This week’s column…Lisa McCabe to debut latest collection at intimate event

In an exclusive and intimate event in Belfast’s Cafe Vaudeville on Monday, September 3, up and coming fashion designer Lisa McCabe will reveal the autumn/winter 2012 from her ‘Nor Lisa’ label.

Since graduating from the University of Ulster in 2011, Lisa has worked tirelessly and enthusiastically on building the successful Nor Lisa label, which has already featured in the catwalk at Belfast Fashion Week as well as being worn on the red carpet by singing sensation Niamh Perry and modelled by Britain’s Next Top Model finalist Diona Doherty.  As well as designing and making the clothes in the collection, Lisa often designs the prints and hand prints many of the fabrics herself, so no two pieces of the printed fabric clothing are the same.

The young Fermanagh-born lady is ambitious about furthering the success of her brand and new collections in the future. “The fashion industry in Northern Ireland is certainly one that’s growing rapidly and it’s a great time for young designers like me to be making the most of it.”

Speaking about her new collection, Lisa describes this season’s collection as luxurious and exclusive, taking her inspiration from rich countryside manors, elegant clothing and anti-hunting. Describing her work ethic, Lisa states: “Like all designers, I work months in advance of each new season to research the upcoming trends and of course to create my own. It’s great to have reached the point where I am ready to launch the autumn/winter range which I think is one of my most adventurous to date. I’ll be a little nervous on the evening but I’ll mostly be excited to hear the reactions of my supporters.”

Audiences should expect to see previews of the 20 piece strong collection boasting jewel colours highlighted with golds and luxurious fabrics with elements of lace which will be perfectly complimented by the boudoir-esque setting of Cafe Vaudeville. Local jewellery brand Melanie bond will complement the fashion pieces on the catwalk with the latest statement necklaces and arm wear. Hairdresser Lee Stinton will work alongside make up artist Nuala Campbell to complete the models’ looks.

With former Big Brother contestant Orlaith McAlistair as the host, DJ Gavin Annon on the decks and recent Britain’s Next Top Model finalist Diona Doherty on the catwalk and fronting the new collection, the event is hotting up to be one of the top VIP events of the year.

Tickets for the Nor Lisa AW12 Collection Preview which takes place at 7pm on Monday 03 September are £12.50 and available to buy from www.nor-lisa.com or by emailing norlisafashion@gmail.com. Ticket price includes a West Coast Cooler reception and complimentary bespoke Nor Lisa inspired Sugar Room Cupcakes.

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