Michael O'Doherty: 'You can hardly tell the difference' was not the best choice of words for Amanda Brunker
Published 27/04/2015 | 07:22
After 14 years of studiously avoiding being photographed at the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards, it's not exactly how I imagined my first appearance.
Because there I was on page three of Saturday's Herald, scraping seagull poo out of Amanda Brunker's hair.
The contrast between the unpleasantness of this task and the magnificence on display just out of picture could not have been more pronounced, and but for the loudness of Amanda's presence, this hair malfunction might have passed unnoticed.
But Brunker being Brunker insisted on approaching me on the red carpet, blaring out one of the most memorable quotes in Style Awards history: "A seagull just s**t in my hair!"
There was, sadly, little I could do with a paper napkin and what I can only describe as a considerable deposit.
It may be a small blessing, but the colour of the seagull's bomb actually complemented her hair perfectly, which resulted in my answering Amanda's desperate plea as to how bad it looked with the words: "Don't worry, you can hardly tell the difference."
In hindsight, that probably came out wrong, but at least it wasn't as cruel as a text I received from a friend the next day who, not impressed by Amanda's hysterics, wrote: "I owe that seagull a pint."
It takes more than one avian malfunction to ruin the Style Awards, however. The glamour on display was spectacular, with many of Ireland's most fashionable taking risks and eschewing the standard ballgowns in favour of more daring and, most impressively of all, Irish creations.
Although they seemed to divide opinion among the so-called media experts, Roz Purcell's self-designed outfit and Daniella Moyles' glittery two-piece by Catriona Hanly won numerous admiring glances.
But the outfit by Dubliner Sean Byrne for Aoibhin Garrihy was perhaps the most popular, a daring, two-part creation that perfectly matched Aoibhin's transformation into a femme fatale.
There was just as much love for Jennifer Maguire, who gave birth to baby Florence only three-and-a-half weeks previously but turned up in a stunning top and skirt by Marion Murphy Cooney, with ne'er a trace of post-baby bump.
Poor Jennifer - her first night out in five months led her to fade much faster than normal and sadly miss what is for many the highlight of the night - the after-show party in Coppers.
No party in Coppers would be complete without Marty Morrissey, who once again stole the show from a male perspective as he had to deal all night long with a not-so-orderly queue of women waiting to have their photos taken with him.
His patience is extraordinary, as at 3am he was as accommodating as ever to the endless request for selfies, a sure sign that he, like everyone else, had a good night.
A seagull may have pooed on Amanda's head, but the gods shone on the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards.