Never Miss a Story! Join our newsletter below
TV presenter Arthur Gourounlian, one of the judge’s of this year’s Friday’s Most Stylish competition at the Galway Races, will be on the lookout for a unique and personal spin on the most fashion forward attire.
Taking place on Friday, August 4 from 4pm, Friday’s Most Stylish sponsored by Athlone Towncentre is expected to be one of the biggest gatherings of race going fashion lovers to date on the fifth day of the festival.
The judges for this year’s competition are Arthur Gourounlian, TV broadcaster and creative director, and Marietta Doran, fashion stylist & racing style presenter.
They will be seeking out the best style efforts at Galway Racecourse on the day with a focus as always on women who bring their own personal style to accessible high street pieces.
This year it is hoped entrants will restyle some clothing or accessories they already have in their wardrobes.
Both judges will be joined by General Manager of Athlone Towncentre Shirley Delahunt who, together with Marietta, has formed part of the judging panel for the last eleven years.
The chosen judges have a keen eye for style due to their involvement with international fashion styling, race meetings and retailers throughout their careers.
Talking about his excitement ahead of the competition, Arthur said, “I am thrilled to be a judge for this year’s Athlone Towncentre’s ‘Friday’s Most Stylish’ event at the Galway Races.”
“When adjudicating, I look for originality, uniqueness, confidence, and a certain “je ne sais quoi” attitude in their attire. Fashion is a way to express yourself and impress me by taking that extra step.”
“To win the title of ‘Friday’s Most Stylish’ it’s important to wear clothes with confidence, that make you feel good and embrace the moment.”
This year sees the biggest Prize Fund on offer to date for the competition winner with a Shop & Stay Break courtesy of Athlone Towncentre.
The lucky winner will leave Galway Racecourse with a €2000 Athlone Towncentre Gift Card, a luxury two night break in the four star Sheraton Athlone Hotel in a Deluxe Tower Room with dinner & spa treatmentsp, and a €500 voucher courtesy of Fields The Jeweller.
Speaking at the announcement of the judges this year Athlone Towncentre General Manager Shirley Delahunt said, “we are delighted to once again be involved in highlighting the incredible style the Galway Races are known for.”
“This is our eleventh year sponsoring ‘Friday’s Most Stylish’ and we have seen the competition explode in popularity.”
“Last year saw the largest numbers of the festival attend on Friday with many of the racegoers dressed in the hope of winning the outstanding prize we bring to the competition.”
“The competition is accessible and focuses on the building blocks of an outfit being from the high street blended with pieces from boutiques and Irish designers, some of which people already have in their own wardrobes.”
As always highlights of the event can be viewed on the Athlone Towncentre social media channels. Style watchers who cannot attend the event can view racegoers, the five finalists and winner on the same day just after the events unfold.