Sunday 28 May 2017

Long hems and new talent at Ireland's Oscars

Bairbre Power Fashion Editor

Fishtails, lots of cleavage and a sprinkling of Hollywood glamour.

The real winners on the IFTAs red carpet were the young, up-and-coming Irish designers chosen by the stars, from Amy Huberman's choice of Dawn Fitzgerald who opened her studio in Dublin only three months ago, to the bespoke magic of Synan O'Mahony who dyed lace to match the silver silk skirt in Kathryn Thomas's shimmering gown.

Amy channelled 1940s style in an elegant 'cover-up' silk gown, with black beaded embellishment on shoulder and waist.

She carried through the retro styling with her hair upstyled in a chic chignon, and emphasised her cupid's bow in fire engine red.

'Operation Transformation' presenter Kathryn Thomas scrubbed up well, swapping her tracksuit for a lace number that showed off her enviable figure (left). The scalloped neckline of her plunging lace top had a magnetic effect on the men present, who seemed to notice the top more than they did her smokey eyes.

Actress Charlene McKenna chose the raw appeal of Stephanie Grace Foy, an emerging Irish fashion talent, based in England.

Stephanie has been hailed as a 'materialist' to watch because of her fresh approach to use of fabrics, and Charlene's 'Strutt' top and 'Jalex' skirt in tone-on-tone blues were a popular choice.

Miriam O'Callaghan chose a very flattering red Marion Murphy Cooney gown, in stretchy lace, that moulded her statuesque 6ft frame.

Marion produced true red carpet drama for RTE's Maura Derrane with a purple, corded lace gown -- which boasted a very dramatic low back and fishtail -- and Denise McCormack, who collected her Best Supporting Actress award in a midnight blue, corded lace dress by the Tipperary designer.

A navy, raw silk fishtail gown was the choice of Jennifer Maguire while MTV's Laura Whitmore wore a red Belle & Bunty dress with three ruffled hems at the back.

Her beau, Danny O'Reilly from the Coronas, wore a dark charcoal grey and black suit, while dapper Chris O'Dowd sported Gucci patent shoes with a smartly cut tux .

Actress Maria Doyle Kennedy (right) sparkled in a Joanne Hynes jewelled collar but her 'Little House on the Prairie'-style, navy ruffled dress, with black frills, attracted attention for all the wrong reasons.

Oscar winner Brenda Fricker opted out of the ubiquitous long-

dress look -- she turned up wearing a velvet jacket over dark jeans, a v-necked T-shirt and comfortable shoes.

And there were ladies who would have killed for those shoes at the end of the night, when their vertiginous, car-to-bar, bejewelled sandals were cutting the toes off them.

No one should have to suffer for their fashion, awards or no awards.

Irish Independent

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