Stylish Event Promotes Manchester Fashion Designers

News   •   Oct 14, 2010 13:56 BST

It is Saturday night in Manchester’s fashionable northern quarter. Fire performers and stilt walkers are entertaining the early evening party goers outside trendy hot spot, Ruby Lounge.

Downstairs in the cavernous bar there is a buzz of creativity and talent.

Fashion designers, artists, film-makers, dancers, DJ’s and bands have gathered to bring what they have to the table to make one amazing event.
Xpose Yourself, a new initiative to help support those in the creative industries has brought them there and that night, Manchester showed they really do have talent.

Latex clad hostesses acted as models for lingerie label Courtesan Design as they strutted around the bar handing out cupcakes and canapes to the crowd who were eagerly anticipating the main event of the night.

As the crowd took their seats for the fashion show the last minute drink orders and chattering soon hushed as the models stepped out on to the catwalk.

Kathryn Hanson’s display of vintage inspired bridal wear impressed with a collection to suit many tastes. Fluffy ballerina skirts, romantic floral embroidery and delicate touches of lace overlay and diamante belt buckles were simply delightful for the most important dress a girl has to buy. Kathryn also designs eveningwear and her simply elegant, navy, floor length dress was striking. It is the little details that make this collection so special. Kathryn can also be commissioned to make the dress of your dreams.

In a stark contrast, Emily-Jane Wade’s rebellious collection of soft grey, dusky blue and pale pink printed fabrics showcased an extremely stylish way to be ethical. The label uses sustainably sourced materials to make a point about how much fashion could cost if we waste too much. Snoods and hoods were an interesting twist on loose fitting dresses, capes and t-shirts. The animal skeleton designs were an intriguing, gothic edge that punched extra attitude with ripped tights and boots.

Next on the catwalk, injecting a quirky sense of fun, was Not For Ponies. The street wear label made an unusual entrance by sending down a male model in a zebra head mask which certainly caught the crowd’s attention. Then came the colourful t-shirts and hoodies with cheeky, appliqué little critters that beg you to fall in love with them and take them home.

The final collection of the night by Munkispanner was an edgy range of eveningwear designed with the brands mod, indie, rockabilly and scooterist customer base in mind. Deep V backs and rich satin made glamour a high priority in this collection along with striking one shoulder statements and zig-zag panel embellishments.

As the night partied on in to the early hours, the stylish crowd was left looking forward to getting their hands on the outfits they’d just seen.
These Mancunian designers proved that they’ve got it covered when it comes to style, sophistication and above all else, originality.

Author: Olivia Pinnock