Monday 19 August 2019

Dee's a knock-out as McGregor takes back seat at style awards

Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

UFC champion Conor McGregor is not the shy and retiring type but the bombastic sportsman was happy to step out of the limelight and in to the wings to support his girlfriend Dee Devlin at the 15th Peter Mark VIP Style Awards.

"I'm happy to take a back seat, this is my lady's night, not mine," he said as he stepped out of a gleaming Cadillac Escalade flanked by burly security guards.

And it certainly was Dee's night as she was named Most Stylish Newcomer.

Overall winner on the night was Vogue Williams, while Most Stylist Man was the absent Nicky Byrne, who is currently in Sweden preparing for the Eurovision which takes place next week.

Manhattan may have the Met Gala, but Ireland's most fashion forward celebrities gathered in the foyer of the Marker Hotel for the red carpet event.

"It's always a riot," former doyenne of the RTÉ newsroom Anne Doyle said. "I wouldn't miss it for the world. And I managed to find a dress and get the zip up so I'm happy out."

Dee Devlin and Conor McGregor Photo: Brian McEvoy
Dee Devlin and Conor McGregor Photo: Brian McEvoy
Madeline Mulqueen Photo: Damien Eagers
Vogue Williams Photo: Damien Eagers
Rosanna Davison at the VIP Style Awards Photo: Brian McEvoy

Storm Keating, Aoibinn McGinnity, Adele King, Kathryn Thomas, Rozanna Purcell, and Louise McSharry all posed for cameras.

Former Miss World Rosanna Davison (32) arrived in a scarlet, caped gown. "I'm superwoman for the evening - it's really comfortable and my dog loves to sleep in it," she said.

It was a family affair for Morah, Lottie, Babette and Bonnie Ryan. "It's a pretty cool family tradition," Lottie said. "We all get ready together. It's always a great girls night out."

Of course there were a few no shows - despite receiving a nomination in the Most Stylish Man category Leo Varadkar decided to give the ceremony a miss. I wonder why?

Host on the night was Darren Kennedy who was bustling about, complimenting everyone's rig-out. "I don't like being a mean host - there's no need," he said.

Celia Holman Lee opted for a black Marion Murphy Cooney gown while weather forecaster Jean Byrne went for a Roland Mouret green number.

"I decided to keep things simple this year and let the dress speak for itself," Jean said.

Former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh showcased her blonde pixie cut and chatted to model Sarah Morrissey and TV star Marty Morrissey at the champagne reception.

Kian Egan's wife Jodie Albert enjoyed ditching her tracksuit pants for a floor length gown.

"Being a mum of two I'm nearly always in some sort of glamorous tracksuit, so this is a great excuse to get dolled up."

Irish Independent

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