Colour and couture as Tralee gets ready for extravaganza
All eyes will be on Daithi O Se and the Roses later this evening but last night the Dome in Tralee was packed for its annual fashion show.
The event featured a host of Irish and international designers, showcasing everything from upcycled creations by emerging fashion talent to couture gowns by designer to the stars Synan O'Mahony.
With the 60th year of the festival in mind, Mr O'Mahony ensured his collection, which closed the show, hinted at the Roses' anniversary.
"We have a couple of rose-themed pieces done especially for the show and we are closing with a big wedding dress, which is a traditional couture show thing to do," he told the Herald.
"There are some show pieces, I have a pink shot of green organza draped dress, it is semi-see-through with a big rose on the shoulder, just because of the event; I had to do a little bit of camp," he added.
"There are some floral prints as well, some from earlier in the year, so we are re-showing them and some that are a new season as well."
Mr O'Mahony, originally from Limerick, is based in the Design Centre in Dublin.
He was asked to take part by former model and stylist Celia Holman Lee, who produces the annual affair.
"I modelled in it myself, up to what it is today, it really is a fantastic show for Kerry and beyond," said Ms Holman Lee.
Her models were certainly not just pretty faces either.
"They're all beautiful and gorgeous - we have an All-Ireland camogie player, students, a fashion buyer, ballerina, a music teacher," said their proud mentor.
Nicola Loughnane was one of those multi-talented models.
The business student was a far cry from the catwalk last weekend.
The 21-year-old lined out for Tipperary's intermediate camogie team in their All-Ireland semi-final, only to be edged out of the competition by Galway.
She had certainly put the loss out of her mind as she turned to another of her passions in Kerry last night.
Tonight will see the first half of 32 Roses take to the stage to be interviewed by Daithi from 8pm on RTE One, while the winner will be crowned tomorrow.