Sponsored by Athlone Towncentre, 'Friday's Most Stylish' award was won by Caitriona Coyle from Killeigh in county Offaly.
Wearing a flowing patterned mint kimono style jacket and cropped palazzo trousers from The Walk in Wardrobe, Banbridge, Caitriona elevated her look with a structured wicker summer handbag and gold stilettos both from Zara. She completed her race going outfit with a gold crown style headpiece designed and made by Laura Hanlon.
The easy elegance of her outfit perfectly complemented Friday Summer evening racing in Ballybrit. One of the key reasons Caitriona was chosen as winner of the style competition was how she created a wholly individual look incorporating pieces from high street stores and independent boutiques which is reflective of the offerings the variety of retailers housed in Athlone Towncentre host.
Caitriona takes home the biggest prize fund on offer for the competition yet, which is worth in excess of €3000. She won a €1500 Athlone Towncentre shopping spree, a two night luxury hotel and spa break at Sheraton Athlone Hotel, a Gucci Watch courtesy of Fields Jeweller and bespoke head piece created by Milliner Suzie Mahony plus racing hat hire for the year.
‘Friday’s Most Stylish’ proved to be one of the biggest gatherings of race week with fashion followers out in force on the penultimate day of the festival. Celebrity judges Anna Geary, broadcaster, athlete, performance and wellbeing coach and Marietta Doran, fashion stylist and racing style presenter were joined by guest judge stylist, Rebecca Rose who won the competition last year.
Rebecca is building a successful career as a professional stylist following her own win of ‘Friday’s Most Stylish’ in 2017. With the competition in its sixth year, the spotlight has been on fashion forward style mirrored in the contemporary retailers resident in Athlone Towncentre.
Athlone Towncentre Manager Shirley Delahunt acknowledged the worthy winner.
"We are thrilled to see another deserving winner of this year’s ‘Friday’s Most Stylish’ competition. The decision in choosing a winner proved to be highly challenging with so many beautiful looks worn by women enjoying this evening’s racing in Galway. Caitriona has demonstrated that racing style is more about reflecting ones’ individual personality and flair for style as opposed to spending an exorbitant amount of money on clothing one cannot wear more than a handful of times.
"The Friday evening of race week has undoubtedly found its place on the calendars of stylish race goers from far & wide. We have seen a real evolution of style at the races over the last number of years which perfectly complements the 60 high street stores and boutiques we house in Athlone Towncentre," Shirley commented.
Social Media fans can check out behind the scenes action on the Athlone Towncentre Facebook and Instagram accounts as fashion bloggers Two Broke Divas took them over for the day. Some of the beautifully dressed race goers in Galway for ‘Friday’s Most Stylish’ competition can be viewed on the social media accounts.
Athlone Towncentre is home to major fashion brands including Zara, River Island and H&M as well as boutiques. It is an ideal shopping destination with over 60 brands under one roof as well as numerous food offerings catering to all tastes.