THERE aren’t many events that leave me completely in awe of the fashion and style but this year’s annual Fate Awards in association with Diet Coke certainly were one of the highlights recently.
Celebs such as Loose Women’s Carol McGiffin; Eamonn Holmes and his partner Ruth Langsford; Popstar to Operastar Darius Campbell; Apprentice runner up Kate Walsh and fellow contestants Philip Taylor and our own Ben Clarke; Gavin and Stacey star Margaret Doris John; UTV stars Pamela Ballantine, Julian Simmons and Paul Clarke; celebrity chefs Paul Rankin and Michael Deane; golf star Rory McIlroy; Jungle stars Kim Woodburn and Samantha Fox; TV presenters Gail Porter and Katie Larmour, Hollyoaks star Gerard McCarthy, Cool FM’s Pete Snodden, Citybeat’s Robin Elliott and Glen Pavis, former Blue Peter star Zoe Salmon, Christopher Biggins, Duran Duran’s Roger Taylor and myself partied into the small hours at the Europa Hotel in Belfast.
Of course it was the ladies who really stole the show with their stunning ballgowns and cocktail dresses. I wore a full length midnight blue dress at the beginning of the night from designer Jenny Packham, available from Blush on the Lisburn Road.
Models Zoe Salmon, Orlaith McAllister and Katie Larmour proved style and glamour is not something you can teach, it’s natural.
Of course the men showed it is possible to glam it up Citybeat’s Robin Elliott matched a velvet jacket and a swarovski clad tie with jeans, and he wasn’t the only one as Roger Taylor also opted for jeans and a funky jacket.
With everything from high street and designer to internet bargains and one-off designs such as the Una Rodden number worn by Tracey Hall just a few days after fashion event Spring Into Summer Belfast proved we’re just as fashionable as any other city in Europe.
KATIE LARMOUR & HARRY DIAMOND
Model and TV presenter Katie Larmour stepped out with bar owner boyfriend Harry Diamond in this beautiful white sequined dress.
She said: This dress was a bargain, I ordered it online recently from America and it was just £130. My shoes are Christian Laboutin, bag from Dune and my jewellery is by Mikey.
Katie’s hair was styled by Michael Quinn. Her jewellery was £60 and bag £40.
EAMONN HOLMES & RUTH LANGSFORD
Sky News star and Belfast born TV presenter Eamonn Holmes was at the awards to pick up the Legend of The Year Award.
He was joined by fellow presenter and fiancee Ruth Langsford. Eamonn was wearing a suit by Chris Kerr in London and Ruth said she opted for this beautiful green dress from Phase 8.
Eamonn added: My suit is actually too big for me, which I think is a great sign.
BEN CLARKE & JENNY KIRKWOOD
Apprentice star Ben Clarke took to the red carpet with his girlfriend Jenny Kirkwood. Ben said: wearing just a normal double breasted tux with blue braces. And I am priding myself on being one of the only people who will be here who have tied their own bow tie.
By the way if you can’t tie a bow tie, always make sure you wear a clip on one and then bring an undone one that you can wear later in the night.
Benâ’s girlfriend Jenny was wearing a black and white satin dress. She said: Its not a designer number but it’s a beautiful dress that I fell in love with from a little boutique in Edinburgh.
TV presenter and Former Blue Peter star looked stunning in two fabulous dresses from the Lisburn Road in Belfast.
She said: My dresses were from Beverley Hills Galway and Harrison Boutique. I loved the fact that they were contrasting to each other.
DURAN DURAN’S ROGER TAYLOR
Duran Duran star Roger Taylor was wearing a suit by Dolce & Gabbana with G Star jeans.
APPRENTICE STAR KATE WALSH
Apprentice star Kate Walsh looked stunning in this dress from Lipsy. She also revealed she,s a high street girl at heart and added: My favourite store is Zara.
I’m A Celebrity and How Clean Is Your House star Kim Woodburn stepped out in a beautiful black dress by Frank Usher who she revealed was her favourite designer.
But the clean freak also confessed: Frank is followed very quickly by M&S, but if I’m honest while I like dressing up I really love relaxing in a pair of leggings and a baggy T-Shirt.
GAIL PORTER & JONNY DAVIES
TV presenter Gail Porter made quite an impression from last year as she appeared on the red carpet with a cute pixie like blonde hairstyle.
The star, who has been suffering from alopecia, debuted her new hairstyle at her birthday a few days before.
She said: My jewellery was designed by my boyfriend and my clothes designed by a friend under the label Hero Zero. My shoes are from Schuh.
UTV’s Paul Clarke took to the red carpet in a Jaeger tux.
Popstar to Operastar singer Darius Campbell who revealed he was back in the studio writing and recording a new album wore Hugo Boss.
TV presenter and former Liberty X singer Michelle Heaton wore a beautiful red floor-length gown from Vicki Martin.
RORY MCILROY & HOLLY SWEENEY
Northern Ireland golfer Rory McIlroy was joined on the red carpet by his girlfriend Holly Sweeney. Rory was wearing a suit from Cruise and Holly was in address from Nine Chichester Street, Belfast.
EMMA ROSA DIAZ
TV presenter Emma Rosa Diaz stunned Fate party goers in this fabulous full length Tony Bowls gown from Jourdan on the Lisburn road in Belfast.
She added: Everyone was complementing me on my dress so I was absolutely delighted with my choice.
PETE & JULIA SNODDEN
Cool FM breakfast star Pete Snodden arrived at the glitzy dinner with his stunning wife Julia.
Pete was wearing All Saints and Julia was in a beautiful outfit from Reiss.
Loose Women star Carol McGiffin partied the night away in this red Isa dress.
Eighties icon Sam Fox proved she can still look hot in this black dress from Permege.
By Gemma Garrett
Photos by Fabrizio Belluschi/FAMEmagazine.co.uk