Fashion Forward: rainbow style and serious ladies’ day prizes

Dominique McMullan and Deirdre McQuillan round up this week's style news and fashion tips

Ladies' Day at the Dublin Horse Show takes place this year on July 21st and if the prizes are anything to go by, the competition will be pretty fierce. In line with last year, the winner of the "Dundrum Town Centre Best Dressed Lady" will walk away with a not so meagre prize of €10,000 in Dundrum Town Centre vouchers. Judges on the day will be model Louise O'Reilly and fashion editor Bairbre Power.

On picking the winner O’Reilly, above, says, “I will definitely be looking for a woman who dresses for her shape and appropriately for the weather.” To enter, all you need is a general admission ticket for the Dublin Horse Show on Thursday, July 21st . See more on or


Steal vs Splurge

Be rainbow bright in this Melody multi-stripe midi dress (left) for €85 from Monsoon in Dundrum Town Centre, or have dreams come true in this Sonia Rykiel striped mini dress for €1,190 at

Memo opens in Paris

John Molloy of Memo Fragrances has just opened a standalone perfume boutique with his wife Clara on the Rue Cambon in Paris right across the road from Chanel.

On a recent visit to Dublin, Molloy, who had just flown in from Russia where the brand is one of the top-selling perfumes, enthused about Marfa in Texas, an art oasis in a desert town that is now a tourist destination and centre for minimalist art.

On a pilgrimage there recently with his family, the town inspired the latest unisex Memo fragrance with its tuberose base with ylang-ylang and vanilla slightly reminiscent of Piguet’s Fracas.

Find it in Brown Thomas, €190 for 75ml. Memo’s fragrances are always inspired by the Molloy travels as their names suggest – Ilha do Mel, Lalibela, Irish Leather.

“When I think of fragrance I always think of a place rather than a person” says Clara.

Style secret

“Don’t throw anything away! The things I wish I’d kept from my awkward teenage years through to my mum’s 1970s wardrobe has filled many an overdraft. If you do want to clear out, then donate.”

Dee Moran, Stylist,

Heavenly Havaianas

When it comes to Havaianas, one immediately thinks of those flip flops with their zany insoles which sell in their millions every year. However, their espadrilles have an equally strong comfort factor and are ideal for those with less than perfect feet.

A new Havaianas outlet has just opened in Kildare Village where flip flops range in price from €18.14 up to €42.40 for a pair while these striped espadrilles are €22.75 (RRP €35).

Wear it

This Breguet Classique wristwatch in 18-carat white gold makes our heart go tick tock. Set with 64 diamonds, find it at Weir & Sons (POA).