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Wednesday 24 September 2014

Let’s cut to the chase: Style guide to the IFTAS

Published 05/04/2014 | 22:36

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Karen Koster arriving on the red carpet. Picture: Kyran O'Brien
Karen Koster arriving on the red carpet. Picture: Kyran O'Brien
Madeline Mulqueen and Jack Reynor arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Awards 2014 at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Dublin.
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Madeline Mulqueen and Jack Reynor arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Awards 2014 at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Dublin. Photo by KOBPIX
iftas  Nadia Forde picture Tony Gavin
Nadia Forde. Picture Tony Gavin

Niamh Horan took notes as Brendan Courtney and Courtney Smith gave their votes on the frocks of the stars

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Karen Koster

BC: Karen always does sexy girl-next-door flawlessly. This Coast dress, combined with new bangs is a grown-up departure for her. The dress is perfect on her. Low key and sexy. A total winner.

CS: I love how daring she was to wear that colour, which most blondes avoid. Really suits her and the column skirt is refreshingly modern. Reminds me of Reese Witherspoon.

Madeline Mulqueen

BC: Stunning, Hollywood glamour. Not too much, and super flattering to wear. She looks like a goddess.

CS: Very old Hollywood. . . Love the lace accents and the nude tones. She looks soft and demure — she’s really changed her style over the last couple of years.

Colette Fitzpatrick

BC: Another 10/10. Amazing shape. Brilliant colour. A worry to wear red on a red carpet but rules are for school. This is elegance personified

CS: Colette is pretty. Red is obviously a fab colour on her, but I feel like I've seen it a million times before.

Caoilfhionn Dunne

BC: This outfit is literally a case of love/hate. Channelling her inner Tilda Swinton, Caoilfhionn looks fabulous. I’m partial to a bit of androgyny, me!

CS: but even if she wanted to do flats, a cool brogue would have made this much sleeker

Amy Huberman

BC: One of my fave Irish couture designers.

CS: Amy always champions Irish designers. This is cute and girly and perfect for her personal style. I love when she goes uber feminine.

Nadia Forde

BC: Nadia's dress looks like an accident waiting to happen. #afterpartyeyefull

CS: Nadia Forde is actually wearing a student design. My old assistant Eamonn McGill designed and made it for her. Fantastic that she is supporting young Irish talent! Red is one of Nadia's signature colours. The plunging neckline is also a signature style she loves.

Brendan Courtney is a broadcaster and Co-designer of Lennon Courtney Label.

Courtney Smith is an international TV fashion stylist and columnist.

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