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Belfast Fashion Week has us in Wonderland

By Frances Burscough

Every season there’s always one movie which inspires stylists and directly affects fashion trends.

Recent examples have included the Twilight Saga, which saw teenage girls vamping it up like extras from Hammer House of Horrors; the success of Chicago resulted in a womenswear craze for boudoir burlesque; whilst the blockbuster Marie Antoinette produced a penchant for chalky-pastel make-up, ornate brocade, bows, ruffles, fans and hair-pieces.

So it was no surprise to see the models at last night’s final show from Belfast Fashionweek striding onto the catwalk looking like surreal figures from Alice in Wonderland. Curiouser and curiouser... even though Tim Burton’s elaborate remake of the hallucinogenically-enhanced fairytale has only just opened nationwide, our designers and stylists are already in on the act.

Hairdresser Michael Quinn and his team really went to town on some incredibly intricate and innovative styles, inspired by the original weird and wonderful movie-maker.

Meanwhile, Belfast Telegraph Weekend beauty columnist Paddy McGurgan treated the models to a kaleidoscopic range of cosmetic colours, using the trendy label GOSH, to perfectly complement and captivate each character. Shades of glimmering turquoise, ultraviolet and sparkling emerald gleamed against perfectly pale complexions and nearly nude lips.

Fashions were courtesy of the best of new local talent from Belfast MET students and some of Northern Ireland’s most exciting young designers. Newry-based Katie McGuigan, whose CCKT label is making waves in New York and London, showcased her latest work, as did young Coleraine designer Bridgene Graham as well as Katie Wilson. The result was a brilliant grande finale show to what has been the most successful West Coast Cooler Belfast Fashionweek yet.

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