That looks familiar...Alison Comyn wears the same red ballgown to the IFTAs as Nadia Forde last year
Published 10/10/2016 | 09:56
The IFTA Television Awards have come and gone for another year.
Among a sea of glittering dresses, you couldn't help but notice one emerging theme, something which is becoming increasingly common on Irish red carpets these days - an outfit repeat.
This time, UTV Ireland Alison Comyn, who deservedly won an IFTA in the Best News category for the Ireland Live's Brexit Special, turned heads in a red satin ballgown, a look we saw less than a year ago when model Nadia Forde wore the same Tarik Ediz gown to the 2015 ceremony.
As the fashion pool in Dublin becomes smaller and smaller, it's becoming increasingly common for Irish stars to "double up" on dresses as rental boutiques continue to grow in popularity and designers lending gowns for one night only is the custom du jour in a quid pro quo arrangement between celebrities and designers in exchange for free pubicity.
And while there isn't exactly a shortage of talented Irish designers, we keep seeing the same names popping up at the two biggest red carpet events - the IFTAs and the VIP Style Awards.
Jennifer Zamparelli knocked it out of the park in a black and floral brocade gown by Turkish/Irish designers Umit Kutluk, who also dressed host Amanda Byram on Friday night.
He previously dressed Amy Huberman at the film version of the event in April and there was such demand for a look-a-like dress, he had to introduce a waiting list.
The aforementioned Nadia Forde wore a tailored white suit with plunging neckline by Scribe of London, a near identical white version to what we first saw Roz Purcell wear at the Style Awards in 2014 (she subsequently launched her own suit range with the designer).
The only original gowns on the red carpet were Claire Byrne in a classic black fitted gown with embellished sleeves, Xpose's Karen Koster in a red lace asymmetric dress from Littlewoods Ireland, Kathryn Thomas in Geraldine O'Meara and tv presenter Zoe Salmon who wore an embellished wedding dress from a bridal store in Co Derry.
It's not the first time two fashionistas have stepped out in the same look - models Roz Purcell and Vogue Wililams were pictured wearing the same visor by Martha Lynn days apart last year at separate racing events, while Evanne Ni Chuilinn and Aoibheann McCaul both wore the same vintage style number to red carpet events two days apart.
Byram and Thomas have also been pictured "doubling up" in the past, with Lottie Ryan joining the esteemed list at Punchestown 2015.
All of these women undoubtedly have great taste, but let's try something new for a change.