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My day as a supermodel

THEY'RE the most glamorous women in the world, and for one afternoon at least, I got to be one -- a supermodel.

Fabulous clothes, designer handbags and luxury accessories are part and parcel of the supermodel's life -- but it's not easy work being a catwalk queen, as I soon found out.

The Herald was invited along to the newly relaunched LA Creative Academy for an exclusive photo- shoot showcasing some of the autumn/winter trends set to feature in the upcoming Dublin Fashion Festival (DFF) and its lookbook.

Feeling like the ultimate celebrity, I sat back to relax as I was primped and prodded by a team of make-up artists and hair stylists with one goal -- to transform me into Vogue magazine material.

By the end of the daunting 90-minute beauty process, I rocked three chic looks for the camera, ranging from high street staples Penneys and Dunnes Stores, to the more expensive label of Just Cavalli, sold at Arnotts.

Pulling out my 'blue steel' pose and trying to channel my inner Cindy Crawford was an exhilarating, if slightly exhausting experience.


And in the end I did feel absolutely sensational, although a little bit terrified.

Also it was brilliant to find out that it's not just the stick-thin women who can pick up these stylish items, but curvy girls like myself are also in the running in the fashionista stakes.

As a keen shopper who likes to keep her wardrobe up to date, I'm now more likely to try on collection pieces that I would never have dreamed of looking at before, all thanks to my ultimate model mission.

Several events are taking place around the capital as part of the DFF, which kicks off on Thursday and runs until Sunday.

Participants can enjoy beauty demonstrations, on-street catwalk shows and parades, vintage pop-up stores, style booths and workshops around the city over the course of the four-day extravaganza.

Up to 100 stores are taking part in the festival, with an entire lookbook created to highlight key trends.

Model agent Jules Fallon, from 1st Option, gave the Herald some tips on what to expect on the shelves for the new season -- and it won't break the bank.


"We've chosen some of the hot trends you see around the globe that you've seen on all the international catwalks ... We have winter floral, leather, opticals and a party scene.

"We've the finger on the pulse for all the looks. There's something for everybody, in everyone's size and price range."

There'll be two shows on Henry Street and two shows Grafton Street this weekend -- on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. And former top model Amanda Byram is flying in for the celebrations.

"The piece de resistance will be on Friday, when we're closing down South William Street for a show on the steps of the Powerscourt Centre.


And we're bringing back Amanda, who'll open the show and model her first time in years.

"That will be our creative quarter show, which will showcase 22 Irish boutiques."

For more information, check out: www.dff.ie and www.lamakeupacademy.com.