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In Pictures: Belfast West Coast Cooler Fashionweek day 3

It’s party time as stores take to the Fashionweek catwalk.

There is literally so much to see this coming season that on day three of Westcoast Cooler Belfast Fashionweek, the chic cognoscenti were treated to two full-length shows running back-to back at the Europa Hotel.

Last night was the turn of the high-street chains, boutiques and department stores to give us a glimpse into the near future for autumn/winter 2012.

Row upon row of statuesque models lined up to take to the stage and each one looked immaculately coiffed thanks to a team of stylists including our own Belfast Telegraph beauty expert Paddy McGurgan.

The evening's first catwalk show was courtesy of CastleCourt in Belfast.

Designers at Debenhams went all-out for glamour with their collection of eveningwear by famous names such as Matthew Williamson, Julian McDonald and Henry Holland.

Lace and metallics are again key this season with lots of prom-style cocktail dresses and pencil-skirted “wiggle” dresses.

Feathers and leathers, sequins and fringing were all very apparent in the Warehouse range, with sparkling black, gold and bronze being the favourite choice for the party season.

Dorothy Perkins have injected some lovely deep colours into their womenswear.

My favourites include a range of slim bodycon dresses in purple, raspberry and teal as well as the regulation black.

Miss Selfridge, as always, are looking pretty edgy with lots of gothic and baroque influences. Net tutus, chiffon sleeves and corset-style bodices feature strongly in dashing colours including deep charcoal, pewter, silver and scarlet.

Camila McCourt, marketing manager at CastleCourt, said: “Audience members got an up close and personal look at all of the upcoming autumn/winter fashions available in the centre — essential as we approach the party season.”

The fashion odyssey then continued late into the evening as the biggest high-street brands in Northern Ireland also made their mark.

These included Marks and Spencer, Benetton and Jigsaw as well as George at ASDA and a range of high-street lines from The Outlet in Banbridge including Oasis, Next Clearance, LK Bennett, Olsen and Staccato.

Holly Harrison from Benetton said it was an exciting show.

“We love being part of Belfast Fashionweek. It’s so nice to be in the midst of the fashion buzz in the city; and we definitely do see more shoppers in the weeks after the event, so the pressure’s always on to get the collection just right for the show.”

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