Style Notebook 2010
Every week our Style Notebook is the indispensable guide to trends, fads, fashion and faux pas. Here, we take our annual look at what was hot or not last year, and what we’ll be loving, or not, next year
Entertaining the troops: Huberman and O'Driscoll and Georgia Salpa
Not a magazine deal in sight. Instead, temporarily giving the nation the boost it needed, Amy Huberman and Brian O’Driscoll practically invited the country into the church, and we loved them for it. Props to Georgia Salpa, too, for almost single-handedly keeping the nation’s pecker up.
GONE AGELESS: KYLIE
Recent performances, including her outing on X Factor, are way too girlie for a middle-aged woman. Madonna may refuse to age, but you’d never see her in a skater skirt. Kylie’s beginning to look undignified, not to mention reminiscent of Joan Rivers.
SECRET PLEASURE OF THE YEAR: FADE STREET
We’re still not sure if this saga of four girls-about-town, below, is so bad it’s good, but, on some level, it’s our new favourite show.
TRY-HARD OF THE YEAR: LADY GAGA
Really, walking around in your knickers with a telephone on your head is the sort of thing a toddler would do. We’ve seen enough of Gaga, for the moment. It’s time to put some clothes on, and stop taking yourself so seriously.
GIRL CRUSH OF THE YEAR: THE ATHLETES
Derval O’Rourke, Katie Taylor. Hardworking, successful, articulate and well dressed to boot.
ENDURING STYLE ICON: KATE MOSS
Her final collection for Topshop, comprised of her best ever bits, proved that Kate, is still the woman whose wardrobe we’d most like to raid.
CELEBRITY VISIT OF THE YEAR: LIZ HURLEY
Liz, left, brightened all our lives when she popped over to talk to LIFE magazine and open her boutique in Kildare Village. She looks undeniably amazing, although we wouldn’t mind a style update; time to put away the long gunas, Liz, you’re better than that.
THINGS IT’S TIME TO EASE BACK ON
Fake tan: if you haven’t already, ditch it now. Hair extensions so synthetic they look as if they are about to spontaneously combust: please, no. Stripper platforms: really, why? Bandage dresses: leave a little something to the imagination.
DAMP SQUIB OF THE YEAR: SEX AND THE CITY 2
To call it embarrassing is to be kind. Our love affair with Carrie, left, and the girls, such as it was, has ended. Out of touch, needy and whiny, and what the hell were they wearing? Eclipse, the third Twilight movie, also gets a nod here. Toe-curlingly bad for anyone over the age of 13.
DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE YEAR: PIXIE LOTT
She started out well, but then faded into a morass of yellow-haired girls with too much make-up, who could all pass for various ages of Taylor Momsen.
CLICHED TREND OF THE YEAR: GOING BRUNETTE
We get it, we’re in a recession — though admittedly, Nadia Forde, looks fabulous with her brunette tresses.
ICONIC TV SHOW OF THE YEAR: MAD MEN
Still defining a style of dress, a body and a femininity we aspire to. Joan, aka Christina Hendricks, was one of our major girl crushes of the year.
TRENDS WE’RE HANGING ON TO
Leopard print, wedge ankle-boots, leather, and daytime lace.
STEALTH STYLE ICONS: MICHELE MCGRATH, ANDREA ROCHE
Quietly consistent, both are always well turned out.
IN NEED OF AN UPDATE: ROSANNA DAVISON
Rosanna, needs to move on and make under.
SURPRISE TV HIT OF THE YEAR: THE MODEL SCOUTS
It has a refreshing charm that you don’t get on the Next Top Model series, where they’re all too busy stabbing each other in the back while smizing. A bunch of young Irish girls, actually being pleasant to each other, not driven by fame-hungry craziness. See the winner on the cover of the first LIFE of 2011.
OUR FINEST EXPORT: GRAINNE SEOIGE
Sadly providing another example of how we Irish like to tear down some of our best. Grainne, has played a blinder this year, as always. One of the country’s hottest, brightest, most capable stars.
FASHION VICTIM OF THE YEAR: RIHANNA
We’re tired looking at her. Wearing every passing whim of a trend does not a fashion icon make. For the love of God, take a day off.
MAKE-UNDER OF THE YEAR: PIPPA O’CONNOR
Pippa, has continued to eschew the fake tan, platforms and fake hair favoured by so many of her contemporaries. Bring on the wedding.
SURPRISE STYLE CRUSH: DANNII MINOGUE
Apart from the odd hiccup, Dannii played a blinder this X Factor season. So many ways to wear your bob, not to mention nailing grown-up glamour. Minnie Mouse beside her could learn something.
PERSON WE’D LIKE TO SEE LESS OF: CHERYL COLE
A bad season in X Factor; sartorially, she went back to her tacky Wag roots — what was the story with that hair? Her behaviour on the show revealed her to be the hard-nosed council-estate bruiser we always suspected she still was. Enough crocodile tears, Chezza, you’re fooling no one.
MOST OVERRATED TREND OF THE YEAR: PADDED SHOULDERS
We already look back in horror. Harem trousers get an honorary mention here. MC Hammer as a style icon? What were we thinking?
FAVOURITE GIRLBAND MEMBER: UNA HEALY
After Nadine’s poor showing, we’ve turned to Una. It helps that we can understand what she’s saying. She also has a coolness rarely seen in girlband members. A cut above her fellow Saturdays — Una has brought us her own brand of organic tarty.
TRENDS WE’RE GLAD TO SEE THE BACK OFF
Camel, rockabilly, the midi skirt, playing it safe, classic everything, Wag-tack, anything by Balmain, cycling shorts, the printed summer maxi.
MAD PEOPLE WE’RE GLAD TO HAVE BACK: ROBBIE WILLIAMS
Owning the madness.
MAD PEOPLE WE WISH WOULD GO AWAY: ANGELINA JOLIE
Stop denying your madness, you’re fooling no one. Embrace it.
VOICE OF THE NATION: RAY D’ARCY
Quietly growing into the voice of the nation. If there’s a new Gay Byrne, Ray, is it. Ably assisted by Mairead Farrell, and Jenny Kelly, both of whom we have a girl crush on. And Will Hanafin, whom we don’t.
UNWELCOME CELEBS OF THE YEAR: THE CELEBRITY ECONOMIST
We liked it when it was just David McWilliams. Unfortunately the rest of them don’t have his Eric Stoltz-slash-Jason Bateman brand of good looks — Brian Lucey, we’re looking at you.
ONE-TRICK PONY OF THE YEAR: KATY PERRY
Vaguely risque lyrics, outfits just the kitsch side of raunchy, seemingly omnipresent at all MTV awards ceremonies, repeat ad infinitum. Katy Perry’s, yawn-inducing recipe to fame.
CELEBRITY SPAT OF THE YEAR: TWINK AND LINDA
We wouldn’t want to be up against either of them, but we’d love to be a fly on the wall while they go at it.
OAP OF THE YEAR: PAULINE BEWICK
If we look half this good at 60, never mind in our 70s, we will be thrilled. Pauline, proves there’s life after 70.
CELEBRITY TREND WE’D LIKE TO SEE THE BACK OF: MARRIAGE TURMOIL
Ronan and Yvonne Keating, Grainne Seoige and Stephen Cullinane, Andrea Roche and PJ Mansfield, Mark and Vivienne Dunne. Stop! We can’t take it anymore.
CELEBRITY CAR CRASH WE MOST ENJOYED: NAOMI AND THE DIAMONDS
What must Papa Nelson be thinking? The most shocking thing about the whole affair was her face. Unrecognisable.
NATIONAL EMBARRASSMENT: BERTIE AHERN
Any other year Brian Cowen’s larging it up making it on to Jay Leno would have been a shooin, but, luckily for Brian, Bertie went and popped out of a cupboard. Enda Kenny, as the man who can do no right, isn’t far behind either of them.
SO WRONG IT’S RIGHT: JEDWARD
We can’t believe it either, but our love affair with Jedward, Ireland’s answer to Ant and Dec continues.
UNLIKELY SEX SYMBOL: LEO VARADKAR
Tall, apparently single, and one of the few politicians we don’t hate.
VOICE OF REASON: PAT KENNY
Initially we thought The Frontline was a flash in the pan, but Pat is doing his best work ever. And is it just us, or is he looking sexier with it?
ENDURING FASHION CRUSH: VICTORIA BECKHAM
Undeniably now one of the best-dressed women in the world, Victoria, gets extra credit for being a celebrity with a genuinely credible clothing line.
JUMPING ON BANDWAGON OF THE YEAR: BEAUTY PAGEANTS
Enough already. Miss University — Nicola Hughes, won in 2010 — Diva Next Door, and so on. When trainee teachers started getting in on the act by donning bikinis, we knew enough was enough. We long for the days when it was just Miss Ireland.
LIFE BEGINS AT 40: BLATHNAID AND ANNA NOLAN
They’ve never looked better
HAVING IT ALL: LISA FITZPATRICK
And still remains huggable.
MOST UNLIKELY HEART-THROB: DAITHI O SE
Frankly, we’re puzzled by the regularity with which Daithi is touted as some sort of latter-day Irish James Bond. James Bond? The nation’s hunk? Have they heard of Colin Farrell? And do they realise he, too, is Irish?
YUMMY MUMMY: AMANDA BRUNKER
Admittedly, Amanda, right, sometimes gets it wrong in the style stakes, but she makes up for it with sheer brass neck and bubbly charm. This country’s Barbara Windsor in the making.
PERSON WE’RE MOST SICK OF: JORDAN
We would like it if she just got lost. Hideous, trashy, no longer amusing. We could say the same for her increasingly annoying ex.
PERSON WE’RE MOST GLAD TO SEE RETURN: SILE SEOIGE
Seoige Junior made a welcome return with a new show on Newstalk. We couldn’t be more delighted.
THE NATION’S HEART: MIRIAM O’CALLAGHAN
Whether it be grilling public figures on Prime Time, arguing on behalf of John Hume, posing for one of many charity press calls or hanging out with her “people think we’re sisters” daughter, Alannah McGurk, Miriam, gives us a warm, fuzzy feeling that she’s keeping an eye on things, and that it will all be alright.
SURVIVOR OF THE YEAR: RUTH GRIFFIN
Our long-standing favourite Irish model, Ruth, weathered a bad year with dignity, and looked fabulous while doing it.
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO: LEIGH ARNOLD
Actress Leigh Arnold made good on her promise to step out of the celebrity life. Maybe a few other minor celebs might follow her example.
STEALTH CELEB COUPLE CRUSH: RONAN RYAN AND PAMELA FLOOD
Discreet, dignified, and doesn’t Pamela, with Ronan, look fabulous pregnant?
ENDURINGLY FASCINATING: ALEXA CHUNG
In a world of hair extensions and fake tan, we love anyone who dares to be different. Chung, does more, rocking her own completely individual style without ever looking too try-hard. Probably the only genuine contender to take the torch from Kate Moss.
IRISH CELEBS WHO DIDN’T NEED TO WRITE BOOKS
Virtually all of them. Proof that, contrary to popular opinion, most Irish people don’t have a book in them.
ENDURING STYLE ICON: ALISON DOODY
Alison, proving that blonde can so be classy.
TREND WE FOUND WE COULD LIVE WITHOUT: THE STAYCATION
We thought it would be cheaper to holiday at home, not to mention volcano-free. Instead, we found we were ripped off left, right and centre. We’re back to one holiday a year — in 2011, we’re all going abroad to take a break from each other.
FASHION CRUSH: GEORGIA JAGGER
Finally, a Jagger offspring we can get on board with. We’ve never been too convinced by older sister Lizzie’s modelling credentials, but Georgia, is everything we require of rock royalty. Undeniably stunning, painfully cool, and already a muse to Karl Lagerfeld.
HAIRCUT OF THE YEAR: THE PIXIE
As worn by Carey Mulligan, Michelle Williams and, most successfully, Emma Watson, who’s channelling a latter-day Jean Seberg.
RISING STAR WE’D LIKE TO SEE MORE OF: JENNIFER MAGUIRE
Nearly saved the Republic of Telly from being unrelentingly awful. Always rocks her own look; she has an edge lacking in most wannabe Irish TV presenters.
DODGY TREND: JUMPSUITS
Like guns. Not safe in all hands.
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO: TATIANA OULIANKINA
The nation has never needed Tatiana, and her particular brand of charming madness more.
MONEY WELL SPENT: THE AGE-DEFYING DEMI MOORE
Proving that sometimes it is worth shelling out for good plastic surgery. Especially if it nabs you a husband as hot as Ashton Kutcher.
WEDDING WE’RE MOST ANTICIPATING: GER AND LISA
Gerald Kean and Lisa Murphy will begin where others left off, giving the entire nation the day out it so deserves.
ONGOING LOVE OF OUR LIFE: COLIN FARRELL
Colin, so cool, so effortless, so ridiculously attractive. Such a good guest on Graham Norton.
ENDURING FASHION FIX: SHOES
The last frontier of the fashionista, as demonstrated by Daphne Guinness. They can take our It bags, but damn it, they’ll never take our shoes.
KEEPING UP THE SPIRITS OF THE NATION: MARY O’ROURKE
Common sense, glamour, youthful vigour: Mary for president, anyone?
BEST IRISH AMBASSADORS: FEMALE MUSICIANS
Imelda May, at the Grammys. Cathy Davey and Camille O’Sullivan. Last year British women came and saved UK pop music, this year our girls did the same.
WE GET IT ALREADY: KELLY OSBOURNE
You’ve lost weight. Good for you. We get it, Kelly. Does every outfit have to involve showing off your increasingly lollipopstick- esque figure, right? For the love of God, throw on a shift dress.
CELEBRITY CAR CRASH OF THE YEAR: TIGER WOODS
Has he not heard the Paul Newman phrase: when you’ve steak at home, why go out for a burger? While Elin, is undeniably steak, we’re not really sure most of Tiger’s flings would even qualify as burger. Honourable mentions to ‘what was he thinking’ Neil Prendeville and the ever entertaining Lindsay Lohan.
POMPOSITY OF THE YEAR: GWYNETH PALTROW
We wish that Gwyneth, and her high horse would gallop off into the sunset.