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Fashion Teas: Ulster University students to showcase their collections for the first time at The Merchant Hotel

By Valerie Edwards

Published 07/10/2015

A model for the Fashion Teas weekend, which will be held at The Merchant Hotel. (Collette Creative Photography)
A model for the Fashion Teas weekend, which will be held at The Merchant Hotel. (Collette Creative Photography)
A model for the Fashion Teas weekend, which will be held at The Merchant Hotel. (Collette Creative Photography)

Ulster University's fashion students will get to showcase their collections for the first time at The Merchant Hotel's Fashion Teas which return this year.

Final year fashion students will show off their collections for the first time at the Fashion Teas - and their shows promise to be a reflection of their design ability, skill and understanding of trend analysis.

The Merchant Hotel's Fashion Teas will showcase the latest autumn and winter fashion trends from some of Northern Ireland’s top independent boutiques and designers.

Their collection includes pieces made from hand dyed yarns, with a variety of traditional and technical materials along with the construction and drape of fabrics.

NI drinks company, Dillon Bass, has partnered with The Merchant Hotel to support the Ulster University Fashion Show. The company will provide a bursary, covering the costs of producing the show, as well as a cash prize of £300 and a magnum of Moet et Chandon champagne for the winning student.

The bursary also offers the winning student an opportunity to shadow local designer, Ruedi Maguire for a week and host and manage their own pop-up shop during the Fashion Teas weekend.

The judging panel incudes NI designer, Ruedi Maguire; Style Academy boss, Tracey Hall; Joanne O’Hagan, marketing manager, Dillon Bass and fashion blogger, Katrina Doran of Sugahfix.com

Five individual Fashion Teas will be held at the luxury hotel from October 24-25 in its Rita Duffy Suite.

Models from Style Academy will put on a round table fashion show, allowing guests to take a closer look at the collections with new season hair looks by Andrew Mulvenna and make-up by Lancôme. Guests will be served Moet et Chandon champagne and patisseries.

Guests and the public will have the opportunity to shop the styles from the fashion show and pop-up boutiques for the whole weekend.

The first day of shows on October 24, will feature accessories from designer boutiques, Harper, The Walk in Wardrobe and Ruedi Maguire.

On Sunday, October 25, Chloe Dougan and A.P.D Jewellery will present a fashion-forward show followed by the Ulster University Fashion Show by final year fashion students.

Banbridge-based ladieswear boutique, The Walk in Wardrobe, will feature their latest collection of hats and accessories for weddings and special events.

Ruedi Maguire will present a show with new designs for Spring Summer 2016. His next collection will feature a relaxed silhouette using soft neoprene, mesh and hi-tech sports fabric. Bright reds, pale pinks and black will accompany an organised placement of embellishments on bodices and skirts.

Chloe Dougan will partner with A.P.D Jewellery to show her collection of designs. Her AW15 collection uses texture, including leather, lace, crepe, suede and fur to create a bespoke and eclectic mix.

A.P.D Jewellery will present juxtaposing industrial looking materials such as chains and seat belt fabric with semi-precious stones, coloured leathers and upcycled vintage jewellery and lace.

Funds raised from a luxury ballot at the events will be donated to The Merchant’s 2015 charity partner, MacDermott Unit.

For more information visit The Merchant Hotel.

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