“An Enchanted Forest”

Midsummer’s Night, Thursday 21st of June

Sheen Falls Lodge, Kenmare, County Kerry

 Photo Credit: Barry Murphy Photography. 

Photo Credit: Barry Murphy Photography. 

 
 

“An Enchanted Forest” - is the ultimate fashion evening featuring emerging and established Fashion designers & labels showcasing Summer collections and also a dedicated presentation on sustainable fashion.

It will be held on Midsummer’s night - Thursday 21st of June, in the naturally spectacular setting of the five star Sheen Falls Lodge, Kenmare, County Kerry. Buy direct from Eventbrite (click here)

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The evening will feature collections from Helen Steele, Alison Conneely,  Sarah Murphy, Alice Halliday, Carol Kennelly, Tina Griffin, Hazel Comyn, Aoife Hannon, Delphine Grandjouan and House of Kerry (silk scarves). Special guest on the night is international Womenswear Designer Colin Horgan, who is from Ardfert in Kerry and now based in London. Colin Horgan has dressed Lady GaGa and Dua Lipa and is widely considered one of fashion's brightest young talents on the world stage. 

The pre show salon boutique show will feature summer and sustainable labels from MacBees Killarney, Annburys Tralee, Jasmine boutique with bespoke headpieces by Cathy Troth and Hannons of Castleisland.

The best dressed lady on the evening will win an overnight stay in an Estate Room in Sheen Falls Lodge including full Irish Breakfast and dinner for 2 in The Falls Restaurant. Thank you to Sheen Falls for sponsoring this wonderful prize. Judges will be looking for an outfit with a sustainable twist. 

Overview
The evening will commence with fine wines & seasonal canapes served outdoors in the beautiful surroundings overlooking the picturesque Sheen Falls accompanied by a salon styled fashion show featuring Irish & sustainable labels from Kerry boutiques. Guests will then move into the William Petty Suite within Sheen Falls Lodge which will be transformed in a magical enchanted forest.  This fashion show will exclusively feature Summer collections from selected Irish and Kerry designers with a dedicated presentation also focussing on sustainable fashion. Each guest will also receive a complimentary gift bag.

Midsummer’s night, Summer Solstice, has been celebrated throughout time as a magical and enchanting evening. The height of the Summer in the Northern hemisphere and the longest day of the year, it is a fitting occasion to focus on the latest trends for Summer and fashion’s sustainable future. Many of the designers on the evening will create special pieces for the event, making it unmissable for fashion lovers. It also promises to be a most enjoyable and fun evening with surprise guests. Capacity at the event is limited so early booking is advised. 

 
So what exactly is 'Sustainable Fashion' and why does it matter?
Sustainability is now the big conversation in fashion - and everyone can join in ! Essentially it is all about asking where is a product from (ie where is it made and are those who make it fairly paid); what is it made from (natural or man-made materials), how often will you wear it (is it an investment piece - or wear once) and what happens when you discard it (landfills and waste management are becoming an increasing expensive and hazardous issue)? There are many strands to being more sustainable in your own everyday life and purchase decisions - including supporting local designers (thereby reducing the carbon foot print and generating employment), buying sustainable fabrics, re-wearing and sharing your clothing, up-cycling, re-cycling and generally being more aware of the story behind what you are wearing.

Sustainable is now 'sexy' and sustainable collections are also very design led and fashionable. Although it is more pricey, it is about looking at the bigger picture both for your wardrobe and the planet! Many high street stores are now producing sustainable collections, and re-visiting their work practices and supply chains to become more environmentally friendly. 

The evening will be produced by fashion PR & events professional, Orla Diffily who is also a fashion contributor on Ireland’s top afternoon show RTE Today,. Creative Director, AnnMarie O’Leary, will create an Enchanted Forest using locally foraged foliage and florals and style the opening presentation. Models are from Upfront Model Management and staging is by Ray Stack Productions. Hair is by Cathriona Rohan. 

Image Credit : Barry Murphy Photography.
Shot on location at Sheen Falls Lodge Kenmare. 

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SHOWCASE FOR EMERGING TALENTS
If you are an emerging fashion designer producing sustainable collections, we have two spaces available to professionally showcase your work at this event. Please contact us directly for more information.