Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 December 2014

Masterclass in style on a night out with the boys

David Barbour and Niamh Hallihan at the Men's Style Night in aid of the Ulster Cancer Foundation
David Barbour and Niamh Hallihan at the Men's Style Night in aid of the Ulster Cancer Foundation
Neil and John Neil pay a visit to Apartment for Men's Style
Geraldine Kelly and Laura and Philomena McGurk enjoying an evening out at the Men's Style Night at the Apartment in Belfast
Martina Collins and Aileen Wilson from Belfast at Down Royal
Nuala Meenenan and Angela Mount Stephens also attended the afternoon tea event
Hugh Black with Louise Fulleo and Sally Smyth enjoying the Down Royal afternoon tea

The main event of the social calendar this past week was undoubtedly the release of Sex And The City 2 with ladies getting dressed up in their finery to see their heroines on the silver screen.

While a few brave men accompanied their lady friends to the screenings, there was an event going on in town that was strictly for the boys. Fate’s Bar of the Decade, Apartment, was turned into a beach for a Men’s Summer Style Masterclass which was promoting men’s health and raising awareness of skin cancer in aid of the Ulster Cancer Foundation.

One of the manliest men I know, Radio Ulster’s Alan Simpson, was in charge of the event and it’s not often that someone outdoes Alan, but the man who is known as Mr Paparazzi, Darryn Lyons, did just that.

An Aussie by birth, Darryn knows the importance of protecting your skin from the harmful effects of the sun and the guys were given pointers as to what to look out for.

More and more men are now taking the time to preen, pamper and groom and the experts were on hand to give all sorts of advice, and yes ladies, even advice about waxing — so now there is no excuse not to head to the beach with your man if he resembles a woolly mammoth.

If the gladrags survived a night at the pictures then the ladies had another chance to get glammed up with the second of the Down Royal afternoon teas. And what a lot of effort the ladies (and gentlemen) went to.

Most of us are happy to buy an outfit and maybe nip along to the accessories shop to add the finishing touches.

But not Elizabeth Ward — it took hours to adorn her simple black dress and hair with fresh orchids to create a striking effect.

Another striking outfit was worn by Martina Collins as she was deemed to be best dressed and picked up a £250 voucher for the fabulous fashion store Candy Plum. I was very jealous, as I was of Danielle Ross who won a hamper of Nuxe products, which stars like Beyonce swear by.

I’ll be back at Down Royal on June 18 — that gives me a couple of weeks to sew on my orchids.

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