John Rocha steals the show at IFTAs red carpet
IFTA FASHION gave us designer and high street, red-on-red, and rented gowns, but it was John Rocha who stole the show.
Dublin fashion's favourite adopted son dressed a host of personalities, from show host Laura Whitmore to Best Actress winner Eva Birthistle in cobweb lace. He provided teenager Missy Keating with flower motif lace and stylist Angela Scanlon with tulle scattered with flowers.
Laura Whitmore always gets it right because she does her fashion homework. She was at London Fashion Week last September when Rocha first showed that cream silk column dress which falls into a delicious puddle. And what about the vertical red silk embroidery down the front, which emphasised Laura's enviable figure and kept both men and women in the audience enthralled.
The prize for providing the best red-carpet couture goes to Kathryn Thomas, who wore plumage and high-necked metallic lace by Umit Kutluk, who has opened an haute couture salon on Merrion Square.
My prize in the "this didn't cost a fortune" category goes to Xpose presenter Karen Koster, who really did wow in the €245 lime, off-the-shoulder 'Hedda' dress from Coast, teamed up with turquoise earrings (€49) and bracelet (€98) from Stella & Dot, the online jewellery brand.
Colette Fitzpatrick kept it simple with folded roses on the shoulders, and Yvonne Keating was the epitome of tailored elegance. Amy Huberman's ivory organza dress with laser-cut discs, by the shockingly talented designer Helen Cody, was head-turning. And the Seoige sisters, Grainne and Sile, were both dressed by Ballyheihue-born designer Don O'Neill of Theia Couture – the heavy pearl embellished yoke on Grainne's dress attracted lots of compliments, as did the burnished fabric of Sile's bodycon gown.