Category Archives: 2013

Belfast Fashion Week returns for its sixteenth season in the city!

The change of season from summer to winter is never a welcomed one, but there is one silver lining – the return of West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK of course, which brings all the cosy winter fashion must-haves to help see fashionistas through the cold and miserable winter months. 

Belfast Fashion Week BFW

Enthusiastic fashion fans were out in force at the Fitzwilliam Hotel in Belfast last month, for the launch of the city’s sixteenth FASHIONWEEK event. The brunch event showcased a selection of looks from participant retailers and designers while director Cathy Martin outlined key looks for the season ahead from Ireland’s favourite fashion event.

This season’s events will run over four days from 10-13 October across various venues in Belfast but with the key catwalk shows returning to the iconic Ulster Museum in Botanic Gardens.  Following on the success of spring/summer shows, the contemporary and minimalist atrium at the historic building will once again be transformed into a fashion haven as hundreds of fashion fans gather to celebrate winter style.

Cathy Martin, director of FASHIONWEEK added: “We have a very busy schedule this season – and we have teamed up with Belfast City Council’s Restaurant Week to share some events, which is great for the city as a whole – but ideal for foodies and fashionistas”.

“In terms of trends to look out for this season, the key colours and patterns include deep reds and burgundy, pale pink hues, plaid and leopard print.  Texture is important too and we can expect to see leather, velvet, lace and chiffon as well as lots of embellishments.  As for shapes, design and cut – the turtleneck and poloneck are both back, and new this season are sexy thigh high splits on skirts and dresses as well as large oversized coats and capes.”

The city’s independent retailers and boutiques will kick off FASHIONWEEK on Thursday 10 October with CRUISE, Liberty Blue, Blush, Helen McAlinden and Diamond Dolls in Banbridge all confirmed to take part. In a move off the runway this season, leading designer Una Rodden will also host an exclusive and intimate fashion installation that evening, where her fashion will become art, in an alluring display of fabric, textile and texture.

Then for the ever popular High Street catwalk show, which sees the return of Next, Jigsaw, Mexx, CastleCourt, M&S, Oasis, Heaton’s and George at Asda – among others.

Saturday 12 October sees a busy, jam packed itinerary of chic events.  The popular Fashion Souk at Spire’s Mall will be selling vintage and previously owned pieces from 10am – 2pm, swiftly followed by a delicious Fashion Tea at the Merchant Hotel where designer emporium CRUISE will showcase their high end collections from Victoria Beckham, Armani, Vivienne Westwood and Marchesa, among others. This up-close-and-personal look at the season’s top end designer collections is an intimate and indulgent way to enjoy fashion at its most elegant.

Saturday evening will play host to some unique creations from our local talent with the popular designer night.  This season Nor Lisa, Goddess and Swift, Ruedi Maguire and Grainne Maher, among others, will all take part; dazzling crowds with their creative and quirky designs which never fail to impress the crowd. Lucky students from across Northern Ireland will also feature on the catwalk with selected outfits from the secondary school competition Junk Kouture, which challenges students to create fashion art from junk and recycled materials.

Also on the Saturday schedule is the ever popular highlight of the Diet Coke Design Award, which is back for the fourth year running. The award seeks to reward aspiring design talent – from design students to style fans with a passion for fashion.  Three stylistas will be shortlisted to have their ideas and sketches made up by designer Una Rodden and showcased on the catwalk at the finale night’s show on Saturday 12 October, where judges will decide which lucky fashionista will go on to win a mini scholarship to the London College of Fashion plus a shoot with photographer Khara Pringle.

Last but by no means least is Style Sunday, which will take place this season at SHU restaurant on Sunday 13 October from 1-5pm in association with Mencap.  This glamorous four course gourmet luncheon accompanies trend forecasts, a mini fashion show and seasonal style tips from some of the country’s top style experts. It is very often sold out within days of being launched.  Tickets cost £45.00 per person. Places can be booked directly through the restaurant on 028 9038 1655.

Once again, hair partner Andrew Mulvenna and his team will be tending to the tresses of all the models throughout the week and if previous seasons are anything to go by, we can expect to be blown away by his creativity.  Andrew said, “This autumn/winter I’ll be focusing on four key looks for women. 

“‘The Lady Undone’ is a quirky asymmetric version of Dusty Springfield but with a fresher look; ‘The Woman Warrior’ is all about volume – high at the sides, with hair pulled back from the face, channelling the power blow-dry which was really popular in the 90s; ‘Church Girl’ is a sweet angelic centre parted look in the style of grace Kelly only sleeker and more modern.  Lastly, we’ll be exploring with ‘The Tuck In’ which is the practice of creating a shorter look by tucking length into collars as well as making use of braids to create necklaces and collars.”

Throughout the week, breast cancer charity Pretty‘n’Pink will collect funds at all shows to support women who need to feel better about themselves after undergoing debilitating breast cancer surgery or treatment.

The full show schedule and design competition details are all available online at along with details of this season’s trends plus links to all participant retailers and sponsors.  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.

Schedule of shows:

  • Thursday 10 October 8pm, Designer Boutiques show
  • Friday 11 October – Fashion Friday Lunch demo – James Street South Restaurant
  • Friday 11 October 6-8pm Fashionweek at the Fitz! Private cocktail party with prizes up for grabs
  • Friday 11 October 8pm High Street Fashion Show, Ulster Museum
  • Saturday 12 October 10am – 2pm –  Fashion Souk at Spire’s Mall
  • Saturday 12 October 2pm – Fashion Tea, CRUISE designer emporium at The Merchant, showcasing Victoria Beckham, Armani, Vivienne Westwood, Marchesa etc 
  • Saturday 12 October 8pm NI Designers show and winner announcement of the Diet Coke Design Award, Ulster Museum
  • Sunday 13 October 1pm – 5pm Style Sunday, SHU Belfast

Warm up your life with these Autumn / Winter 2013 Hair Trends

As Autumn / Winter approaches, not only will we want to warm up our homes, we want to warm up our skin tones as well. One of the best ways to do this is by changing our hair colour. Don’t panic! It can be a subtle as a tonal change or as dramatic as a total colour choice.

 Here are my predictions on hot colour trends this upcoming season !



Light blondes have gone stark and slightly colourless in sun this glorious summer but no need to darken it down just soften and warm it up by the injection of soft buttery blonde tones. Add this in pieces through your hair if your feeling nervous and you will still keep your light brightness it just melts warmth into the hair giving shine and a healthy glow.

For the more adventurous blondes, this seasons trend is colouring in a slightly darker hue at the roots, blending into glistening honey tones in the ends. Nicole Ritchie wears this technique perfectly, giving an effortless natural feel!


Kate Middleton Hair

We are looking at deep rich velvety Browns with accent tones of auburn. This gives the hair a deep gloss with warm lustrous tones that would grace any red carpet comfortably.

Red Heads

Celebrity Hair

Red is very much back in trend thanks to celebs like Paloma Faith! For us red heads this season we can go two ways the first is a softer natural tonal injection of luxurious Tuscan tones giving you an earthy warm feel. This will give your colour that boost back to life it needs to gleam. If your red is loud and proud, revitalise your colour with vibrant fiery tones to bring your red ablaze!

With these predictions you can warm up your life in more ways than one !!!!

Catwalk looks for Men

Thanks to the like of David Beckham, male grooming is the norm now and guys are following trends closely,  if not closer than us ladies !!! So this blog is dedicated to men only .

To see emerging style the best place to look for inspiration is the catwalk and none better than Milan, here’s just a few of Milano 2014 predictions.

 On the Savatore Ferragamo show one of the prominent styles was  the ‘trendy Fringe’ .

Savatore Ferragamo Trendy Fringe

To make the fringe the visual part of this haircut the sides and back are a traditional short style all graduating to the fringe , leaving a long fringe to pull across the forehead giving a modern groomed look. Adding the smallest bit of a spray wax and pulled in to position to recreate this look, one of my favourites to confess!

 If short short is not your ‘thing’ no worries because House of Etro models trended a slightly longer look. A very cool look that is easy to wear! A tousled casual style just slicked back with a little gel to add texture and hold it in position giving that effortless too cool for school look!!!!

House of Etro Fringe Tousled

 For our longer haired gents do not despair because longer graced the runaway as well ! These tresses were reflecting a feel of those early rock years. This edgy style is so easily achieve by just scrunching in a small amount of mousse to give that texture and oomph !!

long mens hair catwalk runway 2014

 The wild card on the runway is not for the faint hearted and was in the one and only Vivienne Westwood show ( can you tell she’s one of my favourites ) . Vivienne pushes it outside the box again by having her models sport bandanas on the catwalk! Us ladies love them on bad hair days so guys why not give it try!!

Vivienne Westwood Bandana Runwalk Catwalk 2014

Now guys there’s no excuse for not be a Milano man we’ve got the weather now you’ve got styles !!!

PRODUCT REVIEW: Headline Colour Nail Polish in Gunmetal

I received this nail varnish a couple weeks back and today is the first time I used it. I guess I thought it wasn’t a very summery colour, but thats ok as Im not feeling very summery today anyway so it suits my mood 🙂

Headline Colours Nail Polish in 'Gunmetal'

Headline Colours Nail Polish in ‘Gunmetal’

This is ‘Gunmetal’ Nail Polish by Headline Colours. It is prices at £9 for a 10ml bottle. I’m pleased to say that the quality of the polish matches the price.

The consistency of the varnish is nice, its not too runny and delivers the right amount of pigment.Headline Colours Nail Polish in 'Gunmetal'

You need two coats max. of this varnish. I applied a Rimmel Basecoat just to prevent any staining of the nails which you so often get with dark coloured varnishes.

The Gunmetal Polish is part of Headline Colours A/W 2012 -13 Collection, which I don’t really understand, surely it should be 2012 or 2013. Anyway, its a lovely colour and catches the light beautifully. It can appear lighter or darker depending on your position to the light. Headline Colours Nail Polish in 'Gunmetal'

You can check out some of Headline Colours other Nail Polishes on their website at

Spring/Summer 2013 Makeup

S/S 2013 is all about the fresh-faced look, but that doesn’t mean that you brave the outside world bare-faced! 

Recently I worked on set for the Nor Lisa Fashion S/S 13 Collection and I incorporated a few fresh-faced looks into the photoshoot. 

You should note that it can take as much work to create a fresh look as it does to create and heavier smokey look. Its all about colour-balancing, concealing, light contouring and highlighting to make the skin appear luminous. 

Here are a few shots taken during the photoshoot. I would love to hear your thoughts.



Clothing Designer – Nor Lisa Fashion
Jewellery – Rebro Jewellery
Model – Diona Doherty/Alicia Connolly
Makeup Artist – Nuala Campbell
Photographer – Green Apple Photography
Photo Editing/Retouching – Nuala Campbell

I’m Loving the new Bobbi Brown Pink & Red Collection!


With Valentines Day just round the corner, us girls really do love to make that extra effort. Whether you are simply wooing your man or casting out the net for a new one, Bobbi Brown have ensured we have everything we need to make ourselves irresistible this V-Day!

Bobbi Brown recently launched their new Pink & Red Collection, whether you prefer the classic and sophisticated Reds or the light and playful Pinks, you will find something to suit you. Here are some of my favourites from the Limited Edition Collection.


Nothing makes a woman look prettier than a pop of blush. This translucent, lightweight formula gives cheeks a tint of healthy,natural-looking colour.
Shades: Sheer Pink and Sheer Cherry


A splash of these new nail colours on fingers and toes completes any look and fits any mood.
Shades: Pink Valentine and Valentine


This super sheer formula enhances lips and makes bold colours easily wearable. Wear it on its own or on top of your lipstick for extra shine.
Shades: Cherry and Pretty in Pink


A unique matte lipstick formula that combines the look of a classic matte lip with incredible wearability that lasts for up to 8 hours.
Shades: Hot and Heart

What do you think of the new collection?

Keep Shining!

Whatever you do this season, do it in style!

‘Tis the season to be glam, feel fabulous and party. Whether your going from the office to a post work party or just trying to find a cute nail colour to match your cosy Christmas jumper, Winter 2012 nail trends have something for everyone.

Here are my favorite picks from this seasons delectable shades.
Nude Chanel Le Vernis in Frenzy

Chanel Le Vernis in Frenzy

This light taupe with a cream finish shade screams subtle french glamour thats effortless. One chic Chanel treat we can all afford even after our pressies are all bought in.
Deep BlueYSL La Laque Couture in Blue Mamoiselle

YSL La Laque Couture in Blue Mamoiselle

Deep Blue 
A great way to incorporate this seasons oh so hot Jewel tones trend with this dazzling cobalt blue statement shade perfect with your little black dress.
Oxblood OPI in Bastille My Heart

OPI in Bastille My Heart

A luxe and sophisticated colour that adds a dramatic edge to your Xmas look, a sexy accompaniment to Brocade and Metallics.
OPI- The Man With The Golden Gun

OPI- The Man With The Golden Gun

If you fancy adding that little bit of something different to your nails this season adding a reflective gold leaf accent nail OPI- The Man With The Golden Gun is 18k of gorgeousness, or a matte finish to your chosen shade gives it a whole new depth Nails Inc- Westminster Bridge Matte Top Coat is great and dries evenly and quickly.
What ever shade you go for this year I hope you all have a very Merry Nailmass!
Debbie xx