Saturday 17 August 2019

Best and worst dressed: The Irish Book Awards red carpet style was definitely...interesting

(L to R) Vogue Williams, Roz Purcell, Rachel Allen and Shay Given and Becky Gibson at the Irish Book Awards
(L to R) Vogue Williams, Roz Purcell, Rachel Allen and Shay Given and Becky Gibson at the Irish Book Awards
Caitriona Perry at The Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2017 at The Clayton Hotel, Dublin
Roz Purcell at The Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2017 at The Clayton Hotel, Dublin
Bertie Ahern and Cecelia Ahern at The Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2017 at The Clayton Hotel, Dublin
Shay Given and Rebecca Gibson at The Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2017 at The Clayton Hotel, Dublin
Vogue Williams at The Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2017 at The Clayton Hotel, Dublin
Rachel Allen at The Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2017 at The Clayton Hotel, Dublin
Rick O'Shea and Liz Lyons at The Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2017 at The Clayton Hotel, Dublin
Maia Dunphy at The Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2017 at The Clayton Hotel, Dublin
Rebecca Gibson at The Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2017 at The Clayton Hotel, Dublin
Ryan Tubridy and David Walliams at The Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2017 at The Clayton Hotel, Dublin
David Walliams at The Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2017 at The Clayton Hotel, Dublin
Roz Purcell and Vogue Williams at The Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2017 at The Clayton Hotel, Dublin
Ryan Tubridy and David Walliams at The Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2017 at The Clayton Hotel, Dublin
David Walliams at The Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2017 at The Clayton Hotel, Dublin
Cecelia Ahern at The Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2017 at The Clayton Hotel, Dublin
Philly McMahon and Sarah Lacey at The Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2017 at The Clayton Hotel, Dublin
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

As is the case with most Irish red carpets these days, it's becoming increasingly difficult to translate a dress code.

Black tie can mean anything from jumpsuit to mini-dress or a couture gown for women and chinos and a blazer for men. Formal means a dress of any length can be worn if it looks tailored enough and god help us if it says smart casual. Everyone wants to stand out and look different: some by wearing a bright colour, a dramatic train or just by wearing a classic LBD in a sea of sequins.

Which brings us to the interesting case that is the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards on Monday night. It's considered a black tie affair; but try telling that to the celebrity guests who each brought their own rather unique style to the event at Dublin's Clayton Hotel.

Let's have a look, shall we?

Vogue Williams wore a red cut-out gown by Alex Perry from her favourite designer rental company The Ivory Closet, who have been supplying her with dresses for years.

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Roz Purcell and Vogue Williams at The Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2017 at The Clayton Hotel, Dublin

Former US correspondent with RTE and incoming Six One newsreader Caitriona Perry must have enjoyed the novelty of red carpet attire and she chose a gothic style berry and black gown with beading.

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Caitriona Perry at The Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2017 at The Clayton Hotel, Dublin

Fellow broadcaster Maia Dunphy went old Hollywood in a black satin number with full skirting and embellished crossbody bag.

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Maia Dunphy at The Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2017 at The Clayton Hotel, Dublin

Celebrity chef Rachel Allen opted for a sequin pink midi dress and black strappy heels.

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Rachel Allen at The Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2017 at The Clayton Hotel, Dublin

Retired Irish footballer Shay Given marked the popularity of his book Any Given Saturday in a classic black tuxedo alongside fiancée Becky Gibson, who chose a dramatic satin midnight blue gown with a black tulle flamenco style finish.

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Shay Given and Rebecca Gibson at The Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2017 at The Clayton Hotel, Dublin

Praise be for Dublin footballer Philly McMahon and PR executive Sarah Lacey, whose boho cut-out dress brought the type of youthful elegance this event needed.

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Philly McMahon and Sarah Lacey at The Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2017 at The Clayton Hotel, Dublin

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