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Friday 15 December 2017

Claudine and Jessica to battle it out for most stylish lady gong at awards do

IT will be a WAG-fest at next month's Peter Mark VIP Style Awards after Claudine Keane and Jessica Lawlor confirmed their attendance.

The Herald can reveal how the two blonde beauties, who have become pals after Ireland captain Robbie Keane went out on loan to Stephen Ireland's side of Aston Villa, will be jetting over to add some glamour to the bash.

LA's newest addition to the celebrity scene Claudine (27) will now be coming over next month to see who will take her place as the Most Stylish Lady for 2012, given that she won the gong last year.

Also joining them at the glitzy event will be Desperate Scousewives star Layla Flaherty, who'll be appearing at the awards ceremony for the first time ever.

Underwear model Claudine, who's temporarily based in Birmingham now that Robbie is on a six-week transfer deal from LA Galaxy, first met Jessica (25) at the same event last year and the pair struck up a new friendship.

The two stunners will now be flying over together to attend the ceremony in the Shelbourne Hotel on March 23, tickets to which are always like gold dust. The city's socialites and fashion-forward celebrities will now be keeping their fingers crossed to see whether they get a coveted invite to the event.

"It's going to be a really stylish affair this year. Organisers are pulling out all the stops to make sure it's an affair to remember," said a source. "It's one of the few events of its kind that has survived the recession and is always a fantastic night. The Meteors are gone, as are the TVNow Awards but this particular event is a staple of the social calendar. There's always plenty of surprises on the evening and it is a great occasion for everyone to let their hair down and have a few drinks."

Organised by publisher Michael O'Doherty, this year's batch of nominees are due to be announced shortly with many of our best-known personalities expected to be included.

As well as the Most Stylish Lady category, there is also a Most Stylish Man accolade, won last year by Keith Duffy, in addition to a Best Dressed Couple award and a Newcomer award. This was won in 2011 by the newly engaged model Vogue Williams, while Westlife star Nicky Byrne and wife Georgina Ahern picked up the prize for the most stylish couple.

mfinn@herald.ie

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