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Pictured: A blaze of colour at Derry's Fashion Fest 2017

The Guildhall in Londonderry was a blaze of colour at the weekend as a shower of paper butterflies cascaded over the stage at the city’s Fashion Fest event.

The sell-out catwalk show attracted fashion fans of all ages for a showing of work by local talents alongside the latest pieces by some well-established designers.

The 2018 bridal collection by renowned British designer Jenny Packham stole the show with some elegant designs to perfectly complement anyone’s big day.

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Maolíosa McHugh, praised all who contributed to the event’s success.

“Fashion Fest has become a real highlight of Council’s events calendar and it provides a great opportunity for young designers to profile their work," he said.

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Fashion Fest 2017 ©Press Eye/Darren Kidd

“Derry has a rich history in the textile industry and while this has experienced its challenges its fantastic to see a resurgence in recent years."

The event was choreographed by Style Academy, and spokesperson Tracey Hall has hailed the "incredible" atmopshere.

She said: "It was fantastic seeing the event coming together so well.

"The level of talent within our local fashion and design industry is exceptional, it really is going from strength to strength and to have the ongoing endorsement of designers like Jenny Packham is testimony to that."

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