Saturday 25 November 2017

It's the end of an era as Brendan bids adieu to VIP Style Awards

Brendan Courtney
Brendan Courtney

Stop all the clocks and shut off the telephone.

I'm afraid the rumours are true: designer extraordinaire Brendan Courtney is to step down as host of the annual VIP Style Awards. Quelle horreur!

"I'm not available this year," he said. "But I better be on the bloody best-dressed list. I think I've more than put in the time and the spade work." Ain't that the truth?

Courtney always injected a good deal of humour into what has to be the most raucous night in the social calendar.

I'm afraid there's always one chic celeb who, good-naturedly, ends up dancing on a table.

The new host/hostess and the list of nominees will be announced at the Marker Hotel next week. Then, all the preening, powdering and pouting can begin in earnest.

Speaking of stylish events, I darted along to the 44th Hennessy Literary Awards this week in Dublin's Westin Hotel. FYI: if you're ever in need of a strong drink on an idle Tuesday evening, make this your pit stop. The Sidecars are top notch stuff.

I was delighted to bump into actor Stephen Brennan in the Banking Hall of the hotel. Stephen is getting ready to head over to China with the Gate Theatre's production of Pride and Prejudice, starring Aoibhinn Garrihy and Genevieve Hulme Beaman.

After that, he will jet set to Minneapolis to star in one of Joe Dowling's last ever productions at the Guthrie Theatre. "He's leaving after two decades," Stephen told me. "I'm afraid it's a high-flying lifestyle at the moment."

Frank Kelly and Caroline Sleiman from Moet Hennessy swirled liquor in highball glasses while waiters scooted about carrying trays of galangal samosa and pan-seared queen scallops.

Theo Dorgan looked on proudly as his other half Paula Meehan was inducted into the Hall of Fame, and Sara Baume was beaming after being awarded two gongs for New Irish Writing and Emerging Fiction. Martina Devlin, Tara Quirke and Djinn Von Noorden also stopped by.


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