Thursday 18 December 2014

The tops and the flops - The best IFTA red carpet moments

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Brendan Courtney and Sonya Lennon at the IFTAs.
There's no chance that this duo will go Off the Rails in the fashion stakes. Brendan Courtney looks dapper in his classic tuxedo in 2012, while co-host Sonya Lennon earns her style stripes in this Tim Ryan fringed dress.
In 2007, 'Ireland's golden couple' Wesley Quirke and Rosanna Davison wear equally daring ensembles. Rosanna, in a hot pink, navel bearing gown and back-combed hair and Wesley in his tuxedo.
In 2010, rising Dublin actress Sarah Bolger divided opinion in this metallic number.
The top model showed off her curves in this teal gown by Dawn Fitzgerald in 2012. Her dramatic makeup is the perfect match for her show-stopping gown.
A blast from the past for Love/Hate actor Robert Sheehan in 2010. His wild curls may be tamed now, but his quirky style is certainly still intact.
This top Irish/Ethiopian actress wears a fun, lime green Joanne Hynes number at the 2012 awards.
Ireland's number one young style star Saoirse Ronan stuns in this John Rocha gown at the 2012 IFTAs.
Style queen Miriam O'Callaghan is the lady in red in Marion Murphy-Cooney at last year's IFTA awards.
It divided the critics, but there's no doubt that Lorraine Keane certainly caught the attention of the nation in that Deborah Veale dress in 2011.
Hollywood star Rene Russo was the guest of honour in 2008, alongside Mel Gibson, and certainly showed us how it's done in this blush pink gown.
Mum-of-two Lucy Kennedy debuts a new fringe and eye-popping dress by Halston Heritage in 2011.
Actress and singer Maria Doyle Kennedy is an Irish icon and dressed suitably for her reputation in this show-stopping navy gown. Conservative, yet stylish.
Lisa Cannon knows how to work it for the camera. The Xpose reporter rocks a floor length royal blue gown by Synan O’Mahony for the 2011 IFTAs. Her silver box clutch is the perfect accesory.
The tv presenter and businesswoman channels old school Hollywood glamour in this nude lace Jennifer Rothwell design. Her perfect accessory? Flawless hair and makeup.
RTE's golden girl Kathryn Thomas shimmers in this Marion Murphy-Cooney gown. And she is easily the best dressed of the 2011 IFTAs.
RTE stars John Creedon, Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh and Daithi O Se all show off their unique style at the 2010 IFTAs.
Arguably Amy Huberman's best red carpet moment. In 2010,Mrs Brian O'Driscoll stunned in her emerald gown by Belle & Bunty, as styled by Ingrid Hoey.
Showing why she's considered the perfect 10, Bo Derek turned heads in her royal blue gown at the 2008 IFTAs.
Aoibhin Garrihy wears a custom-made nude Matt Doody gown at the 2012 IFTAs. Her sleek 'up do' and minimal accessories brings out her natural beauty.
Ireland's 'It' actor, Roscommon man Chris O'Dowd and his now wife, Dawn Porter, wear matching black ensembles for the 2012 ceremony.
TV presenter turned actress Caroline Morahan brought some Hollywood glamour to the red carpet at the 2011 IFTAs. Her black lace gown ticks all the right fashion boxes.
The Coronas frontman Danny O'Reilly lets his former girlfriend, MTV star Laura Whitmore's dress do the talking. She wears a fun red dress by cult designer Belle & Bunty.
Desperate Housewives star Dana Delany was the guest of honour at the 2012 IFTAs and rocked her LBD (long black dress) on the red carpet. She's joined by her sister Corey.
Never one to play by anybody else's rules, Oscar winning actress Brenda Fricker bucked the black tie trend and chose a rather casual black pantsuit for last year's ceremony.
Sisters are doing it for themselves at the 2009 IFTAs. The presenting duo wear complementary jewel tone gowns walking the red carpet together.
Former Miss Ireland Emma Waldron 'pulled an Angelina' last year when she flashed some serious leg in this red lace ensemble by Umit Kutluk. Daring!
Red carpet regular Kim Cattrall was a special guest at the 2011 IFTAs, and showed off her sensational figure in Rachel Roy.
Xpose anchor Karen Koster wears her designer of choice, Karen Millen, for the 2011 red carpet. The blonde beauty shows off her toned arms in this conservative dress.
Colin Farrell has classic black tie down to a T. His former girlfriend Alicja Bachleda shows off her sensational figure in a black bandage dress by Herve Leger and nude accessories in 2010.

The IFTAs have long been hailed as the Irish Oscars, and much like the Oscars, we analyse, criticise and fantasise about the red carpet fashion. As Ireland’s style stars prepare for Saturday’s tenth annual Irish Film and Television Awards, we round up some of the best – and worst – ensembles that got us talking. Some, we remember fondly and others, we can’t seem to forget. From Hollywood A-listers to Ireland’s elite, let the fashion face-off commence.

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