Fashion Fest 2015

Last week I had one of the most incredible experiences of my design career to date (I know it has only started but it has been a roller coaster already).
I had the chance to show two of my collections at FashionFest 2015 in Derry/Londonderry.
the build up to this event has been ongoing for months and months where myself and many other designers went through a very tight selection process to be chosen for inclusion in the trade fair event on the Thursday and the Gala Fashion show on the Saturday night.
Eddie Shanahan, Chairperson of the Council of Irish Fashion Designers, was the brains behind the Trade Show and we were lucky enough to have one on one mentoring with him in the run up to the event where he advised and guided us with the development of our brands and really helped me to push mine to the next level.
For the trade show, I had my Spring/Summer 2016 collection on display. I received incredible feedback as well as a few orders from visiting buyers on the day. My new bright, bold colours really stood out and I was delighted with the amazing reaction that I had from everyone on the day. I also wore a piece from the new collection, which, as a fashion addict, is always an honour, especially when people ask where my outfit is from and I can say “I designed it myself”.
For the Gala fashion show in St. Columbs hall, I showcased my Autumn/Winter 2015 collection, which also had a fantastic response by many audience members. This included guest designer on the night, Helen Cody, who wants to commission one of my print designs for her own collection. I also wore a piece from my S/S’16 collection (seen above) which is one of my favourite pieces so far.
I would like to say a huge thank you to the team at the Fashion & Design centre, Derry & strabane District Council and Tracey & her stunning models from Style Academy for doing my collection such justice in the fashion show!
I could not be happier with the progress I have made in my design career so far. Considering I just graduated last month and already have three collections produced along with some amazing new ventures for 2016 it is onwards and upwards for “Nicola McLaughlin”. I just hope you guys join me for the journey!
Nicola x

Myself and My boyfriend Kevin at the show

What I wore:

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