The Finalists For The Irish Fashion Industry Awards Have Been Revealed...

The 8th annual Kerry Fashion Week (KFW) is almost here and we're particularly excited about the?KFW Irish Fashion Industry Awards 2016, for which we're thrilled to be partnering,?alongside?Lancome Paris and Dunnes Stores. These highly coveted awards?will take place on Friday, 4th of March in the Hotel Europe & Resort, Killarney, County Kerry and are the highlight of Kerry Fashion Week (KFW).

Dunnes Stores will also showcase their SS 16 Designer Collections at the opening of theIrish Fashion Industry Awards, which will include Carolyn Donnelly The Edit, Paul Costelloe Living Studio, Lennon Courtney and Paul Galvin.

It's also been announced that Helen Steele, (who has dressed many Irish and international celebrities including Saoirse Ronan) will showcase her new S/S 16 collection as the guest of honour at the Irish Fashion Industry Awards.

This year, there are two levels of tickets available.?The Gold Ticket (?120) for those who wish to attend the Gala Dinner followed by Runway & Awards show - and - the Silver Ticket (?40) for those who wish to only attend the Runway & Awards Show. You can buy tickets here.

The Irish Fashion Industry Awards at KFW celebrate and recognise everyone working in the Irish fashion industry from emerging talents to established names.


We're proud to announce the KFW Irish Fashion Industry Awards Finalists 2016:

IMAGE Breakthrough Designer

Caroline Matthews - Womenswear

Vaida Rasciute, UPA - Childrenswear

Sean Byrne - Womenswear

Colin Horgan - Womenswear

Reenagh McCall, Embrace - Lingerie


Kerry Fashion Designer of the Year

Maria Stack - Millinery

Anne Cantillon Linnane - Womenswear

Maire O?Mahony - Millinery

Greta Lelyte - Menswear

Cathy Troth - Millinery

Rebekah Wall - Millinery


Nicole O'Brien - Millinery

One to Watch

Eamonn McGill - Womenswear

Hannah Choy O'Byrne - Womenswear

Dearbhaile Joyce - Womenswear

Nicola McLaughlin - Womenswear

Alanna McIntyre - Womenswear


Irish Accessory Designer of the Year

Patricia Albornoz, Ale Walsh Designs - Handbags

Ciara Silke - Scarves

Gemma O'Leary, Inner Island - Jewellery

James McKeon, Kiyoni - Scarves

Mulholland Jewellery, Fiona Mulholland - Jewellery

Irish Milliner of the Year


Ashleigh Myles

Jennifer Wrynne

Carol Kennelly

Caithriona King

Grainne Maher

Margaret O'Connor

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Irish Student Designer of the Year

Sarah Murphy - Griffith College

Emma Curtis - St. Angela's College, Sligo

Jack Roche - LSAD

Rebecca Hanratty - Griffith College

Daniel Mahon


Geraldine Breen - Mallow College

Irish Fashion Stylist of the Year

Courtney Smith

Brian Conway

Grace Moore

Irish Fashion Make Up Artist of the Year

Judy Wong


Anthony O?Sullivan

Nicki Buglewicz

Irish Hair Stylist of the Year (sponsored by Great Lengths)

Trudy Hayes

Tricia O?Sullivan

Glen Cullen

Taine King


Kristina Kairiene

@helensteelefash and @beaumontfashion @intercondublin KFW launch #kfw16

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Irish Fashion Model of the Year

Sarah Morrissey - Assets

Karen Fitzpatrick - Assets

Eve Connolly - Distinct


Louise Byrne - Morgan

Thalia Heffernan - Morgan

Gary Talbot

Irish Fashion Blog of the Year

Gold & Bold - January Russell Winters

Georgia's Blog - Georgia Twomey

Minnie Melange - Sinead Burke


Irishfashaholic - Emer O?Mahony

Mark my Style - Mark Anthony

Irish Fashion Businessperson of the Year

Chupi Sweetman Durney - Chupi

Alison Clarke - ACA Models

Rita Mylett - ATIR Shapewear

Margaret O?Rourke - Mo Muse


Irish Independent Fashion Retailer of the Year

My Shining Armour, Kilkenny - Nicki Hoyne

La Boh'me, Dingle - Elaine Sheehy

Willow, Ennis - Jean McCabe

Miss Daisy Blue, Cork - Breda Casey

Phoenix V, Cork - Liza Brennan

Isobella Ru, Cork - Ruby Morley


Other events over KFW €16 include the annual KFW Boutique & Designer Show in the Pavilion at Ballygarry House Hotel, Tralee, County Kerry on Wednesday 2nd of March and a programme of Industry Workshops.

Kerry Fashion Week and the Irish Fashion Industry Awards are jointly produced by Orla Diffily and Paul Ruane (FrontPoint Events Ltd) and their dedicated team of fashion industry professionals.? For more information visit, follow KFW on twitter @kfwtweets or Instagram: KerryFashionWeek.

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