20 Things In Store At Belfast Fashion Week 2015

Two weeks ago, I attended the very glam Belfast Fashion Week press launch, alongside some fellow bloggers, fashionistas and members of the press, as we eagerly awaited the inside scoop on what is in store for Belfast Fashion Week’s twentieth season. In keeping with their them, 20 models strutted their stuff through BFW HQ at 12:20 on the 20th August, so to carry on this not-so-subtle theme, I have compiled my own list of 20 things that lie in store for anyone planning to enjoy the Belfast Fashion Week festivities this season.

  1. A brand new winter wish list – Like every season of fashion week, there’s no doubt that I’ll come out with a wish list as long as my arm, which brings me to item number two!
  2. The Fashion Souk at BFW HQ – Back in the good old days at The Spires Mall, there was nothing better than searching through the rails and tables of Belfast’s Fashion Souk, and the BFW team are bringing it back just in time for this fashionable weekend. Coincidentally, I just did a HUGE wardrobe clear-out, so a stand at this event could be on the cards for me if I want to afford my wish list!
  3. Menswear Show – Sharply dressed men, sauntering down the catwalk – need I say more?
  4. Winter brights – Anyone who knows me knows that I hate winter clothes, even if that puts me in the minority. Jumpers, coats and layering just don’t do it for me, and I hate the dull and neutral tones that typically define the AW season. Thankfully, this season is set to change my mind, with a host of bright tones to liven up my winter wardrobe. How soon can I go shopping?

    Brights Square

  5. Sushi Saturday @ The Perch – I have a confession to make… I don’t like sushi. I think it comes from my crippling fear of fish. But what I do love is The Perch, which is why I can’t wait for this stylish event as part of Belfast Fashion Week. For people who can’t make the catwalk shows, this is the perfect chance to see the ‘Director’s Cut’, showcasing the best of all shows with a relish West Coast Cooler cocktail. And sushi… but I can overlook that part!
  6. Granny chic – It’s time to wear your grandma’s clothes and… yep, you’ve guessed it, look INCREDIBLE. Granny chic is so on point this season, it’s scary, so embrace the chintzy fabrics and granny’s curtain-esque patterns – or you could always rummage in your granny’s wardrobe – call it vintage!

    Granny Square

  7. To Be Beautiful Body Image Symposium – One thing I love about Belfast Fashion Week is the fact that it embraces all body sizes, and even includes some plus-size alternatives on the High Street Catwalk, but this year BFW are encouraging us all to love our bodies, no matter what shape or size it may be. This symposium will be led by Katie Richardson… be sure to check out her Ted Talk for a taste of what’s in store.
  8. A chance to wear my New York purchases – This year, Fashion Week falls at the absolute best time. Running from the 15th-18th October, it is the week directly following my trip to New York, meaning that I will have plenty of new purchases to show off at the catwalk shows.
  9. Deux Cara – I make no secret of the fact that Deux Cara is without a doubt my favourite label on the designer catwalk. With show-stopping red carpet looks, they ALWAYS deliver. Some day I will have an event fabulous enough to warrant a Deux Cara purpose, but for now I will have to lust over them from afar.
  10. Metallics – The party season is fast approaching, and whilst I mightn’t be able to stretch to purchase a Deux Cara gown, I can certainly add some metallic to my life to add some va-va-voom to my wardrobe. Nor Lisa’s metallic maxi dress absolutely stole the show at the Fashion Week launch and I can’t wait to see what else is in store from this trend.
  11. Cocoon Luxury Wear – A few weeks back, Belfast Fashion Week’s boss lady Cathy Martin shared some gorgeous tweed coats that will be appearing on the catwalk this season and I’m in love! -insert heart eyes emoji here –
  12. The goodie bag – If the catwalk shows’ goodie bags are as good as the press launch, we are in for a serious treat. Upon leaving the press launch, I was lucky enough to snag one of the goodie bags and was SERIOUSLY impressed at how heavy it was. Upon taking it home, it certainly didn’t disappoint, with cinema tickets, spa vouchers, popcorn, hair products and fake tan – what a haul!
  13. West Coast Cooler – What is Belfast Fashion Week without a West Coast Cooler? It is the symbol of the catwalk show, and a delicious refreshment as we mill around the Bruce Street headquarters… what could be better?
  14. George at ASDA
  15. A great excuse to wear flats – Remember how I mentioned granny chic? It comes with the bonus of flat shoes. Think brogues, TOMs and other such comfy delights – even flat Chelsea Boots will save your toes from the terror of uncomfortable high heels. YAY!
  16. Back at Bruce Street – Looking back on the past few seasons of Belfast Fashion Week, it looks like it has truly found its home at the LIFE Church on Bruce Street. Once again, this quirky church will be transformed into a fashionable grotto, complete with fairy lights, inspirational quotes and some pop-ups from selected designers on the evening.
  17. Fratelli cicchetti –  First of all, say that one five times fast… quite the tongue twister. But back to the subject at hand – BFW have struck up a partnership with Fratelli, that absolutely delicious Italian restaurant on Great Victoria Street, which means lots of delicious cicchetti on offer for the catwalk shows. Yum yum yum, I can practically hear my tummy rumbling in anticipation.
  18. Fresh hair and make-up – At Belfast Fashion Week, the hair and make-up on each and every model is always absolutely flawless, but a shake-up of the hair and make-up partners for the season should see something fresh and fabulous. I can’t wait to see what they have in store.
  19. Electric Alphabet – The first thing to catch my eye as I walked through the doors of Belfast Fashion Week was its Electric Alphabet, easily the most Instagrammable feature of the day. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the cliched blogger snap as I was too busy chatting (typical me), so maybe the catwalk shows will be my big moment!
  20. Velvet – The last time I wore velvet, I was 8, I still wore ‘pedal-pushers’, and they reached their bitter end when I ripped them on a barbed wire fence, but I have a good feeling about this trend. Some of the trends on the catwalk looked effortlessly chic, and I can’t wait to try them out for myself!


What are you most looking forward to this season at Belfast Fashion Week? Let me know in the comments!


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Maeve says:

    Very pleased to hear granny chic is in haha! 🙂
    Maeve // Thrift O’Clock


  2. Sarah says:

    I like the granny chic clothes! Oh that goodie bag…yum. 🙂


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