That’s West Coast Cooler Belfast FASHIONWEEK over for another season folks and what a ‘week’ it was !
We were backstage for all three shows at the Ulster Museum and it’s an experience .
Friday night was High Street fashion night with FASHIONWEEK regular, The OUTLET in Banbridge presenting their high-end designs from L.K. Bennett, Jaeger and Armani Exchange.
Then, with collections from Designers at Debenhams, Dorothy Perkins, Miss Selfridge, GAP, Dune, Burton, Exhibit, Blue Inc and many more, was city centre shopping centre, CastleCourt.
As if that wasn’t enough, we were then treated to even more new collections from Marks & Spencer, Mexx, Jigsaw and Heatons.
Belfast FASHIONWEEK is a well oiled machine and now in its 9th year, the fashion shows run like clockwork. Backstage everything is organised and everyone has their role. There are a lot of people back there with fashion stylists, makeup artists, hair stylists, the CMPR team and not forgetting the models, the designers, the boss ( Cathy Martin) and her co host, Katie Larmour. Throw me into the mix with my iPhone in hand ready to take a few fun or serious shots, and you’ve got a busy area.
Let’s not forget that on High Street night, there is a seperate kids room as well, and a whole team especially for them!
After hair and makeup, Cathy gathers everyone around backstage for a pre show brief, and meanwhile out in the museum, the music is pumped up, the lights dim and the show gets ready to start.
Cathy and Katie head out onto the catwalk and welcome everyone, the models start queueing backstage, Sean Loughran gets ready to manage the running order and timings, and we’re off.
The models start their night of quick fashion changes, the stylists make sure everything is good to go, and the audience watch another FASHIONWEEK night of inspiration for their Winter wardrobe.
Mostly it runs perfectly backstage but sometimes you get the odd hitch which the audience never see, like a pair of shoes which don’t fit and need changed, or a designer spotting a fabulous dress they’ve designed put on the wrong way round with just seconds to spare. Thankfully these are rare, but they do happen, and the audience would never know.
Meanwhile I’m there, taking it all in with my camera phone in hand and having fun !!
Here are the Friday photos…