It’s that time of year again already when we must slowly start packing away our summer best…

But that’s okay – because if the Autumn Winter 15 Press Launch of West Coast Cooler Belfast Fashion Week is anything to go by, the fast-approaching season’s style is going to rejuvenate our wardrobe and breath some fresh life into our clothes.

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As the Belfast Fashion Week Press Launch so expertly displayed, it doesn’t have to be at a staggering price either, with some of the most show-stopping looks coming from the likes of dynamic and reasonably priced retailers DV8 Fashion, Exhibit at Castle Court and some fantastically amazing shoes from George at Asda.

The looks on offer certainly proved just how much we should look forward to ‘High Street Heaven’ – which promises to be one of Fashion Week’s biggest highlights, showing on Friday October 16.

Bringing the latest looks from the nation’s biggest and busiest stores including Next, Oasis, Warehouse, Remus Uomo, Superdry, Marks and Spencer and George at Asda as well as Dorothy Perkins, New Look, Designers at Debenhams and Miss Selfridge from Castle Court.

The launch show-cased a number of amazing show-stopping looks, with 20 of Ireland’s top models displaying the 20 hottest trends for the Autumn Winter season ahead, in celebration of West Coast Cooler Fashion Week reaching its twentieth amazing season.

Embracing this season’s hotly-tipped ballerina look, one of the stand-out looks of the day featured an edgy printed black tee teamed with a long black tutu skirt, pared with a gorgeous white Channel-inspired jacket, colour-popping cross-body handbag, and dramatic black heeled ankle boots.


Meanwhile, the suede shift dress by Marks & Spencer was effortlessly chic, and proved a real hit with the crowd, whilst the flattering midi-length, suede, ballerina skirts on offer incorporated three key trends at once and would prove a versatile alternative to this season’s form-fitting silhouettes.


Whilst the attention-grabbing evening dresses brought the showcase to an end with high-impact, shimmering, timeless Hollywood glamour and eye-catching colour, complete with high-voltage hair and dramatic make-up.


Speaking of the fashion at the launch Cathy advised, “In terms of trends for this season, fashion fans should prepare for a stunning palette of winter brights, particularly oranges and pinks, and these will be used a lot in modern, graphic prints as well as in bold, block colours. It’s also time to rummage through your Grandma’s wardrobe for inspiration, as tweeds and prints akin to chintzy interior fabrics abound.”


“In terms of fabrics and textures, winter often brings more interesting tactile looks, and this season suede and luxurious velvet are celebrated as well as a bit of fluff and fur.”

“Also jumping to the fore are the 1970s silhouettes – flattering flares and 80’s elbow and shoulder shapes are all acceptable, with a big focus on big blouses too. The 1980’s influences can also be seen with an eclectic mix of metallic fabrics and glitz galore, prepping wardrobes everywhere for the party season. As always, for Winter, layering should be the focus, not only to keep warm, but keeping wearers bang-on-trend.”

Claire Gunn in M&S, Stefania Egan in Deux Cara, Ashleigh Coyle in Blush

The full show schedule is available online at along with details of this season’s trends plus links to all participant retailers and sponsors.




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