Belfast FASHIONWEEK is celebrating its tenth year in vogue with a stylish launch and unveiling of the catwalk-filled programme earlier this week.
This year the fashionistas should be out in force for three nights of catwalk shows, all celebrating the best threads from the highstreet and from boutiques and independent fashion outlets right across Northern Ireland, as well as bespoke pieces from local designers such as Lizzie Agnew, Katie Wilson, Julia Sokele and Grannie Maher. The catwalk extravaganza will run across venues in Belfast - with many of the headline events taking place in a converted warehouse on Bruce Street, October 15-19.
There will be a charity screening of Mean Girls - the surprisingly astute and funny analysis of female frenemies starring Linday Lohan - to help raise money for local breast cancer charity Pretty’n’Pink, an event focusing on fashion blogging, the opportunity to enjoy a pop-up sushi and cocktail bar while witnessing the threads on the catwalk and the chance to buy clothes directly after they have been modelled.
Speaking at the launch, director Cathy Martin said: “Showcasing the best of our local designers and independent boutiques as well as international high street names, this autumn the catwalk will be a sea of colour, style and must-have fashion.”
The shows at the new venue on Belfast’s Bruce Street will feature a ‘shop the show’ boutique alley, where you can browse and buy clothes or accessories just featured on the catwalk and hot off the rails.
The array of clothes on display will be massively eclectic, encompassing pieces from Ireland’s largest online retailer excelclothing.com, high-end fashion from Armani, Calvin Klein and Hugo Boss, and then more accessible high street names like Hunter, Belstaff, French Connection and Ted Baker. Clothes from a rich variety of highstreet stores such as M&S and Warehouse will be well represented among the togs on show.
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The sartorial fun reaches its conclusion with a Style Sunday event in association with Lidl at SHU restaurant, Lisburn Road. Here director of FASHIONWEEK Cathy Martin will talk through a capsule collection of the best season’s styles and directional pieces. This will be held in aid of Mencap NI and will also allow fasion-types the opportunity to acquire top tips on make up application and hair-styling from Paddy McGurgan - one of Northern Ireland’s leading make up artists, and hairdresser and FASHIONWEEK partner Peter Mark.
l To view the full programme for Belfast FASHIONWEEK, October 15-19, visit www.belfastfashionweek.com.