Archive: August 2009

Learn and Make Up

18 August 2009

Make up artist to the stars Paddy McGurgan is to set up and host his own Make Up Academy this Autumn. The successful artist, whose work includes fashion and bridal photo shoots as well as catwalk shows, advertising campaigns, TV shows and film, will share knowledge, tips and experience from his years behind the scenes with some of the country’s top style experts.

The much-in-demand artist says the course is suitable for those already working in the beauty industry, or individuals who wish to become experts at make up and gain first hand industry knowledge. I will cover a number of areas in personal, commercial, artistic, bridal and show make up and whichever level students wish to aspire to, they should find the course both rewarding and enjoyable.

Paddy’s work with models, actresses, TV presenters and singers, including Girls Aloud, Mischa Barton, Yasmin Le Bon, The Saturdays and closer to home, Christine Bleakley and Zoe Salmon, propelled him to the forefront of the beauty and fashion industry but he also continues to work on personal clients as well as bridal parties on a weekly basis. For any make up artist, weddings are often the bread and butter of their earnings, and this course will look at creating both neutral and dramatic bridal looks as well as examining the latest make up trends and application techniques. I absolutely adore my work and am hugely passionate about it, so I hope to instil this in my students as well.

 Plus there’s a practical bonus too as all students will also get the opportunity to gain some amazing catwalk and photo shoot experience through the academy’s association with Belfast FASHIONWEEK. Working behind-the-scenes under Paddy’s guidance as lead artist for West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK, this fast-paced environment will give an invaluable insight into the world of catwalk make up. As well as this, each student will have the opportunity to kick start his or her portfolio, working with a model in studio to create a series of stunning photographs.

Paddy said My philosophy is that to have the best start in a career you must have the best training. I’m really looking forward to working with exciting new talent from across Northern Ireland and developing their skills and confidence.

The first of these exclusive, exciting and hands-on 8 week courses will run from 30 August - 18 October every Sunday from 10.30am - 5.00pm.  The cost is £1000.00 and places are filling fast, so to register, please contact Fashion Pharmacy on 02890324437 or email

Fashion Meets Bollywood

11 August 2009
Northern Ireland's biggest multicultural festival is back, as Mela 2009 prepares to take Belfast by storm this summer.   The Mela (meaning "to meet") is an international showcase of music, dance, art and food from more than 30 nations around the globe and will take place on 30th August 2009 across the beautiful Botanic Gardens in Belfast. The newest addition to the bill this year is an Asian fashion show, displaying a fabulous exhibition of cutting edge Asian fashion trends.  Promising a heady mix of culture, sophistication and elegance, the exciting show will be upbeat and alternative as an ethnic mix of stunning models parade in the latest fashions and in beat to contemporary Bollywood music.  Showcasing fabulous Asian clothing from silk saris to stunning salwars, Belfast is set to get a glimpse of Indian traditional dress at its best.  Fashion is never more fun than when it meets Bollywood! For tickets, visit the Belfast Welcome Centre on 028 90246609 or online at

West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK Continues Fifth Birthday Celebrations with a Move to City Hall

06 August 2009

West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK, Ireland's multi-award-winning fashion event, continues its fifth year celebrations with a move to the chic surroundings of Belfast City Hall for this Autumn. 

Now an established date on every fashionista's calendar, this season's events will be part of Belfast City Council's packed programme of activities celebrating the reopening of the iconic building; and the FASHIONWEEK events commence with a spectacular 'Fashion Through the Decades' showcase on 29 October. This will be followed by nightly catwalk shows, master classes, exciting exhibitions and the coolest, freshest fashion both on and off the catwalk, making the popular event bigger and better again this season. As usual, there will be showcases from the very best of the high street as well as the hottest local designers and chic boutiques.

In addition to the shows, fashion photographer Khara Pringle will also showcase her 'Uniform of Fashion' photography exhibition which includes beautiful and iconic images of TV personalities such as Zoe Salmon, actor James Nesbitt, singer Sharon Corr, Miss Northern Ireland Cherie Gardiner and Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody.

Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Naomi Long, welcomed the concept of a 'City Hall for All' and urged the public to support the packed programme of events planned.  We are delighted that West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK will be able to showcase the best of what our city has to offer in the wonderful surroundings of City Hall, she said.
Given Belfast's proud association with the linen and textiles industry, it is fitting that we celebrate our fashion heritage and the creativity that will ensure success in the future too. 

To celebrate the move, local dress designer and independent retailer Lizzie Agnew created a Victorian crinoline dress inspired by the Baroque dome. She said: "I've based the skirt of the dress on the distinctive copper dome with Verdis Gris shot silk cut into panels to echo the architecture. And for the top of the dress, I have recreated the cupola using a dark grey, tight fitting, boned bodice. A scalloped ruffle at the edge with a 'Toby' frill at the waist reflects the carved stonework, so overall, the tight corseted waist with highly structured separate dome skirt reflects both the fashion at the time as well as this very solid, though delicately detailed, building.

The event is once again sponsored by the fashionista's favourite West Coast Cooler, which is also introducing a new colour trend for the season, West Coast Cooler Rose, and the popular new drink will be served as a refreshing accessory to the glamour at every catwalk show. Brand Manager Karen Anderson said: West Coast Cooler provides a chic and refreshing accessory to the style on and off the catwalks this season and it matches perfectly with the ethos of FASHIONWEEK. We're delighted to be involved in bringing the freshest trends and hottest looks to the shows, as well as allowing the FASHIONWEEK audiences to sample the new autumn essential - West Coast Cooler Rose.

For further information on show schedules, tickets, links to participant retailers and designers as well as the season's hottest trends, log on to For show tickets, call the Welcome Centre Box Office on 02890239026

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