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West Coast Cooler FashionWeek: Fashioning change at catwalk event

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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

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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

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

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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.

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.

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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

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.

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"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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