Happy Tuesday guys… and happy Sept 1st.. where are the months going to?
So anyway…. as you guys might already know from my social media, last Friday night I was on the judging panel for the Miss Ireland final.
Miss Ireland is always a seriously glam affair so I really wanted to avail of the opportunity to wear a show-stopping floor-length gown. It’s not often I wear floor length numbers so when I get the chance to do so, I grab it by the horns 🙂
One of my favourite Dublin-based designers is Umit Kutluk, and I knew that some of his stunning creations had been worn by TV stars such as Amanda Byram and Katherine Thomas over the years, so I decided to check out his range for my event.
On Friday morning (hello last minute Sue) I headed into his showroom in Merrion Square studio to take a look and oh my good God, they were incredible! Some of his designs are just jaw-droppingly beautiful, but when I saw the one I would wear on the night, I adored it and when I tried it on – I fell head-over-heels in love with it and new it was THE ONE!
It fitted me like a glove, and I loved the shape it gave me too. I don’t know if the pictures do it the full justice it deserves. When you see it in person, you can see the amazing detail and the stunning fit!
The event, which was hosted by TV3’s Elaine Crowley and stylist Brendan Scully, was a phenomenal success and the after-party likewise was so much fun!
I brought along a few of my friends on the night so it was great to chill out with them and have a good laugh once my judging duties were completed.
The gown I wore to the after-party in the Wright Venue later that night was also by Unit Kutluk but on a less dramatic scale. The feather dress was so heavy and so glam, I needed a change for the after-party and so I went with this stunning sequin backless number that was a bit more airy! haha.
I loved this sequin dress, it had two slits up either side of the legs and it was totally backless… such a STUNNING gowan and again an unbelievable fit.
On the night itself, we had a touch task choosing the next Miss Ireland.
It was so hard to choose just one winner from an array of accomplished, talented beauties.
Each member of the judging panel really had their work cut out for them, including myself! As well as yours truly, the judging panel was comprised of PR entrepreneur Valerie Roe, 2012 Miss Ireland Rebecca Maguire, 2013 Miss Ireland Aoife Walsh, showbiz photographer Brian McEvoy, and Vanity X Make-Up creator Debbie McQuillan.
I couldn’t help but feel so nervous for all 32 girls on stage but every single stunner played an absolute blinder.
The overall winner we selected was the beautiful Miss Antrim, Sacha Livingstone. The runners-up for the crown were Miss Cork South, Aoife O’Sullivan, and Miss Dublin West Aishlin Maxwell.
Sacha, a 20 year-old artist from Belfast, will now travel to China this December where she will represent Ireland in the Miss World Competition and we will all be here rooting for her!
What a wonderful night!