Fashion Festivities!

Last Thursday evening saw many of Dublin’s stylish descend on The Powerscourt Townhouse in Dublin, for the launch of the first ever Dublin Fashion Festival. Fashionistas alike all joined together for some nibbles & wine before the big catwalk show. There were plenty of style spotters too with my good friend Stephanie ( Gossip Girl for the Sunday Star), being picked out for a pic. ( check her out in the next Hotpress!). The evening sparked hope that the following weekend may inject some much need style & fashion events back into the city. With the loss of Dublin Fashion Week (which is supposedly just on sabbatical) the city needs some type of event to celebrate fashion.

So after some prawns on tortilla chips, washed down with a bit of wine it was time to catch the show. Interestingly the Townhouse started it’s life full of fashion. Built as a town house and office for Lord Powerscourt, Richard Wingfield 3rd Viscount (1730-1788), the building was designed by Robert Mack and is built in granite mined from the Powerscourt estate in Co. Wicklow. Known in Dublin as the ‘French Earl’ because he had made the Grand Tour and returned home wearing the latest Parisian fashions, starting a trend that continues in the building to this day.

The fashion forward centre showcased some fabulous pieces from a number of its shops and boutiques.  The Design Centre has always been a firm favourite of mine with both up-and-coming and established designers showcasing their clothes. Again another huge favourite of mine and all vintage lovers, The Loft & Bow Boutique flaunted their stunning peices. It was a stylish & fashion filled show, which set off the weekend perfectly.

The rest of the weekend saw the streets of Dublin transformed into catwalks, Young Irish Designers showcasing their work and loads of experts giving advice. Long live the Dublin Festival of Fashion & lets hope there are plenty more to come!