: Fashion Designer of the Year Finalists: Giovanna Borza, Caroline Mitchell, Carla Johnson from Mona Swims (Winner), Tissue and Kymaia; Millinery Designer of the Year Finalists: Elaine Keogh (Winner), Davina Lynch, Caithriona King, Emily Jean O’Byrne and Andrea Tighe;  Jewellery Designer of the Year Finalists: Vivienne Martin, KiKiNa, Natasha Heaslip, Emma Bourke (Winner) and Vivienne Walsh;  Accessory Designer of the Year Finalists: Sara O’Neill, KDK, Dee Mangan, Kinsale Leather (Winner) and Hazel Greene; Student Designer of the Year Colleges:  Colin Burke (Winner), National College of Art & Design (NCAD); Ones to Watch: Etain Grant, Kyree Forrest, Fintan Mulholland and Ruth Duignan.

The After Party…

This year the Irish Fashion Innovation Awards supported Breast Cancer Research as their chosen charity.  There was a silent auction on the night with fabulous pieces generously donated by the designers.  And the after show party with The Amazing Apples in The Veranda Lounge was a perfect ending to a super night.  I loved ever second of this ultra glamorous event, congratulations to all the finalists, winners and all the team at Golden Egg Productions for inviting us along to The Irish Fashion Innovation Awards 2016.   As with every event I attend of course a new dress, hair and makeup are essential.  Thank you so much to Isabel and the amazing team at Bellissimo Galway for my makeover…I really loved my blonde wig :-) My dress is Diva from Harper, Galway City, this boutique never fails to satisfy my fashion requirements.  Martina and Denise are always there to assist you choose the perfect outfit for any occasion.

22Irish Fashion innovation awards

What Caught My Eye…

Photo Credit: Andrew Downes Xposure

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