Sure what else would I be doing on a Wednesday evening in August…Hmm perhaps getting myself organised for my annual visit to the taxman in September, washing my flea-ridden pooch or hoovering my mouldy old car, I could think of a few, but instead I dusted off my finest (some very old leather pants with a hole in the crotch and a top I thought was rather cool but ended up being far too hot, geddit?)
WHAT – last night DublinTown launched the 2015 Dublin Fashion Festival.
WHEN – Taking place from Monday 7th September until Sunday 13th September, Dublin Fashion Festival will see over 200 retailers, restaurants, bars and hotels taking part in one of the liveliest events in the city.
WHO – Following in the footsteps of Laura Whitmore, Angela Scanlon and Amanda Byram, the face of this year’s festival is Pippa O’Connor.
THE DETAILS – Buyers, designers, bloggers, models, stylists, journalists and self-proclaimed fashionistas or whatever your having yourself flocked into Dublin’s City Hall and when I say flocked I amn’t being cute, like little fashion sheep, we flocked into the historic hall with fervour. The place was packed to the rafters and needed little in the way of embellishment. It was one of the finest evening’s we’ve had this summer, a good sign of things to come.
EATS – Meeting House provided the fruity concoctions and San Lorenzos created the tasty tapas.
The catwalk looks were provided by city stores including Brown Thomas, New Look, Karen Millen, Forever 21, Dunnes Stores, Arnotts, The Design Centre, River Island, Oasis, Coast, Louis Copeland, Lya Solis, Mary Grant, H&M Studio Collection, Benetton, Warehouse, Debenhams, Penneys, Bershka, Buffalo and Circus.
THE VERDICT – Each year Dublin’s very own fashion week gets bigger and better and is a great way of showing off homegrown talent and the city as a fashion hub. I loved the choice of City Hall for the launch last year and was delighted we were invited back there again. Looking forward to September already.
THREADS – I wore an AW15 Maje lace poloneck top and my reliable suede red platforms and leather pants.
Killian O’Sullivan was in charge of music and the beautiful models came from Assets and First Option.
And if you don’t already know DublinTown is Dublin City’s Business Improvement District (BID) a not-for-profit organisation charged with creating a welcoming and economically viable city environment.
It is a collective of 2,500 businesses in the city centre, from St Stephen’s Green to Parnell Street, and works with its partners to enhance the appeal of the City Centre as a place for shopping, recreation and business development. DublinTown is behind popular city festivals such as Dine in Dublin, The Dublin Fashion Festival and Dublin at Christmas. Richard Guiney is the CEO and Clyde Carroll is the Marketing and Communications Director.
A big thanks to Elevate PR who work tirelessly on these events and are so good to all of us plebs, kindly ensuring that my fat bottom gets a seat. Thanks Sadhbh, Claire and Aoife.