Colin Horgan, will make a much anticipated return to his native Kerry as the Special Guest at the forthcoming “An Enchanted Forest”

Rising international fashion designer, Colin Horgan, will make a much anticipated return to his native Kerry as the Special Guest at the forthcoming “An Enchanted Forest” experience on Midsummer’s night , Thursday 21st of June, in the spectacular setting of Sheen Falls Lodge, Kenmare, County Kerry. Currently based in London, Horgan has dressed Lady GaGa, Little Mix and Dua Lipa and is widely considered one of Ireland’s brightest young fashion design talents on the world stage. Tickets are priced at €85 and can be purchased from Eventbrite, online directly from orladiffily.eu or call 086 8399115. The event is almost sold out, so reservation is recommended.

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“An Enchanted Forest” is a show featuring top designers and labels with a dedicated presentation on sustainable fashion. Designers Helen Steele, Alison Conneely,  Sarah Murphy, Alice Halliday, Carol Kennelly, Tina Griffin, Hazel Comyn, Aoife Hannon, Delphine Grandjouan and House of Kerry will all be in attendance on the evening to show their new collections. Emerging young talents Siobhan Heffernan (SIBIHEFF) and Rita Zachar will also feature sustainable looks from their collections. In addition, there will be a showcase of the latest summer style from Hannons of Castleisland, MacBees Killarney, Annburys Tralee and Jasmine boutique with bespoke headpieces by Cathy Troth. 

 

The evening will commence with a fine wines & canapés reception outdoors accompanied by a salon styled fashion show. Guests will then move for the main show into the William Petty Suite within Sheen Falls, which will be styled by creative director Ann Marie O’Leary. The best dressed 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. 

 

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 Summer trends and fashion’s sustainable future. Many of the designers showing on the evening will create special pieces for the event, making it unmissable for fashion lovers.

 

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 own clothing, up-cycling, re-cycling and generally being more aware of the story behind what you are wearing

Models are from Upfront Model Management, staging is by Ray Stack Productions, hair is by Cathriona Rohan and the make up team is headed by Julie Cahill at Lancome and kindly sponsored by CH Tralee. 

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