The Dublin Fashion Festival returns this September, promising to be bigger, bolder and better than ever before.
Paris, London, New York, Milan and also Dublin celebrate fashion each September. The week-long festival takes place throughout the city with more than 200 retailers, restaurants, bars, hotels and businesses taking part. The Dublin Fashion Festival (DFF) takes to the streets with open-air runways, night-time fashion spectaculars, workshops and makeup master classes, and also features the prestigious Young Designer of the Year competition.
Head to Grafton Street and Henry Street to see them transformed into catwalks featuring the best styles from local retailers. Then head inside the shops for exciting in-store events, exhibitions, style advice and perhaps even special offers. Many of the city’s stores will be involved this year including Brown Thomas and BT2, Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre, Powerscourt Centre, Arnotts, Ilac Shopping Centre, Jervis Shopping Centre, H&M, Oasis, Forever 21 and Penneys, as well as a host of boutiques and vintage stores across the city.
A highlight of the festival, the Young Designer of the Year competition, is already underway – some of Ireland’s leading fashion commentators, icons, designers and buyers will assess this years’ entries and whittle them down to just 12. The show will display new Irish talent, innovation and creativity with the finalists’ pieces being showcased in front of an invited audience of key fashion influencers as they compete for the title of Young Designer of the Year, in one of Ireland’s biggest and most renowned fashion events.
The Creative Quarter Fashion Show (hosted by Pippa O’Connor Ormond, the face of the festival for 2015) returns on Friday, 11th September, on the steps of the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre featuring pieces from stores, boutiques and vintage shops in Dublin’s Creative Quarter, including Marion Cuddy, Om Diva and Dirty Fabulous, to name but a few.
The DFF runs from Monday 7th September until Sunday 13th September.
All images courtesy Dublin Fashion Festival