Saturday, 20 May 2017

Couture Fashion Showcase

Couture Fashion for Weddings and Races

The Couture Fashion Show is a whole new concept from Olivia Danielle.   Teaming up with the fabulous team at Bellissimo Galway they produced an amazing show with Millinery by Suzie Mahony Designs in the heart of Galway City. 



This show gave the VIP experience to those who were lucky enough to join us on the day.  With a warm welcome with drinks and canapes on arrival.


I was delighted to have my Millinery showcased as part of #CoutureatBellissimo with the Olivia Danielle Fashion Show.   Suzie Mahony Designs is stocked instore for your special occasion.


Mike, Dympna and Brendan Bellissimo Galway

Couture Fashion labels from Ireland and throughout the world all modelled by Catwalk Modelling Agency.  MC for the event was Mandy Maher owner Catwalk Modelling Agency.  Mandy looked stunning a 2 piece monochrome skirt and jacket from Olivia Danielle.  I created a leather petal and veiling headband to complete the look.  I think you'll agree she looks fabulous!!

Mandy Maher and Suzie Mahony

On a glorious Sunday afternoon in the Bellissimo Salon Galway.  The perfect setting with brilliant day light through all the windows, this showed the fashion and millinery at its best for the audience.   The red carpet on a white background gave set the scene for a beautiful fashion show, followed by hair Art creations from the Bellissimo Team.


Are you heading to the Galway Races this year?  Perfect evening meeting attire here.


The fashion catered for all aspects of occasion both weddings and races with hats made to match  from Suzie Mahony Designs.


Unique hat designs only available at Olivia Danielle.



Perfect Ladies Day Style and Hats 
With the Derby just around the corner and not to mention Ascot in June, are you heading to the Royal Enclosure? 




Quality Monochrome looks to take you from season to season.

As well as occasion wear, Olivia Danielle stocks a vast range of smart casual attire for every lady.  You really have to browse the rails in store to appreciate the beautiful styles and colours available.




With Debs season getting under way it was the perfect show to highlight to the ballgowns from the Debsroom Athlone, upstairs at Olivia Danielle.



Wow!! Hair Art created by a team from Bellissimo both in Galway and Limerick.  Its amazing what can be created - all from hair!!



The VIP experience wouldn't be complete without a host of beautiful prizes on the day including the best dressed prize from Olivia Danielle which was won by Caroline O'Brien who wore a lovely white top and jeans accessorised perfectly.  We were all drooling over her fabulous shoes!!



Thank you for reading my blog.  I hope you enjoyed a little taste of our Couture Fashion Show.

Suzie x

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Wedding Styling with Suzie Mahony Designs

Wedding Styling and Millinery with Suzie Mahony Designs


Styling ladies for their family weddings is something I have enjoyed throughout my Millinery career. It should be an enjoyable experience for your son or daughters wedding, but all too often we see the cracks of stress creeping in!!  And the search for that outfit goes on!!

I keep things simple,  the bottom line for me is a lady wants to look her absolute best on that day so its my job to bring it all together with the hat design and styling through the accessories that can transform the look.

Suzie Mahony Designs creates bespoke hats for a number of occasion boutiques each season.  This process gives me a great insight into the trends and colours featuring for weddings each year.

I have put together a little sample of my styling with a selection of outfits from Isobel Boutique Adare.  This boutique has been renovated into the most amazing occasion 5 Star boutique, a real gem in the heart of the beautiful Adare Village, Co Limerick.

Blues / Silvers



Slate Blue is a lovely soft rich blue tone and works perfectly with bright silver or ivory tones.  This is a two piece dress and jacket combination from Isobel Boutique.  This outfit has a beautiful finish with lots of seam detail.  
I paired it with 2 different types of hats.  An orchid and silk headpiece and the larger saucer hat trimmed with silvery ivory.  A simple silver clutch finishes the look. The selection of Suzie Mahony occasion bags are available online to browse.

 Nude Pink / Black 


Probably one of the most popular tones this year, nude pink.  Here the nude pink is overlayed with black silk, and a separate wrap.   I have shown here a hat which I have designed overlayed with black lace and pearl trim,  also the plain pink hat trimmed with a lovely splash of feather which works perfectly with the black detail on the dress.  Either bag options would work here, the pink pearl or a classic black clutch.  


Yellow / Grey Wedding Guest:-


This yellow and grey is a great 'guest' look for the wedding.  It is a very vibrant zesty yellow tone but when it is combined with the soft grey/silver it works very well.  The overall look is very fresh and seasonal.  

 Navy / Ivory

This is one of those outfits that the hanger doesn't do it justice.  A plain dress underneath with this detailed coat, all from Isobel Boutique Adare.   A beautiful elegant finish on.  I opted for a veiled headpiece which I designed with dyed silk swirls to bring out the lovely rose tones in the coat.  I also added a pop of royal with the bag and this works very well with the coat detail.   This outfit can easily handle a larger hat design. 

This is only a sneak peak at the vast range of international labels and leading brands available at Isobel Boutique.

Thank you for reading my wedding styling blog.
Suzie x

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Racing Style Tips for Ladies Day

Are you Ready for the Races?


This Spring Racing Season is upon us and the fashion stakes are very high.  You want to stand out, look amazing and enjoy every minute.  I'm sharing my Racing Style Guide with you, some tips to help you look the best on the field.  The perfect 'look' takes planning but rest assured I am here to help bring it all together with the perfect HAT!!!

The Racing Season is always spectacular and in recent years we have seen more and more emphasis move from the fillies to the fashionistas!!  Check out the ladies days 2017.

Dressing for the races takes planning and the last thing you need is hassle with your HAT!.

1. Themes/Weather:

Familiarise yourself with the race meeting you are going to attend.  Style your look to take in any specific theme requirements for the day.  Check the weather forecast and dress accordingly.


Great Pic from The Galway Advertiser from the Galway Races
featuring Suzie Mahony Designs on both ladies in Red! Mary Lee and Sophie Small.

2.  Dress for Your Body Shape:

This is the most flattering way to complete your look.  Use tones that complement you, especially near your face and in your hat.  Think classy and elegant.  With low necklines consider the hemline to the knee or just below.


Mandy Maher Catwalk Modelling Agency Judging at The Galway Races wearing Umit Kutluk with Suzie Mahony Designs

Mary Lee wearing Nude Pink Lace Dress with Suzie Mahony Designs Hat.

3  Accessories:

This season accessories are really coming to the fore.  The right combination of accessories will make or break an outfit and you need your Racing Fashion to be perfect.  Matching shoes and bags are often the perfect choice for an elegant look or choosing a vibrant bold shoe and bag style/colour will transform a look with the right dress and hat.  Your most valuable accessory is your 'smile'.


Sarah Jane Moran Wearing Olivia Danielle Suit with Suzie Mahony Designs Hat

Angela Dowd Finalist wearing Suzie Mahony Designs


4.  The HAT:

Your hat is your crowning glory at the races and above any other accessory it sets you apart.  At Suzie Mahony Designs I style the complete look with my clients.  Wear the correct hat or headpiece to add that 'wow' factor to your outfit.  Don't let your hat overpower your outfit.  If you opt for an amazingly creative hat then keep the rest of your look balanced so it works well together.  Make sure your hat is comfortable to wear, I use special cushion pads on my headbands for clients or special strength elastics.  Allow time for your Milliner to design and make your hat.


Emer Nash all in Creams wearing Suzie Mahony Designs


5.  Grooming is GOD!!  

Judges are in search of the complete look and that includes the perfect Nails, Hair and Makeup.  Don't let your hard work go to waste choosing and styling your outfit without the finishing touches.  Do your makeup to last all day.  Remember 'not to prime is a crime' !!





Thank you for reading my blog, I hope you have a very enjoyable racing season!

Suzie x





Friday, 28 April 2017

Punchestown Fashion All the Winners!!!

A look back at the Style!! Punchestown 2017


Each year Punchestown has grown in popularity for the ladies and this year certainly captured some amazing style and hats during the Spring Festival.

In the run up to Punchestown, ladies are planning and styling the perfect look.  With a Ladies Day competition everyday it was a great opportunity for the ladies to showcase their fashion and hats. 

The circuit of ladies attending ladies days is growing each year and its lovely to see creative hats and the big hats coming out and featuring, quality hats and great design make such a difference to an outfit.  



Winner Day 1: Ashley Reade, Naas.
It was no surprise to see red feature, its always a strong racing colour.  A very classy clean cut style with a burst of colour in the gloves and a huge hat.  Stunning.


Winner Day 2: Sophie Edghill, Dunlavin with Judges.
Red stole the show again on Day 2 over a white trousers suit and striking headpiece.

Winner Day 3: Ann Marie Phelan
Classic black and white with lovely lace detail and hat. Black and white always looks so elegant.

The Final Ladies Day Competition was on today with Bollinger sponsoring the Best Dressed Lady.  The Prize included:- 

Return Business Class Flights to France 
Private Chauffeur transfer to the beautiful historic town of Reims in the Champagne region
Two night stay with gourmet dinners each evening 
Private tour of the Bollinger Estate and new Champagne Libraries
Chauffeur to Paris to enjoy a night of luxury accommodation and Michelin dining
A year's supply of Bollinger Special Cuvee


Fridays Final Winner AnnMarie Phelan
Why the judges picked her - that dress!!  Great to see some Suzie customers on the video clip!!

This dress is beautiful, I love the colours and the pattern.  Complete outfit and hat looks fantastic. 

Delighted to get some pics from a happy customer below in my green bespoke hat from my spring/summer collection.

Geraldine Shalvey wearing Suzie Mahony Designs at Punchestown 2017

Hope you enjoyed my review of this weeks winners.

Suzie x

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Make the most of your Accessories

Accessories Styling 


'Its all about the detail' we have all heard this and it couldn't be more true this year when accessorising your fashion.  Use accessories to bring your fashion into this season, give your look a pop of colour, a stylish clutch or add a jewelled neckpiece to your style.

One of  the best ways to show how to mix and match your accessories is to use my fashion show style looks.  I style my models wearing black to highlight all the hats, bags, jewellery, gloves or shoes for the audience.  Or when I have the opportunity to accessorise with fashion then even better!!

Here I have added a pop of orange with this silk hat to bring out the detail of the summer dress on the left and the royal neckpiece I use on the right adds a touch of colour just to lift this look and bring colour nearer the face. Many of us look paler when we have white near our face.  These fashion looks are from Guna Deas Boutique.


Niamh is wearing one of my classic 'Jenny' Hat in Black trimmed with silk and a silver/pearl brooch.  I have teamed it with pearl and crystal jewellery and this stiff black/silver clutch.  Even with a plain black dress this look is very classic.



Aoife is modelling the creams and golds.  A bespoke silk Suzie Mahony Designs hat in creams and golds, the multi strand neckpiece in pearl and gold, with a 'lips' Gold Clutch Bag.  Perfect accessory suite for a ivory/cream dress or even teamed with a block colour dress in black, red or other tones.


Shauna models this fun blush look with a silk button hat with a handmade blush beaded collar.
Collars are fantastic to add a little lift to any outfit, dress it up or down.  This collar is also great with a blush top or jumper for a more casual day out.


Sandra is modelling my Royal Blue Suite.  A royal disc shaped headpiece with the royal neckpiece teamed with a silver clutch picking up the silver of the hat.  This would also work perfectly with silver jewellery for more formal look or indeed wear the beaded neckpiece with a smart/casual look for daywear.



Our lady in red is Chloe, a beautiful red waffle veiling headpiece with a red beaded clutch and a touch of elegance with red lace gloves.  Red is huge this season and here I am showing different options.  You may opt for just the red hat and bag without the gloves, or a black glove depending on your look.


All the models in this blog are students from Transition Year at Portumna Community School.  They were amazing, first time on the catwalk and under the guidance of Muirne Hurley-Goode Manager Ladies Day Boutique they looked stunning on the night.

Sarah is wearing a disc shaped navy and white trimmed hat but with extra trimming of feather flowers, quills and mesh.  This gives the hat a lift and an angle that we often need for an outfit or occasion.  This 'Brona' bag is a metallic stone beaded clutch with lots of tones on it including navy.  Its a perfect bag for so many looks.


All of the accessories used for these looks are available at Suzie Mahony Designs.  The hat and headpiece collection can be tailor made to suit your outfit with my dyed to match service I offer clients at my studio.


I hope you enjoyed my blog and even picked up some tips along the way.

suzie x

Monday, 27 February 2017

The Fierce 50 Movement

The Fierce 50 Movement


I am delighted to show you my collaboration with Hilda Smith from Over The Hilda with my Bespoke Hats Suzie Mahony Designs.  Hilda is one of the 50 worldwide Bloggers who is part of the #thefierce50 Movement.   This fantastic movement is growing in strength.

The Fierce 50 represents a powerful group of women who have come together, united in supporting, helping one another. These are women that have overcome cancer, lost loved ones, raised their children, survived some pretty major adversity, as well as revelled in life’s tremendous joys. 
Hilda Smith wearing Suzie Mahony Designs Bespoke Silk Hat Design
with Fashion from Olivia Danielle Boutique Pic: John Walsh Photography

The #thefierce50 Movement is Organized by Catherine McCormick, Shauna Robertson, Cathy Williamson and Deborah Boland, it’s a campaign that’s sparking some real inspiration in the blogging world.  

The whole idea behind the campaign is to change the perception of this demographic in today's world.  A group of 50+ people who are celebrating this new stage in their lives.  Connecting over-50 bloggers is one of the aims of the campaign and also to make brands and magazines take notice of them.  

Hilda through her own story telling captures the ideals behind #thefierce50 Movement. 


Hilda taking in the fabulous view from the Wineport Lodge
Wearing Winter Felt Trilby by Suzie Mahony Designs
Beautiful Coat from Olivia Danielle
Pic: John Walsh Photography

I was thrilled to work with Hilda as one of our Models to wear my collection of Hats from Suzie Mahony Designs at the stunning Wineport Lodge for a photoshoot organised by the Irish Blogger Agency.  The venue was perfect with the stunning views of the River Shannon.

I showcased my autumn/winter handmade hats from Suzie Mahony Designs during the shoot.  With designs suitable for day wear, winter weddings, racing or cocktail parties.  All the Fashion for the shoot was from Olivia Danielle Boutique Athlone.

Irish Blogger Agency Fashion Bloggers wearing Hats by Suzie Mahony Designs
Fashion from Olivia Danielle.
Pic: John Walsh Photography
Hilda enjoys life to the full and celebrates midlife embracing each and every day through her blog.


Cocktail Party Time for the Bloggers
Hats from Suzie Mahony Designs
Fashion from Olivia Danielle

Thank you for reading my blog.
Suzie x