The Peter Mark VIP Style Awards took place in the Marker Hotel in Dublin on Friday night, with Dee Devlin and Conor McGregor in the spotlight amongst a host of stars.
Irish model and DJ Vogue WIlliams took home the gong for ‘Most Stylish Woman’, beating out competition from the likes of Storm Keating and Xposé presenter Glenda Gilson.
Speaking exclusively with Young Perspective before she was presented the award, Williams admitted to finding her outfit for the night, which mixed a white Zara shirt with a full skirt from Covet, a tan H&M belt and red velvet pointed stilettos from Buffalo, very last minute. “I didn’t really [have time to pick out an outfit],” she said. “I only chose this one at about two o’clock.”
Williams has been busy with a series of documentaries, most recently Vogue in the Afterlife on TLC. “Everything [in my schedule] fits in well. I’ve been really busy the last while but I like it.” She also told us; “I’m working on a new TV show right now which will be four episodes filmed over the summer and I have a secret little project that I can’t tell anyone about which will take me into September.”
Joining Vogue in gracing the red carpet was former Miss World Rosanna Davison, wearing a long red dress from Cari’s Closet. “I was surprised with how organised I was [picking out the dress]. I spotted this online and I just got it a few months in advance,” she told Young Perspective. “This event really is the most glamorous one of the year. People go through such a huge effort and it’s really fun seeing who’s here and what everyone is wearing.” She releases her second book in early September.
Love/Hate star Aoibhinn McGinnity was on flying form in a gorgeous Topshop jumpsuit. “I love jumpsuits. I prefer them to dresses so this was an easy choice for me,” she informed us. “I’m really enjoying the event. It’s so glamorous but it’s also so relaxed. It’s just style, you know? I’m sure nobody’s taking it too seriously! It’s lovely to be nominated and it’s lovely to be here but nobody’s nervous.” She has some new projects in the pipeline, but that’s all she was willing to divulge despite our best efforts.
Storm Keating, wearing a pink ruffled blouse from the design house with a gold pleated skirt by Alice and Olivia, was accompanied by step-daughter Missy, wearing Self-Portrait, for a night out minus superstar husband Ronan. “It’s my first style awards, I’m so happy to be here,” said Missy, who will sit her Junior Cert in a few weeks. “The Irish have the fashion down-pat, they know exactly what they’re doing and that’s evident tonight,” added Storm.
The Australian designer narrowly lost out on the award to Vogue Williams but was honoured to even be nominated in what she describes as her “second home”. “To be nominated, in particular for this award, I’m starting to feel like Ireland is beginning to embrace me too. They’re kind of saying ‘okay Storm, you can be part of our world’ and that’s really nice.” She is working on a new collection of boots with a brand that is as of yet top secret, but we are told that they are a recognisable name.
In stereotypical fashion (pun very much intended), the men we met on the red carpet were much less capable to roll the names of designers off their tongue. “I can’t remember the name of the shoes or the trousers, but I’m sure it’s on the label at the back,” laughed RTÉ newsreader and Youtube sensation Aengus Mac Grianna. “What I can tell you is that the shirt and the jacket are from Louis Copeland.” Accompanied by his husband Terry Gill he said of the awards; “It’s nice to get out and see a whole load of people from other sides of the industry who I wouldn’t necessarily get a chance to mix with normally. I don’t get to catch-up with a lot of these people from one end of the year to the next.”
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