A CELEBRATION of style and Kerry’s place as the fashion capital of the southwest will form the centrepiece of the 2016 Rose of Tralee Fashion Show in the Festival Dome on Sunday, August 21.

This year’s fashion extravaganza, which was launched at Ballygarry House Hotel & Spa, Tralee, will feature all the top boutiques and stores from the Munster region, including top Irish milliners.

The producer of the Rose of Tralee Fashion Show, Celia Holman-Lee, said: “The Rose of Tralee annual fashion show is one of the biggest platforms to showcase and support the indigenous fashion houses in Kerry, Limerick and nationwide. It is a wonderful opportunity for the country’s fashionistas to plan their winter wardrobe and discover the trends you need to know for Autumn Winter.”

Year after year, the Rose of Tralee fashion show encourages Irish designs, and this year’s event will see the introduction of the Rose of Tralee Young Student Designer of the Year Awards where student representatives from every design college in Ireland will compete for the title.

This section of the event will represent the creativity and vision of the future fashion with students attending: The Grafton Academy, National College of Art and Design, Griffith College, Mallow College of Design and Tailoring, Limerick School of Art and Design, Limerick College of Further Education, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology and Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, all in the running to win the Trophy and €500 cash prize, sponsored by Cathriona’s Hair Group.

The finale of this year’s Rose of Tralee Fashion Show will see a display of established top Irish designers, whose names are synonymous with quality, style and individuality accompanied by music from the incredible Michael O’Brien.

The prize for the best dressed lady will include a luxury break for two in the luxurious 4-star Killashee Hotel, Co Kildare, a personal shopping experience at Kildare Village complete with a €500 voucher and €500 worth of jewellery from the Rose of Tralee International Festival’s lead sponsor, Tipperary Crystal. The competition will be judged by 2015 Rose of Tralee, Elysha Brennan and Karen Scanlan, representing Tipperary Crystal.

Ireland’s top tourist attraction, Guinness Storehouse, another proud sponsor of the Rose of Tralee International Festival, will also present a prize hamper worth €200 to one lucky member of the audience on the night.

Make-up for the show will be applied by the skilled team at CH The Mall Tralee, while Cathriona’s Hair Salon in Castlegregory will style the models on the night.A wine reception will precede the event while fashion show ticket holders (over 18s only) are invited to attend the after-show party in the Pavilion Dome featuring the silky sounds of Frankly Bublé.
Tickets to the 2016 Rose of Tralee Autumn Winter Fashion Show are available from www.roseoftralee.ie for only €35.

This year’s Rose of Tralee fashion extravaganza will feature all the top boutiques and stores from the Munster region, including top Irish milliners. Ballygarry House Hotel was the perfect backdrop to showcase some stunning outfits from Phoenix V, Cork, and hat from Carol Kennelly, milliner, Annette’s Boutique Listowel, Aisling Maher milliner and boutique, Adare, MacBee’s Killarney and Brides of Glin.