Monday, 14 August 2017

First Furlong Millinery Showcase 2017

First Furlong Millinery Showcase 2017 

The First Furlong Event is one of the highlight of Raceweek in Galway.  Held each year on the Tuesday of Galway Race Week at the Ardilaun Hotel.  Showcasing the best of Galway Millinery with Catwalk Modelling Agency to a fabulous audience all in support of Breast Cancer Research.

I have been part of the event since it started, now in its 7th year and look forward to many more happy years supporting it. Organised by the brilliant team at the Ardilaun Hotel everyone is spoilt from once they arrive from 12 noon with sparkling wine drinks reception surrounded by the Guinness Jazz Band.  Guests all dress up and wear hats ready for the Races and enjoy a sumptuous four course lunch with wine.  

Selfie time with our Guest Lisa McGowan Lisa's Lust List who is wearing a hat I designed for her dyed to match her orange dress and cerise accessories. 

Lisa McGowan from Lisa’s Lust List judged the ‘Raciest Lady’ and ‘Bookies Favourite Gent’ sponsored by Anthony Ryans. Entertainment included a special performance by classical tenors Duo Vocis featuring Frank Naughton and Sean Costello.

I love catching up with lots of familiar customers.  Siobhan McDonagh stunning in pink.

Lynn McLoughlin from Anthony Ryans and I enjoying the sunshine.  Lynn is wearing the new collection from Anthone Ryans Green Jumpsuit with a #suziemahonydesigns Black Bow Hat.

This lady always looks so stylish.  Tina Munroe wearing a gold pheasant hat from my collection.

Maria Kelly - Ardilaun Hotel, Lisa McGowan, Lynn McLoughlin and Jennifer Skeffington from Breast Cancer Research.

Every girl loves a diamond!! 
Lisa checking out the bling on display from Noel Finan Fine Cut Diamonds. 

Another beautiful look Helen in nude pink wearing #suziemahonydesigns Vogue Hat.

Our MC for the Day Mandy Maher of Catwalk Modelling Agency.  Wearing soft pink dress from Olivia Danielle.

Mandy Maher and Lisa McGowan 

Millinery Showcase with Catwalk Modelling Agency, featuring Galway’s most popular milliners including Suzie Mahony Designs

The Suzie Mahony Designs Hat Collection for the Millinery Showcase with Catwalk Modelling Agency.

I always take this opportunity to introduce new designs and edgy styles to the event, giving the audience a unique taste of hats available from my studio.  Emerald Green Wave embellished with lots of sparkle. 

After a brilliant afternoon guests are taken treated to an evening at the Galway Races on shuttle buses.  Proceeds from the event support Breast Cancer Research (formerly NBCRI), a charity that is positively impacting future outcomes for breast cancer patients by funding world-class breast cancer research at NUI Galway.

I work with these ladies throughout the year so I think I deserve some love!!  jokers. xx

Hope you enjoyed my blog.

Suzie x

Friday, 21 July 2017

Galway Races Launch 2017

Galway Races Launch 2017

This year the launch of The Galway Races was held on the rooftop of the Marker Hotel Dublin.  

Check out this lovely Galway Races Video 'The Week' which was first shown at the launch. 

I am delighted to be part of the sponsorship team for the Friday Fair Lady this year.  With all the team wearing beautiful dresses from Athlone Town Centre I had great fun styling the looks with hats and jewellery to create a great mix of colour and style.

Setting the scene in the style stakes with Katie Geoghegan from Catwalk Modelling Agency wearing Suzie Mahony Designs new design Wave Hat and Neckpiece, dress from Athlone Town Centre.

Ladies Day Judges interviewed by Marietta Doran giving us the top tips!! Bairbre Power Fashion Editor Irish Independent, Celebrity Judges Aoibhín Garrihy and Baz Ashmawy, Triona Barrett The g Hotel & Spa.  

There is an envy-inducing €10,000 prize for the winner of the g Hotel & Spa Best Dressed Lady competition and €2,000 prize for the Best Hat competition.

Athlone Town Centre Friday Fair Lady Judges Doireann Garrihy Snapchat Queen, Jane Swarbrigg Inglot, Shirley Delahunt Athlone Town Centre and Marietta Doran TV Stylist.

The winner of this ‘Friday Fair Lady Best Dressed’ competition will receive the unique prize of a €1000 shopping spree in Athlone Towncentre,  2 night hotel & spa break at the Sheraton Athlone Hotel, €500 to spend in INGLOT Athlone and a Bespoke headpiece crafted by award winning milliner Suzie Mahony. 

The full Friday Fair Lady Team Judges and Sponsors with Michael Maloney Galway Racecourse Manager and Katie from Catwalk Modelling Agency.

Shirley and Katie enjoying the rooftop setting for the launch both wearing Suzie Mahony Designs Hats and Jewellery.  
Love the block colours! very striking. 

The MC for the Launch Marietta Doran TV Stylist wearing Suzie Mahony Designs Hat with dress from Athlone Town Centre.

No event is complete without a selfie!! and who better to join me than Doireann Garrihy.

Thank you for reading my blog and I look forward to seeing you at the Galway Races.  

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Wedding Showcase at The Meadow Court Hotel

Wedding Showcase at the Meadow Court Hotel

It really didn't take much convincing to give up my Sunday afternoon for this Wedding Showcase in our local hotel The Meadow Court where we got married over 20 yrs ago!!

The newly refurbished function room is very warm and inviting to all.  A very comfortable homely feeling you get from this beautiful family run hotel.

Our showcase was modelled by Catwalk Modelling Agency.  In my interview with Mandy Maher Catwalk Modelling Agency I shared lots of my tips and advice for Mother of the Bride.

Suzie Mahony Designs hats and jewellery with fashion from Guna Deas Loughrea.  Perfect wedding guest looks for this season.

I could have chosen any colour hat here from the stripes in the skirt but red is on trend this season and makes the look a little stronger.

For my own Show I styled the models with hats, bags and jewellery to show a variety of what may work for your special day.  By using plain cream and black jumpsuits this look set off the accessories perfectly.

Nude Pink has to be one of the top tones this season for mother of the bride.  Here I designed a nude pink silk percher hat for which I designed the block myself to maintain a unique finish.  I have trimmed it with ivory veiling and silk swirls.  I added a pale pink pearl bag which brightens the black jumpsuit and also ties the look together.

Melania Blue:  

Another good tone for Mother of the Bride this year.  This piece is an elegant button shape where I have trimmed with beautifully cut feathers and a little bling!!

My 'Wave' Design hats are causing a stir this season as ladies take on the idea of wearing something very strong in shape and when created in block colours like this royal blue, can be very striking.

The Backstage Selfie!!  

Here I styled Katie with this bespoke black silk handmade hat trimmed with ivory pearls, feathers and silk swirls.  A real showstopper and looks amazing.  I simply teamed it with ivory pearls and a black patent clutch to bring the look together with her jumpsuit.  

Thank you for reading my blog.

Suzie x

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Irish Designers at Cloughan Castle

Irish Designers Racing Shoot at Cloughan Castle!!

I was delighted to be part of this unique photoshoot on my own doorstep!!

Cloughan Castle was the perfect setting on a beautiful sunny day for our Race Style Shoot featuring Suzie Mahony Designs designer millinery with fashion from the spring summer 17 collection at Aideen Bodkin Fashion.

Cloughan Castle is the venue you need to create an event that will be long remembered whether you're celebrating a private party, a romantic wedding or a business gathering.  

Photographer: Joe Crean Photography  Styled by Suzie Mahony and Deirdre Kelly.

I used this opportunity to highlight the varying designs I create through my Millinery and showing some of the shapes and looks that can be achieved for your racing looks.  Especially if you are supporting Irish Designers.

Statement Black Hat trimmed with nude pink loops on both sides.  
Lace detail dress from Aideen Bodkin teamed with pearls to finish the look.

We couldn't resist this beautiful shot, the main entrance to the Castle, surrounded by woodland with panoramic views of the Slieve Aughty Mountains.

I used this very large extra wide brimmed hat in cerise with silk trim to highlight the detail in this lovely dress and the overall profile is very striking.

Orange and Cerise.  Striking two tone hat with floral and quill trim.  This hat can be worn a few different ways.  This is how I added more height to the look by having the hat to the side.

Classic bespoke black hat teamed with one of my favourite Aideen Bodkin Dresses, Black background with floral detail in blues and pinks.  This dress would also work great with a block colour pink hat in the perfect tone of the flower.

Perfect racing attire. 

Yellow is huge this season and here we mixed it with soft greys and blue tones.

Vintage Styling with this beautiful leopard print bicycle.  Perfect for the sunshine with just the right twist of colour in her hat and not forgetting the daffodils!!.

Its official big hats are back for the Racing Season this year.  I have used the hats here to bring out the colour and the detail of the dresses from the collection.  We kept jewellery simple and elegant with neutral tones for shoes also so the full emphasis was on the outfits and hats.  

No day out is complete without the Suzie Selfie!! 

Thank you for checking out my blog.  Looking forward to future shoots at this beautiful venue.

Suzie x

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Launch of First Furlong 2017 Millinery Showcase

Launch of First Furlong 2017

I am delighted to have been part of the First Furlong Event for the past 5 years.  This event gives me the opportunity to showcase my Millinery designs at a special event where each of us Galway Millinery can highlight our unique hats.  It is no secret that Galway is the capital of Millinery and at First Furlong you will see ample evidence of this with every lady wearing a hat on the day in a bid to secure the 'Raciest Lady' prize!!  The launch was in the beautiful gardens of the Ardilaun Hotel in glorious sunshine.  
Lynn McLoughlin, Caitlinn, Suzie and Jennifer Skeffington BCRI

My continued support of the Breast Cancer Research is also a very important to me.  As one of my chosen charities to support through my work as a Milliner.
Lynn from Anthony Ryans, Caitlin Catwalk Modelling Agency and Jennifer Skeffington each wearing one of my bespoke millinery designs for the launch.

Setting the scene for our photographer on the day Wonderful Life Productions.

First Furlong at the Ardilaun Hotel takes place on Tuesday 1 August and encapsulates all the fun of the Galway Races with lunch, music and fashion. MC this year is well-known fashion and lifestyle blogger, Lisa McGowan from Lisa’s Lust List.
Maria Kelly The Ardiluan Hotel

Starting at 12 noon with a sparkling drinks reception those attending will enjoy a four course lunch with wine, followed by an afternoon of fashion with a Millinery Showcase hosted by Mandy Maher of Catwalk Modelling Agency featuring some of Ireland’s leading Milliners; Suzie Mahony, Caithriona King, Majella Dalton with fashion by Anthony Ryans.  The perfect opportunity to chose your crowning glory for the Galway Races

Lisa McGowan from Lisa’s Lust List will also judge the ‘Raciest Lady’ and ‘Bookies Favourite Gent’ sponsored by Anthony Ryans. Entertainment will be by the Guinness Jazz Band, and a special performance by classical tenors Duo Vocis featuring Frank Naughton and Sean Costello.

Tipsters will be on hand to give racing tips before everyone is shuttled to Ballybrit for an evening of racing. Tickets are on sale from the Ardilaun Hotel for the price of just €75 all in, including shuttle and entry to the race course.
All proceeds will go to Galway based charity Breast Cancer Research who fund a research programme at the Lambe Institute for Translational Research, NUI Galway led by Professor Michael Kerin.
Professor Michael Kerin and Jennifer Skeffington BCRI  wearing Suzie Mahony Designs.

If you would like to join us you can purchase your tickets HERE

Thanks for reading my blog.

Suzie x