If chatter about the Met Ball is already beginning to feel like last year's news, meet the gala's Irish cousin: The VIP Style Awards. Now entering its 14th year, the VIP Style Awards ceremony honors sartorial luminaries who are considered Ireland's most elegant. Much like the Met Ball, the VIP Style Awards are the responsibility of Ireland's editorial elite, namely those in residence at the country's revered VIP magazine.
However, the VIP Style Awards are much more direct in their approval of the best-dressed celebrities, reporters, and editors; nominations are handed out for Most Stylish Woman, the Look of the Year Award, Most Stylish Newcomer, and Most Stylish Man. Perhaps if the United States were to adopt a similarly optimistic attitude towards red carpet costumes, there would be no such thing as a "Worst Dressed" list the morning after a televised awards show.
For the ceremony's 14th celebration, Ireland's best and brightest slipped into their finest gowns and jackets whilst awaiting the announcement of the year's reigning style icon. Read on for the night's nine best-dressed attendees.
1. Sinead Kennedy
Sinead Kennedy tossed a leather motorcycle jacket over an Art Deco-inspired beaded frock.
2. Pippa O'Connor Ormond
Pippa O'Connor Ormond sported a blush lace dress with a plunging neckline and sultry slit.
3. Karen Koster
Television host Karen Koster stepped out in a bubblegum pink silk sweetheart gown.
4. Lisa Cannon
Lisa Cannon sauntered down the red carpet in a dramatic ivory tulle ball gown with a high-low hem.
5. Sinéad Noonan and Kerri-Nicole Blanc
Sinéad Noonan and Kerri-Nicole Blanc hit the red carpet in elegant bias cut gowns rendered in shades of white and yellow, respectively.
6. Celia Holman Lee
Celia Holman Lee struck a pose in a white ball gown with delicate golden embroidery, which appeared reminiscent of a classic Alexander McQueen design.
7. Lorraine Keane
Lorraine Keane posed for paparazzi and fans in a cheeky black and white crop top and pleated skirt with a subtle circle motif.
8. Jennifer Maguire
Jennifer Maguire paired a crimson satin crop top and cream skirt to great effect, sporting a corresponding red lip to complete the look.
9. Niamh Devereux
Though Niamh Devereux's heavily beaded gown leaned in the direction of a prom dress or Olympic skating uniform, her confidence and apparent adoration of the ensemble kicked the look into high gear.