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Saturday 19 August 2017

No Amy, Jennifer or Karen ... but Darren can't wait to take on Style Awards duty

Aoife Walsh pictured when the nominess were announced for the Vip Style Awards 2015 at the Marker Hotel,Dublin.
Aoife Walsh pictured when the nominess were announced for the Vip Style Awards 2015 at the Marker Hotel,Dublin.
Darren Kennedy pictured when the nominess were announced for the Vip Style Awards 2015 at the Marker Hotel,Dublin. The Awards, now in their 14th year, are the only national celebration of Irish style, and have grown in prominence each year. This year, more than 100,000 votes are expected to be registered via www. vipstyleawards.ie, as the Irish public will decide who to recognise in the four main categories. Picture:Brian McEvoy No Repro fee for one use The categories are: Irelands Most Stylish Woman Irelands Most Stylish Man The Newcomer Award The Look of the Year Award Attending the official launch were a selection of nominees from each category: Lisa Cannon,Brent Pope and Peter ORiordan (Most Stylish Man); Jenny Buckley, Emma Manley and Aoife Walsh (Newcomer Award); The winners of each award will be announced during a spectacular ceremony on Friday April 24th in the Marker Hotel Dublin. Located in Dublins Grand Canal Dock, the Marker Hotel has hosted the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards for the past two years, and are delighted to welcome back Irelands most stylish people for a third time in 2015. At the launch, the new host for this years event was introduced - TV presenter, designer, stylish and blogger Darren Kennedy. A star of tv screens in both Ireland and the UK, and soon about to launch his latest menswear collection, we are delighted to welcome Darren on board.
Courtney Smith pictured when the nominess were announced for the Vip Style Awards 2015 at the Marker Hotel,Dublin
Jenny Buckley pictured when the nominess were announced for the Vip Style Awards 2015 at the Marker Hotel, Dublin

Broadcaster Darren Kennedy has taken over presenting duties for the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards from Brendan Courtney, but insists there's no animosity between the pair.

Brendan has presented the awards for the last two years but Darren (31) is ready to take on the challenge of filling his stylish shoes.

"I think Brendan was an amazing host over the past few years but I'm going to do my own thing," he told the Herald.

"Obviously as a previous winner of the Most Stylish Man award it's nice to be back involved.

"It's without a shadow of a doubt Ireland's most glamorous night so I'm really looking forward to it.

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"I have a new Spring Summer collection of suits in my range with Louis Copeland coming out in the next few months so I'll wear one of my own designs on the night," he added.

The Peter Mark VIP Style Awards nominees include Pippa O'Connor, Lisa Cannon and Claire Byrne in the Most Stylish Woman category; Aoife Walsh, Jenny Buckley and Stephanie Roche as Most Stylish Newcomer; and Brent Pope, Marty Morrissey and Nicky Byrne among those nominated for Most Stylish Man.

People can vote for their style choice online and the winners will be announced at the glamorous event at Dublin's Marker Hotel on April 24.

While it might come as a surprise that stalwarts of the Irish fashion scene like Amy Huberman and Jennifer Maguire have not been nominated, VIP boss Michael O'Doherty says they had to shake things up.

"We have mixed it up considerably this year which always makes it interesting and gives people someone new to vote for," he said.

"Amy has been off the scene for six or eight months to have a baby and write a book and she hasn't been out.

"Therefore it's hard to find the pictures to show her style."

"It gives us a chance, in the same way it has with Jennifer Maguire and Karen Koster - both of whom have been off the scene - to mix things up, and bring in new people," he added.

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