VIP Style Awards 2016: All the glamour from the red carpet
Published 06/05/2016 | 19:36
Conor McGregor caused a frenzy as the last guest to arrive on the red carpet, supporting girlfriend Dee Devlin who is up for Most Stylish Newcomer tonight.
The couple were mobbed by fans eager to get a picture with the UFC star, who offered to hold the camera as he quipped that he was “a pro at selfies”.
Winner of the Most Stylish Man in 2014, McGregor patiently signed a pair of tiny boxing gloves for a young fan as he made his way up the red carpet.
“I’m happy to take the back seat, this is my lady’s night,” he said.
“I’m the best man, she’s the best woman tonight!”
Devlin dazzled in a draped red gown by Roberto Cavalli with figure-hugging cut-outs, paired with Alaia heels.
“They should last me all night, but they might get whipped off at some stage on the dance floor!” she joked.
Speaking about her own personal style, Devlin said: “Usually I mix and match, I do like a few designer bits but I love Zara, Topshop and River Island. I follow trends but I like to keep it to my shape and let the outfit do the talking.”
McGregor skipped his signature Louis Copeland for a dapper blue suit by the American designer David August.
Eurovision hopeful Nicky Byrne nabbed the Most stylish Man award, however is in Stockholm and unable to accept.
Jo Archibold nabbed Look of the Year while Celia Holman Lee took the most Stylish of the Night award.
Rozanna Purcell revealed her show-stopping Chloe gown was actually a bargain from the Brown Thomas Christmas sales, reduced from €3,000 to just €500, paired with a 90s-inspired velvet ribbon choker and a Reiss clutch.
Nonetheless, she looked a million dollars as she posed up a storm with a leg-bearing pose.
She said her favourite part of the VIPs is the food, laughing: “I can eat a lot in this dress.
“I usually get an extra dessert because everyone always runs away when dessert comes, but it’s there to be eaten and of course I’ll eat it!”
Vogue Williams is up for Most Stylish Woman tonight, and after her dress failed to arrive, she scrambled together a chic look inspired by “a Ralph Lauren vibe”.
She combined a crisp white Zara shirt with a full skirt from Covet, a tan H&M belt and sultry red velvet pointed stilettos from Buffalo.
“I get to see lots of people I haven’t seen in ages. I’m here with my friend Matthew, and when I’m here everyone’s in one room and I get to see everyone,” she said.
Capes were big news on the red carpet as Rosanna Davison stunned in a flowing red dress from Cari’s Closet which she joked was like “Wonder Woman”.
She left boyfriend Wesley Quirke at home to have a “girls night out” with her friends.
Model Teodora Sutra also opted for a caped number in eye-popping fuchsia pink and sleek blonde hair.
Storm Keating took note from Alessandro Michele’s game-changing SS16 collection for Gucci with a retro eclectic look pairing a pink ruffled blouse from the design house with a shimmering gold pleated skirt by Alice and Olivia.
She was joined for the night by Missy Keating, Ronan’s 15-year-old daughter, who was taking a break from Junior Cert studies for her first VIP Style Awards and wearing Self-Portrait.
Twink picked up her glistening gold skirt and jacket in Abu Dhabi after getting invited to see Elton John while on holiday.
The gorgeous Ryan girls - Lottie, Bonnie and Babette, who is up for Best Newcomer tonight - descended on the red carpet together. Lottie opted for a yellow Umit Kutluk belted number (an homage to Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’, she joked) while Bonnie looked striking in gauzy black.
The red carpet was blooming with gorgeous spring florals. Louise McSharry going for an elegant pale floor-length dress from ASOS (accessorised with a cute gold shell clutch) and Kathryn Thomas nailing it again in a black strapless prom style decorated with colourful embroidery.
There was plenty of support for Irish fashion, as Celia Holman Lee stepped out in a stunning black silk gown by Tipperary designer Marion Murphy Cooney and Laura Woods stunned in a decadent full-skirted red number by Geraldine O'Meara.
Boho glam was popular on the red carpet too, as Aoibhinn McGinnity embraced her natural girls with full volume hair and a 70s-inspired Topshop jumpsuit, and Blathnaid Treacy chose a glittering Folkster dress and shimmering headband to match.
As well as the usual tuxes, Stephen Byrne brought a welcome change in a navy longline suit from Cos with a collarless shirt, and Darren Kennedy modelled his own range for Louis Copeland in silk-wool blend teal.
The TV presenter and stylist is hosting tonight, but he promised not to dig into the guests. "That's not my style," he said.