Last week, the gorgeous Belfast Fashion Week models took to the catwalk to show off the best of Autumn/Winter 2014. In true Belfast Fashion Week style, guests were treated to a series of three catwalk shows, celebrating the best of Northern Ireland’s online retailer, Excel Clothing and, of course, the high-street trends.
As a high-street shopper through and through, I adore high-street night at Belfast Fashion Week, and this year was no exception. I was lucky enough to spend some time before the show getting to know the team from George at ASDA over a cocktail and some delicious sushi, before joining them on the FROW, which is always the best way to see Belfast Fashion Week.
On the high street show, Cathy Martin said: “Our high street stores really shone brightly on the catwalk last night, and audience members enjoyed wave after beautiful wave of gorgeous autumn/winter collections featuring the very best of this season’s colours – red, green and royal blue, as well as trends metallics, tartan, capes and cloaks and so much more.”
With looks from The OUTLET, Castle Court, Marks and Spencer, Phase Eight, Oasis, Next and much more, it was a packed show. And of course, the best part of Belfast Fashion Week is that the looks seen on the runway are already ines, just waiting to be purchased – although it has a dreadful effect on my bank account!
The catwalk was brimming with gorgeous new trends, but which were my favourites? Take a look at some of my stand-out looks from the show:
The trend: Drape yourself from head-to-toe in scarlet this season and make a statement with your winter wears. From a bright and bold reds to a softer coral shade, reds are the must-have colour of the season, particularly in coats, jumpsuits and knits.
My verdict: Without a doubt, DV8 were the frontrunners in red, with a show stopping strapless jumpsuit, a faux-leather midi skirt and a tartan sweater among just some of their gorgeous looks. However, I simply couldn’t take my eyes off both Marks and Spencer’s skirt and sweater combo, and ASDA’s beautiful wide-legged jumpsuit. Anyone who knows me will know that I have a bit of an addiction to jumpsuits, so this will definitely be purchased before the end of the week.
The trend: Pegged as another glamorous trend for the winter, green has found popularity for the first time in a number of seasons. Combined beautifully with metallics and spotted in both casual knitwear and sophisticated evening gowns, it is shaping up to be an incredibly versatile colour for the months ahead.
My verdict: Green may be everywhere on the high-street, but it was the elegant evening wear that stole the show in this shade – and there was something to suit every price range. Should you be shopping on a budget, Quiz showed off their stunning metallic maxi drew, with elegant long sleeves and drawing upon the season’s love of metallics. However, if you have the cash to splash, The OUTLET’s gold and green Versace gown, reduced from £700 to just £280, is bound to be flying off the shelves.
The trend: This is the closest that you will ever get to being able to leave the house with a blanket, still looking effortlessly stylish. The blanket cape is undoubtedly the most comfortable trend of 2014. Wear it as a shrug, or use a belt to transform the cape into an entirely new outfit.
My verdict: This is one trend I simply have to invest in. Blanket capes are all over the high street, but my personal favourite has to be the Navajo Cape by Oasis. Bearing striking resemblance to that monogrammed Burberry cape worn by Olivia Palermo and Cara Delevingne, it is a must-have. Also, for a gorgeous blanket cape, which also takes advantage of the plaid trend, New Look (pictured) will satisfy your needs to be on trend without going over budget.
The trend: If you prefer a softer look to the bold and bracing red, there is still a great deal of pink on the high street, waiting to be snapped up. Choose from fairytale pastels to hot pinks and even metallics as you build up a gorgeous winter collection. Next up is the floral dress from Oasis, adding a splash of colour to your autumn collection, as will the bold pink coat from DV8. Finally, a touch of elegance is just a purchase away with Miss Selfridge’s dainty playsuit.
My verdict: Pink is one of my favourite colours, and my wardrobe is full of pink blouses and t-shirts, but this trend is all over the high street, in varied items of clothing, so I can’t wait to top up my wardrobe with some trousers, dresses and perhaps even a coat. For a striking all-over look, next should be your one-stop shop, with an outfit that can be worn so many different ways as separates, or together as a statement suit.
The trend: If blanket capes are recorded as the most comfortable trend of 2014, fur is definitely the most luxurious. Nothing says luxury better than a fur coat, hat or even a shrug and the high street is brimming with this cosy creations.
My verdict: I have already invested in my fur for the season, with a gorgeous brown fur coat that I am wearing with just about everything, but I got so much more inspiration from the Belfast Fashion Week catwalk, that I might just make another purchase. My personal favourites were the monochrome fur coat from DV8, and the George at ASDA’s pink fur coat.
The trend: A popular look last winter as well as for the current season, tartan is a great winter look. It’s woollen textures and warm shades are perfect for layering, and lend themselves well to scarves and coats. The high street have excelled with this trend, so be sure to invest in some key items.
My verdict: Oasis is definitely going to be my first port of call for tartan this season, particularly for their pink tartan skirt and scarf, which was styled beautifully on the Belfast Fashion Week catwalk. However, for that one item to bring your outfit to life, Next’s monochrome tartan coat has an incredibly wearable style.
Thank you very much to Michael Bradley for the fantastic imagery.