Saturday 24 February 2018

Sporting gladiators to fashion Lions - rugby boys certainly scrub up well

Bairbre Power Fashion Editor

SPORTING gladiators to fashion Lions, the rugby boys certainly scrub up well.

Hot from scrums at Ireland camp in Carton House, the players joined business tycoons, captains of industry, media and charity fundraisers at a glamorous black tie testimonial dinner to salute Brian O'Driscoll at the National Convention Centre last night.

The golden couple arrived promptly at 7.10pm hand-in-hand, stepping from rush hour evening traffic into the centre which awash with Brian's green and black BOD branding.

All eyes were on Amy Huberman who wore a plain black Lennon Courtney €300,  fit-and-flare 'Full Circle' round necked dress which accentuated her very shapely, petite figure.

Always faithful to supporting Irish fashion designers, Amy could have gone for floor sweeping chiffons or sequinned gowns she wears so well on the red carpet.

But for her husband's big night,Amy chose judiciously- both in terms of statement and style. She opted very deliberately not to upstage her husband by putting on a headline-grabbing outfit with lots of glitz and shimmer, wearing instead a chic but fashionably low key outfit

Brian Ormond and Pippa O'Connor arriving at the Convention Centre, Dublin, for the Brian O'Driscoll Testimonial dinner.
Brian Ormond and Pippa O'Connor arriving at the Convention Centre, Dublin, for the Brian O'Driscoll Testimonial dinner.
Imelda May arriving at the Convention Centre, Dublin, for the Brian O'Driscoll Testimonial dinner.
Imelda May signing autographs.
Cian Healy and Holly Carpenter arriving at the Convention Centre, Dublin, for the Brian O'Driscoll Testimonial dinner.
Padraig Harrington and Caroline Harrington arriving at the Convention Centre, Dublin, for the Brian O'Driscoll Testimonial dinner.
Gay Byrne and Kathleen Watkins arriving at the Convention Centre, Dublin, for the Brian O'Driscoll Testimonial dinner.
Leo Cullen and his wife arriving at the Convention Centre, Dublin, for the Brian O'Driscoll Testimonial dinner.
Rob and Dave Kearney arriving at the Convention Centre, Dublin, for the Brian O'Driscoll Testimonial dinner.
Brian O'Driscoll signing autographs outside for waiting fans
Cian Healy signing autographs
Brian O'Driscoll signing autographs outside for waiting fans
Brian O'Driscoll signing autographs outside for waiting fans

The supremely elegant Little Black Dress allowed Amy to do what she does best - accessorise!

The actress has a brilliant eye for spotting and shopping and stepping off Brian's 'green carpet' which replaced the usual red carpet, Amy confessed she only picked up her cute gold shell clutch a few hours earlier.

"I thought it looked very Art Deco and it cost €40 at Om Diva,"she told me.

However it was the sophisticated Judith Leiber vintage belt which emphasised her tiny, post-baby waist, that caught the eye of dedicated fashion shoppers.

Judith Leiber has been a style icon since she opened her business in New York in in the 60s. One of her cupcake minaudiere bags featured in the Sex and the City movie and Amy found her belt in Siopella, the second hand designer store in Temple Bar. With drama in the belt, she pared back on the jewellery and added simple black suede court shoes.and wore her new short hair in a tusselles style.

Meanwhile hubbie Brian looked sharp in a Zegna tuxedo suit with shiny black patent shoes and a black velvet dickie bow.

Shelly Corkery, Fashion Director of Brown Thomas wore a black Alaia gown with super elegant Christian Louboutin heels. Selfridges boss boss Paul Kelly wore a Tom Ford tux. They were guests of Caroline Downey who wore a Tim Ryan chevron fringed silk jacket over a sophisticaed black dress with a zip snaking up the back. She posed with her daughter Storm dressed in green.

Amy made headlines when she wore Tim at an Oscar Wilde pre-Oscar party in Santa Monica and he's one of her go-to favourites along with Emma Manley who Amy  wore for Brian's tribute show on the Late Late Show last week.

Prize for knockout dress of the night goes to Imelda May who was the epitome of old school Hollywood glamour as she walked the green carpet which was replaced the usual red carpet.

Imelda arrived with her parents wearing the Blair gown, a black beaded strapless gown with fitted bodice by the New Zealand designer Rachel Gilbert. "It's from Covet, a good ol' rental place, give them a mention," she said.

Famous for her signature rockabilly style and two tone quiff, the Liberties-born singer who gave birth to her  daughter Violet 15 months ago looked incredible in the hourglass gown with jet beading.

On the night, there was a mix of knee length and floor length gowns. Gillian Quinn arrived with hubbie wearing a French Connection sequinned dress with impossibly high YSL shoes she piloted with ease across the floor.

Lisa Duffy was a vision in Barbie pink and her dress with asyemtric neckline was,  she told me, was from Topshop "and I did the embellishment myself, adding on the sequins on the shoulder and waist."

Rugby player Paul Wallace looked dapper in black velvet jacket while photographer Barry McCall gets the prize for best white shirt and tie on the night.

A Leinster rugby trio of the Kearney brothers, Rob and Dave joined by Ian  Madigan braved the cameras. Interestingly, their take on the tux suit varied quite a bit with Rob chosing the tradional dickie bow while the two young guns went for  narrow ties. Dave Kearney marked himself out as a man of fashion choosing to be a three piece tuxedo with waistcoat, finished off with wine shoes.

Breaking with tradition, Gordon D'arcy went for a navy tux while his model wife Aoife Cogan wore slash front black gown with gold belt and necklace. Fellow model Holly Carpenter, girlfriend of rugby player Cian Healy wore a long green gown with red leather 'Mulberry' clutch. Leo Cullen's wife Dairine Kennedy , one half ot eh KDK lifestyle fashion brand wore a red dipped hem dress. ia

Former TD and Independent columnsit Liz O'Donnell was the picture of elegance in a Ben de Lisi gown "which I re-discocered in my wardrobe today."

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