I have been meaning to share this interview I did with Vivienne McCarthy, Director of Lockdown Models and Cork Fashion Week for some time now… At least it brings us back to CFW and shows people that believing is achieving… Anything is possible when you work hard and hard work pays off!
When did ye decide to create CFW?
From the day Emer (Emer O’Sullivan of Lockdown Models/CFW) and I met over 8 years we always talked about creating a Cork Fashion Week. We are both very passionate about fashion, events & Cork in general so it was inevitable. We both worked in the Irish Examiner & on our morning break we would go to Harvey’s for a cuppa & scone & discuss taking over the Cork Fashion World! The rest is history!
Why did ye start it up? What inspired/motivated ye?
We felt Cork was lacking a good fashion scene. There was so many talented designers & they literally had no platform so we started out doing really cool show’s in the Opera House, Bodega & The Woodford back in 2004 & people were so excited about it. In 2005 Cork was Capital of Culture so we did a Sunday night show in the Woodford every couple of months which was great fun.
Have you ever been to any other Fashion Week?
No but it’s on our agenda. Hopefully London in February.
What has been the highlight of all the Cork Fashion Weeks to date?
The highlight for me was the Design Awards at the Triskel this year. The caliber was amazing & the vibe was electric. Everything ran so smoothly & we just felt a real sense of achievement. The crowd was so stylish & the feedback after was was fantastic.
Who is your favourite local designer and why?
Oh I hate picking a favourite as they are all so good but I love Caroline Matthew’s new fashion range (Caroline Atelier), Samantha Kennedy has really girly pieces & she made beautiful bracelets for my Bridesmaids. My favourite Milliner is Eileen Healy from Oh! Designs.
What is your favourite local boutique and why?
Miss Daisy Blue. Breda sources the most amazing vintage pieces. I’m always wearing her clothes. My own Boutique isn’t bad either I guess! I opened The Dress Bar a couple of months back. We hire beautiful dresses for that special occasion.
What are your thoughts on Cork Fashion/Style?
I have noticed a massive change in the last couple of years. Cork people have serious style & I love sitting in a cafe people watching, especially by Opera Lane. That seems to be where all the cool kids hang out! People make a real effort when they attend our events & I love that.
Describe your own style?
I always find this hard to answer! My style depends on my mood really. Today I’m in skinny jeans, an over sized jumper & ankle boots as I’m exhausted from the week. I love wearing dresses & I like to a risk with dresses, especially when I attend events.
Any other bits you want to add?
I really want to thank everyone who participated & helped make CFW happen. We have an amazing team & I look forward to seeing it grow year after year.