Dublin Horse Show ‘Very Best Dressed’ winner revealed

The Dublin Horse Show 2022 made a big return to the RDS this week after a two-year break due to Covid-19.

Organized since 1864, the event is famous for its international show jumping competitions, its entertainment, its gastronomy, its festivities and, of course, its famous Ladies’ Day competition.

Taking place from August 17-21, the Ladies’ Day competition made its return today under the watchful eyes of head judge, Bairbre Power, fashion editor at Irish Independent, and the great British fashion designer Olivia Rubin.

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The annual competition has seen some updates this year as, for the first time in the history of the Dublin Horse Show, it has become open to anyone and everyone who wishes to participate, regardless of gender.

New sponsors Very (along with their trusty MC Paul Ryder) were on hand to crown the winners of this year’s colorful event.

In the end, Tiffany Yang Fei was crowned “Very Best Dressed” and walked away with a €10,000 Very.ie gift card. Tiffany from Dalkey, Co Dublin, repurposed a dress she had in her wardrobe for a few years and said: ‘I can’t believe this happened, I’m so happy. I made my hat myself, which symbolizes life blooming again. after Covid.”

Photo: Orla Murray/Coalesce

Judges Bairbre Power and designer Oliva Rubin said of the winning look, “It was outstanding, and it was ethereal!”

Just under 400 people took to the Very.ie stage and shared their looks with MC Laura Woods and Ru Paul Ryder. This year, the focus was on gender equality and inclusion.

Ru Paul Ryder said: “I’m so excited to see the glamor on the runway and I’m so happy to be involved with Very. I’m a big fan of fashion and women’s fashion in particular – I dress like some kind of woman to earn a living! For the first time ever, the Very Best Dressed award will be open to everyone, regardless of gender, and that’s very important to me. Being a part of something so iconic is truly amazing!

The four highly regarded prizes went to Oyiuclamola Animashaun of Blanchardstown, who won a €1,000 voucher sponsored by Benefit Cosmetics; Vilhelmiina Huuskonen of Phibsboro, who won a €1,000 voucher sponsored by CLOUDNINE; Mary O’Halloran, from Finglas, and Mary Stapleton-Foley, from Killarney, have both won a €1,000 Very.ie gift card.

The Longines ‘Elegance is an Attitude’ winners were Stuart Montgomery from Mullingar, Co Westmeath and Joanne Eve Byrne from Naas, Co Kildare. They won a model from the La Grande Classique de Longines Collection and a model from the Longines Spirit Collection.

Photo: Orla Murray/Coalesce

Speaking ahead of the big reveal, Bairbre Power offered some advice for those who might want to try their hand at future events.

“My best advice is to pick an outfit that really reflects your personality rather than what you think the judges might be looking for,” she said.

“It’s always good to turn heads with bold colors and a sleek, striking fit. Embracing vintage always offers a point of difference, but maybe do it with a modern twist.”

“It’s always tempting to really push the boat out and try to create a standout look to win the €10,000 prize,” she added.

“Getting the right balance of outfit and accessories is half the fun, but don’t be tempted to ‘gild the lily’ because you have three years of dressing up to play.

“Yes, Women’s Day is a spectacle. It’s an iconic moment on the annual fashion calendar, but don’t throw the kitchen sink over it and remember, it’s a daytime event, so no ball gowns or black ties, please.”

Finally, she shared an important note on comfort.

“Now is not the time to start breaking new shoes or trying to climb back into those sky-high heels after two years of constant sneakers,” she said.

“There’s nothing worse than seeing someone beautifully dressed but hobbling on stage because their heels are blistered and sore and trust me, it really shows on your face.”

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