West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK came to a close on Sunday 18 October with its highly accoladed Style Sunday event at top Belfast restaurant SHU. The luncheon, in aid of Action Cancer and sponsored by M&S and Candy Plum Boutique, was a stylish finish for Ireland’s leading style event.
FASHIONWEEK’s busy schedule had included four main catwalk shows – the Menswear show really kicked off proceedings for the boys with a captivating catwalk appearance from the Lady Boys of Bangkok accompanied by a fabulous lingerie round from Belfast’s newest lingerie retailer Boux Avenue, along with a variety of looks from favourite menswear stores and designers.
Audiences then witnessed the return of the Designer and Designer Boutique Show which showcased the latest designs from some of Ireland’s most talented designers; Diana Mukushii, Deux Cara, Gordon Donaldson, Ariana Clothing, Grainne Maher, Cocoon Luxury Wear, Marky Marc, Nicola McLaughlin and Nor Lisa, as well as the most fashionable collections from designer boutiques Blush, Friendtex at Dashlin, Diamond Dolls, Designers at Dunnes Stores, Hanger 13, Jourdan, Spoilt Belle Boutique and The Style Retreat.
Up next was the popular High Street show, and the catwalk burst alive with colourful winter fashion from Next, M&S, George at Asda, Dunnes Stores, DV8 Fashion, Remus Uomo, Superdry, Tempest, Oasis, CastleCourt and Warehouse. Excel Clothing’s collections from brands including French Connection, Ted Baker, Barbour, Boss, Armani, Calvin Klein and, exclusively, Paul Smith, finished the main catwalk shows in spectacular style.
These shows were complemented with a Fashion Souk, To Be Beautiful Body Image Symposium and of course the sell-out events Sushi Saturday and Style Sunday. Director Cathy Martin said: “It has been another exciting season for Belfast FASHIONWEEK, with a series of fabulous events and, even more importantly, some stunning fashion.”
“The catwalk was alive with a whole host of fabulous trends, including winter brights, suede, tweed and 1970s and 1980s blouse shapes as well as bell-bottoms and fabrics reminiscent of grandma’s sewing box amongst many others. Our audiences witnessed the very best fashion from independently-owned boutiques, local designers and high-street stores – from evening gowns to day wear and jewellery to hats – there truly is no better place to get the ultimate fashion fix. We had something for everyone in the schedule and our FASHIONWEEK shows cater to audiences of many different shapes, sizes and ages as well as budgets and tastes. I think it’s fair to say the style standard has well and truly been set for A/W 15.”
Cathy said: “I’m so grateful for the level of support we have received across the board, from designers and retailers who continue to showcase with us, as well as those showcasing for the first time. Our audiences too make all the difference, we had sell out events right across the schedule and I was delighted especially at the popularity of some of our fringe events. The collective FASHIONWEEK team, including the hair and beauty teams and our army of 50 volunteers, has worked very hard to make it what it was and I can confirm that our Spring/Summer 2016 dates have been set, so we look forward to announcing those in January.”
— Love Belfast ❤️ (@love_belfast) October 15, 2015