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West Coast Cooler FashionWeek: Fashioning change at catwalk event

By Staff Reporter

Published 19/08/2016

Claire Gunn (left) wears sweater, £40, Oasis; shorts, £36, ASOS; coat, £25, George at Asda; and Amy Fry in skirt, £68, Spoilt Belle Boutique; jacket, £37,ASOS
Claire Gunn (left) wears sweater, £40, Oasis; shorts, £36, ASOS; coat, £25, George at Asda; and Amy Fry in skirt, £68, Spoilt Belle Boutique; jacket, £37,ASOS
Nuala Meenehan (left) wears skirt, £14 George at Asda; coat, £85, Next; Hat, Ona by Agne and Alex Catherwood in cape, Sands & Hall and Shirt by M&S Autograph
From left: Thandi Dube wears jacket, £30, ASOS; metallic skirt, £68, Topshop; Joy Ellis in camisole £25, Miss Selfridge; velvet trousers £35, ASOS; and Adriana Zegulina in camisole, £17.99, Zara, striped skirt, £25.99, Zara and snood Ona by Agne.

If you think that the catwalk is reserved for stick-thin models, then this year's West Coast Cooler FashionWeek could be an eye-opener.

Not only is this year's major fashion event in Belfast, which runs from October 20-23, allowing visitors to experience life as a model, but it will be promoting 'style at any size' to children.

There will also be a brand new 'People's Catwalk' event enabling fashion lovers to join the cavalcade and experience a 'day in the life of a model'.

There's also a positive body image seminar for young girls, says show director Cathy Martin.

She said: "We get requests all the time from people wanting to be catwalk models.

"So we've created a one-day workshop with a difference and we're looking for people at all ages and stages of life who would like to come and play at being a model for the day.

"We want to encourage more of this as we focus on positive body image and style at any size.

"And speaking of body image, we've also teamed up with Little Women to deliver a positive body image seminar for 7-10-year-olds as part of their ongoing life development programme for young girls."

The full show schedule is available online at www.belfastfashionweek.com along with links to retailers and sponsors.

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