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I'm not a slave to trends and my style icon is Lady Gaga, says fashion forward Jean

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Jean Byrne. Photo: Brian McEvoy

Jean Byrne. Photo: Brian McEvoy

Jean Byrne. Photo: Brian McEvoy

SHE'S known for her outrageous on-screen ensembles. So it comes as no great surprise that style chameleon and weather woman Jean Byrne looks up to singers Bjork and Lady Gaga.

"I would never imitate anyone," she said. "I just wear what I like to wear. I think my style is quite avant-garde.

"I think Bjork and Lady Gaga dress that way, too. If anyone compared me to Bjork, I would take it as a massive compliment," she said. "And I love the way Daphne Guinness dresses, too."

The presenter says she prefers to steer clear of trends and fashion fads. Instead, Jean picks stand-out items that work for her.

"I like wearing something different and creative, and I never follow trends," she explained.

"I don't go for what's 'in'. I'm definitely not a slave to trend. I prefer pieces that are interesting and stand out on their own merit."

This year, Jean turned heads at the VIP Style Awards in a gothic-looking ensemble with chunky shoe boots.

While stylists were quick to slate the look, Jean says she was happy with the outfit and stands by it.

"That was a Claire O'Connor dress. She's an Irish designer and I think it's amazing we have Irish designers who are that fashion-forward. I was proud to wear it," the 52-year-old said.

Kerry native Jean says she pays no heed when people criticise her style. "It doesn't bother me in the least when people criticise what I wear," she said.

"Honestly it doesn't, because I always wear something that is good quality – the clothes I wear are beautifully made.

"It might have got to me years ago, but I have a thicker skin than I used to."

 

Enthusiast

Had a career in television not beckoned, Jean says she may have considered setting up her own fashion label.

But as a keen fashion and design enthusiast, she's well aware of the time and toil that goes into setting up a brand.

"I mean, if I had a dream of another career it would be that, because I am so interested in fashion and I love putting things together," she said.

"But I realise that it's a very skilled and tough trade; it's not something you just walk into."


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