Firstly apologies for my lack of posts – the plan was to write during Fashion Week, however as the week got busier, this became impossible!
But I’m back to round it all up now – this may take a few posts!
So first up, what was on the catwalk? The great thing about Belfast Fashion Week is that everything you see, you can buy now. When I went to be part of the audience, I came equipped with my pen ready to highlight the options for my new season wardrobe. Now backstage, the temptation to try is all on is quite overwhelming!
And here are my favourites from the High Street. The brights…
Next – Cigarette Trousers £28, Quilted Top £28, Necklace £16
Next – Lemon Shift Dress £25
Mexx – Coral Skirt £49, Acid Yellow Sleeveless Blouse £32, Beachbag 40
George at Asda – White Lion Swimsuit £12, Coin Necklace £8, Gold Bangles £5
Castlecourt – Lace Crop Top £14.99, Floral Shorts £14.99
Mexx – Pale Denim Jeans £49,Silk T-Shirt Dress£49
Miss Selfridge – Grey Printed Dress £45, Blazer £45
Next – Striped Tee £16, High Waisted Shorts £35
M&S – Limited Edition Blouse £35, Denim Shorts £29.50
George at Asda – Sheer Panel Tee £12, Jaquard Shorts £12, Sunglasses £3.50
The statement piece…
M&S – Limited White Shirt £29.50, Limited Cigarette Trousers £39
Argento – Necklace £18
Miss Selfridge – Top £35, Shorts £35, Necklace £12.50
Make-up by Paddy McGurgan
My ultimate high street favourites…
Benetton – Brown Linen Tee £29.50, Navy & White Stripe Jacket £75, Green Trousers £33
George at Asda – Powder Blue Dress £16, Round Sunglasses £3.50, White Jewelled Necklace £12
Now to the designers…
Goddess & Swift
The statement piece…
A touch of beauty…
Goddess & Swift
And my favourite…
Have you been inspired for Spring/Summer?
Thanks to Lisa at CMPR and Brendan Gallagher for all the photos.
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!!).
So while behind the scenes, I had my camera on hand to document my experience. Now I have never claimed to be a photographer, but hopefully this will give you a little snapshop of the action!
Front of house preparation…
Behind the scenes preparation…
Getting ready for the catwalk.
The models in their ready to wear collections.
Stepping out in style…
Fashion with Cruise at The Merchant
Next BFW post will be my favourites – from the official photographers!
Last week life became a little busier than normal – I was beginning my new 3 day job backstage at Belfast FASHIONWEEK. Normally during fashion week, I am happily sitting in the audience, checking out all the ready to wear style, having a peek in my goodie bag, checking out the local personal style.
This time however, I had the opportunity to work as a stylist behind the scenes. Well actually, I had the opportunity to do a lot of new things. So from the audience seat, where it all looks so easy, the hours before the show told a different tale!
On arrival I was assigned to a model. As this was my first time, I was working beside another volunteer stylist. Together we checked the lists of clothes, sorted the outfits into running order, which accessories go with which piece, fitting the models, and general preparation for the beginning of the show.
The next job was to prepare the main room where it would all happen – from carpet laying, to seating arrangements, setting out goodie bags – and then squeezing in a quick gingerbread latte before it all began!
I had two jobs – front of house and styling. As the guests began to arrive I was armed with a clipboard and with the help of the CMPR team, we showed the guests to their seats. As the lights dimmed, I rushed to the dressing room, ready to see the models in their first outfit. As the music began, the first steps were taken onto the catwalk!
The buzz behind the scenes was unreal – the changes were fast paced and of course the clothes looked even better on the models than they looked on a rail! Following each change, the previous outfit was rehung and labelled to ensure all pieces were returned to the correct designer or store exactly as they were found.
At the end of the show, the models, wearing their casual clothes and catwalk styled hair and make-up quickly left the building as we returned the venue for the shows back to a museum! The chairs were re-stacked, the rails sorted into stores and the floors cleared of rubbish – not all glamorous I’m afraid!! But for me, it was an amazing experience:)
Working backstage I didn’t have to think too hard about what I was wearing – black and comfortable was the rule. So here are my backstage outfits…
Killah High tops, River Island vest, ASOS leather mini, Cardigan
Soaked in Luxury long shirt, Oasis wetlook leggings, Aldo boots, Aztec necklace
Vintage shawl, Dorothy Perkins stripy tee (as seen here), Oasis leather look trousers, Vagabond silver brogues, Warehouse bag Pluck & Devour Ampersand
So this is post one about my fashion week adventure – next up fashion and tips as blogging routine resumes (apologies for the sporadic posts!).
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 http://www.belfastfashionweek.com or call the Belfast Welcome Centre on 028 90 246609 for tickets.
Hopefully see you there!