Belfast Fashion Week SS13 Launch

Girls, it’s time to mark these dates into your stylish diaries as, Belfast’s favourite fashion event is returning for its fifteenth season this coming March. West Coast Cooler Fashion Week will be running from 21st-24th March in Belfast’s beautiful and iconic Ulster Museum and it’s not an event to be missed.


I attended FashionWeek’s AW12 shows in October and I can tell you they are the stylish pulse of the city. I sat in awe as each show debuted an array of stunning collections from Northern Ireland boutiques, high street retailers and fabulous local designers within Northern Ireland. I had an amazing time and I can’t wait to attend this coming season’s shows.


Having launched officially on Friday 25th January at the magnificent and newly refurbished Ulster Museum, we were all given a sneak peek at what to expect for this coming Spring/Summer 13.

Cathy Martin, Director of FASHIONWEEK had this to say, “I love spring/summer fashion, it is always fresh and fun – not to mention a welcome break from all those drab, dreary days! Our fashion team have put together a great guide that lists all the latest trends, as well predicting what will be filling the shops this coming season!”

“The best thing about FASHIONWEEK is that we are primarily a consumer event – meaning we put the customer at the forefront of minds when styling our outfits. Our style team take into consideration the latest trends and pull outfits from great Northern Irish designers, high street stores and beautiful boutiques to create wearable, fashionable outfits for everyone, that are literally available to buy once they step off the catwalk.”

“Fashion is always changing but one thing that never goes out of style is the ability to feel great in your clothes. FASHIONWEEK is a live example of how to put this season’s clothes together, ensuring you are most definitely the most stylish version of yourself.”

Trends that we can expect to this at this season’s Belfast Fashion Week include pretty pastels, striking stripes, flirty florals, night-time neons and graphic prints. The retro look is back too as fashion goes nostalgic for the 90s. Girl’s, it’s time to pull out your army jackets, dungarees and the classic double demin combination. Just make sure it’s a stylish version!

Now that the dates have been set, I’ll have to start thinking about my outfits for this year. The styles that I wore at last years show were very much AW trends so it will be nice to showcase my favourite spring/summer looks.


(Last years outfits that I wore. Very much winter looks!)

West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK, which will take place from 21-24 March across various venues in the city will include chic afternoon teas at the Merchant Hotel, win a wardrobe competition and the super stylish Style Sunday event at James Street South restaurant as well as the main catwalk shows in the Ulster Museum.


Catwalk shows will showcase key retailers from the high street as well as local boutiques and up and coming local designers including Una Rodden, Grainne Maher & Lisa McCabe. All main catwalk shows will take place at 8pm at the Ulster Museum with Fashion Teas and Style Sunday taking place on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 March as usual. Tickets for the main catwalk shows cost £20 and are available at the Belfast Welcome Centre. Style Sunday costs £45 for a three course meal and intimate fashion show – tickets available from James Street South – while the Fashion Tea cost £30 with tickets available from the Merchant Hotel directly.

For further information on West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK log onto: or and look out for updates.

Hope you’re all having a great weekend! 🙂


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