We’ll start as we mean to go on – the following pages do carry a pun warning, after all. Primetime presenter Claire Byrne is truly, utterly in her prime, both on screen and off. The brilliant blonde has hit her stride in all facets of her life, from a knockout career to knockout style.
This lady really is a vamp, and she ain’t afraid to show it. By day, it’s a great biker jacket, slim jeans and killer heels, and by night it’s a case of all-out Hollywood glamour; Lisa’s icons Brigitte Bardot and Raquel Welch firmly in focus. The tv presenter is a true style chameleon, shifting the mood to meet the gig, from movie premiere to the Oscars. And VIP has seen her shoe collection. There. Are. No. Words.
Sharp, smart and delightfully irreverent, we can’t help but notice that the Galway girl has been experiencing something of a fashion purple patch of late. The 50s-style dresses that suit her so well? That old-world elegance at the IFTAs? And the fringe – we love the fringe!
Let’s begin with the obvious bit, and it starts for most of us every morning. Wake up, splash water in face and attempt cornflakes, perhaps in front of some breakfast tv. For Sinead Desmond, her wakeup call involves very bright lights and a very big camera. Who else dons a slinky dress at 5am every day, and makes it work? If anyone does, we are ‘conprised’. That’s concerned,
We like how Mairead approaches daytime fashion: with girliness, playfulness, and a fair smattering of flirtiness thrown in for good measure. But we like even more the radio presenter’s take on getting dressed for those big nights out; silky black dresses perfectly contrasting with that inimitable copper mane. Come to think of it, whatever the occasion, Mairead Farrell always looks hot. Fact.
The news anchor who describes her style as “hopefully more hits than misses” has little to worry about as far as VIP is concerned. A master of dressing for her shape, Colette – as in so many other areas of her life – know what works, what doesn’t, and why. Her bodycon dresses always work, her sleek bob always works, and the gregarious personality behind the serious job always shines through.
Last year’s Most Stylish Newcomer, actress Aoibhín Garrihy leavens her ladylike elegance with a distinct, individual edge. The Castleknock girl literally never gets it wrong, whether attending a theatre premiere or deftly accessorising her way through street style. The natural hair and flawless makeup don’t hurt, either!
All hail the Hube, the one-woman fashion machine who makes wearing skintight leather trousers while pregnant look a cinch. And who could forget her ability to attend the Irish Film and Television Awards, wow on the red carpet in a sleek black gown, and twelve hours later, give birth? Now that’s what VIP calls style.
And the award for the best grooming in Ireland must go to...okay, we don’t have that category; but if we did there would be a clear winner in Lorraine Keane. We’ve almost come to take for granted the glossy hair, gorgeous makeup and nail varnish-chip-free zone that is LK, allowing us more time to pore over what precisely she is wearing next. And if that’s a jumpsuit, as she has been totally rocking of late, all the better.
Here’s one reason why securing a nomination is no mean feat. The commitment – Lordy, the commitment! Can you imagine the wardrobe required to jump from interview slot to on air, from airport runway to red carpet? Karen Koster needs Ireland’s hardest-working clothes rail, and she always carries off her signature looks with aplomb. The best bit? She cares about the clothes, and not the price tags.
Not content with breaking fashion boundaries of her own, the woman now synonymous with Irish style has made it her life’s work to encourage a nation to do the same. And here’s what we love best: she wants to make it easy for the rest of us. Whether on tv, through her Your Best Youfashion manual or now, in the form of the covetable, wearable Lennon Courtney fashion collection, Sonya is one sister doing it for all of us. Statement hats off to her, we say!
We can’t put it any other way: Virginia Macari, mother, fashion designer and reality tv star makes us feel a little lack-lustre at times. Not about her, you see, but about ourselves. Why shouldn’t we go for bigger, better accessories? What’s not to love about statement raven hair? And who said looking amazingly sultry at all times was an impossible dream? It suits her, after all.
Miss Morahan must be Ireland’s most confident woman – who else would bound down South William street wearing tracksuit bottoms and not a screed of makeup, smiling broadly at the waiting paparazzo? The Littlewoods Ireland ambassador who made 2012 her year to say ‘I Do’ – in stunning ‘La Dolce Vita’ style – is the ultimate example of Chanel’s phrase: “In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.”
It mightn't seem that way, but there was a time when Roz Purcell was not the girl on everyone’s lips. The model and reality star has managed to make her mark while charming the nation, wearing everything from a GAA jersey (Celebrity Bainisteoir) to a wedding dress (strictly for professional purposes!). And she lives on VIP's street, which means we see what she wears virtually every day. So trust us: she deserves this nomination.
The word ‘limitations’ doesn’t seem to figure in this stylist, journalist and presenter’s lexicon. Dublin-born Angela has made waves both at home and internationally this year; her quirky, fearless style landing her front row centre at London Fashion Week and beyond. Angela lives, breathes and makes a living from getting dressed every day – and she inspires us all to have more fun with our fashion.
There was a collective intake of air when Gráinne Seoige hit the red carpet at the 2012 Style Awards, quite literally dazzling in a navy-sequinned Don O’Neill gown. From there, she’s continued to dazzle while lending both her support and her stylish presence to events the length and breadth of the country...not to mention the community service that is her ‘no messing’ Crimecalllook. The fashion community, that is.
We’ve long suspected that, while a certain modicum of elegance can be achieved by pretty much anyone, naturally great style is as genetic an accident as naturally great hair. Luckily for Síle, she’s got both. Understated yet supremely feminine in downtime, and the epitome of timeless beauty by night, Síle’s considered fashion choices flatter a woman firmly in control of her own destiny.
The Voice of Irelandand Operation Transformationstar must be Ireland’s Most Seen woman of 2012. Not that appearing so regularly on our small screens has done anything to diminish Kathryn’s style status; we can’t wait to see what she wears next. Her fashion highlight of the year? It must be this black floor sweeper, as rocked at the IFTAs. Kathryn for the win?