Posts Tagged ‘Belfast FASHIONWEEK’

The Charity Challenge

If you are a frequent reader here at silverbrogues, you will know I love a few things in the world of fashion.  I love quirky – things that are wearable, but a little different.  I love local – it is so important to support local talent.  I love styling – I could spend hours looking at pictures in magazines and online, and mixing and matching; trying new out outfit combinations.  I love a good bargain.  And I say ‘love’ a lot!!

I was recently set a challenge by Cathy Martin at CMPR, the very busy lady in charge of the hardworking team behind Belfast FASHIONWEEK.  After spending many years in the audience, last year I worked behind the scenes at FASHIONWEEK (you can read a little about it here).  This year, I intend to go back behind the scenes (more details will follow on this year’s shows), but I will also be part of the catwalk collections too.  I’m beyond excited!

I have teamed up with Cancer Research (thanks to Avril at School Gate Style for the referral!) to style ten outfits selected from their charity stores, ready for your Spring/Summer wardrobe.  After the show, the outfits shown on the catwalk will be available to buy in the charity’s pop-up store.

This is way out of my comfort zone – I love personal styling but when I completed my styling course, this was the part I found most challenging.  I know what clothes suit different people, I can work with your wardrobe to help you feel good about your clothes and yourself, I’ll encourage you to take a chance and try something new, but when it comes to focusing on trends to create a look, I run away a little scared – but then I come back with my take on it;)

So what is my take?? Well, for that you will have to wait and see, but it is not just about mix and matching clothes to make an outfit, it’s about making your wardrobe wearable, making it style that works for you!

But for now, I’m off to empty the bags of goodies I have gathered, wait and see what happens…!


Photograph: Alamy in The Guardian

If you would like to buy tickets for this event, head on over to West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK (keep Friday 21 March free!!).


Prepare yourself!

I will admit it now…I have started thinking about my Christmas outfit.  I love getting dressed up and these days I don’t often get the chance, so when I know an occasion is coming I like to get thinking!

My first temptations came during The Merchant Fashion Teas at Belfast FASHIONWEEK.  The store with the temptations is Cruise (online and in Victoria Square, Belfast), and here’s what I saw…

I’m really loving Victoria Beckham’s A/W collection…

Of course leather had to feature – a huge trend this season.

I haven’t really fallen in love with the contrast sleeve look but I may just have fallen in love with this dress?!

Maybe just one more Victoria Beckham…

And here it is, this is the purchase I want to make.  Thankfully the price tag has fewer digits than some of my other favourites.  I’m off to try this on!!

Oh, and I added in a few coats, just because it’s getting cold!  I actually prefer this one in black but you can see the detail better in Camel.

So maybe I’ve managed to get carried away again but it’s always nice to look at beautiful things, enjoy!


Another designer moment

So earlier I posted about a competition currently open for any creative talents out there, now I want to show you a few pictures of the finalists from the Diet Coke Design Award.  Three designs were led down the catwalk at Belfast FASHIONWEEK by their designers.

First a look at the runners up…


Lucy McElwaine


Scott Wilson

And the winner is… Gordon Donaldson with his design ‘Pink Ice’.

Gordon said ‘The concept of my design was to demonstrate the best of the past 30 years of fashion and to create an outfit which was both classic and sophisticated through making use of classic cuts, colours and sumptuous fabrics.  It’s stylish, sophisticated and timeless…’


‘Pink Ice’ – pink a-line skirt with grey sheer chiffon top.

A few more ideas, a bit more inspiration, if you are even a little tempted, get designing!

Thanks to Lisa at CMPR for the photos!


A bit of junk, and voila!

I love this.  The term used for competitors in the Junk Kouture Recycling Fashion Competition – Trashionistas!  You may have worked out – it’s a bit of trash, mixed with some fashion and there you have it, a new design!

This competition, which is supported by Bank of Ireland and European Recycling Platform, is the leading fashion and art competition for secondary school students across Ireland.  I previously wrote a post showcasing last year’s winners, but the competition has opened again for the fourth year.  So before I show you a few inspirational designs from last year which were shown on the catwalk at Belfast FASHIONWEEK, let me remind anyone with a little creative talent who thinks this challenge might be for them – you have to be in secondary level education in Ireland, and your entry has to be submitted by 31 January 2014.  That’s it!

So have a look, feel inspired, get your pencil and raid the rubbish…

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Junk Kouture design students with Founder Elizabeth Curran.


‘Scrapyard Elegance’ crafted from newspapers, tin cans and CDs.
Amy Connon from St Louis Grammar School


‘Recycled Confidence’ by Karolina Sedyte from Magh Ene College.


‘Lady Luck’ made from paper, cardboard and old playing cards.
Jessica Mellor from St Fanchae College


‘Skin Deep’ created using zips, wires and scrap metal.
Aoife Porter from Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana


Chloe Mooney from Ballybay Community College in ‘Apolalypse Queen’.

Find out more information at Junk Kouture.

Thanks to Lucy at CMPR for the photos:)


Time for Fashion!

So it has come around again, now in it’s sixteenth season, West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK! My blog began during S/S FASHIONWEEK this year, so this would have been my first official launch as a Fashion Blogger. Unfortunately, however I didn’t make it to the launch as I was on holiday – devastated! I wasn’t even within the range of Internet access to keep up with social media on the day’s events. But thankfully, Lisa at CMPR was on the case and had the info and pictures e-mailed over (thanks Lisa!).

So what is on offer this year?? Well with the opening show being held in the iconic Ulster Museum in Belfast, my favourite venue of FASHIONWEEK so far, we can only hope for an exciting preview of A/W ready to buy collections! And, adding to the excitement, it is also Belfast City Council’s Restaurant Week meaning events may coincide – food and fashion, okay then!!

Firstly, a few tips from Cathy Martin, director of FASHIONWEEK;

In terms of trends to look out for this season, the key colours and patterns include deep reds and burgundy, pale pink hues, plaid and leopard print. Texture is important too and we can expect to see leather, velvet, lace and chiffon as well as lots of embellishments. As for shapes, design and cut – the turtleneck and poloneck are both back, and new this season are sexy thigh high splits on skirts and dresses as well as large oversized coats and capes.

Andrew Mulvenna will be adding to the fashion by re-creating the hair trends;

The Lady Undone’ is a quirky asymmetric version of Dusty Springfield but with a fresher look; ‘The Woman Warrior’ is all about volume – high at the sides, with hair pulled back from the face, channelling the power blow-dry which was really popular in the 90s; ‘Church Girl’ is a sweet angelic centre parted look in the style of grace Kelly only sleeker and more modern. Lastly, we’ll be exploring with ‘The Tuck In’ which is the practice of creating a shorter look by tucking length into collars as well as making use of braids to create necklaces and collars.

Now, open your diary and pencil the dates in;)

On Thursday 10 October you can enjoy the Designer Boutique Show, showcasing CRUISE, Liberty Blue, Blush, Helen McAlinden and Diamond Dolls. Local designer Una Rodden will also host an intimate display of fashion on the opening night.

Fashion Friday begins with lunch at James St South, and continues with the High Street Show back in the Ulster Museum with Oasis, M&S and Castlecourt among the stores showing.

Saturday begins with The Fashion Souk in Spire’s Mall from 10am-2pm, moving on to a Fashion Tea at The Merchant Hotel with CRUISE showing their collections within the elegant and indulgent surroundings. And to finish the day off, local designers will show off their unique creations on the catwalk – including a few of my favourites having already featured here on silverbrogues – Grainne Maher, Goddess and Swift and Junk Couture!

This may come as a little reminder to you (check out Get Sketching! – there is still time to enter!!) – The Diet Coke Design Award winner will also be announced on Saturday night. Three of the designs will have been created by Una Rodden to walk the catwalk before the judges choose the winning entry.

And finally, to conclude Belfast FASHIONWEEK’s events, Style Sunday, in association with Mencap, takes place in Shu from 1pm-5pm. Not only do attendees get to savour a four course gourmet lunch, but they will get to watch a mini fashion show and hear about all the trends and seasonal tips from Northern Ireland’s style experts.

To top it all off, if you are planning to attend any of the shows, The Fitzwilliam Hotel, who also hosted the recent launch of FASHIONWEEK, will be offering pre or post show nibbles accompanied by their own FASHIONWEEK inspired cocktails!

Charity ‘Pretty’n’Pink’ will also be collecting at the shows to support women who have been affected by Breast Cancer.

For any further information and to buy tickets, go to or call the Belfast Welcome Centre on 028 90 246609 for tickets.

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