20 things you need to know about West Coast Cooler BelfastFASHIONWEEK's twentieth season!

Monday, October 12, 2015

This week marks the twentieth season of West Coast Cooler Belfast FASHIONWEEK AW’15 and I'm here to share with you 20 reasons why you shouldn't miss THE fashion event of the season! I’ll be covering all the shows as per usual so watch out for my smiling face on the FROW and check out all of my social media accounts for live FASHIONWEEK updates throughout the week!

1. FASHIONWEEK has seen many top fashionista's, models and designers grace it’s catwalk and FROW over the years, from celebrated designer JW Anderson to top model Sophie Anderton!

2. FASHIONWEEK is all about the new season trends, so expect to see lots of neon bright's, heritage tweeds and boho chic on the catwalk!

3. This season marks the debut of FASHIONWEEK’s first ever full Menswear show, including top brands Remus Uomo and DV8 taking part as well as local design talent such as Beyond Man Apparel, Jamie Russell, and innovative designs from some of the University of Ulster design graduates gracing the catwalk!
4. This season marks the return of the ever popular “Fashion Souk” so if you’re on the lookout for something a little different make sure to check it out at BFW HQ, Bruce St on Saturday 17th October!
5. Also taking place on Saturday 17th October at BFW HQ will be new body image symposium and workshop ‘To Be Beautiful’, featuring nutrition and body image experts as well as performer and body image campaigner Katie Richardson!

6. “Sushi Saturday: FASHIONWEEK The Director’s Cut” taking place on Saturday 17th October has found a new home……the ever stylish “Zen”! Having had a sneak peek at the specially created FASHIONWEEK menu, attendees are in for a fabulous lunch, complete with stunning fashion of course!

7. This season FASHIONWEEK will play host to a very special "Style Showdown" between Cool FM presenter Rebecca McKinney, fellow blogger Gemma-Louise Bond and yours truly! Tasked to style looks from the George at Asda range you can vote for your favourite look on the Belfast FASHIONWEEK Facebook page (Click HERE to vote for my #BohoPrincess look!) or on the night at the High Street Show on Friday 16th October!).

8. Over the years FASHIONWEEK has had many homes, from The Potthouse (can anyone remember  their glass floor!!!) to the Baby Grand, Stormont Parliament Buildings, and even the iconic Ulster Museum! Now BFWHQ is at Bruce Street, and with lots to do such as browse “Boutique Alley”, this location is proving to be a hit amongst fashionistas!

9. We have some amazing local designers who will be debuting their AW collections at FASHIONWEEK’s opening show on Thursday 15th October including Deux Cara and yours truly will be wearing one of their fabulous designs to the show! #fashionfrowmoment

10. Of course no FASHIONWEEK would be complete without the designer & independent boutique show on Thursday 15th October. Expect lots of cutting edge looks from our local design talent and lots of must have pieces from independent boutiques such as The Style Boutique and FASHIONWEEK favourite, Blush!

11. This season will see Italian restaurant Fratelli take over FASHIONWEEK’s pop up cocktail bar/eaterie, so expect lots of delicious cocktails and chichetti dishes!

12. Friday 16th October will see lots of exciting designs on the catwalk from our beloved High Street, from Oasis to Remus Uomo and not forgetting George at Asda!

13. For the second time Ireland’s largest online retailer Excel Clothing will have their very own stand-alone show on Saturday 17th October.

14. One of my favourite elements of FASHIONWEEK is finalé event, Style Sunday! THE perfect girly afternoon consisting of delicious food, fabulous wine and of course stunning fashion! This season the event will once again take place in the ever glamorous surroundings of Shu Restaurant!

15. Catwalk Style Vs Street Style! At FASHIONWEEK it’s just as important to check out the FROW as it is the catwalk! With many of NI’s top fashionista’s out in force, it’s so much fun to see how these “Style Queens & Kings” are rocking the latest trends!

Rocking last year's AW trends at BFW, but what shall I be wearing this week?!
16. FASHIONWEEK had a new makeup sponsor in the shape of SENNA Cosmetics with local make up artist Oonagh taking over the helm as lead artist, so expect to see the latest in make up trends from Oonagh’s fabulous team!

17. But what about hair? This season Italian hair brand ALFAPARF MILANO have brought together some of Northern Irelands’s top hairdressers - including Brenda Shankey, Michael Quinn, Bill Harris and Paul Stafford to create show stopping looks for the catwalk!

18. From FASHIONWEEK TV, to many of our top media publications and fashion bloggers, the press will be out in force to cover the shows, so watch out for those cameras and flashbulbs, I for one love reliving all the show action back on FASHIONWEEK TV!

19. Don't forget to check underneath your seat as you will find your coveted FASHIONWEEK goodie bags, full of stylish goodies!

20. Last but by no means least is the chance to catch up with everyone! I love catching up with all my fellow bloggers and friends at FASHIONWEEK and if you spot me wandering round, please come and say hello!

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