Belfast Fashion Week – Opening Night!

How delighted was I to be offered a ticket for the opening night of Belfast Fashion Week 2012! When I started my little blog in January, I never thought that a mere 2 months later, I would be sashaying my way through the Europa Hotel, sipping on a West Coast Cooler and admiring some high-end runway fashion. But first things first…what did I wear? Here’s me almost on the runway…

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Blazer – ASOS, Dress – River Island, Shoeboots – M&S
I wore what I always wear when I’m not sure what to wear. Clean, simple lines and heels. You can’t go wrong. 
But back to the task at hand…what did I see on my evening out?
 Well, lots more than the show itself as I had a great time chatting to the suppliers that had set up on the foyer. After I hauled myself away from The Sugar Room‘s cupcake stand, I stopped to chat to Belfast Fashion Week’s official eyewear partner, William Morris London. Robert got me to try on lots of their trendy frames and introduced me to Jonathan Keys, the local stockist of his range. There then followed a rambling conversation about how far back in the Keys family tree Jonathan and I are related. I’ll not bore you with the details!
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Local Optician (& v v distant cousin) Jonathan Keys
with Eyewear Designer, Robert William Morris
Next, I spoke to Karen and Claire from Uniquely Different, a local company that hand makes fabulous jewellery. The girls told me they make only one of each piece (hence the name) and also provide a bespoke service, children’s jewellery making parties and evening jewellery events in your own home.
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Karen & Claire from Uniquely Different (loving Karen’s orange tights – stunning!)
Finally, just before the lights went down, I had a quick chat with Grainne Maskey, who is an Independent Stylist for the celebrities’ favourite, Stella & Dot jewellery. Grainne was so excited to have some of her pieces on the catwalk later on – and I can confirm they were gorgeous, especially this Medina Bib Necklace.
But I was there for the fashion and was not disappointed by the lineup. Several independent boutiques were showing their wares, including Candy Plum in Hillsborough, Natoria in Larne, Yoke Clothing, Belfast and Logans Fashions of Cloughmills…
Catwalk Belfast Fashion Week   Opening Night!
OK, so being really practical, I can’t see myself wearing much of this on the school run but it has inspired me to get some more colour out – I’m sure we are going to have an amazing summer this year! 
Favourite outfit of the night and the one most likely to make it to the school gate, is this ensemble from Candy Plum:
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John Smedley Cardigan, J Brand skinnies & Mercy Delta Scarf from Candy Plum, Hillsborough
A final thanks to Katrina and the team at Sugahfix Belfast and Sean at Cathy Martin PR for the opportunity to come along to the show. But back to porridge, (i.e. practical fashion for busy women) tomorrow girls icon smile Belfast Fashion Week   Opening Night!

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4 Comments

  1. Lovely post Avril! Looks like you had a great evening! You looked fab:)
    ~Anne

  2. I second that , you look amazing. V chic!

  3. your dress is beautiful Avril. I’ve never seen anything that elegant in River Island. you have a great eye.

    Lana xx

  4. Thank you girls, your comments are so lovely and really appreciated. I had such a great night xx