Belfast Telegraph

Rainbow of colour for style spectacular

Vibrant shades the stand-out feature as fashion show begins

By Frances Burscough

Spring sprung into action in a blaze of colour last night as Belfast Fashionweek celebrated 10 years with a look ahead to the new collections from local designers and boutiques.

Along with all the regulation black, white and and monochrome pieces five vibrant shades really stood out on the catwalk promising to become a distinct theme for the new season.

Cobalt blue, coral pink, ruby red, emerald green and turquoise appeared in almost every range while muted metallic tones of antique gold, copper and silver were combined with paler shades such as dusky pink, stone, mint green and ivory in the formal womenswear ranges.

Newcomers to BFW, the Fashion Gossip label showed some very cool-but-kooky items clearly inspired by the swinging sixties.

Their mainly monochrome collection included A-line tunics in a retro paisley print, long brocade waistcoats and tailored trouser two-pieces and a headscarf silk printed blouse with highlights of this season's emerald green.

Diamond Dolls's stylish evening range was a truly vivid affair combining an almost fluorescent coral pink, tangerine and bright turquoise in a chic assortment of prom dresses and cocktail wear with lashings of statement jewellery and bold headgear.

Belfast designer Nor Lisa combined many of the new trends including oversized floral prints, stretch lace, billowy satin, ultra-fine tulle and sunray pleats in bold black and white, cobalt blue, ivory and silver.

Cruise showed an exciting cross-section from upmarket design labels such as Victoria Beckham, Vivienne Westwood and Guggi, again showing cobalt as a strong feature colour for the summer.

Blush also showed a variety of shades from the summer palette in a mixture of tropical prints, stand-out statement colours and a lovely capsule collection of occasion dresses in pale dusky pink.

Drop-dead gorgeous glamour of red carpet proportions appeared in the fabulously decadent collection from Jourdan of Lisburn Road.

One of the highlights of the show was surely the new collection by Belfast designer and entrepreneur, Larissa Watson, who launched her latest luxury lifestyle brand Goddess & Swift to coincide with the opening of her new studio at Commercial Court.

New designers Julia Sokele and Gordon Donaldson also impressed the crowd with their work and showed they are definitely ones to watch for the future in the growing design industry here.

Julia said: "Seeing my collection on professional models in such a cool setting is wonderful and I am really happy to be here among established designers."

Director of Fashionweek Cathy Martin said: "Our local designers and independent retailers have truly got our 10th year celebrations going with a bang, or, in keeping with our colourful campaign this season, I should really say with a splash."

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