We were given a pair of tickets by the organisers of Manchester Fashion Week
to head to the opening night of the event which was held recently at the Manchester Metropolitan University to watch the works of some of the latest upcoming designers as well as models in Manchester. The invitation was extended to us to visit the show when we can a competition
for our readers to win 2 pairs of tickets to the show (which was very well received with so many joining, in the hope of winning the tickets). Being avid fashion bloggers as well as photogaphers, we could not say no to such a show and here’s our account of what took place that night.
We arrived to a great welcome from the people on the door, and although there was low lighting at the venue we were able to appreciate the array of designers that had a number of items displayed around the catwalk.
One that caught my eye was a stand that featured African inspired designs and accessories. Next to that was the designer I had been looking forward to meet Richard Gairy of GoGairy Handpainted Leathers. The creatively involved in his work really interested me. The fact that he and his team handpaint rock influenced designs onto leather jackets and other leather accessories fascinated me. Up close they are just as impressive as on screen.
Moving on to the event, which was hosted by the truly hilarious Antonella who has the vlog ‘Antonella the uncensored reviewer’- who if you haven’t checked out already you really should. I watched of some of her reviews before the event and I am totally hooked, they are so real and funny. Antonella is a natural in front of the camera and she totally took control of the stage and made everyone – including the designers who she encouraged on stage after each of their shows totally conformable.
The venue was spot on and the atmosphere was relaxed but organised, most of the event ran to order, there were a few changes with the final line up, but that didn’t stop it from running smoothly. The most pleasing to see was the quality of the designs. I particularly liked HAZE; the collection had real conformity and each piece worked well within one whole collection, along with the accessories also being showcased, which were really appealing and worked well with the overall look that the designers was trying to create. Perfect 4 U had a surprise model…You guessed it! Antonella – who absolutely stormed the catwalk! Another one that caught my eye were the designs by Phoenix del Barrio by Hana Zeidman who was also accompanied by the Director and co-founder of the brand, David Steinberg. The designs from this collection were vibrant and risky but totally suited to all body shapes, which to me is a must in the future of the fashion industry. I also particularly liked some of the designs from Sidhu Fashion Walsall, they were bold and quirky, and really stood out as something stylish for a curvier shape.
The show will feature 13 designers, here are their apprearance in order :
6.10pm KITA MAY
6.20pm PHOENIX DE BARRIO
6.30pm KIKI RIKI
6.45pm GOGAIRY HANDPAINTED LEATHERS
7.00pm IMMANUEL CLOTHING
7.10pm PERFECT 4 U
7.25pm FLENCY ROSE
7.35pm SIDHU FASHION WALSALL
7.45pm PEARL DESIGN FASHIONS
8.05pm APPARELL 32
8.15pm BOUX AVENUE
A couple of highlights from the evening was actually managing to have a chat with Richard Gairy and his team of artists, who were all too happy to speak with anyone that popped by there stand, that was filled with various leather jackets, and branded T.shirts available to buy. The second was meeting Mr Manchester and chatting with him about what he was doing there, which was modelling and him enquiring about what I was doing there.
All in all it was a great night, (although I think I ought to have considered wearing flats! As my 4 inch heels were not comfy by the the time I had spent the evening stood by the edge of the catwalk in the hope to capture some good shots of the night.) We hope you enjoy seeing some of the designs from the night and some of the fun that was had. Please let us know whether you have had a look at some of the designers featured on the night and what you think about them.
Review by : Lex Ward