The pictures are in from the Boutique Awards lunch, celebrating independent Irish retailers

The first ever IMAGE Boutique Awards winner's lunch took place in The Dylan Hotel on Friday and it was, in every aspect, a spectacular fashion fair

Ireland's fashion set gathered at the lavish five-star Dylan Hotel in Dublin last Friday to celebrate the award winners in the first ever IMAGE Boutique Awards. Winners and guests were treated to a three-course champagne lunch in The Tavern restaurant where they were honoured during each course with a beautiful trophy to display in their boutique's.  Afterwards, guests were invited to join IMAGE editors in the outdoor terrace area to enjoy a Belvedere cocktail and live jazz.

As well as celebrating our winners (listed below if you need a reminder!), there was also a spot prize of  a €100 voucher for The South William Spa, as well as best-dressed guest, which was awarded to Havana Boutique owner Nikki Creedon who wore a stunning Simone Rocha tulle dress and accompanying shoes and hair accessories. Nikki was awarded an afternoon in Powerscourt Spa, which was recently voted Best Luxury Spa in Northern Europe. Finally, there was a prize for the best Tweet or Instagram post of an overnight stay in one of 60 Original Irish Hotels.

Best dressed winner Nikki Creedon. Photos by Ailbhe O'Donnell


Best dressed winner Nikki Creedon. Photos by Ailbhe O'Donnell

Here's a reminder of our winners:

Best Accessories Offering
Loulerie, Dublin

Best Boutique Outside Dublin
Kimono, Limerick

Best Boutique Owners
Chupi Sweetman and Kate Nolan, Atrium

Best Bridal Boutique
Folkster, Kilkenny

Best Customer Experience
Atrium, Dublin

Best Department Store Support
Dunnes Stores for Designers at Dunnes Stores

Best Irish Designer Boutique
Louise Kennedy, Dublin

Best Irish Label Offering
The Design Centre, Dublin

Best Lifestyle Concept Store
Seagreen (Monkstown), Dublin

Best Luxury Boutique
Costume, Dublin

Best Menswear
Louis Copeland, Dublin

Best Merchandising Experience
Millars, Galway

Best Occasionwear
Folkster, Dublin

Best Online-only Store
My Shining Armour

Best Pre-loved Offering
Siopaella, Dublin

Most Exciting Edit
Havana, Dublin

The team here at IMAGE would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to all our nominees, judges and voters. We're completely thrilled by the amazing response in supporting Irish design and retail, and we hope you've enjoyed it too. Until next year...

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