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PANI QUIZ


27 March 2015

The Publicity Association of Northern Ireland (PANI) recently held its annual Radio Quiz, which was this year hosted by Belfast station Citybeat. Twenty five teams from across the wider advertising, media and publicity industries took part in a fierce but friendly battle to beat last year’s winners The Daily Mirror.

The team from Cool FM/Downtown Radio walked away with the top prize this year while the Wooden Spoon was awarded to the team from Walkers Communications. Quizmaster for the evening was DJ Stephen Clements, with tough questions being drafted up by Citybeat’s Head of News Tony Rice, a veteran pub quiz host. Singer Jason Clarke was both the entertainment as well as guest presenter of the music round, which added a fun element to the evening.

PANI Chair Nuala Meenehan said: “Our radio quiz is one of the most popular of our social events each year. In an industry full of bright, creative people it is lovely to see healthy competition and networking in such a relaxed platform.”

Other PANI social events include an annual golf day in September as well as a summer barbeque in June and the popular Christmas drinks party in December.

LINZI ROONEY OPENS DOORS TO NEW STUDIO SOUK IN THE HEART OF THE CITY


24 March 2015

Media Release

Popular Studio Souk, the non-profit makers and merchandise store and studio for artists and creatives in the craft and clothing sector has moved to a new home.

Studio Souk first opened its doors in Spires Mall on 14th November 2013 with just a hand full of artists and designers in a small space. However, roll on two years and the Studio Souk has officially opened its doors in Castle Lane, Belfast to a brand new studio with a 6000ft2 space which includes a café, shared studio and design area as well as a retail space housing local creative businesses - some with a recycled or up-cycled twist.

Studio owner Linzi Rooney said she was very excited to be opening a brand new studio in the heart of the city. ‘We’re not just popping up, we’re planting roots, with a new, bigger and here to stay store at Castle Lane Belfast.

When asked about what to expect at the new studio, Linzi replied: ‘Expect to see a fabulous new space with a warm and friendly atmosphere for existing and new customers of the Souk, who will be able to create and sell their products, giving them a unique and memorable experience!’

For more details about the souk, log onto www.studiosouk.com

A SUPER STYLISH SATURDAY AT BELFAST FASHIONWEEK


21 March 2015

The style proceedings got well underway yesterday afternoon (Saturday 21 March) as West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK’s chicest event – Sushi Saturday ‘The Director’s Cut’ returned to Shiro.  Stylistas were given the chance to enjoy fashion from Excel Clothing as well as Asian fusion, with platters of sushi and delicious West Coast Cooler cocktails.

FASHIONWEEK Director Cathy Martin chose a ‘best-of’ collection from Excel Clothing and from designers and retailers taking part in all shows and, along with stylist (and Cool FM presenter) Rebecca McKinney, talked the enthusiastic audience through the looks as FASHIONWEEK models worked the room at Shiro.

Jane Hodges from Shiro said: “We are delighted to be back on the Belfast FASHIONWEEK schedule with Sushi Saturday.  Yet another sell-out event this season, it is clear to see that our Asian influence is overtaking the traditional fashion tea shows, and we love that here at Shiro we are at the forefront, with FASHIONWEEK, on an exciting fashion venture.”

 

The celebration continued for most that evening, as it was another full house on Bruce St, at BFW HQ.  Belfast’s best dressed ladies and gents gathered for the final of the Spring/Summer catwalk shows and observed the hottest trends of the season, from the nation’s biggest and busiest High-Street stores including Next, Marks and Spencer, Warehouse, Remus Uomo, Excel Clothing, Warehouse, Oasis and DV8 Fashion.

 

DV8 Fashion Buyer, Ann-Marie Doherty, said: “Having come on board last season it was such an easy decision for us at DV8 to partake again this Spring/Summer.  As one of Northern Ireland’s largest retailers it is a great platform for us to push our presence in the local fashion scene and demonstrate to both women and men that with our collections at DV8 you can be on trend without spending a fortune.”

 

The audience also witnessed the latest collections from Dorothy Perkins, Miss Selfridge, Exhibit, Gap, Miss Glam, New Look, Blue Inc, Burton, NV, Quiz, Jacamo, Evans, Designers at Debenhams, Taking Shape and Simply Be from CastleCourt, as they took to the runway to dazzle the crowd with fashion that’s fun, affordable and available right now. And not forgetting the fantastic range of discounted high street lines from The OUTLET in Banbridge including Next clearance, L.K. Bennett, Olsen and Staccato among others.

 

Cathy Martin, Director of FASHIONWEEK said: “High-Street Heaven has always been one of my favourite nights at FASHIONWEEK, as it is all about fashion that is affordable and accessible to all shapes, sizes, styles and budgets.  It’s the perfect opportunity for stylistas to enjoy wave after wave of gorgeous high-street collections featuring the very best of the season’s trends.”

“This season our high street stores brought a flurry of colour to the catwalk from bright citrus bursts at Next and Marks and Spencer to the stunning florals available in Oasis.  The trends for the season are fresh and fun with explosions of colour, multiple textures and simple shapes, so there’s no excuse to miss out on making a statement this season. For those slightly more averse to colour, they are accommodated with the simple pastels and the summery silhouettes that flatter most body types.”   

“It was also a delight to have the return of our ‘shop the show’ boutique alley, showcasing collections from local fashion designers, jewellery and accessories companies and souk stalls, which has proved to be a fabulous addition to an already exciting event.  It’s the perfect opportunity to take home your own little piece of FASHIONWEEK.”

Last, but definitely not least, the schedule will close today (22 March) in sumptuous style with the flagship Style Sunday luncheon at SHU. This glamorous four course gourmet luncheon, which is run in association with Mencap NI, accompanies trend forecasts, a mini fashion show and the return of FASHIONWEEK Make-up artist Paddy McGurgan plus stylists from FASHIONWEEK’s hair partner, Jason Shankey Hairdressing, who will host a mini masterclass on how to look fantastic throughout the winter.

For further information on West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK log onto www.belfastfashionweek.com or www.facebook.com/belfastfw.

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Issued on behalf of West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK by CMPR. For further information, stock or catwalk pictures or interviews with retailers, designers, models or director Cathy Martin, please contact: Christopher Wilson at CMPR on T +44 (0) 28 9042 1509 or via: chris@cmprireland.com T: +44(0)7823 882095

 

Notes to Editors:

  • The event is called West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK in the first instance & FASHIONWEEK or Belfast FASHIONWEEK thereafter.
  • Please also ensure FASHIONWEEK appears in capitals as one word where possible.
  • Throughout the week, breast cancer charity Pretty‘n’Pink will collect funds at all shows to support women who need to feel better about themselves after undergoing debilitating breast cancer surgery or treatment.
  • At the shows, ID may be required for audience members who look under 18.

Key Facts:

  • BFW was the first consumer fashion week in the UK or Ireland and has been emulated right across the British Isles and beyond
  • Approx 4-6000 audience members watch the shows & attend events each year
  • West Coast Cooler is a deliciously refreshing wine cooler that is available in three varieties – Original, Rose and West Coast Cooler and Vodka

Schedule of shows:

THURSDAY 19 MARCH, 8.00PM – THE COVERGIRL SHOW Tickets priced at £20 or £25 for FROW available from 028 9024 6609 or via links on www.belfastfashionweek.com

FRIDAY 20 MARCH, 8.00PM - DESIGNER BOUTIQUES AND LOCALDESIGNERS. Tickets priced at £20 or £25 for FROW available from 028 9024 6609 or via links on www.belfastfashionweek.com

SATURDAY 21 MARCH, 8.00pm - HIGH STREET. Tickets priced at £20 or £25 for FROW available from 028 9024 6609 or via links on www.belfastfashionweek.com

SATURDAY 21 MARCH, 2.00-4.00pm - SUSHI SATURDAY “The Director’s Cut”. To book call SHIRO on 028 9024 8000, price £25pp.

SUNDAY 22 MARCH, 2.00-5.00pm - STYLE SUNDAY in support of Mencap NI. To book call SHU on 028 9038 1655, price £45pp.

A FASHIONABLE START TO THE WEEKEND FOR BELFASTS FASHIONISTAS


20 March 2015

West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK saw hundreds of top fashionistas gather in Bruce Street to witness the catwalk light up with the very best of local designers and designer boutiques.  Guests enjoyed a refreshing West Coast Cooler while watching twenty of Ireland’s top models showcase the designs on offer this season.

 

Returning to the catwalk were Belfast boutiques Blush and Jourdan as well as Diamond Dolls from Banbridge and Spoilt Belle Boutique from Magherafelt as well as FASHIONWEEK favourites and designers Grainne Maher, Nor Lisa and Chloe Dougan.  Newbies this season included Mimi’s Roadtrip from Moy, County Tyrone as well as The Style Retreat in Lisburn, Gillian Leavy – an established designer from Dundalk – plus illustrator and stylist turned designer Sara O’Neill.  Catriona O’Prey designs, Deux Cara, Diana Mukushii and L’Or Dome all showcased their first ever collections, with fantastic reception from the crowd.

 

Following the stunning display of local talent, Director of FASHIONWEEK Cathy Martin said:  “A real favourite among our fashion fans, the Designer and Designer Boutique show brings variety and creative flair to the FASHIONWEEK runway.  We saw a beautiful array of colour, fabrics, prints and shapes which proved to be a remarkable display from our home grown talent.  Our independent boutiques and designers have proven that sometimes the luxury of purchasing designer is totally worth the price, for individuality and such striking fashion looks.  When it comes to selecting and creating fashion, then we need to look no further than on our own doorstep.  The looks were perfect for an audience of stylistas who appreciate and understand the importance of individuality and style.”

 

Key trends on the catwalk included vintage prints and mix-match patterns as well as a sultry look, involving lace and rich fabrics.  Pale and pastel pallettes also abounded, as did cut-outs, mesh and laser-cut techniques on many looks.

 

Aileen Wilson, owner of Blush Boutique on the Lisburn Road said: “We have been participating in Belfast FASHIONWEEK for over ten years now, and are so excited for the Spring/Summer season.  We’re probably best known for our bridal, but we also showcased a lot of party wear, occasion wear and day wear this season – and I think the audience liked our collection.”

 

New label Deux Cara, which was created by two fashion friends John Gerard O’Neil and Neil Coogan, proved to be one to watch in our growing home industry with a stunning collection of formal and evening wear ranges.  Co-designer John-Gerard said: “I’ve played a role in Belfast FASHIONWEEK over the years as a volunteer and stylist but am absolutely thrilled to be on board this season with our first ever collection.  Since the FASHIONWEEK launch in January, we have received amazing support and interest, and have been commissioned to design several pieces, all because of our involvement.”

 

Danielle Campbell of The Style Retreat in Lisburn, said: “This was my first ever season at FASHIONWEEK, and I was so impressed tonight with the design talent we have here in Northern Ireland.  I recently launched my own boutique in Lisburn and saw FASHIONWEEK as the perfect platform to showcase our designs and show what we are all about.  Hopefully the collection I put together for tonight’s show will whet the taste buds of this fashionable crowd.”

West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK continues today (Saturday 21 March), with the return of Sushi Saturday at the uber-chic Shiro.  The “Director’s Cut” fashion event showcases 36 of the best looks from across all shows at Belfast FASHIONWEEK, whilst guests enjoy a welcome West Coast Cooler cocktail and sushi platter.

Later tomorrow will see the return of the massively popular High Street Heaven catwalk show.  Attendees will see the hottest looks from the nation’s biggest and busiest stores including Next, Marks and Spencer, Warehouse, Remus Uomo, The Outlet, Banbridge, Excel Clothing, Warehouse, DV8 Fashion and Oasis as well as Dorothy Perkins, New Look, Designers at Debenhams and Miss Selfridge from CastleCourt, amongst others. 

For further information on West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK log onto www.belfastfashionweek.com or www.facebook.com/belfastfw

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Issued on behalf of West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK by CMPR. For further information, stock or catwalk pictures or interviews with retailers, designers, models or director Cathy Martin, please contact: Christopher Wilson at CMPR on T +44 (0) 28 9042 1509 or via: chris@cmprireland.com T: +44(0)7823 882095

Notes to Editors:

  • The event is called West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK in the first instance & FASHIONWEEK or Belfast FASHIONWEEK thereafter.
  • Please also ensure FASHIONWEEK appears in capitals as one word where possible.
  • Throughout the week, breast cancer charity Pretty‘n’Pink will collect funds at all shows to support women who need to feel better about themselves after undergoing debilitating breast cancer surgery or treatment.
  • At the shows, ID may be required for audience members who look under 18.

Key Facts:

  • BFW was the first consumer fashion week in the UK or Ireland and has been emulated right across the British Isles and beyond
  • Approx 4-6000 audience members watch the shows & attend events each year
  • West Coast Cooler is a deliciously refreshing wine cooler that is available in three varieties – Original, Rose and West Coast Cooler and Vodka

Schedule of shows:

THURSDAY 19 MARCH, 8.00PM – THE COVERGIRL SHOW Tickets priced at £20 or £25 for FROW available from 028 9024 6609 or via links on www.belfastfashionweek.com

FRIDAY 20 MARCH, 8.00PM - DESIGNER BOUTIQUES AND LOCALDESIGNERS. Tickets priced at £20 or £25 for FROW available from 028 9024 6609 or via links on www.belfastfashionweek.com

SATURDAY 21 MARCH, 8.00pm - HIGH STREET. Tickets priced at £20 or £25 for FROW available from 028 9024 6609 or via links on www.belfastfashionweek.com

SATURDAY 21 MARCH, 2.00-4.00pm - SUSHI SATURDAY “The Director’s Cut”. To book call SHIRO on 028 9024 8000, price £25pp.

SUNDAY 22 MARCH, 2.00-5.00pm - STYLE SUNDAY in support of Mencap NI. To book call SHU on 028 9038 1655, price £45pp.

 

 

MODEL MAYHEM KICKS OFF BELFAST FASHIONWEEK


19 March 2015

Issued on behalf of West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK: strictly embargoed until 00.01am on 20 March 2015

Belfast FASHIONWEEK kicked off last night [Thursday 19March] with model mayhem as ten West Coast Cooler COVERGIRL competitors took to the catwalk.  Guests enjoyed a variety of spring looks on the competition finalists – including a citrus burst of colour with greens, yellows, oranges and lemons - from the opening show’s fashion sponsor CastleCourt. Three of the lucky models [names to be released at 9pm] were chosen to head off on an all-expenses-paid beach photoshoot in Portugal courtesy of Aer Lingus and West Coast Cooler.

 

COVERGIRL sponsors and judges from Jason Shankey Hairdressing, Make-up Pro Store, Aer Lingus, CastleCourt West Coast Cooler, and Sunday Life had the unenviable task of whittling the ten finalists down to just three.  Judge Esther Small from West Coast Cooler said: “It was hard enough selecting just ten finalists from the hundreds who entered the competition back in January, but today we’ve had the difficult decision of choosing only three from our ten girls to go on the shoot.  It’s an achievement in itself to have come this far in the competition, so all the girls should be very proud.  After much deliberation we picked those who we thought had the strongest modelling ability, to progress to the next stage of the destination shoot.”

 

After the beach photoshoot in April, one ultimate COVERGIRL will be chosen by judges and will walk away with a host of amazing prizes, including £1000 worth of fashion from CastleCourt, plus with two return flights from airline partner Aer Lingus.

 

Hair sponsor and judge Brenda Shankey from Jason Shankey Hairdressing, who will be accompanying the girls on their trip to Faro, said: “Having seen the girls walk the Belfast FASHIONWEEK catwalk tonight, I cannot wait to see what is in store for us in Faro.  We have three very strong, yet very different competitors, any of which could be my COVERGIRL, so it will be interesting to see how these girls grow in the final stage of the competition.  It’s all very exciting!”

 

Tonight (Friday 20 March) the FASHIONWEEK celebrations continue with the Spring/Summer collections from independent boutiques and local designers.  The catwalk will see the latest looks from Blush and Jourdan from the Lisburn Road, as well as collections from boutiques across the country including Diamond Dolls in Banbridge, Spoilt Belle Boutique in Magherafelt, Mimi’s Roadtrip in Moy and The Style Retreat in Lisburn. Local designers Grainne Maher, Nor Lisa, Chloe Dougan, Gillian Leavy, Sara O’Neill, Catriona O’Prey designs, Deux Cara, Diana Mukushii and L’Or Dome will also showcase brand new work.

The style proceedings then continue with the return of ‘Sushi Saturday’ at the uber-chic Shiro.  The “Director’s Cut” afternoon fashion event showcases 36 of the best looks from across all shows at Belfast FASHIONWEEK, whilst guests enjoy a welcome West Coast Cooler cocktail and sushi platter - all for the bargain price of £25 per person. Some places are still available by calling Shiro on 02890248000

Then the High Street show is back with a bang on Saturday 21 March, bringing the hottest looks from the nation’s biggest and busiest stores including Next, Marks and Spencer, Warehouse, Remus Uomo, The Outlet, Banbridge, Excel Clothing, Warehouse, DV8 Fashion, Oasis as well as Dorothy Perkins, New Look, Designers at Debenhams and Miss Selfridge from CastleCourt. 

Lastly, but definitely not least, the schedule will close in sumptuous style with the flagship – but unfortunately sold out - Style Sunday luncheon at SHU on 22 March. This glamorous four course gourmet luncheon, which is run in association with Mencap NI, accompanies trend forecasts, a mini fashion show and the return of FASHIONWEEK make-up artist Paddy McGurgan plus stylists from FASHIONWEEK’s hair partner, Jason Shankey Hairdressing, who will host a mini masterclass on how to look fantastic throughout the winter.  

For further information on West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK log onto www.belfastfashionweek.com or www.facebook.com/belfastfw. Tickets are still available for Friday and Saturday night’s shows. Call 02890246609 to buy.

-Ends-

Issued on behalf of West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK by CMPR. For further information, stock or catwalk pictures or interviews with retailers, designers, models or director Cathy Martin, please contact: Christopher Wilson at CMPR on T +44 (0) 28 9042 1509 or via: chris@cmprireland.com T: +44(0)7823 882095

Notes to Editors:

  • The event is called West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK in the first instance & FASHIONWEEK or Belfast FASHIONWEEK thereafter.
  • Please also ensure FASHIONWEEK appears in capitals as one word where possible.
  • Throughout the week, breast cancer charity Pretty‘n’Pink will collect funds at all shows to support women who need to feel better about themselves after undergoing debilitating breast cancer surgery or treatment.
  • At the shows, ID may be required for audience members who look under 18.

Key Facts:

  • BFW was the first consumer fashion week in the UK or Ireland and has been emulated right across the British Isles and beyond
  • Approx 4-6000 audience members watch the shows & attend events each year
  • West Coast Cooler is a deliciously refreshing wine cooler that is available in three varieties – Original, Rose and West Coast Cooler and Vodka

Schedule of shows:

THURSDAY 19 MARCH, 8.00PM – THE COVERGIRL SHOW  Tickets priced at £20 or £25 for FROW available from 028 9024 6609 or via links on www.belfastfashionweek.com

FRIDAY 20 MARCH, 8.00PM - DESIGNER BOUTIQUES AND LOCALDESIGNERS. Tickets priced at £20 or £25 for FROW available from 028 9024 6609 or via links on www.belfastfashionweek.com

SATURDAY 21 MARCH, 8.00pm - HIGH STREET. Tickets priced at £20 or £25 for FROW available from 028 9024 6609 or via links on www.belfastfashionweek.com

SATURDAY 21 MARCH, 2.00-4.00pm - SUSHI SATURDAY “The Director’s Cut”. To book call SHIRO on 028 9024 8000, price £25pp.

SUNDAY 22 MARCH, 2.00-5.00pm - STYLE SUNDAY in support of Mencap NI. To book call SHU on 028 9038 1655, price £45pp.

Young Northern Designers Head to Dublin for Top Fashion Competition!


10 March 2015

Twenty talented secondary school students were this week given a kick start on the road to fashion stardom as they secured a coveted place at the all-Ireland final of recycled fashion competition ‘Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture in association with Repak’. The highly sought after place in the final, which will take place in the 3 Arena in Dublin on 24 April, was won at the northern regional final in Derry/L’Derry’s Millennium Forum on 09 March.  The students work were chosen from hundreds of entries which were showcased on a choreographed catwalk show to a packed audience.

 

The Bank Of Ireland Junk Kouture competition has seen thousands of teenagers’ work submitted over the past four years, with some spectacular and awe-inspiring pieces taking to the competition’s regional and national catwalks.  Sponsored by Bank of Ireland and Repak, a packaging compliance scheme, Junk Kouture is the leading fashion and art competition for second level school students across Ireland and has a reputation, among many, as being the most creative.

 

Founder of Junk Kouture, Elizabeth O’Donnell had this to say about this year’s Northern Final:

“As with all the regional finals, we really look forward to seeing the designs come to life on the catwalk for the first time and we certainly weren’t let down in Derry! From the talent and innovation of the students from across the whole of the north, to the electric atmosphere created by the crowd, the Northern Regional Final is always one to watch!”

 

Bank Of Ireland Representative Bernard Rooney, Head Of Branches Northern Ireland West had this to say; “We’re always wowed at the spirit of enterprise shown by the secondary level students who come up with really creative show pieces from everyday junk, and this year was no different. Well done to all those who performed at the event, and on behalf of Bank Of Ireland, I would like to wish all twenty northern finalists the best of luck for the Grand Final in April.”

 

The all-Ireland competition has gone from strength to strength since starting in 2010 and has this year seen further expansion with the competition being launched in Scotland.  Bank Of Ireland Junk Kouture has been accredited at the European Week for Waste Reduction Awards with a trophy specially commissioned by Alex Attwood MLA, Minister of the Environment.  Competing students’ work has also graced the red carpets at various Royal Premieres in London as well as at the Cannes Film Festival in France as well as captivating audiences far and wide at pop-up ‘trashionista’ fashion shows in Victoria Square and Belfast FASHIONWEEK, among others.

 

Judges for the competition include Freelance Stylist, TV and magazine contributor, Rob Condon, who brings his extensive experience in the styling of shows, commercials and editorials to the judging panel while Tracy Fahey from the prestigious Limerick School of Art and Design will seek to separate the junk from the Junk Kouture. Laura Murphy, Repak’s Marketing and Communications Manager also joins the judging panel and will be watching out for the outfits that best promote the re-using of packaging and incorporate used materials effectively that are beyond their intended purpose. DJ, model, and TV Presenter Vogue Williams will bring a touch of glamour and celebrity fashion knowledge to the judging line-up.

 

Judge Laura Murphy from co-sponsor Repak said: “Junk Kouture is such a fantastic way of promoting the reusing and recycling of already used trash in a really imaginative and creative way, you wouldn’t believe what some of these couture pieces are made from! As a judge I’m so excited to be a part of such a great competition and I want to wish all the finalists the best of luck for the grand-final in Dublin!”

 

The Grand Final is taking place in the 3 Arena, Dublin on 24 April 2015. For further information, please log on to junkkouture.com or visit the Facebook page t: Facebook.com/junkkouture 

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