Friday, 21 April 2017

Galway Fashion Trail | Spring Summer Edit

Photo Credit: Jenny Duffy

Earlier this month I was lucky enough to get to attend Galway Fashion Trail as part of Galway Fashion Week. There is really no other city in the world quite like Galway this is just one of the many reasons why I think it is so important to have events where we can show our cities true potential. 

The morning began with a private breakfast with Galway Now Magazine in the Raw Penthouse Suite located on the 4th floor of the Radisson Blu. First of all the view from the penthouse is breathtaking. I don't think there was a blogger in the room who didn't capture a shot of the perfect views of Lough Atalia. The suite was also beautiful with its modern interiors and artisan twist.

Photo Credit: Ciara Walsh
Once all the bloggers and press had arrived, breakfast was served. The breakfast included delicious mango, passion fruit and ginger smoothies, strawberry and vanilla fool, greek yogurt served with Spring Berry compote and Athenry granola. As if this wasn't enough we were then served buttermilk pancakes with streaky bacon, stuffed portobello mushrooms and avocado with poached eggs. Everything was divine and we were truly spoiled. 

As we tucked into our breakfast the first fashion show of the day took of showcasing stunning outfits from the fabulous boutique Harper. Shoes to die for by Sheneil shoes, beautiful millinery by Brid O'Driscoll and Majella Lennon Dalton. The models were from Catwalk Modeling Agency, the makeup was by Aisling K Makeup and the model's hair was styled by Sarah Mason and her team. We were also fortunate enough to see pieces from some of the designers from the Irish Fashion Innovation Awards. Pieces were shown by Louise Porter and INNU.

We also got the opportunity to meet with a few local businesses based in Galway including Sheneil Shoes, Jewel Box and Optique Opticians. It was a great opportunity to meet the people behind the brand especially when you follow them religiously on social media.

Once the breakfast and the fashion show were over it was time to make our way into Galway's city center to start the fashion trail. We were kindly chauffeured into the city by Bradley Renault. I walk past Bradley showrooms everyday adoring not only the beautiful showrooms but also the wide choice of high-end cars they have on offer. From Audi's to Range Rover's you really are spoiled for choice not to mention The Galway Player's absolutely stunning Renault Megane. I have my eye on the classic white Range Rover which is usually parked outside. I believe that Victoria Beckham designed the interiors but don't quote me on that one.

First stop of the day is where the magic happened in none other than award winning stylist Sarah Mason Professional, We got to meet Sarah and she spoke to us about the inspiration behind the models looks. We then attended six fashion shows throughout the day including Swamp, Greenes Shoes, Colette Latchford, Brown Thomas, Choice and Willow. All shows were fantastic but my favorites had to be Brown Thomas and Willow. Their collections are to die for and are better suited for my age. 

We had a scrumptious lunch at Revive Cafe and again were completely spoiled. I have seen so much about this place all over social media and couldn't believe I had never been. No matter what you ask for they have you covered and the staff are so genuine and welcoming it is just such a lovely place to dine. 

Photo Credit: Ciara Walsh
We ended what was an absolutely fantastic day in the Front Door Pub. Only in Galway will you go from a Fashion Trail to a Gin Festival in a split of a second. We were treated to canapes and finger food and even taught how to make signature aromatic and elderflower Gin & Tonics and of course got to sample a few cheeky ones too. 

Thank you so much to Galway Now, The Radisson Blu, Bradley Renault, Revive Cafe, The Front Door and Into The West Blogger Network for having me along and to all the stores for holding such outstanding fashion shows. 

Until next time...

Yours Stylishly

Kerrie x 

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