Blog : Fashion



With edgy hairstyling from the creative Connor & Company team, vibrant make-up by beauty business queen Grainne McCoy, photography by expert Glenn Norwood and unique garments from talented Ulster University fashion graduates – last week’s photoshoot was a hub of exceptional collaboration and creativity.

The photoshoot comes as preparation to celebrate the imminent opening of Connor & Company, an all-new concept salon located in the heart of Derry, owned by our innovative client and champion hairdresser Connor Grant.

Taking place at 1G1 Studio, the team embraced the grungy industrial surroundings as well as injecting plenty of neon, colour and fun to create a one-of-a-kind theme – the most fitting way to showcase Connor & Company’s diverse abilities and clientele as well as compliment their branding.

The shoot saw everything from quirky 70’s corkscrew curls to silky straight do’s; from dramatic high ponytails to freshly-coloured silver hair, all of which were effortlessly modelled by Chloe Spence, Hannah Watson, Dearbhla MacFarland, Grainne McCoy, Nicky Irvine and Austin Cush.

We also welcomed a number of eclectic Ulster University fashion graduate collections by designers Matthew Tanner, Chloe Dougan and Chloe Elliott.

Matthew Tanner’s intricate gothic pieces brought a vampy element to the shoot, allowing Connor & Company hair stylists Aaron Hutchman, Becky Gallen and Aislinn Kelly to show off their skills.

Chloe Dougan’s extensive range bought us something for everyone; including bright tassels, delicate sheer and heavy-duty chain mail which excelled in all themes of the photoshoot.

Recent graduate Chloe Elliott’s signature embroidered and embellished colour-block blazers proved the perfect match for Connor & Company’s bold branding, which was built from conception in-house by Rumour Mill and That Clever Ghost.

Speaking on the day, Connor enthuses: “The day was fantastic and better than expected. The success of the day was all down to the creative people who worked together to produce something special and outside the box. This shoot allowed us to capture the vision of Connor & Company and showcase our ability to create iconic, stylish and head turning looks. I want to extend a very special thank you to Matthew, Chloe Dougan and Chloe Elliott for kindly supplying clothes for the shoot – as their incredible looks took the shoot to another level. I can’t wait to see the finish images and we are already looking forward to the next photoshoot!”

Stay tuned see the release of the professional photos as well as the grand opening of Connor & Company. Watch this space…



On Saturday 29th September, Love Island 2018 favourite, Alexandra Cane visited the North West’s premier shopping destination, Foyleside Shopping Centre, as the popular retail mecca hosted its fashion and beauty extravaganza of the year. Hosted by Cool FM’s, Melissa Riddell, the event showcased the best in fashion and beauty for the upcoming Autumn and Winter season.

‘Feel Fabulous at Foyleside’ was an action-packed day of free style advice, giveaways, special offers and more as Alexandra Cane joins the centre’s key style retailers on the ‘Feel Fabulous’ stage. Alexandra hosted a live makeup demonstration, followed by an exclusive meet and greet. Shoppers flocked in their thousands to grab a picture with the Love Island favourite, at a new bespoke flower wall, created specifically for the Foyleside event.

The centre has gone from strength to strength within the past year, with new store openings including Inglot and Paddy McGurgan Make up Pro Store, broadening the fashion and beauty offering. With Holland &Barratt opening later this month, the Centre is reporting almost 100% occupancy.

For more information, visit or find the centre on Facebook and Instagram.



Lights, camera, fashion! Running from 8 until 15 September, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council will host a series of fabulous fashion and beauty events perfect for those with a love of all things fashion! Stylefest 2018 will focus on showcasing some of the amazing businesses and stores that the borough has to offer.

Each local event will host a catwalk show featuring local retailers as well as style workshops, image consultancy, hair styling tutorials and make-up demonstrations. Fashionable comperes, Sarah Travers, Rebecca McKinney, Siobhan McGarry and Pamela Ballantine will narrate the various evening events, talking fashionistas through all the biggest trends for autumn/winter, how to wear them, whatever your style and budget; and where to buy them from locally.

There are five fashion events taking place across the week: The Johnston Building at Shambles Yard and Brownlow House, Lurgan, both on Thursday 13 September; Rushmere Shopping Centre, Craigavon and F.E. McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge on Friday 14 September and Portadown Town Hall on Saturday 15 September.

With live music, drinks and canapes on arrival plus much more, it is a perfect night out!

Speaking on this year’s Stylefest, Lord Mayor Councillor Julie Flaherty says:

“Stylefest is a great initiative. By creating a series of local fashion events and using local independent stores, boutiques and salons, we are staying rooted and connected to the heart of our community. Each area has a raft of fantastic traders and Stylefest is giving us a great platform to profile what is available on our doorsteps.

“I would encourage people to get a ticket for one of these fabulous events and support local businesses. A fantastic night is guaranteed for all who attend.”

For more information on each event and on how to buy tickets – please visit Book early to avoid disappointment as numbers are limited.



This month Foyleside Shopping Centre will host a unique collaborative fashion event in partnership with Foyle Women’s Aid and Marks & Spencer.

Dress for Success was established by Foyle Women’s Aid, with a mission to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire advice and development tools to help them thrive in work and personal life.

Hosted by Cool FM’s Melissa Riddell, there will be fabulous fashion previews and exclusive giveaways from some of the centre’s top retailers including Debenhams, Next and Monsoon as well as live on-stage styling sessions. Whether you are starting out in your career or want guidance to thrive in your profession, it’s the perfect place to get all the advice you need to Dress for Success.

The unique event isn’t just about fashion. Women are also offered guidance to enhance their CVs and interview preparation. The Dress for Success service is open to all women including school leavers, graduates or anyone who is attending interviews and would like support with presenting themselves for the workplace.

Marie Brown, Director of Foyle Women’s Aid said “We believe that every woman, no matter where she comes from, has the potential to reach great heights and achieve economic independence.  Dress for Success gives them the tools they need to get there.  It’s not about where you’ve been, it about where you’re going.”

Fergal Rafferty, Centre Manager for Foyleside Shopping Centre said, “We are delighted to be the host venue for this unique Dress for Success event. The positive work of Foyle Women’s Aid is well known in the city and we are delighted that a number of our key tenants are making a significant investment in resources in support of this initiative, which will be a real highlight in our summer events programme.”

Dress for Success is taking place on Saturday 30th at the Central Mall on Level 2 in Foyleside Shopping Centre from 12pm – 3pm.

If you are interested in finding out more about Dress for Success and the services available visit the website at or email

Ariana Clothing designs flattering Autumn & Winter Collection

Ariana Clothing designs flattering Autumn & Winter Collection

Ariana Clothing Local Belfast-based womenswear brand Ariana is proud of its Autumn/Winter 16 collection. It hosts flattering and expertly designed pieces, created to cater for those who want great quality, beautiful clothing at affordable prices. There is something for everyone’s personal style in this collection.

Each distinctive Ariana piece can take the wearer from day-to-evening with ease, using smart, contemporary and forward-thinking designs that enhance your silhouette and ensure you stand out from the crowd.

This collection features beautifully designed dresses, tops and coats in stunning jewel prints, striking jacquards, quirky animal prints and retro-inspired tailoring.  With colour palettes spanning from rich cranberry, autumnal mustard, deep indigo to rich chocolate and chic greys, this effortlessly chic collection will appeal to all style conscious women.

Utilising hints of the seasons key trends Ariana has created a modern wardrobe with touches of cutting edge style that any woman can wear.  Ariana Clothing has everything you need to look stylish and chic this Autumn/Winter.

The Ariana collection is designed in Belfast, Northern Ireland and available in local boutiques and throughout Europe. Check out its website for more details on the collection and a list of stockists:

Retro 60s Geo prints shift dress £150 2331a

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