West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK is preparing to launch its twenty-fifth season in March with a four day fashion festival debuting some serious style for Spring/Summer 2018 and last week we attended the Press Launch to get a sneak peak into what trends we can expect to see over the coming months.
Lots of pastels, dusty tones such as lilac, pink, sage green and powder blue will definitely be the chosen colours for the new season. There is also a nod towards the 80s and 90s, as fashion gets nostalgic with dramatic silhouettes and textures think sequins, flattering silhouettes and nipped waistlines and slouchy silk pants.
Below are just some of my favourite pieces from the Press Launch and details of the full show schedule which kicks off on 22nd March. Make sure you bag yourself a ticket to one of the most coveted events of the year.
Lilac bomber jacket & deconstructed lilac jeans
Lilac oversize frill short dress with faux fur collar
Satin trackpants with split hem and stripe & Jaded London purple track jacket with AJ Morgan purple tinted sunglasses
Lilac jumper dress with pineapple bag
Miss Selfridge faux fur jacket with purple Paperbag trousers
Sister Jane satin lilac blouse & ASOS origami wrap pencil skit
Monki purple/lilac stripe logo dress
River Island green chunky knit roll neck sweater with Kevan Jon green leather skirt from Blush
Cabotine at Jourdan green dress
Topshop green stripe suit trousers and jacket
New Look green tunic dress with puff sleeves
ASOS red tulip skirt with Ombre knit jumper
Savida layered embellished pink blouse & top with ASOS pink embroidered floral skirt & pink embellished sunglasses
Alice McCall Lipstick print shirt suit
ASOS 80s pink pencil dress with frill collar
Pink maxi skirt & Lost Ink pink satin shirt with belt
Zara sequin & feather skirt with shimmer body suit
Missguided bright pink cut out dress with stripe fishnet socks
Amaryllis pink wool coat with River Island pink sweat shirt & beret plus Zara white high waisted trousers
ASOS bright pink bobble stick cardigan with pink satin skirt by Gordon Donaldson & embellished head piece by Grainne Maher
Sister Jane tiered midi dress with ruffled front in Ombre
ASOS pink sequin ruffle dress
Jaeger at The Outlet cashmere polo neck plus shorts, bag by Lover of Luxe
Topshop striped monochrome jumpsuit
Savida monochrome stripe jumper & stripe pencil skirt
Versace vintage polka dot blouse with Savida polka dot flares
Nor Lisa starry eyes skirt with Nor Lisa chiffon layer top & faux fur from Blush
Some behind the scenes pics – clockwise from top left – models backstage, Louise Vance (loulouvance) & Emily Hancock (stylemewithlove), Cathy Martin (CMPR) & Melissa Riddell (Cool FM), Katie Williamson (The Burning Wick), Lynne (life of a mum of 6) & Charlotte Tudge (charlotte_tudge_makeup), models, my squad, Katie Wiliamson, Michael Campbell, Cathy Martin, middle pic myself and Charlotte
The full show schedule is available online at www.belfastfashionweek.com along with details of this season’s trends plus links to all participant retailers and sponsors. Catwalk tickets for the main shows on 22 & 23 March in Belfast Cathedral, (which cost £20 or £30 for a limited number of exclusive front row seats), are available to purchase from Visit Belfast on 028 9024 6609 or via the links on www.belfastfashionweek.com. For reserved seats and groups of four or more, the BFW team can take direct bookings – just call 02890421509 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to place an order and reserve seats. The BFW team will also manage bookings for all other events including Sushi Saturday (£35) and the ‘F Words’ brunch (£29) on Saturday 24 March as well as Style Sunday (£45) on Sunday 25 March, which is in support of Action Cancer. Ticket price for all shows includes a refreshing West Coast Cooler on arrival.
photo credits Brendan Gallagher & Collette O’Neill