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FASHIONISTAS FLOCK TO THE CITY FOR FOUR DAY FASHION FESTIVAL


10 March 2016
West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK celebrates its coming of age in spectacular style this week as thousands of fashionistas gathered at locations across Belfast to toast the event’s milestone 21st season with fashion shows, master classes and seminars plus fashion lunches, a Fifty over Fifty show and recycled ethical fashion markets. 
 
Runways erupted with colour popping and colour blocking plus clashing and contrasting fabrics which created bold and bashful looks.  Pale pastels and florals offered a different take on colour while silhouettes were soft with off-shoulder shapes and romantic ruffles and frills, giving a truly feminine feel across the board.  For evening, ‘underwear as outerwear’ was popular alongside metallic sheens and sassy sequins.  A favourite amongst the fashionable flock was the ‘Death by Denim’ trend, with ‘all-denim-everything’ ensembles featured across most designer and high street collections.
 
Designer & Designer Boutique Show 
 
Returning to the catwalk on opening night were the latest collections from locally based designers and designer boutiques including Blush Boutique and Jourdan from Belfast, as well as Diamond Dolls (Banbridge) and Spoilt Belle Boutique (Magherafelt). FASHIONWEEK favourites and designers Grainne Maher and Nor Lisa showed colourful collections plus newcomers this season - Sarah Alexandra Boutique in Newtownards and Lotus Boutique, Holywood – also wowed audiences with amazing dresses and stunning separates.
 
Following the stunning display of local talent, Director of FASHIONWEEK Cathy Martin said:  “The Designer and Designer Boutique show is without doubt a personal favourite of mine on the FASHIONWEEK schedule.  Each season I look forward to seeing what is in-store from our home-grown talent and watching designers develop from graduates to established labels and stores growing from small retail outlets to online sites with global sales.”
Aileen Wilson, owner of Blush Boutique on the Lisburn Road said: “We have been participating in FASHIONWEEK since the very first season, so it’s a privilege to help bring in the 21st season with our stunning Spring/Summer 16 collections.  Our Kevan Jon range has been a particular hit with local fashionistas and, given his bright and bold colours which sit perfectly with this season’s key trends, it’s no surprise.”
 
One of the latest additions to the schedule was the beautiful high-end collection from Hoylwood’s chic boutique, Lotus.  Proprietor Tamara Duncan said:  “I have been a huge supporter of Belfast FASHIONWEEK for several years now, and have rarely missed an event, so when I decided to open my boutique I knew FASHIONWEEK was the perfect platform to launch from.  At Lotus boutique we aim to give customers the opportunity to WOW in high-end pieces from world-recognised designers such as Amanda Wakeley, Alexander Wang and Badgeley Mischko amongst many others.  The idea of our designer dress hire is to allow everyone the opportunity to wear amazing designer pieces whatever their budget.  Already we have received amazing support and interest.”
 
West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK continues Friday 11 March with 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, DV8, Alana Interiors, Boux Avenue, Cari’s Closet, Diamond Dolls, KACI Cookstown, Remus Uomo and Warehouse as well as Dorothy Perkins, New Look, Designers at Debenhams and Miss Selfridge from CastleCourt, amongst others.  Saturday welcomes the Fashion Re-Sale Market at Life Church, plus Sushi Saturday at Zen followed by the Fashion & Retail Awards, the Fifty over Fifty show and the West Coast Cooler CoverGirl catwalk – with fashion from Victoria Square. The event schedule will close on Sunday 13 March with Style Sunday at Deanes at Queens, which is in association with Candy Plum Boutique and in support of Action Cancer’s breast cancer awareness campaign. 
 
For tickets or further information on West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK log onto www.belfastfashionweek.com or www.facebook.com/belfastfw
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