Belfast Telegraph


Snappy dressers pocket style title

By Maureen Coleman

NORTHERN Ireland's king and queen of cool were being unveiled today at a glamorous reception at Deane's Restaurant.

NORTHERN Ireland's king and queen of cool were being unveiled today at a glamorous reception at Deane's Restaurant.

This year eight finalists - four men and five women - were in the running for the title of Smirnoff Best Dressed Male and Female.

Ulster's beautiful people were invited to the glitzy bash to watch host John Leslie hand over the crowns to the new champions.

Among those in contention for the title were Morelli's ice-cream proprietor Ellen Morelli, described as "one cool customer", with a penchant for Versace and the designs of Belfast fashion stylist Catherine McKenna, who knows how to make Hennes look like Helmut Lang.

Also in the running was barrister Ciara Denvir, a legal eagle with a taste for stylish suits and UTV's newest face, reporter Claire McCollum.

Well-known Belfast hairdresser Sharon "Shazzy" Malcolm, was also hoping to scoop the award, with her support for local designers such as Geraldine Connon.

The male finalists were stockbroker Hal Catherwood, brother of television presenter Andrea and club diva, Holywood hairdresser Patrick Mulholland.

Giving the lads a run for their money was Belfast bookmaker John-Jo Eastwood and graphic designer Nick Cann.

Dining out...

IT takes all sorts to dine out at the Hard Rock Cafe, it seems.

Spotted at the newly opened theme restaurant at the Odyssey Arena last week was wildman of punk, ex-Sex Pistols and PIL man Johnny Rotten.

And according to reports, he was very well behaved.

Also enjoying a meal there was the more delicate dance star Wayne Sleep.

From one extreme to the other! Checking in...

BRITISH European general manager, Ireland, Andrea Hayes, had a pleasant surprise recently when checking the day's flight bookings.

Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson was booked on the mid-morning flight to Gatwick, having just been to Belfast on business.

Andrea said: "I was delighted to be able to welcome Sir Richard at check-in and to wish him a pleasant flight.

"As an interline partner with Virgin, British European connects a large number of passengers through Gatwick every year to exotic locations such as Barbados and St Lucia.

"It was great to meet the main man, who despite being taken unawares by the photographer, couldn't have been more charming."

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