Wednesday 17 January 2018

Irish students walk the Spectre red carpet in designs made from 'junk'


Guests attend the Royal Film Performance of
Guests attend the Royal Film Performance of "Spectre" at Royal Albert Hall in London

Two Irish students proved that you don't need to spend a fortune to look a million dollars at the premiere of Spectre in London.

Secondary-school pupils Julie Quinn, from Cardonagh Community School in Donegal, and Adelina Hmelevska, from Moate Community School in Westmeath, strutted in their own designs at the Royal Albert Hall event on Monday night.

The girls were not phased by the big name stars who attended on the night- including Kate Middleton and Princes William and Harry and Rachel Weisz, who accompanied Bond star hubby Daniel Craig.

Julie and Adelina were winners of the Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture competition, which is a fashion and art contest open to secondary school students across the country.

Entrepreneurs Elizabeth Curran and Troy Armour started the creative competition in 2010 and it aims to encourage entrants to think about the importance of sustainability and recycle materials through an inspired mix of fashion and creativity

The students looked stunning in their self-designed creations - despite appearing alongside designs by legendary houses such as Prada.

Co- Founder of Junk Kouture, Elizabeth O'Donnell said they were "delighted" to have Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture represented on the red carpet.

"To attend the Royal Premiere with big celebrities and members of the royal family is such a privilege for the winning students," she said.


"We are encouraging students to get their applications in for next year's competition, the deadline is January 29th 2016."

Meanwhile, James Bond hero Daniel Craig said that he could imagine One Direction's Niall Horan in the iconic role.

The 1D heart-throb has spoken in the past of his desire to take on the role of the world's most famous fictional spy and Craig thinks the singer would be "absolutely fabulous".

The 007 star admitted that the Mullingar singer has the potential to take to the big screen and be the next James Bond when he hangs up his tuxedo.

Speaking of the impact Bond has had on his life since he took up the role in 2006, Craig said it was life-altering.

"It's changed my life and I've loved every second of it," he said.

"I'm not overwhelmed, I'm very excited and I can't wait for people to see the movie.

"I hate watching myself on screen, but I love playing James Bond," he added.

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