Rome, Sydney, Paris, Tokyo, Milan have all had their go, and now it is Manchester’s turn to take centre stage as the UK host to Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out 2013! If your a Manchester fashion fan, I’m sure you’ll be joining myself and thousands of others for this stylish event!
With just days to go, city centre retailers are making their final preparations as Manchester gets ready to make fashion history as the UK host to the illustrious Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out (FNO). The global shopping event, which has already made an appearance in some of the world’s most fashionable cities this year, lands in Manchester on Thursday, October 10th for one night only between 6pm-11pm.
Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out was launched for the first time in New York in 2009, by Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour to lift the sombre mood during the recession and jumpstart the retail economy. This year, Manchester city centre retailers are preparing for what is set to be one of their biggest nights of the year. More than 160 city centre shops, bars, galleries and restaurants have signed-up and will be open late into the night, offering exclusive trend parties, designer personal appearances, customisations, fashion shows, celebrity appearances and much more.
The party will also extend into the streets with an outdoor ‘Vogue Eats’ pop-up market on King Street, bringing to life the recently-launched magazine page with a variety of local vendors. The Heart of Manchester BID has organised a special ‘soon-to-be announced’ gig in St Ann’s Church and sets by Manchester DJs in St Ann’s Square, while Flannels will host an evening with Manchester-born designer Matthew Williamson. Street style photographer from top Manchester blog, The Mancorialist, will be capturing shoppers in and around the Gap store.
Headlining the night’s fashionable activities will be Vogue Editor Alexandra Shulman and her team. Alexandra will be hosting an opening party at Hugo Boss with a dazzling guest list and activities that include personalised fashion illustrations by Clym Evernden and cocktails by Remy Martin. Contributing Fashion Editor Kate Phelan will be on hand at Topshop to offer advice on how to dress for Autumn/Winter. Fashion Director Lucinda Chambers, Fashion Editor Francesca Burns and Style Editor Emma Elwick-Bates will be offering unmissable style advice at a variety of stores, from H&M and Kurt Geiger to Emporio Armani and Mulberry.
On King Street, Cath Kidston is hosting a 20th birthday cocktail tea party with a free tea leaf reading with every purchase, while Whistles will be offering clutch bag monogramming. Guests can enjoy exfoliating hand and arm massages at Molton Brown. ‘Wreck My Dress’ will also be positioned at Molton Brown’s St. Ann’s store to take snapshots of guests at a mini photo shoot.
Additional highlights include a ‘British Warm’ party at Crombie, where guests will have the chance to be styled and photographed in famous Crombie Coats; there will be a live pop-up photo shoot in store at H&M, as well as a high street A/W fashion show and super-sized digital tweet wall within Manchester Arndale. Keep a look out around the city for a Selfridges host giving out gift cards loaded with a mystery amount from £5-£50 (while stocks last). Radio 1 DJ Jameela Jamil will be on the decks in store, with a surprise celebrity guest selling the official Fashion’s Night Out T-shirts in a yellow Selfridges van. Along with being part of ‘Vogue Eats’ on King Street, Hey Little Cupcake will be supplying Whistles, Superdry and Ted Baker (Selfridges concession) with delicious treats on the evening.
There will also be a complimentary Prosecco bar at Marks and Spencer as well as a catwalk in Exchange Square featuring aspiring fashion designers from Salford University and Manchester Metropolitan University.
Vogue have also teamed up with Malmaison to launch a competition in which one lucky winner will receive an invitation to the Hugo Boss opening party, a spa treatment for two at Le Petit Spa, dinner at The Smoak Bar and Grill and entry to the fabulous after party. For more details, see my blog post further down the page.
All proceeds from FNO t-shirt sales will be donated to ‘Save the Children’, the official charity picked by Alexandra Shulman, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue.
With so many retailers participating in the event, Vogue have devised a comprehensive map of the city detailing exactly what’s on and where http://www.vogue.co.uk/special-events/fashions-night-out#MapTitle so shoppers can efficiently plan their night and reap the rewards. For more information about Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out visit: www.vogue.co.uk/event/fashion’s-night-out