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Friday 15 December 2017

IFTA stars get ready to rock red carpet in Irish designs

BIG NIGHT: Ruth to sparkle in sequins as she vies for two awards

CELEBRITIES will be upping the glam factor for the annual IFTA awards tonight.

One of the hottest social events of the year in the capital, the awards will see some of Ireland's biggest names step out in style -- and our native designers are leading the way in the fashion stakes.

Love/Hate actress Ruth Negga, who has been given the nod in two categories, will be sporting a Joanne Hynes number for the ceremony.

"It was great to dress Ruth -- she was looking for something a bit more modern and interesting, so I had a lot of fun," the designer told the Herald.

"We had a couple of meetings about it and she decided on a real couture piece, we're not going to make another one -- it's a complete one-off.

"She's wearing a mid-calf length, fitted skirt with hand applied sequins in bright green, orange and black and gold.

"She's matching it with a modern vest top with a simple shape and round neck. It's not the usual, princess dress and it really stands out -- it suits her personality perfectly," said Joanne, who spent two weeks designing the outfit in Italian fabric.

Downton Abbey star Maria Doyle Kennedy, who is up for the Best Actress in a Lead TV Role title, has also opted to wear one of Joanne's designs.

"Maria decided to wear one of my neck pieces with one of her own dresses. She knew exactly what she wanted and she can carry it well.

"She'll be wearing a crystal collar over a long-sleeve, high-neck black dress that she has."

It was almost panic stations for rising star Antonia Campbell Hughes, who only decided on her ensemble on Thursday afternoon.

Antonia, who has been named in the Best Actress in a Lead Role Film category for her performance in The Other Side of Sleep, has chosen a flesh-pink silk gown with a mini corset, by John Rocha.

It will by a flying visit for the 29-year-old however.

Antonia is due in Germany to collect her Shooting Star prize at the Berlin Film Festival on Monday, where she will be sporting international label Roland Mouret.

Although she's not up for an award, fashion guru Lisa Fitzpatrick will be presenting a gong on stage.

"I'm working all day so I'll literally only have 30 minutes to get ready. I'm going to do my hair and make-up myself and I'm borrowing a red dress from Xpose producer Debbie O'Donnell," she revealed.

"If that doesn't fit I'm bringing a 'Plan B' option, an old navy dress of mine that I wore to the VIP Style Awards four years ago. I'm very much a lastminute.com person. I'm more excited about seeing everyone else's style anyway."

Come Dine With Me winner Roz Purcell can't wait to show off her Dawn Fitzgerald guna and said she wanted a "simple" look.

"I'm wearing a green dress with a plunge neckline and gold band. It is quite tight though so I'm going to have to watch what I eat today to move in it."

Former Miss Ireland Emma Waldron has fallen in love with an Umit Kutluk red lace, full-length creation with shoulder pads, while Fair City's Aoibhinn Garrihy will strut her stuff in Matt Doody and Fade Street newcomer Emily McKeogh is set to arrive in a Jenny Packham number.

labutler@herald.ie

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