Vogue Fashion’s Night Out came to Manchester for the first time and I think they made a great choice of location. Well of course I would say that I just recently moved to the city and was as excited as every other fashion blogger that they were forgoing the
exclusive London location to the more accessible, friendly and very northern Manchester.
I didn’t think the t-shirt was up to scratch this year so decided not to spend the £18 on the GAP designed version. There was plenty on offer for FNO and it was difficult to work out where to start, but starting at the H&M on Market Street was a great option as I met the lovely Pixie Geldof who was DJ’ing for the clothing brand, she was more than happy to pose for pictures with shoppers!
Of course the best part about wandering the shops, was the free champagne/wine/cocktails which would put a smile on anyone’s face. It’s the best way to attract shoppers because everyone loves a freebie, even interestingly flavoured mac and cheese the UGG store were handing out. Or the ridiculously strong whisky flavoured ice cream at Hugo Boss which you could have easily got drunk from!
A stop off at the Boohoo bus showcasing the Manchester-based brand’s next collection available to order on the night with free delivery and the chance of being the first to get your hands on the clothes before they were online. On the top deck was a beauty, hair and nail bar offering three different hair styles, beauty looks and a nail manicure. My friend Edith chose a smoky eye, a really flattering look because the make up artist chose a more natural shade than the standard black make up.
Marks & Spencer were on hand with Prosecco and a style talk, going through the latest limited edition collection with some very covetable pieces including an orange coat with a leopard print collar (right below), and the perfect black tailored trousers all with a 10% off for the night!
Heading to Selfridges was next on the agenda, the store smelt gorgeous with popcorn and crepe stands along with drinks and cute miniature bottles of Diet Coke designed by Marc Jacobs all served by deliciously handsome male models wearing dungarees. I’m not going to lie and say we didn’t wander around a little longer just to gawp.
Unfortunately I found out way too late that the talented Sophy Robson was going to be doing nail appointments at a pop up Chanel bar. Definitely a bit gutted, so a picture of my nail idol had to do instead ha! As well as spotting Henry Holland in the Erdem section, on the top floor was the delightfully eclectic Jameela Jamil, also spinning the decks for the store. How awesome would a night out with all these guys be?!
After popping into Hugo Boss and UGG on the way back we headed towards my absolute must attend destination: Emporio Armani. Nothing to do with the clothes I might add, but my favourite band The Maccabees were doing a DJ set there and I needed to see them. At The Avenue in Spinningfields this was definitely one of the more luxury venues of the night and right next to the cool entrance to Australasia. The Armani store was serving very strong vodka and Prosecco cocktails and Australasia sushi with chopsticks, which I must say was pretty difficult to manage but very tasty.
Obviously you need to have a schedule planned for the night to get the best out of what Vogue were offering, especially as we missed creative director Kate Phelan at Topshop and by the time we reached the Arndale Centre later on in the evening the only thing left to do was leave our lipstick kisses on the wall and enter the #puckerup competition.
You couldn’t fault an evening of free fashion fun and celebrity spotting, and even if you didn’t go with the intention of actually shopping all the beauty and hair bars dotted around gave you the chance to try something new and feel special all at the same time. I hope FNO comes back to Manchester next year!
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