LONG versus short for the IFTAs?
It was a 4:1 breakdown and the floor-sweeping gowns won out on the night, with Amy Huberman going home with two awards, for Lead Actress in 'Rewind' and surely she deserved Best Frock for a sophisticated gown from one of the country's up-and-coming designers.
Amy, minus husband Brian O'Driscoll on the night, wore a made-to-measure two-piece comprising of fitted bodice and flowing, circular skirts from Kerry designer, Matt Doody from Cahirciveen.
Sixteen metres of fabric went in her two circular skirts of biscuit chiffon over stone silk underlay. The colour-shimmering skirts added a touch of Hollywood glamour in a sea of same ol' sequinned frocks on the red carpet, and the skirts achieved the same effect as Grace Kelly's memorable gown from 'High Society' when Amy glided up the steps to collect her acting award.
Actress Saoirse Ronan and 'Off The Rails' presenter Sonya Lennon flew the Irish fashion flag wearing John Rocha and Tim Ryan, respectively.
Miriam O'Callaghan shopped local, picking up her white chiffon dress at Fran & Jane.
Lorraine Keane clearly took the Valentine theme to heart and wore a black satin boned basque top with full pink skirt. Long black gloves and gelled-back hair completed the look.
Caroline Morahan's black tulle dress didn't photograph as well as it looked on screen as she sashayed across the stage. With her 'Operation Transformation' figure, Kathryn Thomas went for thigh-high slash front, while Lottie Ryan, Grainne Seoige and Kim Cattrall were among those opting for short, cocktail wear. Sinead Cusack's short black and green devore velvet dress and ankle boots broke the mould and looked great on an actress who celebrates her 63rd birthday this week.