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VIP magazine’s 2012 Style Awards at the Shelbourne – the lowdown

Friday night was VIP magazine’s 11th annual Style Awards, at Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel. Sponsored by Peter Mark, the awards are an annual celebration of Ireland’s most stylish people – at least, that’s the official line. The not-so-official line is that …

Sat, Mar 24, 2012, 20:50

   

Friday night was VIP magazine’s 11th annual Style Awards, at Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel. Sponsored by Peter Mark, the awards are an annual celebration of Ireland’s most stylish people – at least, that’s the official line. The not-so-official line is that the awards night is a veritable who’s-who of Ireland’s most commonly snapped slebs, with models, photographers, stylists and the media glitterati rubbing shoulders over champers and more air-kissing than at a Mulberry fashion week dinner.

In case you’re wondering … here’s what I wore, to cover the red carpet for TV3′s Xposé special on the awards, this Monday at 8pm. My dress is Monsoon, my bag is Diane von Furstenberg and my necklace was a gift. Assorted jewellery, mostly vintage handed down through the family.

What the slebs were wearing was the hot topic on everyone’s lips – and the overriding themes? Bridal, with several attendees wearing wedding dresses, repurposed for red-carpet glam; ladies in red (as usual), with some serious show-stoppers, especially Karen Koster’s dress, picked up on Rodeo Drive while she was in LA for the Oscars; monochrome (Alison Canavan was one of the best dressed on the night, in a stunning Louise Kennedy gown) and, of course, the good old Irish fakery – fake eyelashes (most of which seemed to be from Up to My Eyes in Greystones, a review of which is coming soon!), fake hair (Ceira Lambert was the name on everyone’s lips) and fake tan (Karora came up several times, and I happen to know that Glenda Gilson had hers done in Top to Toe in Stoneybatter, a salon I reviewed a while back).

While I’ll admit that almost everyone looked stunning, even those whose dress decisions I didn’t necessarily agree with (Desperate Scousewivess Layla Flaherty pulled me up on Twitter for calling her dress “tackorama”*, yikes), I do wish that Irish “glamour” could evolve somewhat. There’s a little too much My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding going on for my liking. But enough of my woffle – let’s see what people were wearing, and if you really want to know what I thought, tune in to TV3 on Monday!

RTÉ’s Maura Derrane in a Fearne Cotton for Littlewoods Ireland recession-buster! via @MauraDerrane

Glenda Gilson in Lara Boutique

Model Pippa O’Connor in an Ivory Closet dress with Celia Holman Lee in Suzanne Neville via @Pipsypie

Miss Ireland Holly Carpenter in Lara Boutique with Rozanna Purcell in a wedding dress, the origin of which I can’t quite remember, via @RozannaPurcell

Lisa Cannon in another mental blank from me – loved her cascading Lana del Ray curls

Model Daniella Moyles brought the digital dazzle, via @daniellamoyles – and check out her Acne dress!

Model and TV presenter Katie Larmour in vintage from The Fashion Souk via Entertainment.ie

Layla Flaherty in Lara Boutique via @laylaflaherty (and what she wore to the after party)

Xposé newbie Kirsteen O’Sullivan with her tall, handsome drink of water, wearing Sinead Doyle via @kirsteenosuv

Sharon Corr, winner of most stylish woman, in Zoe Jordan via her stylist, @IngridHoey

Most stylish newcomer Aoibhin Garrihy in Emma Manley via @aoibhingarrihy

Karen Koster in her Rodeo Drive number with Michele McGrath in Marchesa via @michelemcgrathx

Who was your favourite? Did you catch any dresses that particularly impressed / depressed you on Twitter over the course of the evening? Be sure to check out the VIPs special on Monday night, 8pm on TV3!

* A tweet she later deleted, odd! It did give me this terrified “why has Twitter made the world so small?!” moment – I yearn for the simpler days when slagging celebrities left no room to wonder if they’d pull you up on it.