‘Hats off’ to another great WIN event!
There were Mothers and Daughters, 2 Carmen Mirandas, 1 Mad Hatter, a famous Irish actress, a Jackson Pollock splattered policeman’s helmet, some stupendously creative homemade headgear, glamorous designer chapeaux and one glamorous Chapeau Designer!
What else could bring all these wonderful hats and people together but the inaugural WIN ‘Where Did You Get that Hat’ Lunch in Corrigan’s of Mayfair on Saturday June 15th?
It was such fun to see us all dressed up and chatting 19 to the dozen. Our guest of honour and hat judge, our very own Norah Casey, looked Absolutely Fabulous, smiling and beautiful as she herself wore a 1920’s style, small cloche and netting design by Secret Milliner, Sarah McGahan and Lady Mary Clancy sported an of-the-moment monochrome outfit topped off by a splendid black and white hat designed, Mary is not sure by whom – but it was fabulous!
We were delighted to welcome Fiona Mangan – a wonderful Milliner from the low-lying-fields-of Athenry who not only joined us for lunch wearing her own pink creation, but she has promised to join WIN. Most importantly, Fiona donated one of her beautiful hats to our raffle and the lucky winner, Clare Fundell was thrilled to wear Fiona’s hat home. Another gorgeous hat was donated by Secret Milliner – Irish designer Sarah McGahan Millinery and won by Antoinette.
We are so grateful to them both and especially to Phillip Treacy who donated a stunning wide-brimmed perfect-for-Ascot hat which was auctioned during lunch and of course, as with all WIN events, all the profits will be donated to the Irish Youth Foundation – so huge cyber cheers for the extraordinary generosity of our wonderful Irish Milliners who donated such beautiful works of Art.
Well done to the gentlemen who braved the feathers, bows, straw and lace to join us – especially Fionn O’Brien in full morning suit and very elegant Top hat and Ron with his straw vintage number. John Hubbard is always welcome whether he wears a hat or not!.
Norah set the competition into 3 categories:
The winners were:
Homemade: – Grace Vallorani for her fabulous black velvet and green pipe cleaners creation – in case anyone was in any doubt – it said HAT loudly on top! – Honourable mentions in this category, included Catherine Gallagher for her aforementioned modern art helmet – her Glastonbury hat.
Most Unusual: – Nicola Cregan for her NY-designed high-crowned hat which reminded us all of South American movies set in the Andes. Also nominated in this category were Dearbhla Molloy whose black velvet Shakespearian bonnet worn backwards, had been “liberated” from the RADA costume store.
Most Stlyish: – Jessica Shovelle who is 15, currently sitting her GCSE’s and looked stunning. She was there with her mother Mary, who also looked gorgeous. Congratulations Jessica and good luck with the exams! Nominated in this category were: Anne James, Lindy Adlam who received a round of applause for her dress made by her very own self, Victoria Epsley with her oh-so-elegant red rose and ahem…. myself!
Huge thanks also due yet again to Richard Corrigan and his brilliant team at Corrigans of Mayfair who have been such a great support to so many of our events. Richard looking slim, trim and brim-full of handsomeness joined us for a drink at the end of the event. The food was beyond delicious and it was great to see him and be able to thank him personally.
Cecilia Gallagher and her lovely daughter Catherine did so much of the organisation for the event both in advance and on the day and both looked fabulous – thank you from all of us. Thank you also to Dónal Gallagher for loaning the PA system. His generosity saves WIN so much money throughout the year and all that is saved goes straight to the IYF. Sorry you weren’t there Dónal – we know you have a hat or two hidden away – next year!
The general consensus was that we must do it again…let us know if you agree via the website or Facebook page or old fashioned email, telephone or postcard.
Signing off, can I just add that I have used more superlatives in this piece than in anything else I have written this decade!
Have a great Summer, Gentle Ladies and Men and see you in September for the next WIN breakfast starring Helen Lambert.