So it’s nearly here: the first ever Sligo Fashion Trail!
Join us this Thursday, 1st December from 11am.
What is it exactly?
It’s a very exciting opportunity for our retailers, independent stores, local designers and businesspeople where customers and onlookers will be treated to a truly unique shopping experience – the first of its kind in Sligo. It’s a day of sequential fashion shows hosted by local boutiques, showcasing the latest style from their A/W collections.
This is a free event.
Customers will be treated to morning coffees, afternoon teas, nibbles… and maybe even a glass of prosecco or three! Retailers will be offering discounts in-store for one day only.
Show 1 Quayside @ 11am – 12 noon
Show 2 Johnston Court @12:30pm
(Break for lunch)
Show 3 Johnston Court @2:30pm
Show 4 Quayside @3:15pm
Show 5 Anna’s Boutique @4pm
Show 6 The Italian Wardrobe @4:45pm
Creations from local designers including Jade Reidy (fashion), Martina Hamilton (jewellery) and Marina Scally (millinery) will also feature on the runway, modelled by Catwalk Modelling Agency. Jade Reidy features at 12:30pm in Johnston Court and Marina Scally features at 4:45pm at The Italian Wardrobe.
MC on the day is stylist Claire Golden.
After party kicks off at Bourbon Bar at 6pm – everyone is welcome!
Be sure to keep an eye out on social media (#SligoFashionTrail) as we’ll be blogging live all day.
If you follow my snapchat (@moda_fix) and Instagram you’ll already have an idea what to expect from seeing my feed at the recent Galway Fashion Trail. It’s such a great day out, really well organised by Golden Egg Productions and you discover new shops that you’d never known existed.
Galway Fashion Trail
Last year, I attended Galway’s very first fashion trail and it led us to this fab little shop called My Shop… Granny Likes It. They gave us all a piece of jewellery in our goodie bags. The shop prides itself on showing off the best of Irish products and design. I never knew this shop existed and I ended up buying a Blaithín Ennis piece in-store.
We had a gorgeous breakfast at Cupán Tae and we were treated so well for the whole day. Shops we visited included Kilkenny (outdoor fashion show in the Latin Quarter), Treasure Chest, Colette Latchford, Willow, Gosh Shoes and Anthony Ryans. Willow was another store I was delighted to discover for the first time.
Earlier this month, I returned to my 2nd Galway Fashion Show and we kicked off the morning at the Colm Quinn BMW garage for breakfast. We were then chauffeured into Galway city centre where our first stop was Colette Latchford. Each fashion show took place in store. We continued to Eyre Square Shopping Centre where shoes from Gosh and accessories from The Hat Shop were modelled by Mandy Maher’s crew.
Next, it was on to Treasure Chest (celebrating 50 years in business) where we saw the most beautiful winter-wear: coats and Chanel style trilby hats. We were treated to prosecco and Butler chocolates and a beautiful goodie bag from owner Mary Bennett (pictured above). Millinery on the day was by Suzie Mahony, Crevation Designs and Bríd O’Driscoll Millinery. Young Irish designer Colin Burke also featured his work; He won overall student designer of the year at the Irish Fashion Innovation Awards 2016 – another fantastic event by Golden Egg Productions, which I was lucky to attend.
Read my review of the awards here.
We all loved the style at Willow. I saw so many pieces I wanted – it’s a shop worth checking out if you’re in Galway or Ennis. Headpieces modelled in-store were designed by the store manager. There were more show-stopping looks at Kilkenny and each blogger got a gift of a Dyrberg Kern ring from their Compliments range!
We refuelled at Caprice Café for lunch, another new discovery. We’ll be back!
Next up were fashion shows in Rococco and Choice. I really liked this gilet (pictured below) and ended up buying it. It’s the handiest piece. What’s great about the fashion trails is that they get you inside stores, you can visualise live how a styled piece looks and it encourages spending! It’s great for both retailers and customers.
Our final stop was Harper. Talk about amazing dresses. Oh my God.
These were my favourites. The girls looked like absolute knockouts! This was another boutique I’d never known about and thanks to the trail, I’ll be visiting Harper on future trips to Galway.
We hope you can join us on Sligo’s very first fashion trail!
Here are some of the retailers, designers and faces you can expect to see on the day.
Thanks for reading,