Tickets are already being snapped up for events for Kilkenny Fashion Week following it’s official launch today (Wednesday).
This year male models will be introduced for the very first time at the Gala Fashion Show, which opens the festival at the Lyrath Estate Hotel on October 15. The new departure, according to Kilkenny Fashion Week chairperson Moira Fulton, is a response to demand.
“We’ve had a lot of people – men and women - saying that they’d love to see some men’s fashion at the Gala Show so we’re introducing two male models in addition to 16 female models who will come from Assets, 1st Option and Prima agencies”, said Moira Fulton.
Editor of Kilkenny People, Brian Keyes said he was delighted to once again be media partners with the festival.
“I am very excited about Kilkenny Fashion Week, the committee have once again done a tremendous job in putting together such a fun and fashion-filled programme. It is wonderful to see Kilkenny Fashion Week growing and developing with each passing year,” he said.
The top-end Gala Show will again by styled by the country’s most renowned stylists, Catherine Condell and Sinead Keenan who will work on site for a week in advance of the event. 500 people are expected to attend the all table-seated show, which kicks off with wine and tapas, to see key Autumn/Winter looks by 14 local fashion retailers.
Stores participating in the event include Kilkenny Design; Pauls; Goods; Peaches; Paco; Mimi; Lola Rose; The Marchioness Boutique; Grahams; Top Hat; Burkes; Jeutonic; Belle Femme and Detail.
“Catherine and Sinead do all the top shows and glossy magazine work and their styling is a big part of what draws people to the gala show. It’s not just about what’s in store locally, for AutumnWinter, but seeing the very best way to wear the clothes – the finished look”, said Moira Fulton.
Following the show, the evening will continue with a late bar and sounds by DJ Eddie Hughes .
Prêt-à-PourTae is the tongue-in-cheek name for the fashion show with Afternoon Tea in the Ormonde Hotel hosted by well-known stylist and TV fashion commentator Marietta Doran. Unlike the Gala Show, these models will be amateurs, several of whom will be taking to the catwalk for the first time and Marietta’s ‘edit’ will be all about wearing what suits you.
For the third year, finalists in the Kilkenny Fashion Week Student Scholarship award will stage their own fashion show by modelling their creations – up styled occasion wear - at another fashion event at the Pembroke Hotel. The competition judges – the Grafton Academy’s Colin Atkinson, international model Karen Fitzpatrick and designer and retailer Caroline Barcoe of Jeutonic Bridal & Occasion Wear - will be present to announce the winner who will receive free tutoring at the Grafton Academy of Dress Designing in Dublin next summer.
Fashion Pops will take place on Saturday when The Tholsel will be turned into a red-carpet catwalk for half-hourly fashion shows from 12pm-4pm showcasing Kilkenny’s boutiques and department stores. On October 17 all of the city centre fashion retailers invited to stage demos, discounts and promotions throughout the day for Fun Friday.
A separate Fringe Programme that includes in-store fashion showings, workshops, one to-one fashion consultations and make-up master classes will be announced shortly.Organised by Kilkenny City Centre Business Association and funded by Kilkenny Council, Kilkenny Fashion Week is the biggest collective marketing initiative by local fashion retailers to promote Kilkenny as a premier shopping destination.
For further information and bookings, visit www.kilkennyfashionweek.com.