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IF you want to get ahead, get a hat. And now local fashionistas can make headway and their own style statement as Belfast milliner and accessories designer Grainne Maher opens the doors of her first permanent retail outlet. Grainne has just launched her self-titled Fashion Vault in the Spires Mall in Belfast and her vibrant new boutique will stock a range of her own award-winning creations of millinery and jewellery. Her studio will also stock a range of independent fashion and accessory labels from Ireland and the UK including womenswear, bags, millinery, jewellery, and accessories as well housing art exhibitions and installations. Grainne's new venture follows on from the success of her pop-up store Proof, which led to the designer's iconic perspex necklaces being worn by Selena Gomez at the 2011 MTV Music Awards in Belfast. Ms Maher said: "When I set up Proof, which stocked local independent designers, it really was proof that the talent here in Northern Ireland needed a retail outlet to be the life blood of the industry. "Consumers are looking for something different from what the high street can offer and are keen to support up and coming talent. I've been looking for the perfect home to house my own millinery studio and the retail space, and finally founded it at Spire Mall. "I have also been exhibiting at London Fashion Week for several seasons and found incredible Irish and UK based designers with something unique to offer Belfast shoppers. I hope that the shop will be a beacon for fashion design talent and attract shoppers from all over Ireland. Source: www.irishnews.com
The new boutique, Grainne Maher: Fashion Vault builds on Proof - her previous pop-up venture - and will stock a range of independent fashion and accessory labels from Ireland and the UK, as well as Ms Maher's millinery creations and Pluck &... Fashion Vault customers will also be able to commission made-to-order millinery and hire hats. A regular exhibitor at London Fashion Week, the Belfast designer's work has featured on magazine covers and in television adverts. Dame Mary Peters wore one of her designs to Buckingham Palace to receive her MBE and in 2011, Hollywood actress Selena Gomez wore one of Maher's pendants onstage at the MTV music awards in Belfast, garnering worldwide attention. "Consumers are looking for something different and are keen to support up-and-coming talent," Ms Maher said. "My online business will continue, but I've found the perfect venue to house my own studio and retail space, and also provide a platform for the incredible independent Irish and UK-based designers who have something unique to offer shoppers. I have some great local designers stocked in the shop, as well as talent from the Republic of Ireland, whose designs are not available anywhere else in Northern Ireland. COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting. customercare@belfasttelegraph. Source: www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Have you seen the videotape dress and hat from the Wearable Art Show. Have you seen Jane Dunfield’s latest paintings. If you haven’t then you really should stop by ArtsPacific Co-op Gallery at Artisan Square while they are still on display until the end of August. Dunfield will be taking at least a year’s sabbatical to paint for a group show coming in September 2016. Her last show at the main gallery was almost a sell out. We will be looking forward to seeing what she will be coming out with. The VCR dress and hat, knitted and crocheted by Jani Carroll, were an homage to the work of international artist Evelyn Roth. Some of us were fortunate enough to meet the flamboyant artist while she was visiting Bowen Island. We were delighted to see some of her special pieces that may be featured at another Wearable Art Show in 2016. We hope she will be able to return from Australia for this event at the BIAC gallery. ArtsPacific Co-op Gallery continues to attract both new and established artists. Two of our newest members are Marie Neys, a landscape painter formerly of Alberta who does lovely representations of Bowen Island, and Julia Courtenay, a long-time resident who makes unusual stained glass mosaic pieces. We are expecting to add a few new members in September. In the meantime, please stop by to see the wonderful variety of arts/gifts and a great selection of cards from some of the artists. We are open everyday from at least 11-4. . Comments NOTE: To post a comment you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one. Register a new profile". The Bowen Island Undercurrent welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, style, legality and taste and reproduce them in print, electronic or otherwise. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions. Source: www.bowenislandundercurrent.com
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