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Thursday 8 December 2016

Laura Jayne scoops Best Dressed with own design

Laura Jayne Halton
Laura Jayne Halton
Former Miss Ireland Aoife Walsh during the Dundrum Town Centre Ladies Day at the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show in the RDS, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

An Oscar-worthy Irish designer walked away with the Best dressed lady gong at the Dublin Horse Show in a handmade ensemble.

Maynooth designer Laura Jayne Halton beat 600 stylish contenders to be crowned best dressed at Ladies' Day in the RDS yesterday after wowing the judges with her own designs, clinching the Dundrum Town Centre prize worth €10,000.

Dressed in a monochrome cape, black dress and headpiece she made herself, Laura Jayne, who has previously had her creations worn on the Oscars' red carpet, paired her designs with a pair of Kurt Geiger heels and a TK Maxx clutch bag.

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The brunette was emotional after the win. "I don't make a point of going to too many of them because I do most of my work myself. I'm in the studio morning, noon and night," she told the Herald.

"This morning I was trying to finish the headpiece. I had nothing for my head and it was done out of pure necessity to match the outfit

"The cape is one of my favourite pieces I've done so far and I just wanted to give it another outing. I didn't realise it would culminate in winning best dressed."

The couturier wasn't the only winner on the day, as Meath woman Linda Malone was named Most Colourful with her striking red dress and butterfly headpiece.

A host of famous faces attended the event.

Big Brother contestant Jade Lynch, former RTE news anchor Ann Doyle, weather woman Nuala Carey and former Fair-City-star-turned-author Claudia Carroll all made their way through the turnstiles.

Former Miss Ireland Aoife Walsh and Lisa Madden strutted around the parade ring. Kilkenny contestant Sarah Cass walked away with the Most Elegant award in her printed pastel Ted Baker coat dress, while Linda Morrison from Kildare donned a striking lavender pillarbox fascinator to win the Most Creative Hat.

Just a few days shy of his 20th birthday, Wexford teen Cormac Bates came out on top in the Best Dressed Man category.

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