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Dublin set for fashion makeover as city gears up for major event

FASHIONISTAS look no further.

As one of Dublin's biggest style events is set to grace our streets this weekend, the Herald will be providing readers with all the information they need ahead of the big day.

More than 200,000 Dubliners will be descending on the city streets to shop 'til they drop - or simply eye up all the city has to offer for this weekend's Dublin Festival of Fashion, in partnership with the Herald.

With makeovers one of the favourite moves of the fashion industry, the capital will fittingly be transformed for the event.

Grafton Street and Henry Street will become runways, designer goodies will become more attainable thanks to special discounts, and any image- conscious fashion fans can get a make-up master class by some of the industry's top names in various department stores.

The Dubliner, which comes free in the Herald every Thursday is releasing a special supplement featuring everything you will need to see and do this weekend.

Fashion show supervisor Jules Fallon said: "There has been a really positive reaction so far, all the retailers are very excited.

"For me, it's particularly important because I'm a city girl based in the city and I've loved working in fashion here for the last 25 years.

"Dublin is a city of great trends and great fashion and there is no better way to honour that than to invite the entire country up here to see."

The face of the festival, Karen Koster, is just as excited to prove that Dublin is a style city to be reckoned with.

"Dublin is definitely up there with the best when it comes to shopping and retail," she said.

"I'm really looking forward to getting out and about during the Dublin Festival of Fashion weekend and checking out the catwalk shows and all the master classes that are happening.

"It's definitely going to be fun!"

Earlier this month, the Herald ran a competition for three lucky readers to win shopping vouchers worth €5,000 to use at Stephen's Green Shopping Centre.

Sarah Byrne from Glasnevin scooped the top prize of a €3,000.

Swords girl Fiona Garrigan won a €1,000 plus a Rimmel goodie bag, as did Trish McKeever from Stillorgan.