The Powerscourt Centre, South William Street was all go last night as hundreds of fashionable young things grabbed seats in the main hall and on the balcony to watch a free fashion show. Myself and a few of my fellow bloggers were there to soak up the atmosphere and argue discuss whose designs were the most fabulous and why. Over 20 Dublin-based fashion designers, including Lisa Shawgi (the brains behind Fashion Breakthrough), Sinead Doyle, Beibhinn Flood, Chupi, Jean Melia (winner of the DIT fashion show earlier this year) and the fabulous Perk Up Vintage among others showed their collections. The catwalk, a brilliant white strip, ran through the centre of the main hall; the front row was made up of big leather couches and the whole space was filled with lights.
Yet again Irish designers are getting the word out on how important and attainable Irish fashion can be. By promoting their collections in this way, shoppers are able to understand that Irish design talent does in fact stay on home soil, contrary to popular belief, plus you can actually buy your own, hand-made, one-off piece, some for as little as €10. Speaking of shopping, the indoor market, that is usually only open Fri-Sun, was opened until 10pm after the show and was packed with people making the most of the 10% discount on offer. All the designers featured in the show, also had a stall in the market, which meant that you could grab the same pieces that you had fallen in love with on the catwalk.