Manchester parties in style for Vogue’s Fashion Night Out
Well, Thursday night was host to the biggest fashion event that Manchester has ever seen - Vogue Fashion's Night Out and boy, was it a night out!
Stores from all over Manchester treated hordes of shopping fanatics to fabulous fashion, freebies, celeb DJ's and shows and showed that this city really knows how to party!!
The IloveMCR team started the day bright and early at the opening of Boux Avenue, Theo Paphitis's new lingerie brand. As you can imagine, the store is exactly how you would like your knickers to be- pretty and elegant with a touch of sexy. With a focus on customer service, the store is souped up with technology ranging from electronic POS to the changing rooms which feature various light settings so you know exactly how you will look in your new pants whether it's day or night.
After a quick Q&A with Theo himself (interview coming shortly!), we hotfooted it to the Radisson for afternoon tea to fuel ourselves up for the rest of the day and managed to squeeze in a quick chat with fashion bloggers Lily Kitten and Lulu Trixabelle to talk about what they were wearing and the outfits they had styled two fabulous models in.
After a speedy hair touch up at Umberto Giannini at Harvey Nichols, it was time to get the glad rags on to go and watch the Ono Uno fashion show, a brand new label from designer extraordinaire Nadine Merabi.
As was to be expected, the event at All Star Lanes was awash with celebs including soap star Chelsea Healey, presenter Helen Skelton and Made In Chelsea star, Jamie Laing.
With such a dazzling list of events to attend, our team had to split at this point to cover all fashion bases and so editor Chris ran off to rub shoulders with the fashion elite at the Hugo Boss opening party while reporter Rachel went to Exchange Square to have a nosy at the shows from independent designers such as jewellery designer Fatz K and new designer Zeynep Kartal who's fashion show featured Hollyoaks beauty's Jorgie Porter and Gemma Merna sporting jaw-dropping gowns.
Next on the list was a quick tour around Selfridges, who were doling out snow cones and popcorn to those who needed a sugar kick. They also treated shoppers to DJ sets from Jameela Jamil and really got the street party vibe going by blasting tunes into Exchange Square for the hordes of dancing revellers.
A quick taxi journey took us back to Spinningfields for a browse of the new collections at the Armani store who also had The Maccabees dj'ing then on to celeb haunts Australasia and Grand Pacific for a much needed glass of champers.
All in all, Manchester did itself proud on Thursday and certainly put its best fashion foot forward showing that not only do us Northerners have style, we know how to party in style as well!!
A menu of Pacific Rim flavours underpinned by European cooking tradition, an exotic blend of Indonesian and Southeast Asian influences. Australia's strong ties with Japan also help determine taste and style.
With an extension of Australasia is Grand Pacific - a contemporary colonial oasis in the heart of Spinningfields. Combining modern Australian cuisine and Pacific Rim flavours with a wealth of delicious cocktails, Grand Pacific offers a lighter side of the Australasia experience . With a canopied outdoor garden, Grand Pacific is a refreshing retreat from the bustle of the city.