A new group of fashion designers from all over Northern Ireland came together on Derry’s Strand Road for the Off the Cuff Fashion Show held at the North West Regional College.
Traditionally Derry is known as the City of Culture, but for one day it became a city of culture as the college played host to the fashion show that allowed area designers to show what they had to offer. The audience was packed for every collection and students were able to see many creative designs many of which were created within the studios of the campus.
About sixty designers from six of Northern Ireland’s colleges battled to win top honours at the show. Also in attendance were students from Nuremberg, Germany and Glasgow. It clearly was the highlight of fashion in Derry as the 2013 show was a blur of festive activities, colour, and of course plenty of glamour.
What made Off the Cuff so spectacular was that the fashion on the catwalk range from the absurd to the wearable. For instance, one model were a loosely fitted white dress with an empire waist, oversized sleeves, and large buttons that could have been worn by any mother in a fifties sitcom. You could easily see a trendsetter wearing with some boots around London.
On the other hand, some styles were clearly just for the runway including one model in a blue satin gown that had winkles worked into the skirt with a large feather boa attached that literally circled the model’s neck and then bunched up in a giant mess along their side. Chances are not too many people would be spotted wrestling with that ornate boa.