Carol is best dressed at Horse Show

Milliner Carol Kennelly has been named the Blossom Hill Ladies Day Best Dressed prize for 2014. The judges, presenter Brendan Courtney, stylist and TV star Angela Scanlon and renowned milliner Phillip Treacy, chose the Tralee milliner out of over 600 women who took part in the competition.

Carol wore a Tina Griffin Designs ivory dress which boasted a high neck, sleeves and an attention-grabbing ostrich feather skirt along with a cream and bronze pearl Carol Kennelly Millinery headpiece. 

But speaking to Milliner Carol following her win at this year’s Blossom Hill Ladies Day, you soon realise that she didn’t for one moment think she had it in the bag. ‘I’m completely shocked,’ she said speaking exclusively to Evoke following the win. ‘It’s so overwhelming but I’m delighted.’

Dressed in an all cream ensemble, Kennelly says her stunning fascinator was the finishing touch to her outfit and inspiration came from her dress – a feathered creation by Irish designer Tina Griffin, from Killorglin.

‘I think it’s really important to support local designers and retailers,’ Carol revealed when speaking about her choice. ‘If we don’t support local designers and retailers, the industry won’t be able to survive and produce the beautiful clothes and accessories that they do.’

But having just won an €8,000 trip to New York, the stunning brunette admitted that she was looking forward to splurging in the big apple: ‘New York is my favourite city in the world so I’m thrilled with my prize. I’ll definitely be treating myself to something while I’m there.’

Fashion expert Brendan Courtney hosted the event and was joined on stage by Angela Scanlon and Triona Gannon, general manager of the g Hotel in Galway.

World famous milliner Philip Tracey oversaw the judging on the g Hotel Best Dressed Man, which went to Maurice Keogh from Dublin.

Mary Stapleton Foley from Firies was also chosen for the final eight wearing a Carol Kennelly millinery headpiece and a dress by Tina Griffin designs from Killorglin. 

Other accolades included ‘Most Colourful Outfit’ which went to Aoibheen McMonage from Dublin, ‘Most Creative Hat’ won by Belle Phipps from Co. Kildare, ‘Elegance is Attitude’ which was taken by Danielle Gingell from Co. Mayo and finally the ‘Highly Commended Outfit’ award which was won by Lisa Regan from Galway.

Carol Kennelly