Last week I was lucky enough to attend the 7th annual Irish Fashion Innovation Awards. Fifteen very lucky bloggers including myself were invited to attend in association with the brilliant Into The West Blogger Network. The awards which are organised by the masterminds at Golden Egg Productions were set up as a platform for local and national designers to showcase their designs and creations. The awards have gone from strength to strength in the past few years and so have their contestants. This year there was over 150 entries from designers all over the country. The award categories included Student Designer, Accessory Designer, Millinery Designer, Jewellery Designer and Fashion Designer Of The Year.Having never attended the awards before I didn’t know what to expect but lets just say after the show that was put on for us, I can’t see myself ever missing one in the future. I had the most fantastic night. To put it short, it’s the depiction of any fashion lovers perfect night out. I always knew the standard of Irish design was high but after the fashion show I was left feeling refreshed and seriously excited about what’s being designed and produced by our very own home grown talent. I was overwhelmed by the innovative and striking designs. Each time the models entered stage I was left in awe of the original, jaw-dropping and beautiful pieces they were dressed in. One particular moment where I was left faint-hearted was when the creations of designer Colin Burke were showcased. I instantly fell in love with his designs. Other favourites of mine were the uber-talented and creative Fintan Mulholland and Etain Grant. The winners on the night included Colin Burke as student designer of the year, Dee Mangan as accessory designer of the year, Elaine Keogh as millinery designer of the year, Emma Bourke as jewellery designer of the year and Carla Johnson as fashion designer of the year. The whole production from soundtrack to set-up, not to mention the designs themselves, was incredible – I felt like I’d been transported to a show in one of the fashion capitals of the world and each time I remembered that everything about this whole night was Irish, I felt a pang of pride and excitement for what’s to come.
After the fashion show and awards it was time to let the hair down and get dancing. We were treated to music by the incredible, Amazing Apples. We put the cameras away, suspended the tweeting, drank some bubbly and danced into the night.
Dress – Here
Shoes – River Island (Similar Here)
Bag – Here
I kept my outfit on the night very simple with this navy, plunge, midi dress. I kept my shoes, bag and accessories silver in keeping with the sparkly lurex finishing on the dress. I had such a wonderful night and I’m already looking forward to next years event and Galway’s second fashion week. I sadly missed the latest fashion trail due to work commitments but be sure to keep an eye out on my fellow ITWBN bloggers for their posts detailing the amazing day. A special thank you to everyone at Galway Now Magazine and Golden Egg Productions for such an incredible night. They set up the awards to give recognition to Irish Designers and to show that Ireland has what it takes to compete in the crazy fashion world and they deserve recognition and a huge thanks themselves for creating that wonderful platform.