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Fashionweek: Belfast's clamour for glamour

City left buzzing as Fashionweek finishes on a high note

BY RACHEL WILSON

What a weekend it was for fashion fans.

The glamorous and stylish were out in force as they attended a fabulous selection of Belfast Fashionweek events, from Fashion Souk, Cruise Fashion Teas, to the final catwalk show at the Ulster Museum and, to round it all off, Style Sunday in Shu restaurant.

Fashionweek organisers pulled out all the stops to bring us another successful few days of all the very latest in chic, on-trend style from local designers, boutiques and the high street, making sure we more than got our fashion fix for autumn/winter.

The gorgeous Cruise Fashion Teas in the stunning surrounds of The Merchant Hotel kicked off the start of the style proceedings on Saturday. Designer emporium Cruise showcased their autumn/winter collections with outfits from Victoria Beckham, Vivienne Westwood, Diane Von Furstenberg and many more to the glamorous ladies in attendance, who nibbled on the finest scones, sandwiches and delightful pastries.

Next stop was back to the Ulster Museum for the third and final catwalk show of Fashionweek 2013.

There was a surprise fire evacuation of all the models, hairdressers, make-up artists and Fashionweek crew earlier in the day but it didn't hold up proceedings. As they say in showbiz the 'show must go on', and so it did in stunning style.

Local designers Shauna Fay, David Henderson, Nor Lisa, RUEDI, Riona Tracey, Larissa Watson's Goddess and Swift, and milliners Grainne Maher and Marie Claire Ferguson took to the catwalk with their individual collections, wowing the crowd with their amazing designs and talent – these are names to watch out for.

Saturday night's show also saw the winner of this year's Diet Coke Design Award being announced. Three hopeful fashion fans Lucy McElwaine, Scott Wilson and Gordon Donaldson were shortlisted from scores of entries to have their sketches and drawings turned into beautiful garments by designer Una Rodden.

This year's winner Gordon Donaldson walked away with a mini-scholarship to the London College of Fashion as well as a fashion shoot with the talented Khara Pringle.

Also gracing the Saturday evening catwalk were 'Trashionista' students from across Northern Ireland, who showcased amazing outfits designed and made using only recycled materials as part of the Junk Kouture recycled fashion competition.

These creations were something else. It truly is amazing to see what can be done with left over rubbish when a creative eye is involved.

Finally, Fashionweek came to a stylish end on Sunday, with a delicious three-course lunch at Style Sunday in Shu on the Lisburn Road.

Around 100 fabulously groomed ladies turned out to enjoy an intimate show of fashion, beauty, style and food.

After a successful few days of fashion and beauty we're now all well and truly fashion prepared for autumn/winter 2013.

Trends have been noted, show running orders marked and credit cards are at the ready to bring wardrobes up to date for the coming season. But if you missed anything the latest pictures and news can be found at: www.belfastfashionweek.com

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