THE highlight of last night's Oireachtas fashion show was a Government TD flashing his socks – one red, one blue – to represent the Coalition.
Which is rather ironic, considering the item of clothing that would spring to most people's minds when they think of Fine Gael and Labour would be pants.
But Dublin Mid-West TD Derek Keating, he of the odd socks, made up in enthusiasm what he lacked in panache on the catwalk of the Shelbourne Hotel at the charity fundraising event for a number of causes, including motor neurone disease organisations.
Mr Keating even had an umbrella which spat out red and blue confetti, although the famed publicity hound looked to be enjoying it all too much.
The gang of TDs and senators were hand-picked by Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan, who organised the event.
When asked why he wasn't taking part, one rueful TD standing at the back sighed: "They just picked the good looking fellas."
A charitable soul, he just turned up to see if his mate, who was one of Deenihan's Dolls, tripped and fell off the stage while strutting around.
Some took to the catwalk with gusto, such as Mayo TD Michelle Mulherin, who wore a mint dress; Fine Gael senator Imelda Henry, who wore a shimmering ball gown; as well as Labour senator Lorraine Higgins in a pink skirt suit; and Fianna Fail senator Averil Power in a black ball gown.
Champion runner and Fine Gael senator Eamonn Coghlan dressed in a James Bond tux, while Dublin South-East TD Eoghan Murphy made the mistake of telling the compere he was "young, free and single", which was duly repeated to the packed ballroom.
Fashion disaster of the night was Fianna Fail senator Mark Daly who looked more like a Bugsy Malone stooge than a politician, given the width of the pinstripes on his blinding blazer.
The Oireachtas parade was finished off by Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett, who accompanied Fine Gael Longford-Westmeath TD Nicky McFadden, who suffers from Motor Neurone disease, up the catwalk to a standing ovation.