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Fashion Tastemaking

  • OX Cave 1 Oxford St, Belfast BT1 3LA United Kingdom (map)

Indulge in an evening of fashion talks at Belfast wine library OX Cave on Thursday 09 November 2017. Sip on some of OX’s finest wine while our panel of experts serve up some food for thought on the current state of play for the local fashion industry and what it takes to flourish within the sector.

Following last year’s successful Fashion Roundtable event, Belfast Design Week is back with an extended panel of speakers for 2017’s focal fashion event. Guests will enjoy the company of leading Fashion and Retail Consultant and Chair of the Council of Irish Fashion Designers,Eddie Shanahan, Founder of ready-to-wear label Theo + George, Katie O'Riordan, and top NI stylist Rebecca McKinney.

Tickets include a complimentary glass of wine and nibbles by OX.

Meet The Speakers

Eddie Shanahan

Eddie Shanahan specialises in business and product development for the fashion, craft and retail industries.

His clients include designers, retailers, state agencies, blue chip corporations and emerging talent, in both the Irish and international marketplaces.

He is Chairperson of the Council of Irish Fashion Designers and sits on the Boards of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland and the Leitrim Design House. He is a guest lecturer on the Retail Degree Program at LYIT.

He developed the ‘Create’ project in association with Brown Thomas. This is an on-going process to identify and develop Irish fashion and accessories designers with the potential to sell in the store alongside the world’s leading fashion brands.

He has delivered Business and Product Development programs for the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, Derry & Strabane Council, Local Enterprise Offices, business organisations and individual clients.

He regularly contributes to business and lifestyle programmes on radio and television.

Rebecca McKinney

Rebecca has taken her passion for fashion and injected it into her life at every possible opportunity. Graduating from law school and armed with her Masters degree, Rebecca wanted more than simply letters after her name and embarked on a life in the fashion and media world.
Three years as the lead fashion stylist at Victoria Square in Belfast, led to 2014, where Rebecca landed one of her ‘bucket list’ dream roles as a presenter on ‘The Breakfast Show’ at Cool FM. 

Spending the last 5 years as one of the most respected fashion stylists in Northern Ireland, Rebecca has made a career of making women feel good about themselves and helping them embrace every single part of their figures. Her clients range from male sporting stars and television personalities, to new mums, glamorous grannies, young professionals and women who just need a little push to show their wardrobes, and themselves, a little more love. 

In 2017, Rebecca and her friend Stevey Lennox launched a unique fashion and beauty event in Belfast called The Style Edit. 

Katie O’Riordan

Irish based Philadelphia native Katie O’Riordan is the driving force behind Theo+George – a lifestyle brand rooted in simplicity and minimalism. Simplicity represented by beautiful, contemporary and responsible products. Theo + George was started to help people get more from life with less, by providing timeless solutions that can be either dressed up or dressed down and that make everyday effortless.

Progressive, and ambitious, Katie was determined to create a collection that shares her own values of simplicity and sustainability, while also being durable and easy to wear. As a busy mom of two, she recognises the value of a life made easier and was driven to share this principle with others, with a curated crafted collection of clothes that work together to reduce the need for unnecessary consumption.

With a degree in physics and a background in architecture and fashion, Katie has taken her unique skills and applied them to her life’s passion. She has received increasing recognition for her work in the fashion industry – in 2015 she made the shortlist for the IDI Universal Design Award and was awarded the title of 2017 IFIA Fashion Designer of the Year.  She has collaborated with the likes of Paul Smith, L.A.M.B., and Disney. She was also part of the design team that produced the US Snowboard Team uniforms for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Earlier Event: November 9
FRINGE: Human Centred Design at Allstate
Later Event: November 10
Design Business Bootcamp