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Grainne Maher's Pegasus Necklace Wins West Coast Cooler Citra Showcase


28 June 2011

 

Grainne Maher’s beautiful laser cut, plastic Pegasus necklace has beaten off tough competition to win the ‘West Coast Cooler Citra Showcase’, an exhibition launched by West Coast Cooler to celebrate the new Citra flavour and to highlight the very best in fresh, edgy design talent.  
West Coast Cooler scoured the length and breadth of Northern Ireland for up-and-coming designers and creators of beautiful things to take part in the ‘West Coast Cooler Citra Showcase’ in Urban Outfitters, Victoria Square.  The Showcase was housed in Urban Outfitters, Victoria Square from 27 – 10 June and was celebrated in a fabulous event on Thursday 2 June.  The eye-catching exhibition displayed designs from both graduates and undergraduates – as well as newly established designers and design businesses in the fields of fashion, textiles, interiors, jewellery, accessories and millinery.  
 
As part of the prize, a limited production of Grainne’s stunningly unique creation will be made available through Urban Outfitters in Victoria Square, Belfast later in the summer.  In addition to this, Grainne will also benefit from mentoring and marketing advice to help turn her design talents into commercial reality.
Sarah Fawcett, Brand Manager for West Coast Cooler at Dillon Bass said: “West Coast Cooler Citra is a refreshing wine cooler with hints of citrus and the innovative Showcase project, celebrating the talent of upcoming local designers, has been the perfect fit with the brand.  We have been completely blown away with the cool designs out there and the talent of our local would-be designers. Grainne’s design is the perfect example of what Northern Irish designers have to offer!”
Grainne Maher said: “I am just thrilled, delighted and completely overwhelmed that I have won the West Coast Cooler Citra Showcase!  The competition was of a very high standard and I feel really privileged to be recognised for my Pluck & Devour necklaces, a project of mine that is in its infancy. Hopefully this will give me the helping hand I need.  The top three designers were voted for on Facebook and I have been told that I was the fore-runner of this vote, so to know that the general public like the design too is just the icing on the cake.  I will definitely be celebrating with a chilled West Coast Cooler Citra!”
To keep up with the latest West Coast Cooler news, please keep your eyes peeled on http://www.facebook.com/westcoastcoolerni

 

Grainne Maher’s beautiful laser cut, plastic Pegasus necklace has beaten off tough competition to win the ‘West Coast Cooler Citra Showcase’, an exhibition launched by West Coast Cooler to celebrate the new Citra flavour and to highlight the very best in fresh, edgy design talent.  

 

West Coast Cooler scoured the length and breadth of Northern Ireland for up-and-coming designers and creators of beautiful things to take part in the ‘West Coast Cooler Citra Showcase’ in Urban Outfitters, Victoria Square.  The Showcase was housed in Urban Outfitters, Victoria Square from 27 – 10 June and was celebrated in a fabulous event on Thursday 2 June.  The eye-catching exhibition displayed designs from both graduates and undergraduates – as well as newly established designers and design businesses in the fields of fashion, textiles, interiors, jewellery, accessories and millinery.  

 

As part of the prize, a limited production of Grainne’s stunningly unique creation will be made available through Urban Outfitters in Victoria Square, Belfast later in the summer.  In addition to this, Grainne will also benefit from mentoring and marketing advice to help turn her design talents into commercial reality.

 

Sarah Fawcett, Brand Manager for West Coast Cooler at Dillon Bass said: “West Coast Cooler Citra is a refreshing wine cooler with hints of citrus and the innovative Showcase project, celebrating the talent of upcoming local designers, has been the perfect fit with the brand.  We have been completely blown away with the cool designs out there and the talent of our local would-be designers. Grainne’s design is the perfect example of what Northern Irish designers have to offer!”

 

Grainne Maher said: “I am just thrilled, delighted and completely overwhelmed that I have won the West Coast Cooler Citra Showcase!  The competition was of a very high standard and I feel really privileged to be recognised for my Pluck & Devour necklaces, a project of mine that is in its infancy. Hopefully this will give me the helping hand I need.  The top three designers were voted for on Facebook and I have been told that I was the fore-runner of this vote, so to know that the general public like the design too is just the icing on the cake.  I will definitely be celebrating with a chilled West Coast Cooler Citra!”

 

To keep up with the latest West Coast Cooler news, please keep your eyes peeled on http://www.facebook.com/westcoastcoolerni

 

Feel The Joy!


16 June 2011

 

Ireland’s most dynamic and exciting choir, the Belfast Community Gospel Choir (BCGC), is back this month with its second standalone concert ‘Feel the Joy’ at the Spires Centre in Belfast.  The concert, which takes place on 18 June 2011 and which celebrates joy and happiness, is a multicultural and multi faith event where all are welcome. 
The choir’s repertoire includes ‘Can You Feel It’ by The Jackson Five, ‘Sir Duke’ by Stevie Wonder, ‘Little Help From My Friends’ by the Beatles and well loved classics such as ‘I’ll Be There’ ‘Stand By Me’ and ‘Oh Happy Day’, Singing with power and energy, the voices create a dynamic vocal performance of some of the greatest soul and gospel songs ever written.  
Founded in 2009 the choir is made up of 80 auditioned singers and has already enjoyed success with many sell out concerts across Northern Ireland. Led by charismatic musical director and choir founder, Marie Lacey, members take great pride in the fact that the group is completely multicultural and cross community.  Marie said: “BCGC is committed to performing music that carries the message of love, joy and peace and to promoting a positive image of Belfast and Northern Ireland as a whole. We have all ages, both genders and many cultures and walks of life represented in our choir and we are so proud of this as it reflects all that is good at the heart of our community. We would love the people of our city – and beyond – to come and join us at our second showcase concert and, at just £18 per ticket, we can guarantee a night to remember!” 
Marie’s own performing career has been an interesting one, with over 30 years experience, several CD recordings and multiple performances on TV and radio as well as shows throughout Ireland, Europe, South Africa, Thailand, Canada and the USA. 
The ‘Feel the Joy’ concert promises to be an extravaganza of feel good and foot stomping music enhanced by video images by internationally renowned VJ, Shakinda. - a feast for the eyes and the ears.   Tickets for the concert, which are priced at £18 are available at the Belfast Welcome Centre Box Office on 02890246609 or on the BCGC website at www.bcgc.biz 

 

Ireland’s most dynamic and exciting choir, the Belfast Community Gospel Choir (BCGC), is back this month with its second standalone concert ‘Feel the Joy’ at the Spires Centre in Belfast.  The concert, which takes place on 18 June 2011 and which celebrates joy and happiness, is a multicultural and multi faith event where all are welcome. 

 

The choir’s repertoire includes ‘Can You Feel It’ by The Jackson Five, ‘Sir Duke’ by Stevie Wonder, ‘Little Help From My Friends’ by the Beatles and well loved classics such as ‘I’ll Be There’ ‘Stand By Me’ and ‘Oh Happy Day’, Singing with power and energy, the voices create a dynamic vocal performance of some of the greatest soul and gospel songs ever written.  

 

Founded in 2009 the choir is made up of 80 auditioned singers and has already enjoyed success with many sell out concerts across Northern Ireland. Led by charismatic musical director and choir founder, Marie Lacey, members take great pride in the fact that the group is completely multicultural and cross community.  Marie said: “BCGC is committed to performing music that carries the message of love, joy and peace and to promoting a positive image of Belfast and Northern Ireland as a whole. We have all ages, both genders and many cultures and walks of life represented in our choir and we are so proud of this as it reflects all that is good at the heart of our community. We would love the people of our city – and beyond – to come and join us at our second showcase concert and, at just £18 per ticket, we can guarantee a night to remember!” 

 

Marie’s own performing career has been an interesting one, with over 30 years experience, several CD recordings and multiple performances on TV and radio as well as shows throughout Ireland, Europe, South Africa, Thailand, Canada and the USA. 

 

The ‘Feel the Joy’ concert promises to be an extravaganza of feel good and foot stomping music enhanced by video images by internationally renowned VJ, Shakinda. - a feast for the eyes and the ears.   Tickets for the concert, which are priced at £18 are available at the Belfast Welcome Centre Box Office on 02890246609 or on the BCGC website at www.bcgc.biz 

 

FINOLA GUINNANNE IS CROWNED APPLETISER MISS NORTHERN IRELAND 2011


14 June 2011
Beautiful Finola Guinnane on the catwalk at Belfast FASHIONWEEK SS11

(Beautiful Finola pictured on the catwalk at Belfast FASHIONWEEK SS11)

The nationwide search to find a fresh face to represent Northern Ireland at Miss World ended last night as Finola Guinnane was crowned Appletiser Miss Northern Ireland at glittering ceremony in the Europa Hotel.

Finola Guinnane from Belfast is 22 and is currently studying business studies at the University of Ulster and beat off stiff competition from twenty three other finalists to walk away with this year’s crown plus thousands of pounds worth of prizes including a Kia car from Downey’s of Newtownards, insured by Open & Direct, a range of amazing evening wear from Beverley Hills, a Gosh Cosmetics hamper and hairdressing from stylists at Michele International for the duration of her reign. The 2011 Appletiser Miss Northern Ireland also wins an all-expenses paid, month long trip representing Northern Ireland in this year’s Miss World contest.

She said: “I am absolutely thrilled to win, it’s just so exciting and surprising all at once! There were some amazing girls in the competition so it’s so good to be the one that the judges picked to represent Northern Ireland at Miss World. I’m really looking forward to a fun but hard-working year and I intend to do my best for everyone. My family will be so proud!”

The extravagant gala final, which was hosted by stunning TV presenter Zoe Salmon alongside much-loved local TV presenter Frank Mitchell, also saw audiences wowed by Appletiser fashion shows featuring collections from the Outlet in Banbridge plus a glamorous look at some of the former Miss Northern Irelands from the 1970’s, 1980’s, 1990’s and the noughties, many of whom travelled from abroad to attend the event. Popular faces including Joanne Salley, Catherine Milligan and Majella Byrne, the first Miss Northern Ireland to be crowned under Alison’s organisation of the contest, were also there and delighted the crowds as they too, took to the catwalk. 

Denise Farrell, Appletiser Brand Manager, said: “After scouring the country’s best bars, restaurants and nightclubs for six weeks of exciting heats, we are delighted that the judges have found a fresh new face for Northern Ireland. Like Appletiser, she is refreshing and sparkling and we feel she very much represents our brand, so she’ll definitely add some refreshing sparkle to the Miss World 2011 competition.”

And handing over her title, the 2010 winner Lori Moore said: “I have had such a wonderful year and am so proud to be able to now call myself a former Miss Northern Ireland. The title has opened many doors for me and I have had so many great experiences with some wonderful people, especially my mentor and the competition organiser Alison Campbell, so I wish Finola all the very best for her reign.”

Art Loves Fashion Exhibition at The Ivory Restaurant


07 June 2011

 

Carrie Neely Contemporary Art presents: ‘Art Loves Fashion’ an exhibition of Fashion inspired art, photography, illustration and sculpture in association with House of Fraser and The Ivory.
After the success of the ‘Art Loves Fashion’ exhibition at Belfast FASHIONWEEK 2010, Carrie Neely Contemporary Art will again be showcasing local artistic talent in 'Art Loves Fashion 2011', an art and fashion extravaganza for the super chic, this time hosted by House of Fraser and The Ivory. The exhibition includes paintings, illustrations, prints, sculpture and photography for sale by local and Irish artists & fashion designers. Artists and designers include: Christine Trueman, Grainne Maher, Sara O’Neill, Gavin Millar, Jessica Weber, Julianne Kennelly, Patrick Colhoun, Terry Bradley, Karen Daye-Hutchinson, Anuyshia Sundaralingham, Deepa Mann-Kler, David Sweet and Shauna McGowan.
Art Consultant & Exhibition organiser, Carrie Neely said:  “I was really pleased when House of Fraser and The Ivory approached me about curating an exhibition, as it is so hard for some of our local contemporary artists to get their work exhibited. I am always on the look out for suitable venues to get local art work in front of the public, and as the House of Fraser is promoting the exhibition throughout the store, the artists really could not get a better platform or a wider audience. Carrying on from the success of my recent ‘Vogue Icons’ exhibition and the ’Art Loves Fashion’ exhibition I organised last year for Belfast Fashion Week, it seemed very natural to carry on the fashion theme as House of Fraser is a fashion mecca, and of course The Ivory’s clientele love to shop. It is great to see local business supporting our local artists and designers. Art and Fashion go hand in hand and House of Fraser customers coming in to shop for a designer handbag can also pick up a fabulous fashion inspired work of art or just have a browse over lunch in the Ivory. Opening night should be a fabulous event also, which Peroni have agreed to sponsor and I’m really looking forward to it.” 
Andrew O'Neill - Operations Director, Spirit Restaurants Ltd added: “Located in the booming heart of Belfast, at the top of House of Fraser, the Ivory Restaurant has always been greatly interested in the arts.  Here at Belfast’s best restaurant (as voted for by FATE magazine readers) we consider art to be at the forefront of Belfast’s metropolitan culture. The Ivory Restaurant also boasts a selection of home-grown artists, playwrights and amateur actors on our team, all adding to the creative atmosphere within the business. We are very excited to be working alongside Carrie Neely Contemporary Art in her second “Art Loves Fashion” Exhibition, showcasing some of our finest local artists, sculptors and designers. The bright, spacious lay-out of The Ivory is the perfect platform for this event which will bring together both the experience and creativity of Belfast's fashion artists and provide an aesthetic everyone is sure to enjoy.” 
 
Michelle Jackson Store Manager of House of Fraser adds: “We are very proud to have the ‘Art Loves Fashion’ showcase within House of Fraser at The Ivory Restaurant.  House of Fraser have an on-going commitment to supporting local brands and helping to promote and support all things Northern Ireland.  This is very apparent in store with House of Fraser housing no less than 7 local brands in our 200,000 square foot Flagship store and I do believe that our customer will relish in the surroundings of this premium exhibition.  We are delighted to have Carrie Neely at the helm of this venture and wish her every success.”
Private View: Thursday 9th June from 7pm (entrance through HOF store 7-9pm, and The Ivory Chichester St entrance from 9pm).
Exhibition Runs 6-12th June 2011

Carrie Neely Contemporary Art presents: ‘Art Loves Fashion’ an exhibition of Fashion inspired art, photography, illustration and sculpture in association with House of Fraser and The Ivory.

After the success of the ‘Art Loves Fashion’ exhibition at Belfast FASHIONWEEK 2010, Carrie Neely Contemporary Art will again be showcasing local artistic talent in 'Art Loves Fashion 2011', an art and fashion extravaganza for the super chic, this time hosted by House of Fraser and The Ivory. The exhibition includes paintings, illustrations, prints, sculpture and photography for sale by local and Irish artists & fashion designers. Artists and designers include: Christine Trueman, Grainne Maher, Sara O’Neill, Gavin Millar, Jessica Weber, Julianne Kennelly, Patrick Colhoun, Terry Bradley, Karen Daye-Hutchinson, Anuyshia Sundaralingham, Deepa Mann-Kler, David Sweet and Shauna McGowan.

Art Consultant & Exhibition organiser, Carrie Neely said:  “I was really pleased when House of Fraser and The Ivory approached me about curating an exhibition, as it is so hard for some of our local contemporary artists to get their work exhibited. I am always on the look out for suitable venues to get local art work in front of the public, and as the House of Fraser is promoting the exhibition throughout the store, the artists really could not get a better platform or a wider audience. Carrying on from the success of my recent ‘Vogue Icons’ exhibition and the ’Art Loves Fashion’ exhibition I organised last year for Belfast Fashion Week, it seemed very natural to carry on the fashion theme as House of Fraser is a fashion mecca, and of course The Ivory’s clientele love to shop. It is great to see local business supporting our local artists and designers. Art and Fashion go hand in hand and House of Fraser customers coming in to shop for a designer handbag can also pick up a fabulous fashion inspired work of art or just have a browse over lunch in the Ivory. Opening night should be a fabulous event also, which Peroni have agreed to sponsor and I’m really looking forward to it.” 

Andrew O'Neill - Operations Director, Spirit Restaurants Ltd added: “Located in the booming heart of Belfast, at the top of House of Fraser, the Ivory Restaurant has always been greatly interested in the arts.  Here at Belfast’s best restaurant (as voted for by FATE magazine readers) we consider art to be at the forefront of Belfast’s metropolitan culture. The Ivory Restaurant also boasts a selection of home-grown artists, playwrights and amateur actors on our team, all adding to the creative atmosphere within the business. We are very excited to be working alongside Carrie Neely Contemporary Art in her second “Art Loves Fashion” Exhibition, showcasing some of our finest local artists, sculptors and designers. The bright, spacious lay-out of The Ivory is the perfect platform for this event which will bring together both the experience and creativity of Belfast's fashion artists and provide an aesthetic everyone is sure to enjoy.” 

 

Michelle Jackson Store Manager of House of Fraser adds: “We are very proud to have the ‘Art Loves Fashion’ showcase within House of Fraser at The Ivory Restaurant.  House of Fraser have an on-going commitment to supporting local brands and helping to promote and support all things Northern Ireland.  This is very apparent in store with House of Fraser housing no less than 7 local brands in our 200,000 square foot Flagship store and I do believe that our customer will relish in the surroundings of this premium exhibition.  We are delighted to have Carrie Neely at the helm of this venture and wish her every success.”

Private View: Thursday 9th June from 7pm (entrance through HOF store 7-9pm, and The Ivory Chichester St entrance from 9pm).

Exhibition Runs 6-12th June 2011

 

Castle Ward Couture:  A Decadently Designer Day for Brides-To-Be


01 June 2011

Castle Ward Couture:  A Decadently Designer Day for Brides-To-Be

 

With wedding season in full swing, stunning National Trust property Castle Ward is working with NC Events to host the Couture & Designer Bridal Wear Catwalk event on Sunday 19 June 2011.  A bespoke wedding event for high end brides-to-be in Northern Ireland, the showcase will provide the perfect interior platform for the magnificent Castle Ward grand marquee, along with the merchandise of a large number of high calibre wedding suppliers. 

 

Guests lucky enough to get a ticket to this exclusive event will be escorted first into Castle Ward’s Grand Marquee and then the Theatre, both of which will be set up for a stylish wedding ceremony.  Engaged ladies can mingle and relax while enjoying champagne and canapés and listening to live music.  Next, guests will be escorted through the old servant tunnels to the Grand Hallway where they will arrive to the soothing sounds of classical music and enjoy the main event, a 45 minute designer and couture bridal wear catwalk. 

 

Designers being showcased include Ian Stuart, Jenny Packham, David Fielden, Allure Couture and San Patrick from a range of bridal boutiques such as Castle Couture, Cathedral Gown and Protocol Bridal.  In addition, bridal lingerie will be showcased from The Lingerie Room in Dungannon and Love Lingerie in Newtownards.  To help brides with the rest of the bridal party, tailor-made groomsman suits provided by Jordan Menswear and Allen & Elliot Fine Tailoring, mother of the bride’ outfits and bridesmaid dresses will all also be on display.

 

Nuala Campbell, organiser of the event says, “I am completely thrilled to be organising this exclusive bridal event for ladies who want something luxurious, bespoke and a little bit different to make their special day even more memorable.  This is the first time The National Trust has ever opened the doors of Castle Ward to host such an event, so it is a big step for the venue and we are thrilled to be working with them on this.”

Tickets for the event are available online at www.nualacampbell.co.uk/events or from Nuala Campbell Events, 442 Ormeau Road, Belfast. BT7 3HY.  Tickets are priced at £12 and £15 for front row.

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