Saturday, October 12, 2013

Vogue's Fashion Night Out

It's the event I'd been counting down to for weeks, Vogue's Fashion Night Out was approaching and it was better than I imagined. The fashion shows, the editors, the celebs where all there embracing one of the most historical events in Manchester fashion. FINALLY fashion is moving up north and being celebrated all over the UK instead of just London. Maybe it will move even further up north to Scotland one day, but somehow with the overflow of kilts and bad weather I think the tartan pattern is all the fashion industry will take from the Scottish.

Stepping into the first Manchester street I could feel the buzz and excitement, mostly from my friends who couldn't wait to get started. The sound of high heeled cut out boots (the massive Autumn footwear trend) echoed on the pavements, the spotlights specially put up gleamed through the dark Autumn sky and the electric, loud feel of music boomed through the air. What was not to like? To be honest I was so overwhelmed by it all I just didn't know where to start (that too I didn't yet have a map).

There was so much on offer I couldn't possibly see it all but what I did see was fantastic! We tooted around the Arndale shops hunting for freebies, (I can't lie). As well as the freebies and vouchers, competitions where up for grabs too with money, trips and even photo shoots. Boohoo made a suprise visit looking as vibrant as ever in a double decker hot pink bus with matching cars, no one could miss them, (literally). When I entered Selfridge's one of my favourite people in the journalism world, Jameela Jamil, was stood behind a huge DJ deck turning up the tunes whilst a dominant, bright orange coat sat on her shoulders. Booming and beautiful. Jameela Jamil is mostly known for her role at radio 1, but I know her most from Company Magazine where she writes a column every month with some seriously gripping writing. To top things off with Jameela Jamil I got a picture with her!

Arndale was now checked off our list and it was time for the designer shops turn. The most heaving shop in the whole of Manchester was the great Harvey Nichols, not just inside but outside as protesters bellowed "NO MORE FUR", to be fair it made the whole atmosphere more exciting. After jolting my way inside and up the escalators I could see the sight of little pastel painted sheds with designer names nailed on top. These little sheds contained the actual designers who would sew and embellish the Vogue t-shirts which were on sale, how amazing it was to see the designers at work, under pressure yes, but still creating beautiful designs.

King Street was the place to be if you wanted a drink or a snack, with nearly every shop taking part in Vogue's big eat. Cupcakes and cosmopolitan were a favourite in Jack Wills, as well as free champagne and chocolate truffles being showcased outside; champagne truffles sounded interesting, something new I'd never come across but I obviously went for the chocolate, who turns down free chocolate? Cath Kidston was a fashion breath of fresh air (and a breathe of strawberry gin jam which was being given out, in cute little jars with red polka dot lids my I add). One unique and captivating event which took place on the third floor of Cath Kidston was the tea leaf readings. Two of my friends bravely sat down to hear their future being read out to them. It's a little too scary for me; either hearing something you don't want to know or having false expectations, but anyhow... my two friends had a try and heard their futures lie in Rome and Textiles, and I couldn't be more pleased for them!

There were many a fashion show held at Vogue's Fashion Night Out, I had the great pleasure of watching two of them which were New Look's collection and The Gathering Goddess. New Look's fashion show surprised me with the aspect of dance choreography and beautiful shoes I could actually afford. The Gathering Goddess is a vintage collection especially from America, various outfits were strutted down the catwalk with beautiful detail from the embellishments on top of the 60's styled dresses and cardigans. One of my favourite pieces was a unique, vintage map print bag, I may end up attempting to sew one of those up at a later date!

One of the best moments of the night was being spotted by Gap, me and my friend literally jumped for the fashion heavens shouting "FINALLY". We had the opportunity to be in a photo shoot for Gap and get a free milkshake, my choice of the night was an Oreo flavoured one. It was so tasty it's making my mouth water just writing about it, I think Starbucks is on a run for it's money. Gap NEEDS to open up a permanent milkshake bar (you heard it hear first).

Definitely one of the best nights in fashion, and one of my first. Hopefully not my last! Vogue you've done it again, no wonder it's known as the fashion bible.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Company Magazine: October issue

Company magazine this month let the fashion grads take over and edit the whole of Company along with a little helping hand from the Company team. From Fashion Communication, Journalism and Design degree's, there's a variety of ways to make it onto a fashion mag, giving plenty of reassurance to the wannabe ed's of today. It's packed with the popular autumn/ winter trends that are ready to create a storm in the fashion market. Think bulky, oversized and layers for an outfit Jack Frost would be proud of as he starts to sail the breezy air.
As soon as I saw the "Boy meets girl" trend I knew it was my favourite. I've already been desperate to get my hands on an oversized boyfriend coat and this trend has that kind of style stamped all over it. As I mentioned before this trend is focused on bulky and oversized attire, yet the aspect of texture is a must with woolen coats being the best out of the pack! For the colours it's really all down to you. Go wild with a candy cane pink or play it cool with a grey or beige.

Don't just think you're done with a bulky coat because you're not! Slip on those big dessert boot shoes and roll up the ends of your jeans to stomp your way to the top of the trend pyramid. Embracing a stereotypical boysish backpack is also a must for this boyish trend, I'm definitely not saying go steal your brothers Adidas bag, but take a stroll down the high street to try and buckled backpack giving it a little feminine and tailored touch, after all we don't actually want to become a boy for this boyish trend, it might make a few heads turn.

Seeing as we're in October now I'm beginning to feel Christmas is just around the corner (as well as Arctic Monkeys)! As soon as November hits us I'll be getting excited for that Christmas feeling and the presents- I can't lie. Oh and I'll let you in on a little secret I still haven't found a boyfriend coat yet, I keep stealing my sister. Perk of being a twin- sharing clothes.