Archive: August 2012


29 August 2012

In an exclusive and intimate catwalk event in Café Vaudeville, Belfast on Monday 03 September 2012, up-and-coming fashion designer Lisa McCabe will reveal the autumn/winter 2012 collection from her ‘Nor Lisa’ label.

Since graduating from the University of Ulster in 2011, Lisa has worked tirelessly and enthusiastically on building the successful Nor Lisa label, which has already been featured on the catwalk for two seasons at Belfast FASHIONWEEK as well as being worn on the red carpet by singing sensation Niamh Perry and modelled by Britain’s Next Top Model finalist Diona Doherty. As well as designing and making the clothes in the collection, Lisa often designs the prints and hand prints many of the fabrics herself, so no two pieces of printed fabric clothing are the same.

The young Fermanagh-born lady is ambitious about furthering the success of her brand and new collections going forward. “The fashion industry in Northern Ireland is certainly one that’s growing rapidly and it’s a great time for young designers like me to be making the most of it.”

Speaking specifically about the new collection, Lisa describes this season’s collection as luxurious and exclusive, and she was inspired by rich country side manors, elegant clothing and anti-hunting.   Working very hard Lisa states:  “Like all designers, I work months in advance of each new season to research the upcoming trends and of course to create my own. It’s great to have reached the point where I am ready to launch the autumn/winter range which I think is one of my most adventurous to date. I’ll be a little nervous on the evening but I’ll mostly be excited to hear the reactions of my supporters.”

Audiences should expect to see previews of the 20-piece-strong collection boasting jewel colours highlighted with golds and luxurious fabrics with elements of lace which will be perfectly complimented by the boudoir-esque setting of Café Vaudevile. Local jewellery brand Melanie Bond will complement the fashion pieces on the catwalk with the latest statement necklaces and arm wear. Hairdresser Lee Stinton will work alongside make up artist Nuala Campbell to complete the models’ looks.

With former Big Brother contestant Orlaith McAlistair as the host, DJ Gavin Annon on the decks and recent Britain’s Next Top Model finalist Diona Doherty on the catwalk and fronting the new collection, the event is hotting up to be one of the top VIP events of the year.

Tickets for the Nor Lisa AW12 Collection Preview which takes place at 7pm on Monday 03 September are £12.50 and available to buy from or by emailing Ticket price includes a West Coast Cooler reception and complimentary bespoke Nor Lisa inspired Sugar Room Cupcakes.


21 August 2012

The upcoming Publicity Association Northern Ireland Golf Day 2012 sponsored by Charles Hurst is one event not to be missed.  Boasting a spectacular Hole-in-One Challenge players will compete for out-of-this-world prizes which include a new Land Rover Freelander TD4 XS courtesy of Charles Hurst; a four-day golf holiday for two at the 5* Le Meridien Penina Hotel & Championship Golf Club, Portugal (includes flights, accommodation, B&B, car hire and golf); two days golf with accommodation for four at The Belfry and a set of Callaway Razr X Irons.  Peter Gordon from Charles Hurst comments: “We’re thrilled to be part of the sports action at PANI’s Golf Day 2012 and to commemorate such a fantastic year on the green in Northern Ireland we wanted to offer something very special as a prize, the super stylish new Land Rover Freelander TD4 XS.”

Tee times kick off at 12.30pm at Malone Golf Club on Friday 21September and for non-golfers or for those who would like to make a day and night of it, the post-course awards dinner at The Clubhouse will make for a great evening of fun and networking.  PANI hosts a number of workshops and social networking events throughout the year for members and non-members from across the advertising, marketing and public relations industries. 

Chairman at PANI, Tony Axon says: “We’ve a great day lined up for this year’s PANI golf outing!  New organising team, new venue, rejuvenated format and some super prizes as well.  It’s going to be a great networking opportunity, an entertaining opportunity and great fun as well!  I’m a non-golfer and I’m excited too, I’ll certainly be there!”

Team entry is £300, individual entry is £80 and an evening guest ticket is £30.  Places are limited so please book early.  To book, email


07 August 2012

ABSOLUT, well-known for its creative collaborations and innovative partnerships within the arts, continues this trend with the amazing Belsonic partnership, one of the largest and most successful Northern Irish outdoor music events in history. 2011 saw music stars like Dizzee Rascal, Primal Scream, Tinie Tempah, Elbow and Plan B impress more than 40,000 people with their sell-out shows in Custom Square House. Both ABSOLUT and Belsonic organisers are confident that its popularity will be maintained at this year’s event, with an even bigger line up of chart-topping and award-winning artists taking to the stage. The line-up sees renowned acts Tom Jones, David Guetta, Madness, Emeli Sandé, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Two Door Cinema Club, James Morrison, Thin Lizzy, Paramore and Skrillex take to the stage. Along with support from Knife Party, Duke Special, Foy Vance, The Answer, You Me At Six, The Enemy, Brian Kennedy, Noah And The Whale, The Cast Of Cheers, Newton Faulkner and DJ Hix.

The 2012 concerts kick off at Custom House Square on Wednesday 15 August and run until Sunday 26 August.

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