[Dublin] Better Fashion Week Fashion Show & Wrap Party

On Saturday night, the Redress Better Fashion Week came to a lavish finale with a fashion show which saw Castle Market Street become a bona fide FRow. Using the floor-to-ceiling windows around the shop as one side of the catwalk, the organizers utilized the space to the maximum capacity, placing a few lucky guests inside on seats and running the models down one staircase and up the other around the shop floor, with benches outside for a rather chilly seating area.

Showcase catwalks are the very best; from extrovert digital designs to hyper-textured structured knits to shaggy furry creations, there was a good mix to be wowed by. What's more, while sustainable, ethical fashion isn't a cause everyone feels passionate about, its fair to say that what was offered that night, as well as what was available throughout the month in the shop, is far from dull. I heard it said through the week that ethical fashion is set to become a more mainstream product, which can be seen already in the growing interest in localized production. I just hope that all designers with their heart in the right place like these guys have get their labels to make business sense and get the payback they deserve.

I was dressing the lovely Holly backstage, a relative newbie model who's not even left school yet. I love the buzz of dressing, the only whopping downside being a total miss-out on the show - the below photo is taken from the Redress Facebook page - but the fun of being part of the clockwork that makes the magic happen is hella zingy! Holly wore outfits by Eilis Boyle, Deirdre Hart and Helen Steele amongst others, and my friends Carl and Phil, who bagged front row seats themselves, reckoned she by far had the best "and what??" attitude when walking.

The makeup was incredible, a Makeup Forever neon body paint used as lippie, while the rest of the face was kept fresh and simple. I loved that the models wore brogues - funky metallic numbers by Floy London on loan from Buffalo - because no-one likes a teetering model to distract you from the designs and the drama of it all. It was go-go-go to get Holly in and out of her outfits on time, as usual the time seemed to melt away like ice on a sunny day, and after we kicked back with kind sponsors Peroni (or their produce, anyway). I got to meet one of my favorite designers from the week, Emma Manley, whose wonderful studded creations I spotted ages ago in Bow. With Carl and Phil, on loan from Belfast for the weekend, we had a good geg til it was time to hop on the oh-so-sustainable form of transport, Dublin Bus.

Photo: facebook.com/redressbetterfashion

Photo: facebook.com/redressbetterfashion

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