I am so excited to write this post, sharing with you my night at Vogue's Fashion Night Out, which this year moved up north and came to Manchester! (You will have to bear with me this will be a long post!)
The event is now firmly locked in every Fashionista calendar but this year the bold decision was made to move it out of the Capital and (I am my be biased) but it was a great decision!
So, last Thursday Manchester City center was invaded by all things Fashion, with events happening all over The Arndale Center, Market Street, higher end Spinningfields and the big department stores like Selfridges and House of Fraser.
What is so great about the evening is that everyone could get involved, all the shops were holding promotions and had DJ's blasting out tunes, there was such an amazing buzz around the city!
This Year's T Shirt
However, for me the evening was extra special as I was very kindly invited to some wonderful events, and got to meet some real Fashion icons, which was so exciting.
My first stop of the night was Topshop who were hosting Kate Phelan, the Creative Director of Topshop and Fashion Director of British Vogue for a Fashion Q and A session were Kate picked out her favourite pieces from Topshops gorgeous AW13 collection and explained how she would style them, plus gave some insights into her fashion inspirations and creative work.
This was a fantasic session, Kate is such a key player in British Fashion and yet she was so friednly and spoke with ease to all of us. It was a real honour to have some time to speak personally with her and get her insights on Fashion Bloggers and the Manchester Fashion scene.
Me and Kate!
As is this was not exciting enough, Topshop also approached me and very kindly offered to style me for the whole event which I was beyond excited about. You all know how much of a Topshop addict I am, so to get my hands on the new season collection was amazing!
My styling experience started with Jo, Topshop's wonderful Personal shopper, we discussed my style and what pieces I was most coveting this season and then hit the shop floor to pick out items to build outfits with. It is fair to say I was like a kid in a candy store and could have taken the whole shop! But, we narrowed it down to about 10-15 pieces that Jo then out together into about 5 different looks and picked out accessories and shoes etc for each one.
My Amaze Rail!
An example of One of the styled looks
After a lot of trying on, we all decided on my look (Which I loved) and it was the perfect mix of smart /casual which suited the evening, and included my afvourite piece in the whole store the yellow faux fur gilet! Do you like the outfit?
My Look for the night!
I can not speak highly enough (and Thank) of the fabulous Team at Topshop who looked after me and Katie, we had a great time and if you have never had a personal shopper experience in the store, you need to!
After our time in Topshop it was off down Market Street, to the Boohoo Bus, which was full of exclusive new Party Season products, and then next stop Flannels down the Avenue in Spinningfields to go to the Matthew Williamson event, showcasing his new collection.
I was very lucky to meet the man himself and was very impressed with his Manchester roots, turning on a very strong Manc accent at the flick of a switch!
Matthew has always been very proud of his Manchester heritage, so for him to be part of the event was really special and his collection is fab.
Me and Matthew!
After Flannels it was on to the last event of the evening at Emporio Armani,where the fizz and canapes were flowing as well as amazing tunes. The party was packed with Fashion elite and all of my fellow Manchester Fashion Week #MCRFW ladies which was great!
Katie- taking in the fashion and fizz!
Me, Lola and Fikki from Past Time Bliss fellow #MCRFW ladies!
All in all it was a fantastic night and firmly put Manchester on the Fashion map and also highlighted the importance of the Northern fashion scene and the uniqueness it has compared to the rest of the country.
I hope you enjoyed this (long) post and if you came down to the evening you had a great time, and all I can end it with is roll on next year!