SNOW STOPPING WEST COAST COOLER FASHIONWEEK AS LOCAL BOUTIQUES AND DESIGNERS SET THE CATWALK ON FIRE
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It’s official, West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK really is a show too good to miss! Hardcore fashion fans ventured out for their fashion fix at last night’s event despite the extreme snowy conditions and power cuts! It seems no amount of snow can keep these hardy stylistas away. Crowds braved the adverse weather to attend the second night of Belfast FASHIONWEEK which was the much loved boutique and designer night, demonstrating that FASHIONWEEK really is a must see event, rain hail or shine. Revellers watched in awe as the catwalk lit up in true style and glamour as our home grown talent proudly took to the stage and showcased their collections to the dedicated crowd.
Cathy Martin, Director of FASHIONWEEK said: “The weather outside may be grim but it certainly hasn’t put a dampener on our show tonight. It was touch and go for a while as we lost power for around half an hour, but our audience came for a show and a show is what we gave them! The designer/boutique show is always very popular and a favourite of many as it brings so much variety, creativity and flair to the FASHIONWEEK runway and this season has been no different. Our dedicated fans at last night’s event were treated to an array of stunning, glamorous and one-of-a-kind designs sashaying down the catwalk delighting all who set their eyes on them.”
Diamond Dolls from Banbridge and vintage store Jacob Street in Belfast lit up the Ulster Museum alongside chic Belfast boutiques Jourdan and Blush from the Lisburn Road. These locally owned boutiques were complemented by a whole host of talent in the form of designers Una Rodden, Grainne Maher, Ruedi Maguire of the RUEDI range, Lisa McCabe of Nor Lisa, Larrissa Watson of Goddess and Swift, Rachel McKnight, Leonora Ferguson and guest designer Alexandra Heath. Locally owned and nationally successful jewellery store Argento also made an appearance as its wide range of chic accessories added the final touch to many of the outfits.
“The quality and elegant fashions on display were a credit to the hard working boutique stores and local designers who continue their mission to bring high-end fashion to ladies in their areas and beyond” added Cathy.
Showcasing her work was a first for Tyrone based designer, Leonora Ferguson whose sleek designs in bright, sizzling colours brought a touch of warmth to the cold March evening. She said: “What a fantastic show and such a compliment that so many turned out to watch it despite the treacherous conditions outside. I’m thrilled to have taken part in Belfast FASHIONWEEK for the very first time. I’ve always enjoyed attending the shows and have spent many a season there watching other designers showcase their work and I can’t believe that tonight it was my turn to show my pieces off to the Northern Irish audience at what has become a must-attend event for anyone working in or interested in the fashion industry.”
Regular participant and well-known designer in Northern Ireland and beyond, Una Rodden showed off more of her beautiful designs which have won her a legion of celebrity fans including Nadine Coyle, Mischa Barton and Christine Bleakley; she said: “I love FASHIONWEEK, there’s a great buzz at the shows and not only do I very much enjoy and relish the opportunity to introduce my designs to existing and new customers, but I also love catching up with other like-minded people in the industry and witnessing first-hand the talents of our home-grown designers. Northern Ireland has some fantastic creative talent and it’s wonderful that FASHIONWEEK provides such a great platform for both distinguished and up-and-coming designers.”
Also returning to the catwalk this season was the stunning collection Nor Lisa by up-and-coming designer Lisa McCabe, she said: “I absolutely love being a part of Belfast FASHIONWEEK. It’s such a brilliant event for young designers and helped to put me on the map in terms of being a recognised fashion designer in Northern Ireland. It opened up so many opportunities for me and won me a little army of fans, the reception has been truly wonderful, I’m already looking forward to next season!”
Gorgeous contemporary jewellery from Argento added an extra touch of elegance to the outfits last night. Paula Heaney, Marketing Manager for Argento said: “We are delighted to have showcased the new spring/summer collections at tonight’s very special show. Each designer had their own unique designs and the fun, fresh and innovative designs from Argento complemented them beautifully. Our jewellery explores the beauty of the new season with a confectionary of jewels and a kaleidoscope of colour. Stacks of arm candy and tasteful layered necklaces are definitely on the accessory hot list and what a joy it was to show them off at FASHIONWEEK.”
The fashion frenzy continues this morning, Saturday 23 March, at IKEA with a fashion swapping event hosted by blogger Laurina Kennedy followed by the final High Street Heaven runway show tonight at the Ulster Museum which will bring an end to the main Belfast FASHIONWEEK catwalk shows this season. The show will ensure the event ends on a high with collections from The OUTLET, Banbridge and CastleCourt including Designers at Debenhams, GAP, Miss Selfridge, Warehouse, Internacionale, Laura Ashley, Republic, New Look, NV, Exhibit, Wallis, Burton, Blue Inc, Gino, Warehouse, Miss Glam, Quiz & Dorothy Perkins as well as some of the biggest high street brands like M&S, Oasis and French Connection – it promises to be a remarkable show of fashion.
The finale show for FASHIONWEEK Style Sunday, will follow on Sunday 24 March at James Street South restaurant.