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We’ve all gone Stripe crazy!

One of the biggest trends defining spring / summer 2013 is quirky stripes!  You can’t look anywhere without seeing them and the best part is, there are so many that it would be difficult to find something that doesn’t suit you!  Stand out in striking stripes this season no matter the occasion! 

Casey – Office Me  http://www.rebrojewellery.com  £38.00

Casey – Office Me
http://www.rebrojewellery.com
£38.00

I just love when trends team up and nautical is a trend that’s been going for the last few seasons.  This necklace is handmade by a local Irish designer and can be customised to suit any look by changing colour, style or length! What’s not to love!

Top Shop Stripe Print Satchel  www.topshop.com    £34.00

Top Shop Stripe Print Satchel
http://www.topshop.com
£34.00

Satchels have been very much on trend for the last few seasons so it’s fantastic to find an item that hits two trends at once!  This item is great to add a trendy up-to-date look to an existing item.  If I were you, I would go crazy and match with a bright pink or yellow dress!

Models Own WAH Nail Transfers - Stripes  www.asos.com  £7.00

Models Own WAH Nail Transfers – Stripes
http://www.asos.com
£7.00

More of a beauty girl than a fashion girl?  Then you’re in luck, we have just the thing for you to get your fix.  These very cool nail transfers are an easy way to get the trend everyone is raving about without having to break the bank.  Wear with a cute light shirt, black trousers and a colour block bag to be office chic.

House of Holland Striped Skinny Jeans  www.urbanoutfitters.co.uk  £140.00

House of Holland Striped Skinny Jeans
http://www.urbanoutfitters.co.uk
£140.00

These super skinny jeans really appeal to the rock chick in me.  I’ve always loved a beetle juice inspired jean, but I’m falling madly in love with these cool purple ones from house of Holland.  They are so versatile yet still striking that the looks you could create from these are endless.

Taiga Wet Look Panel Tee  http://www.missguided.co.uk  £15.99

Taiga Wet Look Panel Tee
http://www.missguided.co.uk
£15.99

One of the strangest spring / summer trends I’ve ever seen has to be leather look garments, in saying that, it weirdly works!  Don’t go all Goth though, team up with cute short shorts or bright pink jeans to keep that summer feeling alive!

1950s stripe Panel Dress  www.nor-lisa.com  £99.00

1950s stripe Panel Dress
http://www.nor-lisa.com
£99.00

This 1950s shaped dress is very flattering on most body shapes and is key on trend with its block colours and bold stripes.  Great for a wedding reception or a evening holiday dress.  The cotton material means its breathable for even the hottest of weather.

Hope you enjoyed the read and get busy buying!  Check back soon!

Stand out this season in Neon’s…

Shine bright this summer even if the weather is dreary, in this season’s super trendy Neon looks.  Straight from the catwalk this trend is guaranteed to stun.

Asos.com Equipment Skylar Sleeveless Shirt in Silk with Raw Edging £217.00 NOW £173.50

Asos.com
Equipment Skylar Sleeveless Shirt in Silk with Raw Edging
£217.00 NOW £173.50

I’m loving this super cute Skylar shirt by Equipment. It’s made from a delicate silk chiffon for a floaty feminine look, then finished off with raw edge trims which makes this sleeveless silk shirt has a little edge also. I would team this up with a pair of black leggings and some studded patent sandals for a hot rock chick look.

Topshop.com  Neon Flower Collar  Price: £28.00

Topshop.com
Neon Flower Collar
Price: £28.00

If you simply want to add some bright colours to your ensemble this Spring then look no further than this Neon collar by Freedom at Topshop. This is a two-toned Neon Collar with neon pink and yellow flowers on gold look metal. Wear this with almost anything from a casual pair of shorts and plain tee, to a show-stopping evening dress, you are sure to look fabulous.

Zara.com  COLORED METHACRYLATE BOX BAG  £19.99

Zara.com
COLORED METHACRYLATE BOX BAG
£19.99

If you’re a girl who likes to travel light then you’ll love neon orange methacrylate box bag only at Zara.com. This box bag is small enough to be used as a makeup bag or even a purse so you’ll definitely get the use out of this bargain buy. As you can see on the catwalk this season, Burberry show their super stylish transparent hand bags. These bags are a big hit this season so don’t miss out!

Newlook.com  bambam Neon Aztec Print Shorts  Was £49.99 Now £44.99

Newlook.com
bambam Neon Aztec Print Shorts
Was £49.99 Now £44.99

Want to stay on trend this season? Then follow the fashion tribe with these funky printed Aztec raw edge shorts with adorable neon embroidery across the front. They are finished off with all over stud design on the reverse with single detailing on the pocket. These printed Aztec shorts would be perfect with a rock tee or with a Tank top especially if you’re partying at this summer’s hottest festivals.

Misguided.co.uk  Arbre Striped Backpack in Pink  £22.99

Misguided.co.uk
Arbre Striped Backpack in Pink
£22.99

If your loving the geek chic trend this season as well as the striped trend,  you’ll definitely love this striped canvas bag pack in neon pink colour. With simple buckle fastenings and adjustable straps to suit all sizes. So whether you’re in your teens or maybe a little older, you’ll look darling with this backpack. Wear this with a simple ensemble so that your bag can stand out in style or if you like that over the top look then I’d also wear stripes with this cute bag.

 

S/S 2013 FASHION ALERT!

Simple but striking stripes

Moschino, Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs.

Moschino, Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs.

This summer the tradional stripe is rocking the catwalk with horizontal and vertical stripes in all shapes, sizes and colours from the biggest names in fashion. Every striped pattern piece whether it be a simple mono-chrome striped summer dress for that classic look or a gorgeous evening gown with both horizontal and vertical stripes be sure to impress with this seasons show stopping stripes!

Sports Redux

Prabal Gurung, Lacoste, Victoria Beckham, David Koma.

Prabal Gurung, Lacoste, Victoria Beckham, David Koma.

Who said sportswear was only to be worn during sports, well think again with these super trendy Sports Redux designs .This trend would suit any shape or size with its fabulous and relaxed tracksuits and cute and trendy tennis dresses in a variety of colours from this season’s hottest colour palette.

Magic Eye Prints

Peter Pilotto, Mary Katrantzou, Kenzo, Louise Gray.

Peter Pilotto, Mary Katrantzou, Kenzo, Louise Gray.

I love this seasons Magic Eye prints with their quirky patterns and playful designs with some prints with warm colours mixed up with highlight colours given that contrast look. I especially like the prints from Dolce and Gabbanas’ S/S 2013 Collection because it’s full of fun and colourful prints which really make you realize that it is summer!

Dolce and Gabbana S/S 2013

Dolce and Gabbana S/S 2013

Modern Frills

alenciaga, J.W. Anderson, Gucci, Givenchy.

alenciaga, J.W. Anderson, Gucci, Givenchy.

When you think frills you automatically think boring traditional summer dresses with frills from ear to ear but this season frills are modern and very imaginative, full of structure and shape which really makes you appreciate them. From huge structured frills to smaller and relaxed frills which are very feminine and casual. Whether you’re a girlie girl or a girl who likes some edge then this season Modern Frills will have you wanting more.

Dark Summer

Prada, Theyskens' Theory, Miu Miu.

Prada, Theyskens’ Theory, Miu Miu.

If you’re like myself and like some dark tones in the summer then you’ll love this trend called Dark Summer. It’s all in the name, this trend contains some simple dark designs like you would have in the winter, though in lighter and breathable fabrics for those warm summer days, so I say why ditch the little black dress till winter and let it free this summer. We also see a lot of designs with darker tones contrasted with some gorgeous bright prints which stand out so if you do love a little colour then you’ll like this especially.

Jealousy-Jumpers!

Ever get the feeling that your jumper is weighing you down? Give your closet a lift with these gorgeous and  quirky jumpers. We have decided to carefully choose our top favourite jumpers. You would be surprised with how many types of jumpers there are! From over-sized jumpers to quirky slogan jumpers, these cute little numbers will certainly create some envy.

Topshop.com  Knitted Mirror Eagle Jumper  £55.00

Topshop.com
Knitted Mirror Eagle Jumper
£55.00

If you are the type of person who likes to keep warm, whilst still looking good then you’ll love this cream and black knitted Mirror Eagle jumper from Topshop. It’s a little pricey but I guarantee that you will literally live in this jumper! Wear this over-sized jumper with a pair of black leggings and a pair of ankle boots for that casual laid back look.

UrbanOutfitters.com  Cooperative Striped Eyelash Jumper  Was £45.00 Now £22.00

UrbanOutfitters.com
Cooperative Striped Eyelash Jumper
Was £45.00 Now £22.00

In touch with your punk/emo side then you’ll love this edgy  Cooperative Striped Eyelash jumper from Urban Outfitters and at a reduced price how could you resist? Wear your Jumper with a black skater skirt with black sheer tights and a pair of converse to really show Kirsten Stewart how it’s done!

Asos.com   ASOS Bite Me Jumper  Was £35.00 Now £26.00

Asos.com
ASOS Bite Me Jumper
Was £35.00 Now £26.00

Us girls are instantly attracted to dark and mysterious vampires from the movies and how we imagine being part of that fantasy! Obviously it is fiction but if you still want a little excitement then you can settle for second best with this quirky and dark Bite Me jumper from Asos. At a discounted price, why not treat a friend to one of these fantastic buys for Christmas? I suggest you wear this short jumper with some wet look leggings and a pair of stilettos for that casual look with that touch of oomph!

oasis-stores.com Sequin Jumper £65.00

oasis-stores.com
Sequin Jumper
£65.00

Who said jumpers have to be worn with everyday clothes? Why not treat yourself this winter to a perfect party jumper! This V-neck jumper has long sleeves and has been totally embellished in gold sequins for that star like quality. Wear this jumper with a body con skirt and some sheer tights finished off with some sultry knee high boots and you will definitely have all eyes on you! Make sure that you look your very best whilst keeping warm in these cold nights this winter!

Misguided.com  Lizbeth Super Soft Aztec Jumper in Cream  £24.99

Misguided.com
Lizbeth Super Soft Aztec Jumper in Cream
£24.99

Stick to tradition with this fabulous Lizbeth Super soft Aztec jumper.  I love to see some print in a jumper because it makes the garment come to life! I would wear a long black skirt with this jumper and a gold and black skinny belt to bring the ensemble together for an effortless look.

These boots are made for Rocking!

Look fabulous this A/W whilst keeping those gorgeous feet dry and warm!

It’s time to get those comfy boots out this Winter and why not do it in style. There is such a selection of boots from knee highs to cute ankle boots so why not have them all this A/W, at Nor Lisa HQ we have carefully selected a variety of super trendy boots to help you on your way!

River Island
Dark red zip side block heel ankle boots
£40.00

I love these very edgy Dark Red suede ankle boots with gold zip detail and a matching gold metal plate on the inside heel for that extra detail. Wear these beauties with a pair of black skinnies and a rock tee for that laid-back look.

New Look
Black Shearling Lace up Wedges
£29.99

If you just want to be cosy this winter then you’ll love these Black shearling lace-up wedges which look simply fabulous with almost anything and if you want to be warm from head to toe then team these wedge boots up with a plain jumper dress and a pair of block coloured tights. So that you’re really getting the most out of this seasons trends.

Asos.com
ALL THAT JAZZ Glitter Ankle Boots
£45.00

Shine away like a star this A/W and make those winter blues disappear with these gorgeous all that Jazz Glitter Ankle Boots. It may be winter but it doesn’t mean you have fade into the murky weather either, so wear your Glitter ankle boots with a pair of thick woolly tights and a flowly short dress so that they really stand out from the crowd.

Asos.com
Chinese Laundry Saratoga Boots
Was £115.00
Now £70.00

If you are rocking the Gothic trend this A/W,  you will love these bondage look suede boots by Chinese Laundry. They have a leather cross -over strap design which gives these boots that extra edge matching perfectly with a sultry high stiletto heel .These bad boys will look simply divine with a lace top floaty dress for that perfect entrance.

UrbanOutfitters.com
Melissa Tricot Red Knit Boots
£80.00

Keep your feet extra dry with these waterproof Melissa Plastic snug ankle boots  which have received a makeover  this A/W  with a woodland knitted detailing for extra warmth and comfort in the frosty weather. The boot is finished with an almond shaped toe and leaves your feet smelling of their well-known signature bubble-gum scent. These Melissa red knit boots are a must have this winter and they can be worn with a pair of leggings and an oversized jumper for extra warmth.

Office.co.uk
UGG Australia Classic short UGG boot choc suede
£170.00

If you just want to flash the cash and treat yourself to a pair of expensive boots then you’ll love these classic short chocolate suede UGG boots, which are one of UGG Australia’s most iconic silhouettes. These boots have been well crafted with genuine twin skin sheepskin which will keep you warm on those winter days and will ensure that you’ll get your moneys worth. Wear with a long knitted dress and tights to add to these fabulous boots.

Also don’t forget to check out the Nor Lisa A/W 2012 Collection which will look fabulous with any of these lovely boots!

Nor Lisa A/W 2012 Fashion Show hosted at Café Vaudeville, Belfast

The founder of Nor Lisa, Lisa McCabe has been nominated for the IN Glamour awards so if you’re a big Nor Lisa fan you can vote for Lisa McCabe at http://www.in-magazine.co.uk/vote.aspx

 

 

 

Local Fashion Designer Will Preview Collection at Intimate Event

In an exclusive and intimate catwalk event in Café Vaudeville, Belfast on Monday 03 September 2012, up-and-coming fashion designer Lisa McCabe will reveal the autumn/winter 2012 collection from her ‘Nor Lisa’ label.

Since graduating from the University of Ulster in 2011, Lisa has worked tirelessly and enthusiastically on building the successful Nor Lisa label, which has already been featured on the catwalk for two seasons at Belfast FASHIONWEEK as well as being worn on the red carpet by singing sensation Niamh Perry and modelled by Britain’s Next Top Model finalist Diona Doherty. As well as designing and making the clothes in the collection, Lisa often designs the prints and hand prints many of the fabrics herself, so no two pieces of printed fabric clothing are the same.

The young Fermanagh-born lady is ambitious about furthering the success of her brand and new collections going forward. “The fashion industry in Northern Ireland is certainly one that’s growing rapidly and it’s a great time for young designers like me to be making the most of it.”

Speaking specifically about the new collection, Lisa describes this season’s collection as luxurious and exclusive, and she was inspired by rich country side manors, elegant clothing and anti-hunting.   Working very hard Lisa states:  “Like all designers, I work months in advance of each new season to research the upcoming trends and of course to create my own. It’s great to have reached the point where I am ready to launch the autumn/winter range which I think is one of my most adventurous to date. I’ll be a little nervous on the evening but I’ll mostly be excited to hear the reactions of my supporters.”

Audiences should expect to see previews of the 20-piece-strong collection boasting jewel colours highlighted with golds and luxurious fabrics with elements of lace which will be perfectly complimented by the boudoir-esque setting of Café Vaudevile. Local jewellery brand Melanie Bond will complement the fashion pieces on the catwalk with the latest statement necklaces and arm wear. Hairdresser Lee Stinton will work alongside Make-up Artist Nuala Campbell to complete the models’ looks.

With former Big Brother contestant Orlaith McAlistair as the host, DJ Gavin Annon on the decks and recent Britain’s Next Top Model finalist Diona Doherty on the catwalk and fronting the new collection, the event is hotting up to be one of the top VIP events of the year.

Tickets for the Nor Lisa AW12 Collection Preview which takes place at 7pm on Monday 3rd September are £12.50 and available to buy from www.nor-lisa.com or by emailing norlisafashion@gmail.com. Ticket price includes a West Coast Cooler reception and complimentary bespoke Nor Lisa inspired Sugar Room Cupcakes.

IMAGES BY: Nicola Lyons Photography ~ Gillian Douglas-Rea Hair ~ Nuala Campbell Make-up Artist ~ Nor Lisa Styling

THIS SEASON’S FASHIONWEEK MAGIC KICKS OFF IN OCTOBER

Fourteen seasons is a long time in fashion, but since its inception in 2005, Belfast’s West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK continues to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to providing the latest looks and hottest trends for fashion conscious stylistas.

Copyright Stephen Potter Photography

The event, which will take place from 13 – 21 October across various venues in the city, will include kids’ shows and workshops sponsored by The OUTLET at W5 as well as chic afternoon teas at the Merchant Hotel, the Diet Coke Design Award, the Fashion ReFound project and the super stylish Style Sunday event at James Street South restaurant as well as the main catwalk shows in the Europa FASHIONWEEK Centre.

Cathy Martin, director of FASHIONWEEK said:  “This season we will feature the finest established and up-and-coming designers as well as the best boutique and high street brands from all over Northern Ireland to create a fast-paced, exciting and irresistible slice of fashion in the city. We sell out every season and hopefully above all trends, that one will continue as we look forward to seeing what is making style queens weak at the knees for Autumn/Winter.

Copyright Stephen Potter Photography

She added: “What will we see on the catwalk? Well, in terms of fabrics we’ll be seeing lots of Jacquard weaves, brocade and felting and, as far as shapes go, there will be a lot of military coats and capes. Looking at colours, it’s all about red or royal blue as well as pyjama prints and a lot of monochrome and hounds tooth this winter. These looks, and many more, have all made their mark on the international catwalks and with our sense of style and adventure here, we hope to offer some amazing days and nights of fashionable fun for all ages.”

Karen Anderson from West Coast Cooler added: “The fashion buzz really begins once FASHIONWEEK launches and this season seems to be no different with fashionistas already keen to snap up the limited edition front row seats and sit back with a West Coast Cooler to enjoy the shows. There’s such a variety of shows, events  and workshops that there really is something for everyone, no matter what their budget or fashion favourites are.”

Copyright Stephen Potter Photography

Retailers from the high street taking part include Benetton, Marks & Spencer, French Connection, Exhibit, George at ASDA and Jigsaw; with Designers at Debenhams, Miss Selfridge, Warehouse and Dorothy Perkins also showcasing (among others) as part of the CastleCourt shows. Then Oasis, Next Clearance, L.K. Bennett, Olsen and Staccato will all be part of the OUTLET’s collection on the main runway as well as at the ‘yummy mummy’ shows at W5.

Designer emporium Cruise in Victoria Square will host a stunning Afternoon Tea at the Merchant Hotel on Saturday 20 October. The stylish afternoon will include an array of teas, delicious sandwiches, pastries and chic cakes, as well as an intimate fashion show and a sparkling welcome cocktail from sponsor West Coast Cooler.  Seasoned stylists from Cruise will talk through this autumn’s key looks from top designers including Victoria Beckham, Amanda Wakeley and Armani as well as answering personal styling dilemmas for ladies of all shapes, sizes, and shopping budgets.  Places cost £30.00pp and are available at the Merchant Hotel directly on 02890 234888.

Boutiques from right across Northern Ireland will also be highlighted with Natoria in Larne and Diamond Dolls in Banbridge leading the way in the boutique show. Jourdan, Blush and Harrison from the Lisburn Road will also sit alongside key pieces from Una Rodden and Grainne Maher at this show on Thursday 18 October and then a full selection of home grown designers – from Derry milliner John Paul to new fashion graduate Saba Akram will showcase at the NI Designer show on Saturday 20 October.  Ones to watch out for on the catwalk include very edgy  designers Reudi Maguire and David Henderson as well as Fermanagh’s Lisa McCabe with her silk prints, weaver Jude Cassidy with luxurious hand woven scarves and Katie Wilson who has been quietly working and selling under Una Rodden for three years since graduating. Knit designers, Sean Henry, with his Van der Simon label and Mary Callan will showcase the best in wools while former stylist and retail manager Stephen Mageean takes to the catwalk in a stunning debut of evening gowns and says he intends to ‘wow the audiences’.

Copyright Stephen Potter Photography

New talent will also feature in the form of the Diet Coke Design Award which celebrates its third season at FASHIONWEEK, and three is a magic number for the competition this year, as not one, but three designers will be shortlisted to have their ideas made up by Una Rodden and showcased on the catwalk at FASHIONWEEK, 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. But before the judges decide, fans on Facebook will also be able to vote to help bolster support for entries, which are already flooding in. Entry forms are available to download from the Belfast FASHIONWEEK website and entrants don’t have to be designers or from a design background –

Copyright Stephen Potter Photography

In addition to the catwalk shows, some of the local designers have also teamed up with ReFound, a unique and chic-onomic platform to promote local creative talent and design, while offering furniture buyers an eco-conscious alternative in home styling.  For the first time, ReFound is hosting a bespoke ‘FASHION REFOUND’ show at the ReFound building in Wellington Place. Taking place throughout FASHIONWEEK, this exhibition, where Fashion meets Furniture, will  see up to ten up-and-coming fashion designer/makers apply their designs and creativity to a home interior piece, exclusively for ReFound.

Closing up the week’s events is the ever popular Style Sunday event and private show, which will once again include the best hair, beauty, make up and fashion advice from top experts including make-up artist Paddy McGurgan and hair stylist Andrew Mulvenna. Places for this event, which supports NI’s leading learning disability charity Mencap, can be purchased directly at James Street South for £40.

Copyright Stephen Potter Photography

International hair stylist and salon owner Andrew Mulvenna will take care of styling the hair throughout the week-long event and he is very excited about the prospect saying: “My artistic and creative team headed up by Judith McKay has worked on lots of fashion events in the past including London Fashion Week and the Central St Martins fashion show, but we are all looking forward to getting our hands on some of Ireland’s top models at FASHIONWEEK. We’re planning some show-stopping styles as well as some beautiful and easy-to-create looks for the audience.”

To buy tickets online for FASHIONWEEK go to http://gotobelfast.iristickets.co.uk/tickets/search.php5?searchword=fashion

For further information on West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK log onto www.belfastfashionweek.com or www.facebook.com/belfastfw  & look out for updates.