This week I have had to come to terms with a rather difficult and emotional time in my life, something I cant avoid, something I know to definitely be occurring and something I am deeply saddened by…this week, brings forth the end of summer. Major sad face.
Let’s be real, I’m a summer lover. I hate winter. It’s cold, it’s wet, it’s windy, I hate wearing layers, I hate dark mornings and the equally dark nights. I mean what is the point!?!
There are some good things of course thrown in there, like Halloween, pumpkin spice lattes, Christmas, the party season and the wave of new and exciting clothing collections and window displays that usher in a surge of exhilaration to the retail trade here in Northern Ireland.
Enter Belfast’s West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK, arriving just in time to ensure the post summer blues are washed away in a sea of autumnal designs as metallics, pleats, ruffles, neutrals and vintage inspired velvets take over to welcome in AW16 with a gloriously stylish bang. Bye bye sunshine, hello glitz, glamour and partywear goals.
Throwing major Chanel vibes in the form of luxurious tweeds and feminine tailoring, alongside chic ready work-wear ensembles, WCCFW press launch took us through a day in the life of every modern day woman, no matter their age or daily routine. Telling the story of how to adapt and excel your wardrobe whatever the occasion.
And that’s exactly the mantra at Fashionweek HQ, showcasing the variety and diversity from the host of designers, boutiques, international and local brands alike to transform your A/W #ootd into catwalk inspired looks of perfection from head to toe.
Decoding the details of this season’s trends, FASHIONWEEK director Cathy Martin said,
‘This is definitely proving to be my favourite Autumn/Winter season to date thanks to the array of super chic styles…Ruffles and flowing frills from Spring/Summer are spilling over into Autumn, but in richer fabrics and colours. Knitwear is 3-dimensional with chunky and textured being the key words here. Velvet’s the main fabric to note this season, so think malevolent glam that is both fierce and feminine. Wear it crushed, coloured or top-to-toe and you’ll be runway ready.’
Anything with the words malevolent, fierce and textured has me 100% on board. And with that, I’m away to sit out in the sun before it fades for another 9 months.
Autumn/Winter is coming.
Lewis R Cameron
Thurs Oct 20: Designer/Designer Boutique
Fri Oct 21: High Street Heaven
Sat Oct 22: Ju-Tox Blogging Event, People’s Catwalk
Sun Oct 23: Style Sunday
The full show schedule is available online at www.belfastfashionweek.com.
Catwalk tickets are priced at £20 (or £30 for limited number of front row seats) available from the Belfast Welcome Centre or via the website. Tickets include a goodie bag and refreshing West Coast Cooler.
Photography: Mitchell Cahoon
Hair: Brenda Shankey
Make-Up: Oonagh Boman