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Show your true colours: Win a day out at top fashion event

Get an exclusive preview of designer Kevan Jon's new collection next Sunday at a special event hosted by Blush Boutique at Coco Restaurant

By Helen Carson

Fashionistas can get the chance to enjoy a coveted lunch date this Sunday with leading European designer Kevan Jon when he will showcase his Spring 2016 collection with an exclusive peek at some of his Summer and Autumn pieces, too at Coco restaurant in Belfast.

The South African-born designer, who is famous for using beautiful cuts and dazzling but wearable colours, was snapped up for the city event by leading occasionwear boutique Blush, which is based on the Lisburn Road.

Kevan, who has been hailed as a designer for real women due to his figure-flattering and affordable creations and is a regular at Belfast Fashionweek, will show off his Cirque collection at the weekend which is inspired by the circus.

"The collection I will be bringing here represents all the fun of the fair with a vintage feel too. The colours featured will include fuschia pink and electric blue among others with lots of draping to fabrics," he says.

Kevan says that while his designs have a vibrant colour palette all the pieces are "wearable'"

"I don't make any samples in black as my clients love colour and that is what they want," he explains.

And when it comes to his style inspiration, Kevan, whose mum is from Banbridge, says he is inspired by both classic and contemporary designers. "I love Victoria Beckham's collections and she is trying hard to prove herself in the design world, so I really do admire her. But I'm also a fan of the big fashion houses such as Dior too."

He says his mantra is to design clothes for modern women.

"Women want elegance and glamour which is also flattering and comfortable," he points out.

And he loves coming to Belfast where women cannot get enough of his designs. "We have a special relationship with Blush Boutique's fashion director Aileen Wilson. And I am very excited to launch my latest collection in Belfast because on previous visits I've just loved the energy and vibe of the city; the people give you such a warm welcome and Coco itself is such as cool venue."

Aileen says: "Kevan's designs are such a favourite with our customers and he has quite a following now. But, on a personal level, he is also such a gentleman and inspirational designer who just 'gets' women, so we are thrilled to be working alongside him."

The stylish event will take place over cocktails and a three-course luncheon at Coco restaurant and will be hosted by Aileen, who is donating all proceeds from the day to Autism NI, which is a charity close to her heart - and to her family.

As well as the intimate fashion show there will be an opportunity to hear from Kevan on his inspirations and fashion icons.

Kevan, who started his label 24 years ago, gained a reputation for creating clubwear at the height of the 90s dance scene, finally evolving his designs in to sophisticated collections which are accessible to all women.

And he says that he often looks to nature to find a theme and colour palette for new collections. He adds: "The ocean has been the focus recently for me and I have added cobalt blues, dark reds, plums, orange, coral and emerald greens to my designs."

  • The exclusive event takes place at Coco restaurant in Belfast on Sunday, Feb 28, at 2pm. Tickets cost £32 and are available directly from Blush Boutique, tel: 028 9066 1101 or email ask@blush Proceeds go to Autism NI

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