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Newry Style City


29 March 2011

 

Newry is set to make its mark on Northern Ireland’s style map by welcoming a week of chic events which will celebrate all that is fashionable and glamorous about the city.
The festival of events will launch with a catwalk show in popular nightspot Bellini’s on Sunday 10 April where the ‘Style City’ show will boast the spring and summer trends from local boutiques and high-street favourites.  This fashion frenzy, which promises to set the tone for a truly fabulous week, also incorporates exhibitors from around the city.  Accessories, designer shoes, handbags, jewellery and clothes can be purchased straight from the catwalk and style advice can be sought from the experts while sampling the latest makeup and hairstyles.  Those lucky enough to snap up one of the hottest tickets in town will be treated to cocktails and canapés and will leave with a fabulous goodie bag in hand.
Following on, Newry will continue to ooze style and glamour as it hosts various fringe events throughout the week in venues such as  SILK Emporium, Canal Court Hotel, Grounded, Bellini’s, The Quays, Buttercrane, Southern Regional College, Jack Murphy Jewellers, Dali,  Berling and The Bank as well as online activity.  Many of the events are free and there will be lots of opportunities to win prizes throughout the week.  
The marathon of style will be rounded off with the pièce de résistance, ‘Newry’s Most Stylish’ Awards. This glitzy awards ceremony will be held in the Vault Nightclub at the Bank Bar on Sunday 17 April and will recognise Newry’s key style ambassadors - those who we know from our place of work or from around the city who always look amazing and effortless. There are categories to cover male and females in all age groups and the competition is expected to be hot! Nominations of friends, family, colleagues or even self nominations are being accepted online and the ethos is, ‘if you’ve got it, style it!’ 
Orla Jackson, Chief Executive of Newry Chamber of Trade and Commerce, the organisation behind the event said, “The idea for ‘Newry Style City’ came from a desire for local retailers to come together to do something different. This is the very first time we have tried something on this scale and we really hope local retailers and people from right across the Greater Newry area will get behind it. We have already had significant support from many organisations including our gold level sponsors, Newry & Mourne District Council, SILK Emporium, The Quays, Buttercrane, Bellini’s and The Bank Bar. Also our silver level sponsors, including Jack Murphy Jewellers, Cahill Shoes, Berling, McEvoy’s, Dali, as well as SugahFix.com, Destination Newry, Newry City Centre Management and Impact Sales Solutions. Without this support we couldn’t possibly run an event on this scale.  We would also like to thank all those involved in organising or hosting events. We really hope that this will become an annual or bi-annual event which will put the retail, hospitality and tourism sectors in Newry on the fashion map.”
Mayor Mick Murphy, Newry and Mourne District Council added, “We are delighted to show our support for ‘Newry Style City’ - an initiative from retailers in the city and the surrounding areas. We hope this event will attract visitors north and south to the city and to Newry & Mourne to experience a real flavour of the strength of the retail and hospitality sectors in the region.”
With so many shows and events on the busy schedule it is a fabulous opportunity for locals and visitors alike to indulge in their passion for fashion.  For a full list of events the ‘Newry Style City’ programme can be downloaded from www.newrystylecity.com

 

Newry is set to make its mark on Northern Ireland’s style map by welcoming a week of chic events which will celebrate all that is fashionable and glamorous about the city.

 

The festival of events will launch with a catwalk show in popular nightspot Bellini’s on Sunday 10 April where the ‘Style City’ show will boast the spring and summer trends from local boutiques and high-street favourites.  This fashion frenzy, which promises to set the tone for a truly fabulous week, also incorporates exhibitors from around the city.  Accessories, designer shoes, handbags, jewellery and clothes can be purchased straight from the catwalk and style advice can be sought from the experts while sampling the latest makeup and hairstyles.  Those lucky enough to snap up one of the hottest tickets in town will be treated to cocktails and canapés and will leave with a fabulous goodie bag in hand.

 

Following on, Newry will continue to ooze style and glamour as it hosts various fringe events throughout the week in venues such as  SILK Emporium, Canal Court Hotel, Grounded, Bellini’s, The Quays, Buttercrane, Southern Regional College, Jack Murphy Jewellers, Dali,  Berling and The Bank as well as online activity.  Many of the events are free and there will be lots of opportunities to win prizes throughout the week.  

 

The marathon of style will be rounded off with the pièce de résistance, ‘Newry’s Most Stylish’ Awards. This glitzy awards ceremony will be held in the Vault Nightclub at the Bank Bar on Sunday 17 April and will recognise Newry’s key style ambassadors - those who we know from our place of work or from around the city who always look amazing and effortless. There are categories to cover male and females in all age groups and the competition is expected to be hot! Nominations of friends, family, colleagues or even self nominations are being accepted online and the ethos is, ‘if you’ve got it, style it!’ 

 

Orla Jackson, Chief Executive of Newry Chamber of Trade and Commerce, the organisation behind the event said, “The idea for ‘Newry Style City’ came from a desire for local retailers to come together to do something different. This is the very first time we have tried something on this scale and we really hope local retailers and people from right across the Greater Newry area will get behind it. We have already had significant support from many organisations including our gold level sponsors, Newry & Mourne District Council, SILK Emporium, The Quays, Buttercrane, Bellini’s and The Bank Bar. Also our silver level sponsors, including Jack Murphy Jewellers, Cahill Shoes, Berling, McEvoy’s, Dali, as well as SugahFix.com, Destination Newry, Newry City Centre Management and Impact Sales Solutions. Without this support we couldn’t possibly run an event on this scale.  We would also like to thank all those involved in organising or hosting events. We really hope that this will become an annual or bi-annual event which will put the retail, hospitality and tourism sectors in Newry on the fashion map.”

 

Mayor Mick Murphy, Newry and Mourne District Council added, “We are delighted to show our support for ‘Newry Style City’ - an initiative from retailers in the city and the surrounding areas. We hope this event will attract visitors north and south to the city and to Newry & Mourne to experience a real flavour of the strength of the retail and hospitality sectors in the region.”

 

With so many shows and events on the busy schedule it is a fabulous opportunity for locals and visitors alike to indulge in their passion for fashion.  For a full list of events the ‘Newry Style City’ programme can be downloaded from www.newrystylecity.com

 

 

FAIRHILL CREATES FASHION FRENZY


22 March 2011

Ballymena’s number one retail destination, Fairhill Shopping Centre, will bring an afternoon of fashion, fun and flair to its shoppers this Saturday 26March.

Debuting new spring/summer collections from its stores including Topshop, River Island, Next, New Look, Marks & Spencer and Debenhams, the chic event will see some of Ireland’s top models in the spotlight and taking to the catwalk in three high-impact fashion shows at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Style conscious shoppers in the centre will be given a preview of the key trends for the season ahead including 1970’s glamour, bright block colours and pretty pleats, and will be able to go straight into the stores to snap up their favourites from the show.

To complement the fashion shows, some of the country’s top style experts will be on hand to give advice and guide shoppers through how to incorporate the catwalk looks into their wardrobes, make up bags and hair habits.  TV Stylist and Director of Belfast FASHIONWEEK Cathy Martin will be joined by celebrity make up artist Paddy McGurgan and Claire Hanna Style Director at Shek Hair Group, Ballymena. Together these experts will take centre stage giving top tips on the hottest looks to embrace for the season and how to make them work for every age, shape and size. To add to the fun, Boots’ top beauty teams will be treating the audience to make overs throughout the afternoon.

Natalie Jackson from Fairhill said; “We are really excited about our first fashion event of 2011. This is set to be a great afternoon bringing chic style and fabulous fashion to the catwalk, and the on-site tips from the style gurus mean our shoppers can put their own stamp on the key trends, right here at Fairhill. Money will also be raised for the centre’s affiliated charity MacMillan Cancer.”

Keeping the fashion flame flickering, TV presenter and FHM’s recently crowned 2011 Holiday Honey, Katie Larmour, will expertly host the event and will be giving Fairhill shoppers the chance to be in the draw for some of the fantastic giveaways available on the day. 

For further information log onto www.fairhillshopping.co.uk.

Spring Summer 2011 Signed Off!


14 March 2011

Belfast’s multi award-winning fashion event, West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK, wrapped up the head turning series of catwalks with the finale high street heaven show on Friday night at the Europa FASHIONWEEK centre.  Fashionistas have been treated throughout the week to an array of the season’s newest and coolest trends, and of course quenched their thirst with refreshing West Coast Cooler.   

 

The schedule of catwalk shows and style events took place across five days and welcomed over 2000 guests.  Wednesday’s show took place in an edgy underground catwalk, after which the event relocated to the Europa FASHIONWEEK centre on Glengall Street. 

 

The fashion extravaganza began with a third birthday celebration for Victoria Square with two shows in the underground car park on one night.  In the first show of the evening, retailers from across House of Fraser took part including Biba, Linea, Therapy & Untold as well as Karen Millen and Whistles.  The second show of the night included collections from Victoria Square’s other stores, including CRUISE, House of Fraser, Reiss, Ted Baker, Urban Outfitters and many more. 

 

On Thursday night the fashion festivities moved to the Europa FASHIONWEEK centre and the designer and designer boutiques took centre stage.  Local luxury boutiques that took part included Rio/Brazil/BT9, Candy Plum (Hillsborough), theWardrobe (Ballyclare), SarahJane Boutique (Magherafelt), The Boudoir (Dungannon), Blush, Jourdan, Una Rodden, Grainne Maher Millinery, Zoe Boomer and Lizzie Agnew. 

 

The finale took place on Friday where the ever-popular high street night ended the week’s fashion fever.  High street brands French Connection, Exhibit, One Clothing (showcasing brands such as Bench, Miss Sixty & Firetrap) & Hot Diamonds were all involved.  The night also featured Tempest brands included Mango, A-Wear, Jane Norman and CastleCourt stores including Designers at Debenhams, Warehouse, Miss Selfridge, La Senza and New Look.

 

The sleek and stylist West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK came to a close with the sold out Style Sunday event on 13th March.   The ever popular event saw style experts from around the country disclosed their fashion and beauty tips to the lucky guests between the courses of the gourmet luncheon cooked by Great British Menu chef Niall McKenna.  For the fashion lover dedicated to upcycled and previously loved items, The Fashion Souk took place in the Europa and shoppers enjoyed an afternoon of vintage shopping and rummaging for relics.   

 

FASHIONWEEK’s hair partner Schwarzkopf styled their fabulous Essentials Looks Tour on Sunday evening, showing looks from some of the UK and Ireland’s top hairdressers, including our very own Paul Stafford, who also looked after the models’ hair at the designer night’s show. Other Schwarzkopf salons including Denise McCluskey’s Michele International in the city centre, also worked the models’ hair for the Victoria Square shows; while Hair Traffic showcased on the high street night.

 

The hair sponsor were thrilled to be partnered with FASHIONWEEK.  Brendan Thompson from Schwarzkopf said “Schwarzkopf is all about creativity and keeping ahead of the trends, which we felt complimented FASHIONWEEK perfectly.  We treated audience members to an additional hair show each night after the main show, which each had their own theme and were full of creativity and imagination.  Hopefully we have inspired the guests with a few ideas for a new spring summer look!”

 

After a whirlwind few days, the whole Belfast FASHIONWEEK team are now looking ahead to the autumn winter season, for even more unique and trend setting style events.  

GIANTS LAUNCH MINI COMPETITION


08 March 2011

Belfast Giants including Mark Garside and Colin Shields were in Victoria Square along with stunning Katie Larmour to launch the Wagamama ‘Waga-Mini’ competition. The Asian-inspired noodle restaurant is set to offer the most extravagant prize to date to one of its devoted fans – a year’s use of a Wagamama Mini courtesy of Agnew corporate. The lucky winner will not only have a Mini experience for a year, but they will also be given a Giant experience for one night, when he or she, along with 13 friends, will spend an exhilarating evening in a corporate suite watching the Belfast Giants in action in the Odyssey.

Since Wagamama opened in Belfast, just over three months ago, it has proven to be one of the most popular eateries in the city, and with over 108 restaurants throughout the world, its presence in Belfast is certainly a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the global Asian dining experience.

Christine Chung, Operations Manager for Wagamama said “Wagamama doesn’t just have customers, it has fans, and the winner of this competition will have the opportunity to drive the Wagamama Mini for a whole year – a dream come the for one lucky noodle lover. We think it’s so important to reward both our new and our faithful fans, so we’re very excited to be able to offer such huge prizes to say thanks for the support since we’ve been here in Belfast.”

Todd Kelman from the Belfast Giants added: “Most of our team members are fans of Wagamama and love the fast, fresh food ethos with healthy ingredients which are perfect for hockey players in training. We’re delighted to team up with the restaurant to launch this competition and would hope that the winner enjoys the giant experience of coming to one of our ice hockey matches game as much as the Mini experience in the car.”

The Wagamama ‘Waga-Mini’ competition is now open for free entry and entry forms can be collected and submitted in the restaurant at Victoria Square. The winner will be chosen at random on Monday 18 April 2011.

To pick up your entry form, pop in to Unit FFC6 Victoria Square Shopping Centre, Belfast BT1 4QG or for more information tel: 028 9023 6098

Ross to Rebecca - The Long Road to Happiness


01 March 2011

 

Rebecca De Havalland, the first transgender in Ireland to have a sex change, has written an inspiring and moving memoir ‘His Name is Rebecca’ available now from all good books stores, as well as online.  Set to launch on 3rd March, guests are invited to toast the touching tale in Love and Death Inc, Ann Street from 6-8pm, with a fabulous drinks reception supplied by Carnaby Brown and delicious canapés.  
Rebecca’s memoir details a long and torturous journey to find herself.  Born a boy, Eamon Tallon was traumatised when, at the age of seven, he was sexually abused at the religious school he attended.  Trying to overcome this ordeal, he got married as ‘Eamon’, choosing his wife’s wedding dress and a shopping spree in London for their honeymoon.  Feeling  unhappy living a lie, Eamon reinvented himself as ‘Ross’, an extremely talented hairdresser, make up artist and model agent, who lived as a gay man.  
Still unhappy, eventually Ross arrived at the truth, he was a woman in a man’s body.  After the difficult decision to have a full sex change, Ross finally became ‘Rebecca’.  Feeling shunned by her former friends, Rebecca moved out of Ireland to start a new life.  However, the pull from home never let up, and she eventually moved back to Dublin where she feels she has fulfilled her calling, now running the model agency she always wanted, De Havalland models.  Her success is further set to continue, as she has just opened a branch of De Havalland models in London, on the historically fashionable Carnaby Street.  
Thrilled to launch her book in the north of Ireland, Rebecca says, “Having faced a lot of upset and strife in my life, I want to let people see that no matter how difficult things get, there is always a way to make it better.  I got to the point where I didn’t feel like I was being true to myself.  The gender reassignment was the only way out for me, the only way I could go on living.  Although it was tough and so called friends I had before the operation shunned me when I became Rebecca, I was just happy to feel comfortable in my own skin and feel like I was myself for the first time in my life.  Now I am building up the modelling agency I always wanted and the life I always should have had.  Hopefully I can show people that no matter how long the journey is, true happiness can always be found.  If I can help even one person with my story, it will all have been worth it.”

Rebecca De Havalland, the first transgender in Ireland to have a sex change, has written an inspiring and moving memoir ‘His Name is Rebecca’ available now from all good books stores, as well as online.  Set to launch on 3rd March, guests are invited to toast the touching tale in Love and Death Inc, Ann Street from 6-8pm, with a fabulous drinks reception supplied by Carnaby Brown and delicious canapés.  

Rebecca’s memoir details a long and torturous journey to find herself.  Born a boy, Eamon Tallon was traumatised when, at the age of seven, he was sexually abused at the religious school he attended.  Trying to overcome this ordeal, he got married as ‘Eamon’, choosing his wife’s wedding dress and a shopping spree in London for their honeymoon.  Feeling  unhappy living a lie, Eamon reinvented himself as ‘Ross’, an extremely talented hairdresser, make up artist and model agent, who lived as a gay man.  

Still unhappy, eventually Ross arrived at the truth, he was a woman in a man’s body.  After the difficult decision to have a full sex change, Ross finally became ‘Rebecca’.  Feeling shunned by her former friends, Rebecca moved out of Ireland to start a new life.  However, the pull from home never let up, and she eventually moved back to Dublin where she feels she has fulfilled her calling, now running the model agency she always wanted, De Havalland models.  Her success is further set to continue, as she has just opened a branch of De Havalland models in London, on the historically fashionable Carnaby Street.  

Thrilled to launch her book in the north of Ireland, Rebecca says, “Having faced a lot of upset and strife in my life, I want to let people see that no matter how difficult things get, there is always a way to make it better.  I got to the point where I didn’t feel like I was being true to myself.  The gender reassignment was the only way out for me, the only way I could go on living.  Although it was tough and so called friends I had before the operation shunned me when I became Rebecca, I was just happy to feel comfortable in my own skin and feel like I was myself for the first time in my life.  Now I am building up the modelling agency I always wanted and the life I always should have had.  Hopefully I can show people that no matter how long the journey is, true happiness can always be found.  If I can help even one person with my story, it will all have been worth it.”

 

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