The end of the summer meant it was that time again in our little city of Belfast – the launch of West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK! I love the A/W launch because I am off work and I get to attend!
So of course the first dilemma is what to wear. A quick stop off at my favourite one stop shop, Outfit on Boucher Road, a grab of any suitable items for A/W before a very wet trip to the zoo, and a try on saved for later! But unlike my usual quick grab (the one where I buy five things thinking I’ll keep one and keeping all five), nothing I bought was suitable. And so to the wardrobe raid, a raid which has ultimately made me re-think my buying and am planning to sell before I buy again! Let’s see how long that will last?!
So I started out the day with blogger and friend TJ from Ginger Snaps Vintage as we were chauffeured to the launch in the official Belfast Fashion Week Citreön car.
In the quirky surroundings of Life Church, the home of Belfast Fashion Week, fashionistas and media were introduced to upcoming trends for the season. I loved the colour blocking – no prints or embellishments – each look was really striking. Two pieces that really stood out were by local designers Deux Cara (top centre) and below (I’ll tell you when I get there!) by Gordon Donaldson. The hints of the 70’s shone through in the colours and fabrics. And coming back on to the catwalks again for the season, a favourite of mine and the look I took for the day, monochrome.
This red skirt and crop top is the look by Gordon Donaldson!
Designer Gordon Donaldson (left) and design by Nor Lisa (right).
Designers John Gerard O’Neill and Neil Coogan with a piece from their A/W collection for Deux Cara and Lewis and Jamie from Beyond Man who will also being showing their collection this season.
I wore my Zara midi skirt along with a vintage sheer top with metallic beaded collar detail (this started out as a dress but after cutting off the skirt it became a top. It also has an opened, layered back which I tried to photograph but the detail wouldn’t show through.). And to top off the look, my favourite gold sparkly heels – well for the car journey and event anyway!
Shows begin on Thursday 15 October with an early start for the Men at 6pm before Designer Boutiques and Local Designers show their collections on the catwalk at 8pm.
Friday is High Street night before an array of events at Life Church on Saturday. First up, ‘To Be Beautiful’, a discussion focusing on body image, then the floor will be opened up to The Fashion Souk where local fashionistas set up their stalls to sell their pre-owned, vintage or recycled fashion. Meanwhile, Sushi Saturday will take place in a venue yet to be announced. And to complete the days events, Excel Clothing will take over the catwalk to show what they have on offer for A/W15.
As always, Fashion Week finishes up at Shu for Style Sunday in support of Action Cancer.
Get your tickets here and before the events, remember to check out my social media for all goings on backstage!
Local blogger Danielle recently opened her new boutique The Style Retreat in Lisburn Square. Being my local town, Lisburn used to be a place I’d visit regularly but as stores moved out of town, it became a place to just call into if I needed something and didn’t have time to go anywhere else! But with the addition of a new boutique, I have managed to get lured in again and can enjoy a wander and a browse.
I love the bright store, the spacious layout, the colours in the collections chosen by Danielle. This is a happy place to shop (and there is handy parking nearby, always a good start to your browsing time!)!
And being off on my summer holidays, sure what else did I have I to do?! I have been to a few fashion shows recently where The Style Retreat had pieces on the catwalk. I knew exactly some of the clothes I wanted to try, and I was keen to see what else was on offer. So here goes, any presentable photos from the try on!
And these are the lovely items Danielle gifted to me – thanks Danielle:)
First up, a bargain sale item (and the sale is still on – get in before it’s all gone!).
I love this two piece – originally modelled by Danielle on Instagram as a casual look – I plan to wear it with the tights and flats too!
And a new season piece, perfectly transitional as it covers more skin but it’s still light enough to deal with the changeable temperatures.
I love the geo print on this top, and I’m always lured in by monochrome!
I also love that Danielle has been making fashion available to everyone by creating an option for #StyleStops where basically The Style Retreat comes to your home. Danielle is also currently preparing to launch her new website, keep an eye out for this, but for now check out her current collections on offer in Lisburn Square or on Facebook.
We had our sports day in school last week – the memories of previous years; the sun shining, the need for ice lollies to cool down, the sun hats shading from the sun…okay well it doesn’t often happen, it may be a little wishful thinking, but seriously, this cold?! I wore 5 layers and it still took all afternoon to warm up!
Anyway, enough of the complaining, but a week later and I’m still thinking of how to prepare for this weather? My tips – don’t buy anything new, and less is most definitely more.
Go to your wardrobe and sort. Pull out those plain tees, shirts and single knit jumpers. Jeans of course are key to the minimalist look, simple ankle skimming trousers also work. Brogues top it off of course (socks hidden inside to add to the warmth!).
And then mix it up – add a statement necklace, a leather jacket, a hat. Or vary with the tuck on your top or the roll of the trousers.
Here’s what I’ve dragged out and have been wearing this week…
Easy peasy – you can’t get more minimalist than that;) Let’s hope my next post will be celebrating the summer which has finally arrived…now there’s some wishful thinking;)
I love to hear about local events, products and retailers, and when at a pop-up shop recently in Belfast, I discovered an inspirational collection from The Gallery Clothing Company.
Established in 2013, this is a company that aims to bring together art and fashion. With quotes ranging from ‘Fashion is a Canvas; You are the Artist’ to ‘We are the Dreamers, the Life Architects who shape our own destiny and live life the way it should be lived’, it is hard not be inspired! Managing Director Thom is clearly passionate about his brand – he managed to sell me two pieces;)
The idea is basically to exhibit art from local artists onto clothes – making it wearable fashion – in my favourite way, the printed t-shirt; my own living masterpiece! Designers include Emma Miller, an illustrator who specialises in portrait, Luke McClean, whose illustrations portray an attention to detail, Sara Bak, a photographer ‘with a big imagination’, Alastair Curran an abstract painter, Aoife Fox who specialises in printmaking and Peter Strain, an illustrator who takes inspiration from film, music and issues we deal with everyday.
And here is what I bought…
How I have been wearing my pieces…
And here is what I want to buy…
Lips £19.50 / Dark Night of the Sole Pocket Tee £29.50 / This is Art £19.50 / Flux £19.50
For an original piece of art/fashion, go take a look;)
The usual little collection from events, shopping and online. This is what is inspiring me as we step into the new season. And how my choices change as the sun finally arrives!
Spring/Summer 2015 from the High Street…
Outfit inspirations – prints and textures from Belfast Fashion Week…
Shop for me and my little one at Excel…
And for when the sun isn’t shining from McElhinneys… At the opening of Studio Souk… And to finish, this is my perfect setting. I could write so much more sitting in this little space…
Magazine inspirations to follow…