This year at West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK, I worked as a dresser backstage for both the Local Designer and High Street Shows, but decided to attend the Excel Clothing show, the final catwalk show.
It is always hard to see how collections come together as you catch a glimpse on the rail before the show, or you see the model rushing past, either on their way to the catwalk line-up or to change ready for the next run! So when the PR shots come in (thanks CMPR and Brendan Gallagher!), it’s lovely to see the final look. But that is also part of the reason I decided to attend a show.
Waiting for the show to begin…
Wedding Dresses by Blush / Scarf by The Sequin Cinderella / Dress by Sara O’Neill / Pegasus by Gráinne Maher / My backstage outfit – leather and brogues
And here are the pieces I loved on the catwalk and from the social pictures taken during all Fashion Week events. All catwalk pieces are ready to wear, get your pen and paper for the wishlist!
My favourite piece…
Amazing designs by Gordon Donaldson – I need this t-shirt in my wardrobe! Created by a local illustrator using Gordon’s previous designs!
Prints from our local designers…
Designs by Gordon Donaldson / Nor Lisa / Gordon Donaldson / Gordon Donaldson / Sara O’Neill/Gráinne Maher
Dressed in black…
All looks from Excel Clothing, Newtownards, Bangor and online
Deux Cara / Blush / Deux Cara
Fabrics and textures…
Diamond Dolls / The Sequin Cinderella / Excel Clothing
M&S / Warehouse / Oasis / Castlecourt / Excel Clothing
Cover-ups for Winter…
M&S / Carolyn Donnelly for Dunnes / Ted Baker at Excel Clothing
Tempest / Superdry
Tempest / Tempest / Oasis
What are your favourites from the shows, any pieces you plan to wear this season?
Last weekend I headed to London for a weekend of fashion fun. The original plan was to go London Fashion Week, however schedules and dates not working together led to a trip to Fashion Weekend instead.
Having only ever been to Belfast Fashion Week, I wasn’t sure what to expect from our day out but to be honest, I love any day in the world of fashion! Opinions…it was a fun day out, but I don’t know if I’d pay to go again. We got a Silver ticket which allowed us entry, a goodie bag (which was pretty good) and one show – we opted for Designer. Looking back, my main reason for going was to see a show – but actually I would have sat through ten shows. The rest of the time could have been spent shopping – there was a lot on offer and at great prices; where I wanted to be inspired for the new season, Fashion Weekend didn’t really meet my needs.
Halston Heritage Catwalk Show
Halston Heritage – sheer and layering
My outfit for the day had to be pre-planned due to booking in for hand luggage only on my flight. I decided to go casual – cropped tee, dungarees, denim shirt and my trusty fur gilet. I opted for my Bertie slip ons which I generally love and adore, but I just wasn’t feeling them on the day. However on a big plus, I met one of my favourite bloggers, Andreea from Dreaming of Chanel and I managed to find some new designers who I will come back to in future posts!
Fur Gilet by Biba at House of Fraser / Dungarees by H&M / Horizontal Stripe T-shirt by ASOS / Phoenix by Gráinne Maher / Denim Shirt by H&M / Slip ons by Bertie at House of Fraser
Shopping in London – mainly Cos and & Other Stories
Back to Belfast, and Fashion Week opens on Thursday 19 March with the finale of Sunday Life Covergirl Competition showing the hottest looks from Castlecourt. Friday 20 March sees collections from local designers and independent retailers taking to the catwalk – I am most looking forward to seeing collections from our local designers after catching a few shots on social media, and new stores, including fellow blogger Danielle’s new store, ‘The Style Retreat’. Saturday night sees the return of High Street Heaven where clothes shown are instore and ready to buy now – the perfect way to inspire your shopping! And for day events, Sushi Saturday at Shiro and Style Sunday at Shu are back showcasing the hottest looks from the catwalk. Check out current trends here, and buy your tickets here! I’ll be backstage again so keep an eye on Instagram for any updates!
I love the buzz of backstage! On the night of my styled Charity Collection, I could hardly sit, I wanted to be backstage! From seeing the clothes tried on during the fitting, to the hair and make-up, to the final piece as all the above came together, to the perfection required to get the model on the catwalk, I love it!
And here is my experience in a collage of pictures…
This is my favourite bit – the clothes have been organised, the make-up and hair finalised and now we dress for the first run on the catwalk. On designer night, the local designers come to add their finishing touches.
And of course the fun had, and the friends made…
Admittedly, when styling backstage for a fashion show, there is a bit of waiting around, and you are often doing jobs that have nothing to do with fashion, but that is all part of what makes the experience – throw yourself into it all and have a go at each aspect of Fashion Week!
Saturday night came, and off I headed to Belfast Fashion Week for their High Street Fashion show. Of course, given the opportunity, I would spend a lot of money on designer wear but I am in love with High Street Fashion. I mostly love that you can find something to keep you up with current trends at a little price. This doesn’t always happen – my favourite piece from the show was a French Connection maxi dress at £85!
Open at the back with lace detailing
But there was a lot to see – stores included The Outlet, Oasis, French Connection M&S and CastleCourt. Top of my list were the Maxi Dresses, shown from most stores and in a range of summer colours, and to match, a beautiful clutch from Oasis £30 (which I checked out online and found in practically every colour).
Coral was a prominent colour on the catwalk. For the show, I had teamed my leather mini skirt (mentioned in ‘Shop from the sofa‘) with a coral top (Mango £17.99 – a spur of the moment buy which I now wear with everything), denim shirt (love that denim is back!!) from H&M £19.99 and ankle boots, which after months of searching, I picked up for £24.99 in TK Maxx. My fur coat (best buy 2 years ago from Oasis) had to go on top to beat the weather!
The show ended with ‘Hair Transported Through Time’ by Andrew Mulvenna. There were some amazing looks but this one is perfect – hair, make-up and clothes – Love, love, love!!
The show was ‘High Street Heaven’ – what’s your heavenly piece from the High Street?
Possibly like many of you, snow has stopped proceedings this weekend. In fact, in a change of behaviours, I have just got the shovel out, cleared and gritted the driveway and faced my fear of driving in the snow, all in the name of ‘Getting Out’! That may be a little exaggerated but tonight I’m off to Belfast Fashion Week High Street show:)
This morning was due to be an exciting one of clothes swapping (an event linked with Fashion Week – check out post Wardrobe swap = Free clothes), however this was postponed due to the weather. So as an alternative post I thought I’d show you my favourite app ‘Pop Sugar Shopping‘. When you look online it doesn’t get great ratings, however it’s great fun to search for a new item of clothing – there is so much choice and at a range of prices, designer and high street!
A few months ago I saw someone wearing a little leather skirt. So, off I went to search for a little leather skirt. I saw a beautiful option on this site. But at just over £400 it was a little out of my price range! A few weeks later, while browsing this app again, I happened to see a much cheaper alternative and made a speedy purchase!
A swap may not have happened, but through a little bit of searching I managed to save around £350 – bargain! What’s your favourite app..and do you prefer to browse or buy??