SOME of the biggest names in fashion and music are hitting the catwalk in Belfast next month.
Una Rodden, Reudi Maguire and Day Birger who are launching their Spring Summer 2012 collection at the show, are just a few on a long list of local and national fashion designers taking part in Belfast’s hottest winter fashion show, Belfast & Beyond.
Edgy new venue, Double Yellow will play host to 20 models who will showcase designers such as Boudoir, House of Fraser and Pied a Terre style and fashion staples ahead of this winter’s party season.
Organisers, Rubicon Promotions are also negotiating a deal which will see a live band play to the audience throughout the evening.
And it’s not just the live music element of the show which makes Belfast & Beyond unique; all proceeds from the event will go straight to three dedicated charities - Age NI, Charis Integrated Cancer Centre and PIPs Programme.
Event Organiser Niall Kearney, from Rubicon Promotions, says his ambition is to bring a fashion first to Northern Ireland whilst also giving something back.
“I am delighted to be launching Rubicon’s inaugural event with Belfast & Beyond,”” he said.
“My vision was to bring live music and an unrivalled collection of local and national designers together under one roof in aid of a number of different charities that are close to my heart.”
“We chose Double Yellow as it was edgy, different and the perfect space which we can really dress and bring to life.”
The event will also offer an eclectic mix of clothing, food and jewellery concessions which guests can browse throughout the evening.”
The three charities are delighted to be the recipients of the money raised at the two shows.
Linda Nevins from Age NI said: “Age NI is delighted to be involved in such a high profile event in Belfast. This is a great opportunity to highlight our Spread the Warmth campaign which is all about making winter better for older people in Northern Ireland.”
“Everyone can help us spread the warmth by organising a coffee morning, doing something kind for an older person to help them during the cold weather, or simply make a donation to help us reach more older people in need this year.”
Valerie Beattie from Charis Integrated Cancer Care said: “This is a very exciting project for Charis to be involved with, and being a new charity we really appreciate being part of this fantastic high profile event.”
“The Charis Centre is based at Loughfea outside Cookstown, set against a beautiful backdrop of mountains and overlooking the Lough. Our aim is to provide therapies, such as counselling and aromatherapy, dietary and financial advice to people living with cancer and their carers from diagnosis onwards.””
Philip McTaggart from PIPs Programme (public initiative for the prevention of Suicide & Self-harm) which is based in North Belfast said:
“We at PIPS are delighted to be involved in such a high profile event, and hope to use this ideal opportunity to raise awareness about the growing rate of suicides and self-harm in Northern Ireland. Our charity aims to promote positive mental health and mental thinking, aiming to break down the barriers and stigma attached to mental illness”
“The message we want to get across, is that asking for help with a mental illness or problem is a sign of strength, not weakness, and we actively encourage those in need of a listening ear, to get in touch.”
He concluded: “We receive no funding from the government and so events like this are very special to us for raising much needed funds.”
Belfast & Beyond will take place over two shows (4pm and 8pm) on Wednesday 23rd November 2011 in Double Yellow, 11 Bruce Street, Belfast. Tickets are priced at £20.00 and are available at www.belfastandbeyond.eventbrite.com