Tuesday 25th of April: Glenda Gilson
Wednesday 26th of April: Aisling O’Loughlin
Thursday 27th of April: Bláthnaid Treacy
Friday 28th of April: To Be Revealed!
Celebrity Judges have been announced for the Bollinger Best Dressed Lady Competition at this year’s Punchestown Festival which will take place from Tuesday 25th of April at the Kildare venue.
Judges include Xposé presenter Glenda Gilson, fashion and lifestyle journalist Aisling O’Loughlin and RTÉ presenter Bláthnaid Treacy with the Friday judge being kept tightly under wraps by organisers at this stage.
RTE’s Bláthnaid Treacy said, “I had a fantastic time being one of the judges last year, so naturally I jumped at the chance to do it again this April. Everyone knows the style stakes are high and the prizes to be won are envious, so the pressure is on the judges shoulders to select the right ladies, but I’m up for the challenge! I also hear there are plenty of new bars, cafes and restaurants, which I can’t wait to visit with my fellow judges while we confer and make our final decisions!”
The search for the Bollinger Best Dressed Lady will be held over the first four days of the Punchestown Festival, while judges and style scouts will be tasked with finding the most stylish ladies in attendance and selecting a number of finalists each day. The daily winner will then progress to the grand final on Ladies Day, Friday 28th of April.
It’s important to note that gates open at 12 noon each day and scouting will commence early, festival organisers are encouraging ladies to be on site from 1pm if they are interested in the Bollinger Best Dressed Lady Competition. Judges will choose a selection of those deemed best dressed from the crowd and all finalists will be required on stage for the announcement of the winner at 4pm each day.
When asked about what she’ll be looking forward to Aisling O’Loughlin said “As a serious hat lover, I can’t wait to see some exquisite millinery and fashion. Irish women are brilliant at racing style, hard to beat in my view. As a judge, I’ll be looking out for individual flair and that ‘je ne sais quoi’ that marks out a winner amongst so many beautiful, finely dressed women. I’m also seriously looking forward to a sneaky glass of Bollinger to add to the occasion.”
Finalists on each day will receive fabulous gifts that include a €100 Topflight voucher, Bellamianta Tan products, a bottle of Bollinger Champagne and other exclusive goodies, while the overall winner each day will also receive a custom-made Montgomery Millinery hat worth €250, a €200 Topflight voucher and a luxury hamper from Bellamianta Tan.
Bollinger’s philosophy is that “Life Can Be Perfect”, and the family-owned Champagne House stays true to form with a bespoke prize created especially for the winner of Ireland’s most coveted fashion title. The 2017 Bollinger Best Dressed Lady at Punchestown will receive a VIP trip for two taking in the Bollinger Estate, Reims and Paris complete with private chauffeur, Michelin-starred dining and luxury accommodation, not to mention a year’s supply of Bollinger to top it all off!
Glenda Gilson commented “I absolutely love the Punchestown Festival it is always great craic and the style is amazing, it’s a really exciting event as it is the start of the Spring-Summer fashion events when we can finally embrace some colour, lose the tights and enjoy some outdoor fun again. Bollinger are a really premium brand to have in the mix and oh my, what a prize, I’d love it myself!”
The Punchestown Festival takes place from Tuesday 25th to Saturday 29th April 2017. The action packed, fun filled, style showcase attracts over 120,000 people to the Co. Kildare venue with packages ranging from high-end hospitality to great value admission only tickets and are available at www.punchestown.com or by calling +353 (0)45 897704. Prices start from as little as €25pp with concessions for groups, seniors and students. The famous Punchestown hospitality package range is available from just €109pp.