Review: WCC FashionWeek Leads The Way In Northern Ireland Style

14886341_348101065554192_1176257945_nWith Halloween drawing to a close of course it’s time to think about Christmas and, most importantly, how to do it in style. From casual warm shopping styles to those fancy Christmas party and dinner invites, what better way to see what’s out and what’s in than at West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK?

Every year I look forward to Belfast Fashion Week – it’s the season that all the fashionistas look forward to and this year was not going to disappoint. There were so many different events over four days it was hard to attend them all (and believe me, I wanted to).

The events included Designer Boutiques and Local Designers, and High Street, which kicked the week off and I was able to attend both in Life Church Belfast. The Saturday was jammed packed with so many fantastic events, from Little Women: The Body Image Seminar, a meet and great with Instagram-Famous Sophia Mitchell, Sushi Saturday and The People’s Catwalk, which gives fashion lovers of all ages the chance to be a model for the day and take to the catwalk.

Imagine sitting in a chair, getting your make up and hair professionally done, trying on some amazing outfits, getting a photoshoot and getting strut your stuff down the catwalk just like the professionals? This was all for £80 which is a bargain to anyone for such an amazing experience.

Sunday saw the closing of Belfast FASHIONWEEK with lunch at Deane’s at Queens and this was in support of Action Cancer, which as you all know is a charity that is close to my heart.

Arriving at Belfast FASHIONWEEK feels incredible. You walk in, get your picture taken and are welcomed with a refreshing glass of West Coast Cooler (your choice of Original or Rose – it is a hard choice as I love both so it took me a minute!).

Designer: Nor Lisa

Designer: Nor Lisa

If you’re lucky to get style spotted you get a lovely prize. This years style spotter was the lovely style blogger Love Lauren- she didn’t see me, but I was gutted as I thought I did well considering I was bunged up with the flu. What was going on, Lauren? I deserved a prize!

The staff were so friendly and helpful in showing us to our seats. Then the show started with the beautiful CMPR’s FASHIONWEEK director Cathy Martin and Cool FM’s Rebecca McKinney introducing the line up, what to expect and welcoming us all to this fabulous night.

They also drew attention to breast awareness and how important it is to check your breasts regularly – something we all find hard to remember to do but is ever so important.

A little card was placed in your goody bag to show you just how to do it right. Yes, I did say goody bag people! On your seat you get a free goody bag packed with loads of treats to take home with you.

The first night I think I had the best seat in the house – when the show started I was able to watch each model walk the whole way up and down the catwalk front row. I loved this as you could see everything about the garments how they looked from each angle.

There was one dress in particular made by one of my favourite designers, Nor Lisa, that I fell in love with. The way the dress flowed behind as the model walked was just stunning. I already own quite a few Nor Lisa pieces and am keen to add this to the collection. The second night (High Street) front row was a little harder to see as I’m such a shorty but it was still as fabulous as the first.

14907872_348101062220859_1765785385_oThroughout both nights we witnessed fabulous creations from Local designers such as Blush Boutique, Jourdan, Diamond Dolls, Sands and Hall, Nor Lisa and so many more, and the second night saw popular high street store fall collections such as Next, DV8, Marks and Spencer, Oasis, Boux Avenue, and George at Asda.

This fall, expect to see lots of sequins and sparkles that are perfect for all those Christmas events: Metallics to muted monochromes, cute feminine frills and ruffles, blushes, beige’s and bold burgundies.

A tweedy heritage trend and some of the capes were stunning, and there were biker leathers in a massive range of colours. The yellow leather skirt fashioned by the stunning Rebecca Maguire really caught my eye. Let’s face it, Rebecca could make a bin bag look amazing, but this skirt was so different and daring; something I wouldn’t usually dare go for yet it looked incredible on the model.

If you have never been to West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK you are definitely missing out. It is an amazing experience and a must see event to prepare you for fall season style.

There are so many people front of house and behind the scenes that work hard to put Belfast FASHIONWEEK together and each and every year it is a huge success. Men and women both attend and everyone is welcomed in a warm and friendly manner.

Keep your eye out next year for the Spring/Summer 2017 event and grab your tickets soon. You will be so glad you did! A huge congratulations to all for another successful FASHIONWEEK and thank you so much to everyone at CMPR for accommodating me and my Girlband girls “Sorority”. We had a ball – until next year!