Cirque Fashion Show took place 01 September 2016 at Barry’s Amusements, Portrush, Northern Ireland. The fashion show was in aid of WOMEN’S AID, SAMARITANS, CANCER FUND FOR CHILDREN and here you can discover the talent that went into the show.
Discover the models, photographers, makeup artists and more from Northern Ireland. More to come.
Here is the Live Stream if you missed this show. Check this out world.
The Show Live Stream
Shauna Fay Collection
Talent Of Northern Ireland
— Cirque Fashion Show (@cirquefashion) June 10, 2016
It is the 50th Anniversary of ‘Sound of Music’ tomorrow, but for the talented photographer of Northern Ireland the sound of music arrived early. Catherine Mackenzie is an amazing talent, and The Professional Photographer Association of Northern Ireland seems to think so as well. Last night Catherine was not only awarded the ‘Fashion Photographer of the Year’ but many more honours were bestowed upon her. Follow her on her Twitter and Facebook and keep up with this amazing talent who knows how to tell a story with her lens. What is she feeling like after last night? In her own words.
I really don’t know where to start!!!
I think I’m still floating to be honest.
I am so privileged to be part of the amazing society that is the professional photographic association of northern Ireland. PPANI
Last night I won fashion photographer of the year thanks to Karen Harkin from Harkins Hair Strabane.
Commercial photographer of the year thanks to Bejewelled Strabane. Portrait photographer of the year again thank you to Jude Harkin and Karen Harkin. Licentiate photographer of the year, creative photographer of the year and overall photographer of the year.
I have so many people to thank I don’t know where to start.
Lorraine K. Doag you gorgeous person, Margaret O’Donnell my wee mammy. Kim McNaughton, Cindy McKendry, Nikki Smith nail Academy, Kerry from Star Tiara. Fiona Murphy, Stephanie Loughrey, Karen Harkin from Harkins hair. And all the amazing photographers in the PPANI.
Queen Elizabeth II (real royalty) and Prince Philip visiting Belfast arrived at Westeros and took a tour of the show’s sets, including the throne room where the uninviting seat of the Iron Throne sits at attention. She did not show much interest in taking over the Seven Kingdoms, in her time there have been more than seven.
The Queen was escorted by showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss as she got a behind-the-scenes look at everything from costumes to props to the Red Keep. “Game of Thrones” actors lined up in the throne room to meet the monarch, with Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Conleth Hill (Lord Varys), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), and Rose Leslie (Ygritte) in attendance.
It was said that Queen Elizabeth II did comment on how uncomfortable the Iron Throne looked and never took the chance to try it out robbing the world and media of perhaps the greatest photo moment that I am sure would have gone viral in few seconds. Did Queen Elizabeth II have any theories on the show such as Kayla Harvard one of the cast members of the film David Bowie Is Around The World ? Well no one will know as no one knows if she actually watches the HBO show.
Here you can check out the Queens visit and listen to Kayla Harvard’s theory.
2014 Oscars Countdown – Caroline Mc Menamin From Belfast, Northern Ireland With A Look For The Silver Screen – Bowie Film Discovery
Show time to Oscars is hours away. Soon stars will walk down the Red Carpet and some will get the nod for The Academy Award. Each person you see all started at point “A” it’s where everyone starts and then one day that dream you have comes true. When I first saw the photo-shoot by Catherine MacKenzie in Belfast and Caroline Mc Menamin I instantly thought of Michelle Pfeiffer. It will be obvious to you that the camera loves Caroline. She wants to hold Beyoncé’s hand when she visits Belfast and walk her around showing her the history of her city. Caroline loves to hit the day charging and as in this world dreams can come true, and one day she could be walking down that Red Carpet. The Oscar goes to the lady with the blazing red hair. Caroline, likes David Bowie’s song “China Girl” and as I am sitting once again under a cherry blossom tree in Japan posting this in the background is China Girl outtakes from David Bowie Is Around The World film.
“I have listened to David Bowie since I can remember. I have always been intrigued by him. I always found myself reading up on him, finding out what inspired him, why he had a pupil more dilated than the other. I love ‘China girl’ and ‘Starman’. He has even inspired my style. I find that David Bowie defines the word ‘icon’, it’s like he is not a man, but a metaphysical force. – Caroline Mc Menamin”
1. Cognitive behavior therapy – what made you pursue studies in this area?
My first degree is in Drama, and I found whilst i was doing practical workshops working on specific characters that there was a lot of mental preparation and exploration about how your own personality fits a character. I found this had therapeutic elements. I found that it allowed for inward evaluation of the ‘self’. This eventually led me to focus my thesis on ‘Drama as Therapy’. I discovered a sea of therapeutic interventions with creative foundations, and so from that I wanted to broaden my repertoire of therapies as I wanted to contribute to helping people with mental health difficulties.
2.On your FB you like Tony Hawk, any reason for that?
As a teenager I was a rocker/skate boarder. Whilst I wasn’t so good on the skate board, I still enjoyed it, I loved watching my friends doing their tricks and I loved to watch the Extreme sport channel. I also loved playing the Tony Hawk underground game on the play-station. I was quite the tomboy, and I still have that element within me, it can be seen in my choice of clothing and the fact that I’d prefer to wear my leather jacket instead of a girly dress.
3. How did you start in modeling ?
You don’t do that full time? and what are your other interests. I started modelling when I was 15/16. I started off doing bridal fayres and then eventually I was working for a lot of hair salons and local boutiques. Eventually I signed with a modelling agency in Dublin and have had editorials from that. I work within the North of Ireland a lot and it has opened a portal through which I met and made friends with some amazingly creative people. I love modelling as it’s a lovely recreational outlet for me as working in the mental health field can be arduous. Along with modelling I work on my blog ‘The Red Dutchess’ which is a lifestyle blog, and whilst I’ve a million thoughts and theories in my mind the content of my blog and be quite unpredictable. I also write for a mental health magazine and write for other people’s needs. I love to write.
4. You like Beyoncé I can understand that in your words tell us why?
I was barely a teenager when my sister showed me a new album called ‘Writings on the Wall’ by a group that I haven’t heard of until then. They were called Destiny’s Child. From that very day and hour I’ve loved Beyoncé. Not only do I think she has an unprecedented beauty, I have found that she has had a MAJOR influence on how I perceive myself as a female in a male dominated world. Through her songs and lifestyle she has subliminally given me a me, and the rest of the world, a message that says ‘I’m a woman, look at what I’ve achieve, don’t hold back, depend on yourself, work hard and never be complacent’. There’s a great quote that says ‘You have just as many hours in the day as Beyonce’, that in itself tells me to waste no time and charge towards the day.
5. Beyoncé is coming to Belfast, if you were her tour guide what would you show her about your city? cafe, bar, restaurant etc.
I would take Beyoncé by her beautifully manicured hand and walk past the commercialism of the shops and show her the seeds from which Belfast and the North has grown. I would show her the history that is embroidered on the diversely coloured fabric that wraps around Belfast. Whilst there may be dark elements of the history, it is still a history that is rich and indelible and a namesake of Northern Ireland.
6. Who would you say are some of the people who inspired you?
Anybody that has a strong work ethic and assertiveness have a tremendous impact on me. Different people have different inspirational qualities that I aspire to have. My parents have inspired me to be honest, and sincere. Their modesty and support have always made me feel a great sense of pride that they’re my parents. My godmother and I are close, she is the epitome of a strong independent woman. She is unbelievably intelligent but has a jovial and loving personality. She has taken me travelling since I was 14. I’ve been to many places and gained knowledge that only travelling can give. She has been a medium through which I can experience the world. My little nephew and niece have inspired me to ‘just be’. To enjoy the moment, to become mindful of everything around me, to not think of the next hour, but to just enjoy the ‘now’, and that might be just playing with cars with my nephew and cuddling my beautiful niece, who also has red hair. I’m so proud to be their aunt.
7. If you could do anything in the world what would that be?
The first thing that comes to mind when I read this question is Albert Einstein’s quote ‘ I have no special talent, I’m just passionately curious’. This is just me. I want to experience and do everything. I may wake up and decide ‘i want to design a dress that I would wear to a party hosted by ‘Jay Gatsby’, or I might decide I want to know about ‘the French Renaissance’ or read the theories of philosophers. Or I might decide I want to be an actress, or a Mother or designer. My mind is a whirlwind of thoughts and ideas, but I’m only one person, I don’t have enough years to do everything I want to do.
8. You did a photo shoot recently wore a wig, and had a cover of David Bowie LP in the picture, any thought on David Bowie?
I have listened to David Bowie since I can remember. I have always been intrigued by him. I always found myself reading up on him, finding out what inspired him, why he had a pupil more dilated than the other. I love ‘China girl’ and ‘Starman’. He has even inspired my style. I find that David Bowie defines the word ‘icon’, it’s like he is not a man, but a metaphysical force.
9.Lets talk food, what are some of your favorite foods you like to eat or cook?
Oh lets talk food indeed. My God I love my food, but to look at me you wouldn’t think I ate much. I love to cook but I especially love going out and travelling to different countries to experience their native foods and dishes. I love Italian and Indian. I find Italian food extremely satisfying, I just to come home from school and sit down to have bread and olives with Balsamic Vinegar and Olive oil, and my Mother would be standing making Irish Stew and I’d be sitting in an Italian reverie.
10. The Red Dutchess is your blog- how did that come about and how did you come up with the name?
I wanted a name that held power and strength, a name that denoted ‘i’m a strong woman’. I have red hair, so there was the word ‘red’, and one of my favorite films is ‘the dutchess’ that stars Keira Knightly who was the Dutchess of Devonshire who was a woman before her time. She was adored for her complex character She was also an active political campaigner in an age when women’s suffrage was still over a century away. She’s a woman who was empowered and ambitious with no inhibitions. She has inspired me to build my blog on the foundation of her qualities that she was so well-known for. Her trousseau, her interest in social issues and her need to speak her mind. She has been the source which has inspired the content of my blog.
Glynneth Barren is rocking her stunning jewellery designs with fashion covers with Rihanna, to the David Bowie Table at the Ritz Carlton in the Bowie film to the pool of talent that’s in Belfast, N. Ireland.
A chance meeting between Fashion Stylist Cindy McKendry and LA based Jewellery designer Glynneth B at The MTV awards led to this stunning collection shot in the back streets of Belfast on a typically dark damp day , this Couture collection of Jewels is more normally at home on wrists , fingers and necks of Beyonce , Rihanna and Michelle Obama and only available in the UK from Harvey Nicholls but with a little persuasion and a lot of charm (not lacking in Ireland), Cindy secured the exclusive use of the much sought after jewels . Cindy’s vision was to dig deep into the Roots of Belfast’s Punk Rock past to highlight the edgier side to the range , enlisting the help Hairstylist Paul Stafford , photographer Catherine Mckenzie , Make Up artist Tippy Longronio and Designers Shauna Fay and Emma Gillles of Crafty Couture . Taking inspiration from Punk Icons Debbie Harry Patti Smith Joey Ramone and Iggy Pop , the shoot centred around Models Rebekah and Caroline taking on new personas to reenact fictional punk Heroines in a dark moody City -scape setting , using the everyday surroundings give the shoot a sense of reality and grittiness whilst still retaining a feeling of urban fashion cool .
Credits : Styling and Concept Cindy Mckendry (07788203191) Photography . Catherine Mackenzie (07729125014) Make Up Tippy Logronio (07919030884) .Hair Paul Stafford @ Stafford Hair Hair Assistants Amy Cartright Lena McNally Jimmy Beech Models Rebekah Mc Creesh( and Caroline McMemin (for model details contact info@staffords ) Fashion Shauna Fay (07592339748)and Emma Gilles (07598018855)
Music; David Bowie “Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide”.
These shot in Crafty Belfast Dublin rd Belfast .
“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” – Coco Chanel
In the sky the North Star is always constant, a fixed position that has guided so many. In our world everything is moving, constantly changing, shifting, and with each move we interact with those who cross our path. The universe is always presenting us with opportunities yet some of us are not awake to recognize this and keep moving.
I came to a screeching stop when my stylist friend Cindy McKendry brought Northern Irish designer Shauna Fay to my attention.
So ladies, if you are planing something for Oscars, to Royal Ascot guess what the talented Shauna Fay can hook you up with style.
Here is the interview with Shauna Fay:
1. What got you interested in fashion?
It hard to explain but I feel like I was born with fashion in my blood, as I can’t remember not being into fashion. I don’t remember having that eureka kind of moment were I thought ‘I think I’ll be a fashion designer’ it was just always what I was going to be without a doubt in my mind. As a child I spent most of my time drawing dresses, my mother tells me about how I drew dresses on the wall or all over my mum’s books, I just drew everywhere and I still have some of them now and they are hilarious!
2. What or who were your inspiration?
When I was young we lived in a very remote part of the country, my mother used to sew and knit and I certainly think that inspired me, this was the beginning of seeing the beginning phases of fashion design and how things were made. I also used to love watching the annual Rose of Tralee contest here in Ireland to see all the gowns, I remember thinking “wow! I want one of my dresses to be on that stage someday!” As I got older I loved to watch Top Of The Pops to see what all the pop stars were wearing and The Euro-vision Song Contest was a big event and I can still remember costumes from it as far back as twenty years ago!
3.Where does your creativity for what you will design come from? Just pops in your head, dream, a film you watched etc.?
To be honest I think a lot of my creativity just pops into my head, I really enjoy just draping fabric on a stand and seeing what I come up with and I am always pushing my technical skills to the limit. If I get inspired by anything its usually old black and white films, women were so feminine back then and not afraid to be a woman. I’m a big fan of corsetry and structure in clothing and showing of the female form to its full potential.
4. What are some of the challenges you have faced?
The major challenges I have faced to date are the economic climate and working for myself. It can be tough when you have to make all the decisions yourself and are fully responsible for your collection and whether or not you get it right. Especially with the recession people aren’t willing to part with money for things they don’t really need, but I do believe that quality speaks for itself and a stylish one off piece or a designer piece is an investment.
5. What was the highlight for you in 2012, and what are your goals for the future?
My Highlight of 2012 was dressing a wonderful actress Jayne Wisener and a very successful model for the IN! Magazine glamour awards in November! A year ago I wasn’t very well known and I hadn’t been approached to dress anyone for these awards but it’s amazing what putting yourself out there, having some confidence and showing your talent can do! My goals for the future are to see my own range in some high-end boutiques, eventually go international with my collections and the all time dream is to see one of my gowns on the red carpet at the Oscars!
6. Do you have any favorite designers?
For me as an up and coming designer I have a lot of favorite designers who I love to watch and get inspired from. Old style Dior is iconic for me as it’s the style I remember most from my childhood and for me it epitomizes the woman. I’m a huge fan of the red carpet and personally it’s hard to find any fault with Elie Saab, the workmanship and skill involved in the gowns alone is amazing. Mcqueen, for me, is one of the major fashion designers, in my opinion their gowns stole the show at this year’s Golden Globes and their couture is always show stopping!!
7. If you could design something for the Oscars who would you like to see walk down the red carpet in your design?
This is a tough one but at the moment I would have to go with Anne Hathaway, a stunning, confident natural beauty, no airs or graces just a very talented woman who seems very comfortable in her own skin.