A Recap of the Last Year

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My final hand in at Belfast School of Art & Design. May 2015.

2015 brought with it a year of accomplishment, adventure and new beginnings. In June, I graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fashion Design, followed by a long awaited interrailing trip around Europe (which I would highly recommend!!) and joined the Fashion and Textile Design Centre FTDC as a platform to launch my own label.

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Me at Lake Bled, Slovenia – my new favourite place!

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On a gondola in Venice!

From my school days, having my own label was always my main aspiration. I always thought my name was strong and suited my persona and knew I would use this as the name of my label. There aren’t too many Kyree Forrest’s about..in fact, I don’t know if there’s any!

The Past 6 months…

The past 6 months have been a rewarding mix of graft and achievements. The first event my label participated in was the Designer Showcase in the City Hotel, Derry in September. Curated by Eddie Shanahan, Chairperson of the Council of Irish Fashion Designers, the designers selected to show were each allocated a stand, in which we presented our collections to potential buyers and customers. The response to my designs was phenomenal, it was so well received and it was a chance to collect opinions and valuable market research from the attendees.

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Me at my stand at the Designer Showcase in the City Hall, Derry.

A few days later, Fashion Fest’s Gala Fashion Show launched, directed by Tracey Hall and her striking models in her esteemed agency, Style Academy. This was my first professional fashion show, I was in the very premature stages of launching my brand at this stage so it had heightened gratification to show my garments alongside established designers, including the internationally acclaimed Helen Cody.

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One of my garments in Fashion Fest’s Gala Fashion Show in St. Columb’s Hall, Derry.

The next few months were filled with business meetings, business plans and business courses. Knowing my craft is not knowing business and this needed to change. I wanted a solid foundation of knowledge to build my label on and through Enterprise NI and the Prince’s Trust; I was able to do that.

The New Year welcomed me to the news that Eddie Shanahan had selected me to showcase in the Ones To Watch category of the Irish Fashion Innovations! I was absolutely elated with this news!! Only 1 week to go before the big reveal! After such an exhilarating year in 2015, 2016 started off with a bang!

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The Irish Fashion Innovation Awards, of which I am in the “Ones to Watch” category.

The last accomplishment of the past 6 months was participating in my first business pitch for the reward of winning a grant. Mentioned earlier, as an introvert this is not something that I would be eager to do but thankfully, on the day I delivered and pitched my collection with so much authority and confidence that I was selected for the grant!

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Pitching my collection in Belfast

The past few months have been filled with designing, sourcing fabrics, business planning, pattern cutting, sewing, interviews, more business planning and the sleepless nights and all nighters will be worth it when I see my collection on the runway at the IFIA!

More exciting things are on the horizon for 2016 and I can’t wait to share when they’re in fruition!

Kyree ♥

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Meet the Designer

Hi everyone, I have decided to do a “Meet the Designer” in the form of quick fire questions to let you know a bit about myself before I begin writing my blogs!

Kyree ♥

Full Name: Kyree Mary Anastasia Forrest

D.O.B: 30th October 1990

Starsign: Scorpio

Nationality: Irish

Siblings: Two of the best big brothers in the world

Marital Status: Engaged. On 31st August 2012, Eoin presented me with the most stunning vintage style 18ct gold black sapphire engagement ring I could ever have imagined. It was specially made for my tiny size F ring finger, which suited me as I love nothing more than to be different! We’re getting married in Lake Como, Italy, on 7/06/17 – the same anniversary as both our parents.

Favourite Colour: Black and silver

Favourite Hobbies: Travelling, exploring, designing, painting, writing, music, philosophy, shopping, reading, astronomy and astrology.

Favourite Food: I love all food! I am literally always eating and always hungry. Always.

Favourite Book: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Favourite Film: The Phantom of the Opera

Favourite TV Show: WWE Raw, Impractical Jokers & Sons of Anarchy

Favourite Fictional Character: Jay Gatsby

Favourite Song: Vincent by Don McLean and The House of the Rising Sun by The Animals

Favourite Band: The Eagles

Favourite Solo Artist: Bob Seger

Favourite Designer: Alexander McQueen, Riccardo Tisci & John Galliano

Favourite Country: Slovenia or Italy

Favourite Era: 1960s/1970s

Favourite car: Although I love my wee Fiat 500, I have always wanted a 60s Pontiac GTO…some day!

Favourite Football Team: Tottenham Hotspur (question & answer courtesy of my hubby-to-be!!)

Do you have any pets? My Japanese Spitz, Loki! He is my favourite thing in the entire world.

My most prized possession: My mammy’s gold ruby ring that my daddy bought her in the 1970s. I never take it off (:

What I find attractive in other people: Depth, honesty and courage

What I find unattractive in other people: Lying, loudness and ignorance

First crush: Shawn Michaels (WWE wrestler) when I was 3 – I’ve always had a thing for men with long hair!

First Aspiration: To be a WWF Diva or a vet

Introvert or Extrovert: Introvert

Describe yourself in 3 words: Passionate, eccentric & genuine

Best Concert: Front row at The Eagles! Bernie Leadon personally handed Eoin his pic & Don Henley winked at me!!

Something about you people may not know: I am the biggest WWE wrestling fan and have been to see it live many times with the boys & my fiancé, who thankfully is also a massive fan so he couldn’t have joined a better fitting family!

If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? Either an astronomer, writer or a philosopher.

Lastly, what is your main aspiration for life? To be surrounded by creativity, happiness, fun and love.

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My baby, Loki – isn’t he the most beautiful pup ever?! ♥