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Dublin Fashion Festival Launch Party 2014

Dublin Fashion Festival takes place annually, running from Thursday the 4th until Sunday the 7th of September. Dublin Fashion Festival is proudly preparing for its fifth consecutive year with the launch event going down a great success on the 5th of August. This festival is not only full of style inspiration with great fun and shopping inspiration to be found, it also highlights Dublin’s progression into a city with serious style cred. Dublin has long contained fashion lovers who portray their own style and throughout the past decade the city has become increasingly more prominent on the European style radar. The Dublin Fashion Festival highlights this and communicates it to others not just around Ireland but around Europe also. The events which take place throughout the Dublin Fashion Festival showcase the amazing fashion to be found in Dublin. From designer flagship stores such as Brown Thomas to high-street giants Penneys. The festival even reveals new, upcoming designers to watch out for and some classic vintage finds. There is something for everyone to take inspiration from regardless of their budget or preference.

Unlike other cities which host an exclusive ‘Fashion Week’ where only top celebrities are welcome, Dublin Fashion Festival also represents a sense of community. This is something often not found in other larger, fashion forward locations. The festival highlights that although Dublin has a promising future into rivalling cities such as London and Paris in terms of style, it is still a place where locals are encouraged to participate and get involved. This is something that is important in Irish culture and it is great to see it is maintained throughout such a popular event.

Angela Scanlon, the Irish born stylist, producer and writer is the face of the festival and will also play host for the fashion show event on the 5th of September. Scanlon who knows the Dublin fashion scene inside out, is the perfect choice to represent the celebration of the city’s fashion. This further reinforces that Dublin Fashion Festival is about bringing the people of Dublin together to celebrate a shared passion for fashion.

Two of our fabulous official bloggers hit the Dublin Fashion Festival 2014 Launch Party to report on all the hot trends, behind the scenes gossip and celebrity guests. Here’s how they got on.

Nirina Plunkett of Killer Fashion

Wednesday the 6th of August marked the launch of the Dublin Fashion Festival 2014 (DFF), which took place in the stunning Dublin City Hall. In the middle of the buzz were the Dublin Fashion Festival’s designated bloggers, including yours truly! As I am one of the three lucky official bloggers for this year’s Dublin Fashion Festival I’ll be giving you the inside scoop of all that goes on during this exciting time in Ireland’s capital city.

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Nirina; I’ve been blogging for over four years now and love every aspect of the fabulous world of fashion. I’m very excited to get right into it so what better way to start than the festival’s launch party!

Venue: Dublin City Hal, Dame Street

What I wore: Lipsy, KG Kurt Geiger, Parfois, Michael Kors, Aldo, Yves Saint Laurent & Benefit Cosmetics

Who I spotted: Corina Gaffey, Liam Cunningham, Brendan Courtney, Jennifer Rothwell, Angela Scanlon, Grace O’Mahoney, Lorna Weightmen and OPSH founders the Mc Ginn sisters.

Highlights:  The up-and-coming trends seen during the runway show, all the smiles Brendan Courtney gave me, meeting Monica Walsh and Mrs. Ireland Universe 2014.

Myself wearing Lipsy

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Dublin Fashion Fesival, organised by Dublin Town, is now in its fifth year with the new website launching yesterday to coincide with the launch party, which was undoubtedly a success. Up to 300 attendees arrived in serious style to the pink-lit City Hall where monochrome was a big trend with many ladies dressing in black, white or a mix of the two. Some stood out in colour while some stole the show (for me at least) with their flashes of the Christian Louboutin red sole.

The venue before doors opened.

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Wearing Hermes, Christian Louboutin & Micheal Kors

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Aoibhinn of wears Warehouse Pennys, Zara & Sophie Hulme

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Ciara of LA College wears Natalie B. Coleman & The Gap

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Myself with Monica Walsh, Mrs. Ireland Universe 2014 who wears Eastern European fashion

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Before the show started, CEO Richard Guiney and Marketing Director of Dublin Town Clyde Carroll respectively, gave some kind words before announcing the Face of The Dublin Fashion Festival 2014 Irish stylist Angela Scanlon. The fashion show itself showcased plenty of monochrome, from the likes of Irish stores Brown Thomas, Pennys, Clerys, Arnotts, Dunnes Stores, as well as other favourites New Look and French Connection. Leather, patent and knitwear were also in trend while Dunnes Stores and Kilkenny Design sported the black-red-and-white combo looks. United Colours of Benetton had some beautiful pastels to show, whereas high street favourites River Island and H&M had a lovely selection of patterned looks.

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 Mirina Bergmann of Beautiful Me Plus You.


The Dublin Fashion Festival was launched in style on Wednesday at City Hall and was opened by one of the most influential and highly-regarded stylists in the fashion industry, Angela Scanlon. She is also the face of this year’s Dublin Fashion Festival.

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DJ Steven Cooper was spinning funky tunes while the beautiful models from 1st Options Managementworked the runway.  The Dublin department stores Brown Thomas, Arnotts, Clery’s  and Penney’s showcased an array of autumn/winter garments, presenting movement through feminine tailoring and smart layering in monochrome patterns and colours.  It is undeniable that oversized coats and monochrome prints are a serious “must have” this season!

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Equally interesting was the hair style created by Tony & Guy, a low, centre-parted ponytail, gathered into black elastic bands to create hair bubbles.  Dramatic winged eyeliner and strong brow provided the beauty focus, whilst the rest of the face was left free of colour, a creation of the Makeup Forever Team.

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The fashionable crowd caught up on fashion news and trends whilst enjoying the sumptuous canapés and cool drinks courtesy of Salamanca, San Lorenzo’s and Dawson 37.

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There were prizes to be won for the Best Dressed Man, Best Dressed Lady, Best Accessory and Best Tweet. As well as that all guests were treated to a fabulous “goodie bag”!!

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The Dublin Fashion Festival which is organised by Dublin Town will run from for four days and will feature daily fashion shows, make-up classes and the Young Designer of the Year Competition.  The events will take place in various department stores and shopping centres in Dublin city centre.

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