This week has been another whirlwind of events but mostly I have been fashion focused. I have discovered some new local retailers on the Belmont Road East Belfast, have had an eye-opening sneak peek of LIDL NIs new range of AW style (in very affordable prices) and I attended a charity fashion show Launching Nor Lisa’s AW16 collection and that’s all before Belfast Fashion week kicks off (see Winter is Coming and West Coast Cooler Fashion Week is Back to light the way! For full details on that). Needless to say I am now well informed with a shopping list as long as my arm.
Right lets start in chronological order shall we. So first up I attended the LIDL NI AW16 launch in the sumptuous surroundings of Saphyre on the Lisburn Road Belfast. If you’ve never been it’s an amazing renovated church filled with gorgeous interior design, think pretty delicate China’s, gorgeous ornate candlestick holders and delicious treats. I was joined by some of the most fabulous fashionistas in town and even got to meet the gorgeous @ellepearls whom I have been lusting after for months.
Lidl NI never ceases to surprise me, I browsed the rails of gorgeous items; spotting woolen jumpers with sparkling fleeks,fluffy gillets,lingerie sets (which would look and feel amazing on any body type) and amazing new accessories including golden watches which look way more expensive than the £7.99 price tag.
The fashion show itself showcased looks for under £30 working its way through the sports luxe look to comfy winter chic. These are my two favourite looks the beautiful cami is only £6.99 with matching underwear,the jumper dress is £8.99 (note the pocket detail), and the faux fur Gillette is £11.99. The full Esmara AW collection will be in store from October to December so keep an eye out with your shopping and be sure to snap up a stylish bargain.
Fashion show number two was more a fashion experience. I had been invited along to “fall in love with the Belmont Road.” The day began with a guided tour by the lovely Barra Best (who had also supplied the sunshine.) We toured around an eclectic mix of independent and specialist shops.We checked out OMMactive, Sillhouette Belfast,Fiddlesticks,Dundela Pharmacy and a gorgeous Action Cancer Boutique. It was an eye-opening experience finding out about gorgeous new brands and bargains which can only be found on the Belmont Road (TIP: Ask Dundlea Pharmacy about their Chanel perfumes; they have the full range and at some of the best prices I’ve seen in Belfast and go upstairs in Fiddlesticks check out the art prints and framing business.
We rounded the day up with wine cheese and nibbles (a tasting platter) in Canteen.
Followed by a fashion show by the suppliers. My three favourite looks from this show are below; a gorgeous padded jacket and Jean combo from Silhouette, a large leopard print blanket scarf from Fiddlesticks and how amazing is this OMMactive set perfect for any workout and it will definitely catch any passerbys eye.
Last but not least on Sunday I had the pleasure of attending the Nor Lisa Aw16 Charity showcase in aid of Addiction NI.It was a wonderful night hosted by the lovely Lady Portia and showcasing Lisa’s evolving styles. I love her long floor length gowns but her chokers and black faux fur tops also caught my eye this season. The charity was a,so showcased with a Q&A session, it was great to hear how Addiction NI are there for everyone and want to make more awareness of the charity and disease. My favourite looks from the night; the little red number below and I loved this fab metallic looks as well.It has certainly wet my appetite for the full showcase at Belfast Fashion Week.
I’ve included more pics of all these events on my social media channels but I hope this has given you a taste of what AW16 has in store,let me know your favourite looks and if you pick up any bargains.
Emer D xx