Belfast Fashion Week is back and this year it’s set to take the city by storm.

Returning from 19-22 March, with nightly catwalk shows plus the return of Sushi Saturday and Style Sunday, West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK Director Cathy Martin said: “Following on from a fantastic and remarkable milestone with our ten year celebrations last season, I am excited about showcasing the very best of our local designers and independent boutiques as well as international high street names once again this March.”

(L-R) Carys in Next, Aimee in Eadach by Sara O'Neill and Ashleigh in Next“And, as well as the catwalk shows, our new HQ in Bruce Street will also host a pop-up sushi and cocktail bar, courtesy of Belfast’s favourite Japanese and Asian venue Zen. This stylish, pre-show eaterie is the perfect complement to our “shop the show” boutique alley, where show-goers can browse the latest catwalk collections as well as purchase fashionable gifts.

“In terms of trends for this season, we welcome back some of our all-time favourite trends to the catwalk for Spring. Fashion fans should prepare for an array of zingy colour with a palette of citrus bursts – especially bright yellows and lime greens – jumping to the fore. An eclectic mix of vintage prints and fabrics inspired by fashions of the 1970s will also abound, with full flared trouser silhouettes and belted in waists everywhere. For evening, feminine ballerina shapes and fabrics give a delicate alternative to the bolder stripes, prints and colours for day wear.

Friday 20 March will see the latest collections from local designers and independent boutiques on the runway.  Confirmed to return are Blush and Jourdan from the Lisburn Road, Diamond Dolls and Spoilt Belle Boutique as well as designers Grainne Maher, Nor Lisa and Chloe Dougan, among others. FASHIONWEEK new-comers this season include Mimi’s Roadtrip boutique from Moy in Tyrone and The Style Retreat, Lisburn. Dundalk-based designer Gillian Leavy, as well as illustrator-turned-designer Sara O’Neill, who will showcase her Èadach collection, Catriona O’Prey designs, John Gerard O’Neill and Neil Coogan designs, Diana Mukushii and L’Or Dome are also coming on board for the first time.

For those unable to make the evening catwalk shows, the return of Sushi Saturday at the uber-chic Shiro is a welcome treat. The “Director’s Cut” fashion event showcases 36 of the best looks from across all shows at Belfast FASHIONWEEK, whilst guests enjoy a welcome West Coast Cooler cocktail and sushi platter – all for the bargain price of £25 per person.

????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Last, but definitely not least, the schedule will close in sumptuous style with the flagship Style Sunday luncheon at SHU on 22 March. This glamorous four course gourmet luncheon, which is run in association with Mencap NI, accompanies trend forecasts, a mini fashion show and the return of FASHIONWEEK Make-up artist Paddy McGurgan plus stylists from FASHIONWEEK’s hair partner who will host a mini masterclass on how to look fantastic throughout the winter. The lunch costs £45.00 per person and places can be booked directly through the restaurant on 02890381655.

The full show schedule is available online at  Catwalk tickets, which cost £20 (or £25 for a limited number of exclusive front row seats), are available from the Belfast Welcome Centre on 028 9024 6609 or via the website. Ticket price includes a fabulous goodie bag and a refreshing West Coast Cooler.

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