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Kerry Fashion Weekend 2012

The fourth annual Kerry Fashion Weekend takes place from Thursday 12th to Saturday 14th of April 2012 in the Kingdom of Style – Kerry.

One of the highlights of the event is the KFW designer Awards, with some award catagories being open to applicants from Kerry and nationwide.

The main categories are:

KFW Irish Designer of the Year 2012 (national entries welcome)

KFW Kerry Designer of the Year 2012 (Kerry born designer or designer based in Kerry)

KFW One to Watch 2012 (national entries welcome)

KFW Irish Accessory Designer of the Year 2012 (national entries welcome)

There is also a KFW Special Merit Award, given annually by the judges to a designer from Kerry who has excelled in their craft both in artistic and business terms. Previous winners of this category are master jeweller, Brian de Staic and womenswear couturier Matt Doody.

This year the KFW Designer Awards Show will be held in the Pavilions at Ballygarry House Hotel, Tralee, County Kerry on Thursday 12th of April. Entry forms for Awards are now available from Upfront PR & Model Management. Telephone 086 8399115 or email: Deadline for receipt of entry is Friday 30th of March 2012.

Tickets to the Awards are priced at €40. Early booking is advised due to capacity of venue. Tickets can be purchased on line or through

This is the fourth annual KFW and it is now nationally acknowledged as one of Ireland’s most prestigious fashion events. KFW has been responsible for both discovering and encouraging Kerry and Irish fashion designer talents. Previous winners have included bridal designers, Delphine Grandjouan and Caroline Atelier; womenswear designers, Sinead Doyle, Karyn Moriarty and Matt Doody, milliners Carol Kennelly, Kathleen McAuliffe and Michael Leong and jeweller Lisa Dora.  Judges for the event have included such established industry names as Louise Kennedy, Joanne Hynes, Don O Neill, Liadan Hynes, Debbie O Donnell, Eilis Boyle, Peter O Brien, Bairbre Power and Melanie Morris.

The highlight of Kerry Fashion Weekend for East 73rd will be the Vintage Salon Show taking place on Saturday April 14th in The Plaza Cafe Du Parc in Killarney. East 73rd will have a selection of SS12 outfits at this events.

The night will also include presentations on how to achieve the vintage look by stylist Erika Fox, hair creative Tricia O Sullivan and make up artist, Laura Lynch. There will be a prize for the most creative vintage outfit on the evening. For tickets to the event, telephone 086 8399115 or buy on line at

Can’t Wait!

Sarah x x