Thursday 14 December 2017

Celebrity Diary with Jennifer Wrynne: 'I can't believe I won Best Dressed Lady at Cheltenham'


Jennifer Wrynne from Mohill County Leitrim on Ladies Day during the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse
Jennifer Wrynne from Mohill County Leitrim on Ladies Day during the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse
Celebrating her win as Best Dressed Lady on Ladies Day at Cheltenham was Jennifer Wrynne from Mohill Leitrim

It's been a wonderful week at Cheltenham, and I can't believe I won the Best-Dressed Lady competition.

I didn't even know I was entered for it, but a photographer had taken my picture and uploaded it to the competition site and I got such a shock when my name appeared on the big screen to say I'd made it to the final three.

It's such an incredible prize of jewellery, vouchers and hotel stays worth €21,000 - I'm so lucky.

I'm a milliner so I made the hat myself. I used a raspberry silk fabric with gold and cream lace that I picked up in Thailand last year and added some green to tie it in to the dress.

I rented my dress from Covet in the Powerscourt Centre and the cream faux fur stole is vintage and I got it in Paris a few yeas ago.

My shoes were from Jimmy Choo - I got them as a gift - and I used to work in Louis Vuitton so my bag was from there. I won Best-Dressed Lady in Sligo a few years ago but I never thought I'd win at Cheltenham.

The fashion is so different here, but I think that's what people liked about my outfit. I stayed away from the tweed and brought some Irish style to the competition.

It's brilliant to see people wearing my hats at the races

I design hats at my studio in Leitrim and I have a showroom there as well.

A lot of women will travel down to visit me at the studio and discuss what kind of design they want, but I sell lots of hats over the internet as well.

I go to a lot of race meetings and it's funny when I see someone wearing one of my hats. I often tip them on the shoulder and introduce myself as it's nice to meet customers who I have dealt with over the phone or through email.

I've been lucky enough to have a good few well-known faces wear my designs over the past few years.

Most recently, Vogue Williams wore a red hat of mine to launch Ladies Day at Fairyhouse.

Other famous women who have worn my hats include Rosanna Davison, Pippa O'Connor, Claire Byrne, Sile Seoige and actress Aoibhinn Garrihy.

It's wonderful to see my designs in the paper or in a magazine.

Ever since I won on Wednesday I've been inundated with enquiries, which is brilliant.


My hats will be stocked in Arnotts next week 

I flew home from Cheltenham yesterday after an exciting few days and I'm looking forward to celebrating at home this weekend.

Another reason I have to celebrate is that my hats are going to be stocked in Arnotts from next week, which is brilliant news for my business.

It's so exciting to be stocked in the biggest department store in the country.

My hats have been in boutiques across the country, but this is the first big stockist.

I was abroad on holidays at Christmas when they emailed me to set up a meeting. I've been busy working on that order since the start of the year, and before I left for Cheltenham I dropped in about 40 hats to them.

I'm so excited to hear what the customers think of them.

Next week I'll be up in Dublin to chat to the sales assistants about the materials, how clients can wear them and explain all the different styles.

I studied at the Grafton Academy and I've been working as a milliner for two years so it's all very exciting.

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