We had a fantastic day in the Burlington Hotel for the Spring Vintage Fashion and Décor Fair. It was amazing how many people turned out in their best vintage to come to the Fair. Thank you all for making such a great day of it, it was a celebration of all things vintage. And a big thanks to all those wonderful businesses who sponsored prizes for the Best Dressed Competition. All of them worth a visit, you can click on their names here to go to their websites.
MOST STYLISH LADY: It was so difficult to choose, but Bella in her elegant green dress with fur trim and beautifully accessorised stood out as a winner. Her hair coiled around that little pill-box hat with such style. All that prep time was worth it as she won a fantastic (unlocked) HTC Smartphone worth €500 from our generous sponsors Vodafone Ireland.
We have to admit that here at Vintage Ireland we are big fans of Vodafone, and have used our Iphone (received free with Vodafone Business plan) to virtually run the business when traveling at home and abroad. Plus Vodafone is a big supporter of women in business, and has sponsored various programmes for women entrepreneurs. You can get your hands on the latest Smartphones for free over on the Vodafone website, and follow Vodafone on Facebook for news on the latest deals and developments.
A big thank you also to ‘The Flower Box’ for presenting our winner with a beautiful bouquet of flowers.
Runner up Triona Stokes was thrilled with her goodie bag of legwear from our favourite hosiery makers Pretty Polly.. lots of gorgeous styles for vintage ladies, who really appreciate the difference that the perfect pair of tights or stockings can make to any outfit. You can check out their range of glamorous and funky styles on the Pretty Polly Facebook page – plus have a chance to win prizes in the frequent competitions hosted on the site.
MOST STYLISH MAN: The men turned on the style and were rewarded for their efforts. Declan Egan, Best Dressed Man, won a luxury pampering session plus goodie bag of hair styling products from Waldorf Barbershop. Runners up: Mark Reynolds won a fantastic portrait photograph with ANALOG Photo Studio, Christian Hoey won 4 weeks membership at Club Vitae, a luxurious health club featuring full-size pool, sauna and steam room in Maldron Hotel on Cardiff Lane – just yards from the Bord Gais Theatre. Finally, Andy Jones wond the Waldorf Barbershop goodie bag.
MOST STYLISH COUPLE : Dancers Tim and Jacqueline were co-ordinated in more ways than their dress sense, their sure-footed dance moves had us all mesmerised and envious. But it was of course their outfits that won them a Champagne reception and finger food for 9 friends in the The Odeon. Cheers to them and a big thank you the fabulously retro Odeon on Harcourt Street for sponsoring the couples prize once again!
Lady Lavinia was a close runner-up for the top prize. Not to worry: she received a great prize courtesy of the Vintage Cocktail Club – Dublin’s own secret hideaway on Crown Alley in Temple Bar, just behind the central bank. Look for the discreet black door, but no need to “knock three times and ask for Joe” – the decor is 1920’s but the bell is electric and the cocktails electrifying!
VINTAGE MAKEOVER WINNER : Lollie Mancie entered a competition via our Facebook page before the event to win a head to toe vintage makeover. She spent the morning getting a movie star makeover with our team of vintage professionals, and doesn’t she look fab. Styling Irene O’Brien, Hair Joyce Clarke Henry , makeup by Amanda Hynes Johnson of Ruby Garnet Makeup and dress from After Sybil.
OUR YOUNGEST WINNER: Second from left, Rebecca Belogh-Cilia, (Our youngest winner, it was her birthday the day of the fair) won earrings from ‘Deborah Hacket Vintage’. All the lovely ladies wearing hats, from left: Tríona Stokes won a goodie bag from Vertigo Vintage, Rebecca Belogh-Cilia, Miriam Hanberry won a fantastic 40 euro voucher to spend in a great little gem of a vintage shop called New To You Mullingar and Maura Lillis won a voucher for The Burlington Hotel.
SPIFFING SPOT PRIZES: From early in the day there were lots of prize winners. Erica Devine is being presented with her prize from Meagher’s Pharmacy by Joan Murray of Vintage Ireland. Meagher’s Pharmacy also presented us with lots of goodie bags which were distributed on a first come basis to everyone who arrived at the fair in vintage style. So vintage fans near Barrow Street, Baggot Street, Ranelagh or Tallaght, make sure to give them your business for being a supporter of vintage events.
PRIZES GALORE: There were so many winners it’s difficult to show them all. Maeve Brady from Vertigo.Vintage donated a gift voucher won by Tina Stokes, Ellie Connolly, wearing a dress from After Sybil won a goodie bag from Meagher’s Pharmacy, Maria Osborne and Mary Beasley both won a gift voucher generously donated by The Village at Lyons, Elaine Moore and Jean O’Donovan both won vouchers for makeovers with Ruby Garnet Makeup, Erica Devine won the day out at the Royal Marine Hotel Antiques & More Fair with lunch courtesy of the Royal Marine, Ciara Bourke received her choice of essential festival wellies from Wellies.ie, Lute Al-Raad in a lovely spring/summmer frock won an 8 week burlesque course in The Irish Burlesque School , Alison Dinsmore received a pair of upcycled vintage candlestick from Alice at Home, and John Gray didn’t enter the Best Dressed competition, but did win a prize in our free draw of a weekend in the 4 star Clontarf Castle Hotel, venue for our biggest regular Antiques and More fairs (held every 2 months).