The Dublin Fashion Festival had their fourth and by far most successful festival last September.

The Dublin Fashion Festival had their fourth and by far most successful festival last September.

The Dublin Fashion Festival (DFF) is only a baby festival in comparison to the likes of Paris and New York Fashion Week (Paris held its first fashion week in 1914 and New York in 1943) but it is most definitely becoming much more popular among fashionistas and shopaholics from Ireland and abroad. Alexander Ludwig, a Canadian actor/model said: “I’ve been to one or two fashion shows in my life so far but these have trumped all of them. They’re incredible.”

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However it’s not just fashion shows that take place during the festival that ran from the 5th-8th September. Other events included a ‘stylathon’ where contestants styled themselves or a friend for the chance to win a behind the scenes experience with stylist Maria Kelly and a €1000 shopping spree, a ‘Mad Hatter’s Party’ where people came to show off their favourite headpiece, style workshops and movie nights that screened  fashion-themed films.

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The most anticipated and talked about event of DFF however is the Creative Quarter Fashion Show which is held on the steps of the Powerscourt Centre in the City Centre. TV presenter and founder of the DCU Look Magazine Laura Whitmore was the Face of the Festival 2013 and hosted the fashion show in the Powerscourt Centre this year.

A popular look that seemed to crop up a lot on the catwalks was animal print. ‘Catwalk’ was a suitable name as leopard print was everywhere! Designers managed to steer clear of the ‘tacky’ looking leopard print and went for more of a sexy, sophisticated look. There were hints of animal print to be seen on collars and sleeves and small details on tailored shirts as to not go OTT with it. This gave off and old-school 50’s vibe.

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Another trend that took over the runways was tartan. You can’t go anywhere these days without seeing that A/W trend and the shows at the DFF were no exception!  Checks were everywhere. From dresses to jackets, and skirts to suits, tartan was the go-to pattern for designers this A/W. It was seen on men and women in a range of colours but obviously the most popular being black, white and red.

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Metallic and lace designs were also a popular choice for stylists and designers at the DFF. A subtle shimmer was welcome with open arms, as long as it wasn’t too in-your-face or Christmas tree-esque. Knee-length metallic skirts and tailored leather suits were a big hit among the shows, along with Baroque-style gowns and lace covered dresses. Overall these designs gave off a dark gothic sex appeal. Classy yet sexy.

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The hair and make-up that went with most of the outfits were bold, dark eyebrows, a dark red or purple lip and slicked down hair with a bold parting.

By Cliona Nic Dhomhnaill