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Belfast Fashionweek: Inspiring the next generation of fashion


Lorna McGeown

Lorna McGeown

Lorna McGeown with the industry experts

Lorna McGeown with the industry experts

Brendan Gallagher

Lorna McGeown

This year’s Belfast Fashionweek schedule includes events dedicated to the next generation of potential fashion designers and their yummy mummies - Style Stories Saturday brought to you by The Outlet and W5.

The two events - which include catwalk shows and workshops - happen on Saturday 13 October in W5’s Atrium, the first at 2pm and the second at 3.30pm.

Organisers hope to inspire young people with an interest in fashion and beauty here by giving them access to some of the best professionals working in the industry.

Siobhan McKeown, Marketing Manager at The Outlet hopes it will be a fun day out for all the family: “An interest in fashion and the creative industries is something that can be nurtured. By creating this experience we hope to inspire children to develop their interest further whilst giving mums the chance to relax and enjoy the latest autumn/winter fashions during the catwalk show.”

The fun event, which kick starts the autumn/winter season of Fashionweek, will see The Outletand W5 produce a stylish and exciting event that introduces yummy mummies and their chic kids to the latest trends available from the designer stores at The Outlet Village, where discounts are always between 30% and 70%.

Industry experts including award winning make up artist, Paddy McGurgan, leading photographer Khara Pringle, creative hair stylists from Andrew Mulvenna and fashion stylist, Eve Brannon will share their very own style stories, explaining how they got to where they are today. They will also talk visitors through this season’s hair, makeup, nutrition, styling and photography.

“Northern Ireland has produced some truly inspiring and talented people - we want to show the children that by following your dreams they too can achieve their goals, with the right direction,” explains Stephanie Berkeley, Marketing Manager at W5. “Our expert panel hope to inspire young visitors, highlighting the importance of what they are learning in the classroom right now and how it will come into play in the future; whether it’s the chemistry knowhow in hair and make-up products, the numeracy skills needed to measure fabrics and make garments, or the creativity and technology behind photography.

“The children and their mums will get a taste of star treatment as the coveted “front row” will be reserved especially for our youngest visitors, allowing them to get up close and personal with the action. One lucky mum will even be chosen for a mini-makeover by our premiere style team on the day!”

The two shows, at 2pm and 3.30pm, are free with admission to W5. Tickets will be allocated on the day on a first-come-first-served basis so if you have a budding Stella McCartney or Vidal Sassoon at home the advice is get there early to avoid disappointment. There will also be a range of mini workshops throughout the building on the day.

W5 is located at The Odyssey, Queens Quay, and entry is priced as £7.90 for Adults, Children are £5.90 and Students £6.40. For more information on the event visit www.w5online.co.uk and www.the-outlet.co.uk and to view the full Fashionweek schedule visit www.belfastfashionweek.com.

Belfast Telegraph