Monday, 13 February 2017

Do you know your STYLE colours for SS17?

Keeping up to date with the latest seasonal fashion colour trends is all part of our retail shopping experience.  To help us with our planning Pantone has moved ahead and released the Top colours.  

Forecasting key colours for seasons ahead helps us all plan ahead for our own wardrobe necessities and also to get to grips with the colour tones coming into stores for 2017 Wedding Season.

I have recently enjoyed showcasing my hats with some beautiful new season style in these colours and wanted to share some style looks with you and show you the top colours on trend.

Sandra, Helen and Alona modelling SS17 at Isobel Boutique Adare
Hats designed by Suzie Mahony Designs available instore.


Leading the charge this year are Niagara which is a rich slate blue colour.

Sinead Tucker modelling Blue Lace Look Dress and Hat
from Isobel Boutique Adare
Primrose Yellow 
is a soft warm yellow.  This season we also have zest or lemon tones on leading labels.

Lapis Blue: 

Navy is traditionally a spring colour but here we have  Lapis Blue which adds much more vitality to a tone, gives it some energy and radiance. 

Hazlenut is the neutral tone of the season or the accent tone used in accessories.  It has a warm undertone and can easily be worn for all seasons.


Fashion from Isobel Boutique Adare with Hats from Suzie Mahony Designs

We are very familiar with Pink Yarrow having seen it in cosmetics ranges for a number of years and we also have seen rich magenta and cerise come back year after year for fashionable trends.

Pale Dogwood is similar to the lovely soft nude pinky tone we have seen over the past couple of years.  It works great as a block colour for a complete outfit like you see here on Mandy Maher wearing one of my SS17 Silk Hats at Suzie Mahony Designs.   Nude Pink is stunning when mixed with greys or nutmeg tones also.  It adds a lovely softness to an outfit or overall look.


We are definitely seeing more reds and corals this year on the shop floors for occasion wear.  These colours are brilliant for the Irish skin tone.  They are warm and rich.   
Fashion Below from Olivia Danielle Athlone.

Flame is red infused with orange and gives a wow factor.  Again you can't ignore when maintained as block colour styling but when accented with greens or other rich magenta's they also work well.    

Monday, 6 February 2017

Northwest Wedding Expo 20117

Northwest Wedding Expo 2017

The Northwest Wedding Expo 2017 was held in the Knocknarea Arena Sligo, over two days.  

I was invited to be part of this years event with my Suzie Mahony Designs 'Occasion Style & Millinery' Talks at the Show in seminars throughout both days.  I showcased my Millinery, Jewellery and Accessories at the event.   

Despite the cold weather outside, everyone received a lovely warm welcome on the Red Carpet to Expo 2017 photographed by Glenn Regan.  The Arena was jam packed with over 80 businesses over the weekend.  Ocean FM were present both days and it was lovely to be interviewed live on air. 

Exhibitors at Northwest Expo 2017

My Style and Millinery Talk covered all aspects of dressing and wearing hats for your family wedding.  Showing the ladies all the tips and ideas when styling your outfit and hat.  How to make it work for you. Practical style advice from my experience as a Milliner styling clients.  

I showed fashion from Olivia Danielle Boutique Athlone with various hat designs from my studio.  Olivia Danielle stock a vast range of occasion wear alongside smart casual key essentials and a shoe shop on the first floor. 

Our model for the weekend was Natasha Carty from Catwalk Modelling Agency.  Here she is wearing a full length red gown from Olivia Danielle. 

Donal Hackett was on hand taking fabulous images.  For all the latest images and news from the event check out Myweddingstore.
Every possible service you need for your wedding was catered for at Expo 2017.  

From a whole host of Hotels including The Clayton Sligo, Kilronan Castle and Harvey's Point Hotel Donegal, there was something for everyone to plan their wedding day.

Bridal dresses from Lamelia Bridal Studio and Dinagh Modes.  The classic elegance and lace choices for 2017 are worth looking at.  

Lots of lovely ideas for Decor and Venue Dressing.  With so many choosing alternative venues it can be transformed to suit you on your wedding day with lots of candles, floral and other decorative elements.

I couldn't resist sampling at the cake stands.  Cakes from Kake Kreationz.

A Wedding Expo would not be complete without wedding singers and in Sligo we had Bernadine Casserly, Michelle Feeney and Stephanie McGarry Priorier to provide beautiful singing throughout the weekend.

 David McConville Orthodontics were on hand to achieve that perfect smile!!

We couldn't resist an opportunity to try the beautiful Wedding Cars. 

Congratulations to Con Durkin from Adams Menswear/FormalWear winning a prize for the Best Stand at the Expo 2017.

If you are walking down the aisle in 2017 you have plenty of options here to choose from.

Thank you for reading my blog.

Enjoy planning your wedding!! 

Suzie x

Monday, 16 January 2017

Suzie Mahony Designs feature on Ireland AM TV3

What better way to celebrate Mna na hEireann than being featured on Ireland AM alongside fabulous Designers and Milliners.  I am sharing with you all the details of my experience on Ireland AM TV3 with Celebrity Stylist Marietta Doran.

Its was fantastic to be invited to showcase Suzie Mahony Designs occasion style and hats.  I decided to keep my look classic and elegant so I started with the beautiful Chanel Style Suit from Olivia Danielles Athlone in Black with ivory trim and pearl detail.  I love this suit, it is so comfortable and easy to wear.

My hat I started with the hatblock which is one I designed myself last year and I love the shape.  I made my hat in black silk and then working with my own profile and style I trimmed the hat with black silk swirls, handcut black feathers to add some movement and I brought in an accent with ivory pearls all through the design.  The hat is secured with elastics and very flattering.  I loved wearing it.

The shoes are classic black patent from Clarks range.  I also added a leather black bag and gloves which I had purchased on holidays in the last few years.  Staples in any wardrobe and they just finished the look for me.

Of course I couldn't resist a little chat with the boys Mark Cagney and Aidan Cooney.

Behind the scenes we were pampered by Sharon D Hair & Makeup Artist,  you don't model on TV without a little help!!

Thank you for reading my blog.

Suzie x

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Winter Racing Style Guide

Winter Racing Style Guide

Winter Racing is part of your schedule now with time off with friends and family.  Where else would you be with the fabulous winter sunshine we are getting.  So mild, perfect for a great days racing.

I thought I would put some style tips together for you for the Winter Racing Season.  Perfect timing to get your look ready for the Ladies Days at Limerick, Leopardstown or Cheltenham.  Winter elegance always wins the day and with such an array of prizes on offer how could you stay home!!.

Watch the Weather and Plan your Look.

Be comfortable, look comfortable in your outfit and enjoy your day.

Footwear is key - its a long day and often turns into an evening out so be sure to have the right boots, or shoes on that will take you through the whole day.  Winter boots are great for racing and are ideal to take you onto the evening.

Hats:  You can't go racing now without a hat!!  For winter racing there are amazing options to choose from, quirky headpieces in winter tones or classic black.  Felt is the warmer option and can add a pop of colour to any outfit.

Gloves complete a look for winter, ladies driving gloves or longer leather gloves add elegance.

Winter Coats:  A good quality winter wool coat makes a statement.  The coat can be the main focus of your look and accessories will enhance the complete look or keep your coat neutral and bring colour in elsewhere in your hat or gloves.  You can transform your coat with a fur collar, a statement hat or a leather belt, the options are endless and always on trend each year.


Browse the racing calendar and enjoy a day out this season.

Thank you for reading my style guide!!