Grafton Street meets Milan as the capital turns into a catwalk
THE streets of the capital doubled up as catwalks as the fifth annual Dublin Fashion Festival kicked off yesterday.
Sunshine and the new autumn collections proved a heady mix and pulled in lots of interested onlookers to Henry Street and Grafton Street, where impromptu shows continue today.
Style workshops and discounts for customers proved a hit at Warehouse on South King Street where the brand's exceedingly well priced, fashion-forward collection was launched the previous day.
Last night the search for the next Simone Rocha or JW Anderson took place at the Bank of Ireland on College Green. Twelve finalists took part in the DFF 'Young Designer of the Year' competition which aims to encourage the next generation of fashion talent. Ciaran Gormley, from Belfast, won and the prize includes having your collection shot by top Irish fashion photographer Barry McCall.
It took the 22-year-old student two weeks of 10-hour days to create his blue woollen dress.
The 'invite only' catwalk show was hosted by Brendan Courtney and Sonia Lennon and the audience included key fashion buyers who have the power to turn a student of style into the next big thing.
Today the action gets moving with a BT2 fashion show on the Luas tram at St Stephen's Green at 1.30pm. While the aim of the festival is to increase footfall in the city centre and to get shoppers spending, the programme of events includes lots of interesting talks that will appeal to fashion aficionados.