Fashion week goes international

Celia Holman Lee

Reporter:

Celia Holman Lee

THE fashion industry in Limerick city and county has waited for 13 years to bring its famous fashion festival back to life.

THE fashion industry in Limerick city and county has waited for 13 years to bring its famous fashion festival back to life.

Limerick was one of the first cities in Ireland to have a fashion week and now we are back, with the Limerick International Fashion and Design Festival incorporating the Limerick International Fashion Student Awards 2013 (Limerick IFSA). There will be a host of events taking place in Limerick from Tuesday, October 29 to Saturday, November 2. The flagship event is the Limerick IFSA to be held in the former Franciscan Church on Henry St on Thursday, October 31 which will see fashion students from all over Europe taking part.

They will be judged by the fantastic designer Don O’Neill of THEIA, who will be jetting in from New York. Other highlights will include the Sybil Connolly Exhibition in the Hunt Museum, the Limerick Style coffee morning and fashion show to be held in the former Franciscan Church on Wednesday, October 30 - incorporating fashion stores from across the city and county, and the Sparkle and Shine evening fashion show in association with Imasa Lifestyle Boutique in Marco Polo restaurant on Wednesday, October 30. Fashion Fusion in association with Bóthar is the gala event to end what should be a fabulous week.

It will be hosted by celebrity chef Rachel Allen featuring some of the top Irish designers and will be held in Thomond Park on Friday, November 1. See www.limerickifsa.com for more information.

THIS Saturday at Brown Thomas Limerick, Marie O’Shea will host soft dressing shows and workshops every hour on the hour from 12pm to 4pm on Level 1 featuring exciting new season collections. One-to-one style consultations with Brown Thomas expert advisers will also be available throughout the day.