IT was a family affair when the hit fashion show Off The Rails came to Newbridge recently as two sisters from Celbridge were given the ‘Brendan and Sonya make over treatment’, writes Paula Campbell.
Sisters Pauline Halpin and Yvonne Slaughter took to the cat-walk for their final reveal of their new looks, which will be aired on RTE One on Wednesday 13 at 8pm. Yvonne was fashioned by style guru Brendan Courtney while Pauline was styled by his counterpart Sonya Lennon in an afternoon of fashion, beauty and on the spot style tips that promised not to break the budget.
In the front row where three of the Pauline and Yvonne’s five sisters, all from Celbridge, who were also given the royal treatment as part of the show.
“We have had great fun,” said one sister, Joan Meaney who was there with Catherine Ginty and Marian Bagnell while the two other sisters, Philomena Slaughter and Noeleen Farrell could not attend. “We were all filmed for the show here in the Whitewater and at the Curragh Race Course. Pauline wrote-in to be made-over for herself and Yvonne. Pauline wears a lot of black and grey and Yvonne is very shy so that is why she needed a make-over - to give her confidence. They have both had a ball and we are expecting big things at the reveal. We have a girlie night planned for when the show is aired on TV.”
There was a huge turn out for the afternoon of fashion which included Kildare’s most stylish street style. This is a segment in the show when Off the Rails takes to the streets, in this case Naas, and the title was given to Kim Davitt who is a student of Psychology at NUI Maynooth.
“I live and breathe fashion,” said Kim who won a E200 voucher for Whitewater Shopping Center. “I would describe my style as vintage. I am inspired by the 1970’s and 1980’s. I also like to mix vintage and high street.” Also in the line-up were Maeve Kavanagh from Maynooth who works in fashion, Francis Shaw from Kilcullen who is a buyer for Aria Boutique in Naas, Rachel Maginn who is from Naas and set up her own blog whatwilliwear.ie, Kacey O’Riordan from Naas who is studying communications at DCU and Kim Gavin, also a student in DCU. All the girls cited vintage as a real inspiration for their individual looks.
“Everybody looks absolutely stunning,” said Brendan to the audience. “The last episode of the series is being filmed here today (last Thursday) in Newbridge and we are delighted to be here. Kildare is hot to trot,” he purred.