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Absolut Style @ Set – a recap

Last weekend was the inaugural Absolut Style at Set in Langton’s in Kilkenny – a fashion and interiors weekend in the brand new theatre. I headed down with a schoolfriend to see what was going on: I’m not sure what …

Thu, Apr 8, 2010, 13:13

   

Last weekend was the inaugural Absolut Style at Set in Langton’s in Kilkenny – a fashion and interiors weekend in the brand new theatre. I headed down with a schoolfriend to see what was going on: I’m not sure what we expected, but it’s safe to say that (like all of these things) it wasn’t that.

Friday passed by in a haze of arriving late, catching the rugby and then heading into Set for the cinema evening. We caught Sex and the City: the Movie (the extended version, with loads of scenes that I had never, ahem, seen before). We stayed in Langton’s itself, in its garden suites – which smelled like rich mahogany, had one of the largest beds I’ve ever seen, an amazing bath and a lovely sittingroom suite (a nice touch: so many hotels have nowhere for you to lounge during the rest hours of the day).

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Saturday was a vintage and interiors fair – with fashion from various small retailers, including the ladies from Dirty Fabulous (who were remarkably positive about their recent misfortunes). There was an amazing selection of vintage dresses, fascinators, hats, gloves, shoes . . . alongside amazing alcoholic cupcakes, cocktails (Woo Woo, anyone?), hot dogs, crepes and so on.

In the theatre, a series of talks took place: on hair styling by Kieran O’Gorman, I Blog Fashion‘s Annmarie O’Connor, Laura Cunningham and Simon Rawlings of David Collins interiors.

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That night, the theatre transformed into a club as Conor Behan took to the decks, followed by Blanaid Hennessy and Laura Cunningham of The Style Bitches. Incredible choons, more amazing cocktails, more unbelievably amazing cupcakes . . . and then, without warning, topless dancers.

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There is nothing in the world that will ever make me comfortable with watching half naked women dance on a stage in front of a room of fully-clothed people, so I may move swiftly along (this would usually incur a diatribe of sorts, but given that they were on stage for one of what was an amazing 30 hours, I shall call a “ridiculously sexist and insulting”, and get back to it.)

The night went on both for far too long (judging by the pain in the balls of my feet the next day), and far too short a time – by the time we hit our beds (after a quick jaunt through the club in Langton’s itself), the dawn was threatening to encroach upon my consciousness.

The weekend was such a great idea – Ireland needs more innovative events going on all over the country, not just focusing on the capital city, and having a fashion themed event is a surefire way to get like-minded individuals together not just to talk to one another but to enjoy themselves in a friendly, fun environment. What better way to spend a weekend? Roll on the next one, I say.

Images by Eimear Fitzmaurice.

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