Despite the heavy snow, power cuts and all round crazy weather, Belfast Fashion Week, heated up the Ulster Museum as they showcased the hottest designers and local boutiques that Northern Ireland has to offer.
Cathy Martin, Director of FASHIONWEEK said: “The weather outside may be grim but it certainly hasn’t put a dampener on our show tonight. It was touch and go for a while as we lost power for around half an hour, but our audience came for a show and a show is what we gave them”.
She said: “The designer/boutique show is always very popular and a favourite of many as it brings so much variety, creativity and flair to the FASHIONWEEK runway and this season has been no different. Our dedicated fans at last night’s event were treated to an array of stunning, glamorous and one-of-a-kind designs sashaying down the catwalk delighting all who set their eyes on them.”
Diamond Dolls from Banbridge and vintage store Jacob Street in Belfast lit up the Ulster Museum alongside chic Belfast boutiques Jourdan and Blush from the Lisburn Road. These locally owned boutiques were complemented by a whole host of talent in the form of designers Una Rodden, Grainne Maher, Ruedi Maguire of the RUEDI range, and guest designer Alexandra Heath. Locally owned and nationally successful jewellery store Argento also made an appearance as its wide range of chic accessories added the final touch to many of the outfits.
Una Rodden Collection
Regular participant and well-known designer in Northern Ireland and beyond, Una Rodden showed off more of her beautiful designs which have won her a legion of celebrity fans including Nadine Coyle, Mischa Barton and Christine Bleakley; she said: “I love FASHIONWEEK, there’s a great buzz at the shows and not only do I very much enjoy and relish the opportunity to introduce my designs to existing and new customers, but I also love catching up with other like-minded people in the industry and witnessing first-hand the talents of our home-grown designers. Northern Ireland has some fantastic creative talent and it’s wonderful that FASHIONWEEK provides such a great platform for both distinguished and up-and-coming designers.”
It just shows you that the stylish ladies of Northern Ireland will brace rain, hail or snow to take their seat at NI’s hottest fashion show. Needless to say, it was a very successful night.