Earlier this month Into the West Blogger Network were delighted to have the opportunity to co-ordinate 20 VIP Bloggers from the network to attend the inaugural Galway Fashion Trail in association with GalwayNow and supported by Catwalk Model Agency.
With the most beautiful traditional tea shop situated in the heart of Galway’s Latin Quarters, as the venue for "before noon tea" we were truly spoilt as we arrived bright and early to The Serendipity Suite at Cupán Tae. We were welcomed with a reception of freshly brewed tea and coffee, poured from the most beautiful china tea pots.
The signature Cupán Tae variety breakfast included the most amazing homemade golden toasted granola made with Irish oats, sweet Irish honey, a medley of apricots, cranberries and raisins and delicious roasted almonds, served with creamy natural yoghurt, maple syrup and lightly dusted with bee pollen.
Scones were also served with walnut butter and a selection of raspberry, strawberry, blackcurrant, plum, rhubarb and ginger jam accompanied by a choice of tea or coffee. This private dining suite is a truly unique and must-have high tea experience.
With a busy agenda ahead we took to the streets of Galway City where winter fashion was showcased like never before, as the style mecca of the West staged a unique Fashion Trail with Galway’s top designers. The 1st Galway Fashion Trail saw Galway city’s leading retailers host sequential fashion shows in their store.
Each retailer included the collection of one Galway-based designer as part of their mini-fashion show. Fashionistas were treated to the very best of what’s on offer in Galway’s stylish outlets and Into The West Blogger Network were delighted to join GalwayNow and Catwalk Models Agency for the inaugural Galway Fashion Trail.
First stop was Colette Latchford, located in Lydon Court, Eyre Square (just opposite the side entrance to Debenhams). The shop offers an impressive line up of quality labels and the Catwalk models did an amazing job showcasing this seasons’s brightest hues of Coral, Jade Green and Colbalt Blue.
The Treasure Chest on William Street is undoubtedly the most stylish retail outlet on Galway’s main shopping thoroughfare. The fashion shop on the first floor carries an extensive range of ladies fashions from all the leading Irish and European designers. The lovely Suzie Mahony Milliner was also showcasing her new collection as part of Galway’s first Fashion Trail in the beautiful surroundings of the Treasure Chest. Everyone was greeted with a glass of bubbly by Mary Bennett and her team and the Catwalk Models strutted their stuff in an amazing fashion show.
The style and glamour at Anthony Ryan’s really blow my mind… each look was perfectly styled and the amazing creations by Galway Designer Caithriona King were out of this world. The photos speak for themselves!!!
After refuelling at Cask for some amazing food, everyone was excited for the fashion show at Willow’s new store on Mainguard Street. Willow is very welcome to Galway City stocking so many amazing brands including Almost Famous, Ted Baker, Vero Moda, Darling, Sister Jane, See you Soon, Guess, Pieces, Levis, Tempest, Virgo’s Lounge, Laura Bernal, YAS, Soft Rebels and Finders Keepers you will be spoilt for choice. Galway Designer Brid O’Driscoll was also in the store showcasing her beautiful designs.
Kilkenny Shop is Ireland’s leading supporter of Irish Craft & Design. It’s the home to top Irish labels such as Niamh O’Neill, Caroline Kilkenny and Aideen Bodkin and international brands such as Qui, Olsen and Eva Kayan. Kilkenny stock a wide range of accessories for Orla Kiely and Fossil to Guess and Calvin Klein. They also offer a great selection of jewellery from top Irish Designers such as Chupi, Alan Ardiff and Newbridge Silverware with the new Ti Amo and Ocean range also in store.
The newest addition to Middle Street is Muse by Dee. This beautiful Boutique showcased Galway’s young designer Dearbaile Joyce. Greeted with a glass of bubbly and a warm welcome from owner Deirdre Fallon, followed by a stunning fashion show the day could not get any better.
Last but my no means least we crossed the road to one of my favourite boutiques in Galway, none other than PIA. As always Denise was looking stunning with a smile from ear to ear as she welcomed everyone to the finale of the Galway Fashion Trail.
In between all the amazing fashion shows we popped into see retailers such as Fallers, Hartmanns, Cloon Keen Atelier, Judy Greenes, Galway Hat Shop and My Granny Likes It, each showcasing a Galway Designer including Heather Finn, Emily-Jean O’Byrne, Lynsey de Burca, Breege Walsh, Natasha Heaslip and Maria Dorai Raj. What a fun packed day, and by 6 pm we welcomed the wrap up party at The House Hotel.
We’d like to thank GalwayNow and Catwalk Models Agency for organising such an amazing event and Into The West Blogger Network for giving Bloggers the opportunity to be involved in such a super day. We’re all looking forward to a week-long event next year. Huge congrats and thanks to all the retailers and designer that filled our goodie bags with so many amazing gift. A big thanks also to Julia Dunin for sharing her fabulous photos of the day with us for this blog post. xox