Maritess McCarthy, a nurse at Cork University Hospital, was named ‘Best Dressed Lady’ at the Galway Races Ladies Day this week.
McCarthy from Douglas in Cork, who works as a Cardio-Thoracic Theatre Nurse at Cork University Hospital, scooped the coveted prize, wearing a striking outfit inspired by her home country.
Speaking about her outfit, McCarthy said it was “made by a Filipino designer named Raffaella which I bought while visiting my home country Philippines last Christmas”. The ensemble featured an intricately embroidered white blouse with voluminous sleeves, paired with a dramatic red satin A-line skirt.
“My headpiece is made by Elizabeth Christina Design also known as Tina Coyne from Cork”, she continued. “The crystal embellished clutch is Jimmy Choo and is pre-loved. The red shoes are Jimmy Choo and gold bangle are from my own collection. The gold ear cuff is called “3 Star and a Sun”, I bought online from Australia.
“I wanted a unique and elegant outfit that will also show my heritage. I’ve always love red and bright colours hence I picked red and gold. I couldn’t decide what to wear so I bought my outfit while visiting my home country Philippines. I thought of an overall look that will compliment each piece”.
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McCarthy was noted for her exquisite style and praised by the judges, walking away with a cash bonanza of €10,000.
Each year, Ladies Day sees a bevy of fashion lovers descend on Ballybrit, showcasing the best of Irish and international design, as well as homegrown taste and ingenuity.
Judging the Best Dressed Lady competitions on the day is Head Judge and well-known stylist Mandy Maher who will be joined by fellow judge Kieran O’Malley Digital Marketing Manager for the Connacht Hospitality Group, and new guest judge, Rachel Gorry, popular social media influencer.
McCarthy wasn’t the only winner on the day: Anne-Marie Corbett from Galway living in Mitchelstown Cork, who works in childcare and hospitality, was crowned ‘Best Hat’, wowing onlookers in a stunning orange, red and yellow head-piece from Galway milliner ‘Emily Jean’.
Anne-Marie received a cash prize of €3,000 on the day.
Commenting on her head piece, Anne-Marie said: “I saw this hat on the internet and I thought it was a show stopper piece so I bought it and I wanted something bright and colourful.”
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