The 3rd annual Kerry Fashion Weekend (KFW) Awards were held in the Brehon Hotel, Killarney, County Kerry on Sunday 17th of April 2011.
The following were the 2011 winners
KFW Irish Designer of the Year – Michael Leong
KFW Irish Accessory Designer of the Year – Carol Kennelly (milliner)
KFW One to Watch – Sinead Doyle (womenswear)
KFW Special Merit Award – Matt Doody
KFW Kerry Designer of the Year – Karyn Moriarty
Melanie Morris, Editor Image Magazine (chair)
Bairbre Power, Fashion Editor, Independent Weekender Magazine
Eilis Boyle, Fashion Designer
Peter O Brien, Fashion Designer
John Claffey, MD, Killarney Crystal.
Both the number and standard of entries was up on last year, particularly in the Accessories category (jewellery and millinery predominating). This year the Awards were open to national entries in 3 categories (Irish Designer, Irish Accessory and One to Watch). The goal going forward is to establish KFW as a national fashion weekend supporting and promoting Kerry and Irish fashion.