A wholly stylish-looking Dublin Fashion Festival is now en route

We popped along to the launch of Dublin Fashion Festival last night… and it was fabulous!

With fashion and food – not to mention a few famous faces – in plentiful supply, the event was suitably stylish. 

Taking place in the spectacular City Hall in Dublin's city centre, the venue had been decorated with stunningly bright pink lights, pink banners and even art installations from Balla Ban Art. Actually, we reckon the City Hall never looked so on-trend.

We were initially greeted by some very lovely air hostesses from City Jet – and the used their expertise to show us the way into the main area where we also enjoyed some tasty canapes from San Lorenzo's on George's street.

The new face of the festival, Pippa O'Connor (whom we also exclusively interviewed yesterday) then addressed the crowd, telling us all about the week-long festival and her excitement to be the new face of the DFF.

Pippa wore a gorgeous black fitted jumpsuit from Arnotts for the occasion. 

The subsequent fashion show showcased all of Dublin's biggest retailers from Brown Thomas to Arnotts, H&M and Forever 21 and also gave us major trend alerts to get us ready for the season ahead. 

Dublin Fashion Festival will take place this year from the September 7 to 13. It is the first time Dublin will be holding a week long event (previous instalments have been shorter) so you can expect everything to be bigger and better for 2015. 

There will be more than 250 retailers, restaurants, bars and hotels taking part and daily fashion shows will also be taking place.

We are going to see oh-so cool catwalks on Grafton Street and Henry Street, night-time runway shows, workshops, make up master-classes and more. 

The Young Designer Of The Year award will also be taking place – a recognition of the creme de la creme of young design talent in this country.

And if last year's winner, Ciaran Gormley, is anything to go by, it's going to be a tough competition – but we can't wait to see who comes out on top.