#StyleWatch by Cathy Martin – West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK’s SS17 Launch
A bitter cold January didn’t stop a super stylish squad coming out in full force for the launch of Belfast FASHIONWEEK’s 23rd season. One of my all-time favourite events to start each year, it’s the perfect opportunity to catch up with my media, blogger and fashion friends, and to divulge the top trends for the season ahead.
First up on my style radar was the gorgeous Sarah Martin from Cameo. Owner of one of the newest boutiques to the FASHIONWEEK schedule this season, I love how she nailed the stripes trend with this beautiful blouse and paired it with a leather skirt and trainers. Her look is bang on and it just goes to show street style is something you don’t have to be 21 to rock.
Sticking with stripes West Coast Cooler’s official style insider Melissa Riddell, otherwise known for her voice as presenter of Cool Goes Quiet on Cool FM who popped a welcome splash of colour into the crowd with this neon green jacket from Diamond Dolls. The Aztec detailing adds a little extra interest to the usual stripe form we know so well and it’s a cool way to mix it up.
Monochrome was a strong look as always and I loved my co-presenter Rebecca McKinney’s simple but elegant jumpsuit from MaxMara. Perfectly tailored and form fitting to Rebecca’s beautiful curves and topping it all off, she was the envy of many as she sported those stunning Sophia Webster shoes.
Looking super chic is gorgeous photographer and #CMPRmodel Collette O’Neill, keeping it simple in another monochrome look. A white shirt is sharp and classic, something I adore, and I love how this look is completed with addition of those silver brogues, adding a nice metallic edge.
Maxmara gets another lap of love from me. I absolutely adored this all white everything ensemble, the Belfast store manager Nadine picked out for me; a pussy bow blouse and cigarette pant, paired with my go-to Jimmy Choo Anouk nude heels, simple yet stunning, if I do say so myself! I had to sneak a snap with blogger Louise Vance as we matched it out in white, and I’m loving her tap into the metallic trend, on-point for the season.
Lucy Stevenson was also sporting the metallic trend as she shimmered in these beautiful rose gold trousers. Paired with a black polo, a staple in my own wardrobe, it just goes to show how easy it is to dress a look up. Pulling it all together those black shoes with metallic flowers complete this look.
Back to black, Linda Stinson absolutely killed this look. I have this top from Please Don’t Tell and I’m loving what she’s done with it! Matched with the lace overlay skirt and a flurry of fur lining the neck of her coat, this look is all about tantalising texture. The red shoes win another total bonus point from me!
Another fashion blogger Danielle Donohue looked stylish in hues of blue and blush, I love how she paired these culottes with that stripe ruffled blouse, allowing her to add a little drama and a feminine feel to what can be quite an androgynous look.
Last but by no means least, check out the ever-dapper #cmprmodel and Specsavers Spectacle Wearer of the Year Derek Dubery. We can always rely on Derek to be a little more ‘out-there’ with his well-known quirky style, so this tweed heritage style jacket is nothing short of fabulous on this fella. His partner Lisa wore tweed also and they looked perfectly paired in this most traditional of fabrics.
If you missed our launch, don’t worry, you can still make our shows, some tickets are still available now at www.belfastfashionweek.com or alternatively, you can call the BFW office directly on 02890421509 for info on all our weekend events including the LAVAZZA Style Saturday brunch, Sushi Saturday at Zen and the flagship Style Sunday event at Coco on Mother’s Day (26 March) – why not give your mum the day off and treat her to a fabulously fashionable day out?