The first West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK of 2017 is set to offer up an eclectic mix of styles, trends and looks on the catwalk.
And if the recent launch taster is anything to go by be prepared to see some beautiful bold statement pieces as well as girly gingham and some movie-inspired pinstripes.
Running from March 23-26 at venues across the city, the busy schedule sees the return of the sell-out high street and designer runway shows alongside popular fashion fringe events Sushi Saturday at Asian favourite Zen, as well as Style Sunday.
Amongst the packed schedule of events is the stylish Lavazza Coffee Style Saturday brunch at Robinson & Cleaver on Saturday March 25 which will highlight key looks from across the fashion spectrum selected by some of the country’s top stylists including Courtney Smith and Cool FM’s Rebecca McKinney as well as London-based Jamie Russell and Lewis Cameron.
Speaking at the launch director Cathy Martin revealed that Spring/Summer 2017 would see a range of pastel colours dominate the day and shiny metallics light up the night for eveningwear.
She added: “This season there is a focus on fun with playful colours and bold statements being made everywhere. My favourites among all the trends include the palettes of pinks, yellows and blues, as well as gorgeous ginghams and loads of Beetlejuice-inspired stripes.”
Cathy also says the “feminine feel” of AW16 will also continue into SS17: “For eveningwear, there are mesmerizing metallics and sassy sequins which will satisfy all the fashion magpies out there.
“A feminine feel continues from AW16 with a tap into texture, so there’ll be loads more of romantic ruffles and playful plumes first seen on the Gucci, Chloe and Celine catwalks internationally.”
A make up masterclass courtesy of FASHIONWEEK’s new title make up sponsor, KARAJA is also planned while hair partners ALFAPARF Milano will ensure the models’ locks are luscious throughout all events by teaming up with some of the country’s best hair salons including Paul Stafford and Ben Close as well as Chrysalis and Scissor Sisters from Newry among others.
For further information and links to the full show schedule and tickets, go to www.belfastfashionweek.com. Catwalk tickets, which cost £20 (or £30 for a limited number of exclusive front row seats), are available from the Belfast Welcome Centre on 028 9024 6609 or via the website.
Sushi Saturday, Lavazza’s Style Saturday and the perfect Mother’s Day day out, Style Sunday, can be booked directly with the FASHIONWEEK team at 02890421509 or via firstname.lastname@example.org. Each show’s ticket price includes a goodie bag and a refreshing West Coast Cooler.