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Belfast Fashionweek kicks off in style with designer boutiques night

Last night saw fashion fans, style spotters and on-trend city slickers descend on the Europa Fashionweek Centre for the launch of the thirteenth season of über stylish West Coast Cooler Fashionweek.

And it was lucky for some as over 500 fashionistas were treated to a West Coast Cooler drinks reception before taking their seats to watch a runway showcase of the finest fashions from Northern Ireland’s leading designer boutiques and stores hosted by the gorgeous BBC presenter, and former Miss Northern Ireland, Joanne Salley.

Some of the most desirable addresses in any fashionista’s little black book were on show including Logans of Cloughmills, Candy Plum in Hillsborough, Notaria in Larne, Diamond Dolls in Banbridge, Stella & Dot by Grainne Maskey Independent Stylist, Yoke, Blush and Jourdan in Belfast and Armani at The OUTLET in Banbridge. Also from The OUTLET, were collections from DKNY Jeans and Calvin Klein underwear. Trends such as pastels, metallics and safari prints dominated the catwalk with rich silks and sheer lace giving the season a very feminine feel. The catwalk itself was pretty pastel pink in a nod to this season’s hottest trend.

Fashionweek Director, Cathy Martin said: “Opening night of Fashionweek is always exciting and this year it’s our designer boutiques who took the honour of getting proceedings underway in front of a packed audience.

“Each of our stunning models had their hair expertly styled by Joe McGivern, Creative Director for Cloud Nine hair products, whose revolutionary hair technology and styling aids allowed for some really wow hair looks. Our official eyewear partner, William Morris London, and legwear partner, TheRightTights.co.uk completed our models’ looks.”

Tonight’s show (March 15th) will highlight the talent of some of Northern Ireland’s established and up-and-coming local designers.

“A firm favourite with Fashionweek audiences is Local Designers Night which this season features talented milliners John Paul from Derry and Belfast’s very own Grainne Maher. Lizzie Agnew, Zoe Boomer, Maria Cardenas and Una Rodden will also showcase their collections while newcomers Ruedi Maguire, Nor Lisa, Mary Callan and Dave Henderson will take the opportunity to wow audiences with their gorgeous creations”, said Cathy.

Other Fashionweek events include the sold out Children’s Fashion Master Class and the high street show on Friday 16 March followed by the Fabulous Fashion Teas at the Culloden Resort and Spa on Saturday 17 March showing collections from luxury retailer, CRUISE.

On Mother’s Day, the Fashionweek finale - Style Sunday at James Street South - will include collections from chic Lisburn Road boutique, Please Don’t Tell, with hair tips from the team at Michele International and make-up advice from leading make up artist Paddy McGurgan as well as some stunning creations from one of Northern Ireland’s top designers, Una Rodden.

“We’re delighted that Fashionweek continues to be THE must-attend event in Northern Ireland with another sell-out run of all our events.”, said Cathy.

The full show schedule is available online at www.facebook.com/belfastfw or at www.belfastfashionweek.com along with details of this season’s trends plus links to all participant retailers and sponsors.

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