Belfast Fashion Week made a triumphant return last week with a stunning Autumn Winter ’16 launch.

Following a hugely successful ‘coming-of- age’ 21st season in Spring, West Coast Cooler Fashion Week returns this Autumn for four days of fantastic fashion from October 20 – 23.

Featuring nightly catwalk shows and an array of fabulous fringe events including Style Sunday, a positive body image seminar for young girls in association with Little Women and a brand new ‘People’s Catwalk’ event – to name just a few.

CMPR models Adriana, Joy and Thandi, pictured at the AutumnWinter 16 launch of West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK wearing the latest looks from ONA by Agne and CastleCourt

CMPR models Adriana, Joy and Thandi, pictured at the AutumnWinter 16 launch of West Coast Cooler Fashion Week wearing the latest looks from ONA by Agne and CastleCourt

Featuring collections from top Northern Irish designers and independently owned boutiques, Thursday October 20 will see the catwalk come alive with style from the likes of the famous Blush Boutique, Grainne Maher at the Vault, Jourdan, Diamond Dolls, Deux Cara, Sands & Hall (formerly known as Cocoon Luxury Wear) and Spoilt Belle Boutique.

Whilst the catwalk will also be a chance to check out the latest newcomers to the Belfast fashion scene, in the form of accessory brand Zohara, alongside designers Laura O’Hanlon Millinery, knitwear brand ONA by Agne, plus recent fashion graduate Vijeta Lal in the Designer and Designer Boutique show.

CMPR model Adriana pictured at the Autumn/Winter 16 launch of West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK wearing the latest look ONA by Agne and CastleCourt

CMPR model Adriana pictured at the Autumn/Winter 16 launch of West Coast Cooler Fashion Week wearing the latest look ONA by Agne and CastleCourt

Style proceedings will continue with the High Street Heaven show on Friday, October 21.

Expect lashings of ruffles, biker babes and funky prints influenced by the Cubism trend this season, alongside head to toe monochrome looks.

But rest assured, this can be done in every colour – don’t let black & white rule your Winter wardrobe. As evidenced at the launch, monochrome can also be seen as a continuation of different shades throughout the same outfit.

CMPR models Nuala and Alex pictured at the Autumn/Winter 16 launch of West Coast Cooler Fashion Week wearing the latest looks from George at Asda, ONA by Agna, Next and Sands & Hall

CMPR models Nuala and Alex pictured at the Autumn/Winter 16 launch of West Coast Cooler Fashion Week wearing the latest looks from George at Asda, ONA by Agna, Next and Sands & Hall

We love the gorgeous autumnal look of burnt orange and shimmering satin bronze tones.

Bringing the latest looks from the nation’s biggest and busiest high street stores will be the likes of Next, Remus Uomo, Marks & Spencer, Oasis, DV8 Fashion and, not forgetting everyone’s favourite lingerie brand, Boux Avenue.

Alongside these names fashion favourites George at Asda will return plus an amazing range retailers from CastleCourt, including Designers at Debenhams, Miss Selfridge and Dorothy Perkins among others.

CMPR models Connor Schelling-Tisza and Carlos Djalo pictured at the Autumn/Winter 16 launch of West Coast Cooler Fashion Week wearing the latest looks from Remus Uomo

CMPR models Connor Schelling-Tisza and Carlos Djalo pictured at the Autumn/Winter 16 launch of West Coast Cooler Fashion Week wearing the latest looks from Remus Uomo

There’ll also be a Ju-Tox blogging event hosted by James Butler (AKA James Patrice); a People’s Catwalk (in which individuals can join the catwalk and spend the day living life as a model), a positive body image seminar, and will close in sumptuous style with the flagship Style Sunday luncheon at Deane’s at Queen’s on October, 23.

This glamorous four course gourmet luncheon, which is run in association with Action Cancer, accompanies trend forecasts, a mini fashion show and a mini masterclass from Fashion Week’s hair, style and make up partners.

Decoding the details of this season’s trends Fashion Week director Cathy Martin explained: “This is definitely proving to be my favourite Autumn/Winter season to date thanks to the array of super chic styles.

Aimee Boyle wears this beautiful burgundy full length gown, which she showcased to perfection on the catwalk

Aimee Boyle wears this beautiful burgundy full length gown, which she showcased to perfection

“We have the grungy Biker Babe who loves to lavish herself in leather and studs, as well as fashion for magpie types with an eye for a flash of metallic sheen. It doesn’t matter whether you choose full-on sequins or a more subtle shimmer, just as long as you’re shining, you’re doing it right.

“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 key 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.

Cathy Martin

“A personal favourite of mine is the ‘head-to-toe’ trend, where one colour is worn throughout the outfit.

“And speaking of colour, Burgundy is big, as is mink with variations on nude and blush remaining – and these are easy colours to wear head to toe, but the more daring can go for head-to- toe gold.

“Taking to outerwear, think British heritage with big, bold and beautiful Mackintosh coats alongside tweed jackets and blazers plus Sherlock Holmes-worthy capes, so it’s definitely one of the more sensible trends for our Northern Irish weather.”

Check out belfastfashionweek.com for more info including details of all events and how to grab your tickets!

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