International Design Collective Fashion Show
Friday, July 6, 2012
US based leading Irish actress and former model, Victoria Smurfit will fly into Galway at the height of the week of Volvo Ocean Race revelry to host what’s being described as a “night of incredibly glamorous and intriguing international fashion and style”.
Fashion shows across the world often dazzle with their spectacular settings; their energy and the style they bring to the catwalk – the huge “Fashion Night” planned as a highlight of the Volvo Festival on Friday July 6th hopes to combine all three in one unforgettable experience.
The “International Design Collective” show will be staged in the 2,000 capacity Global Village Complex currently rising dramatically from its seafront location on the shores of Galway Bay
The show will feature specially commissioned couture collections from designers based in six of the ten countries involved in the Volvo ocean race as well as a preview of the autumn/winter collections from top name Irish designers including Louise Kennedy, Jen Kelly and Richard Lewis.
“This will be a night Galway will always remember and will without a doubt be the largest and most spectacular fashion show ever staged in Ireland”, according to organiser Patricia McCrossan.
“What is particularly exciting is that we will have world famous designers from New Zealand, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, Portugal, France and the USA bringing specially commissioned and intriguingly different capsule collections to this show in Galway “.
Among them will be New Zealand’s Annah Stretton whose Chameleon label has become a worldwide phenomenon. The highlight of the collection she will be showing in Galway will be her signature “one-size-fits-most” dress, which can be worn in 10 different ways.
Speaking from her home in Waikato on New Zealand’s North Island she said “We are tailoring a one of a kind Irish Chameleon which would look stunning on any stylish Irish woman. The idea behind the Chameleon is that it can be worn by any woman; in a myriad of situations no matter her shape, colour or style. From New Zealand to Ireland this frock is taking over."
One of South Africa’s most exciting young designers, Suzaan Heyns, is best known for her stunning architectural concepts. In Galway she will be showing a flowing, flamboyant collection which she says owes as much to art, and in particular sculpture, as it does to fashion.
From her design centre in Abu Dhabi, Abeer al Suwaidi, has built a growing reputation across the Middle East and Europe for her highly original “skinny” black abayas – fusion dresses combing traditional classical appeal with 21st century pop vitality.
Her signature Ush Boutique collection, which she plans to bring to Galway, will include the dramatic “skinny” black abayas – some emblazoned with iconic imagery others showing striking patterned sleeve endings in a myriad of colours.
The waterfront fashion extravaganza will also provide an international platform for some of Ireland’s hottest new designers. Among them will be Natalie B Coleman whose SS 2012 collection described by one columnist as ‘aesthetically pleasing and genuinely covetable’ and Portlaoise based young designer Heidi Higgins.
Leading department store Brown Thomas will showcase their international collection at the event featuring collections from Diane Von Furstenberg and French designers Maje and Sandro.
One of the country’s most talented young milliners Mark T Burke will also unveil a unique collection of head pieces specially created for the show. Showcasing Ireland’s bog heritage will be a stunning collection of jewellery from Meso Jewellery designed by Helen Connelly from Athlone. Co. Westmeath. Sculpted from pieces of native bog wood thousands of years old these unique pieces transcend the centuries a grace the wearer “like a talisman,” according to the designer.
Running for the nine days of the Volvo Ocean Race festival will be the “Style Platform” in the Global Village Fashion Pavilion. The fashion pavilion will also provide an opportunity for those with eye on the latest trends to buy some of the glamorous outfits which have been created especially for Irish woman and for the Galway Volvo experience.
For more information on the International Design Collective Fashion Show log on towww.volvooceanracegalway.com.
To purchase tickets to this exclusive event go to the Let’s Do It Global website www.volvooceanracegalway.com/tickets.aspx or call Laura in Galway on 087 6603 924