Fashion: Fashion from the front row

Missed Paris fashion week? Don’t worry, Shane Twomey brings you the latest from the UCD FADS Charity Fashion ShowThe UCD Fashion and Design Society put on their second fashion show of the year, thistime in aid of the UCD Community OutreachFund. While the models and the clothes were above par, lengthy gaps between sections and questionable comedic acts left a sour taste in people’s mouths. The evening opened with ball wear which featured the much-expected bejazzled floor-length frocks. And instead of guys in tuxedos, we were surprised to see models sporting pyjamas and robes, which are obviously inspired by the latest trends spotted on girls in Tallaght.After the initial introduction, our host for the night was Suzanne Jackson from the blog, who was beyond charming and certainly one of the highlights of the show. Suzanne then introduced us to the first comedian of the night, who was as inappropriate as Frankie Boyle without the punch lines. Moreover, judging by the amount of time he spent on stage, it was pretty evident that there were some delays.After the comedian’s departure, clothes for college was on with chequered shirts and skinny jeans for the guys and polka dot dresses teemed with leather jackets for the girls. After this brief college section, Heroes in Hiding (of Fade Street fame) played a halfhour- long set which is a bit more than you’d expect for a fashion show. Most interesting, however, was the Alexander McQueen runway show playing in thebackground.After another lengthy intermission, we had the festival section, with guys sporting big chunky military boots – the perfect alternative to wellies. The girls were wearing jodhpurs mixed with kitten heels and woolly jumpers to fend off the four seasons experienced during Oxegen. Throughout the night, the spring/summer trends were evident for the women’s clothes: romantic ballerina skirts and tops added elegance to certain looks. The whole section dedicated to seventiesinspired gear showed us the in trend crimped hair styles, belly tops and wide-legged trousers.By the end of the night, the audience’s reactions were mixed. While most agreed they loved the clothes   and that the models worked well, they just wish there wasn’t that many gaps in between sections. While this is the UCD Fashion and Design Society’s first year and only their second fashion show, this was certainly a fantastic effort. And with the UCD Fashion Show in less than a month’s time, UCD FADS have definitely set the mark.