Every so often, the fashion industry peels itself from its British HQ in London and hops on a train up north, and if there's a city in the north that warrants its own Vogue Fashion's Night Out, it's Manchester. As a student at university now living in the city, in a way I still can't believe I'm finally here in the city I wanted to go to university in for years; and #VFNO was like a homecoming party!
So what is Fashion's Night Out?
Fashion's Night Out is a worldwide event (dates differing by city/country) where fashion retailers celebrate all things fashionable in a bubbly (champagne and cocktails naturally,) sugary-sweet (cakes and canapés everywhere) and over-the-top salute to their city's fashion identity. And you know Manchester's maiden voyage with FNO was going to be batshitcrazyfabulous. (This is, indeed, a word.)
With this being the FIRST time Vogue itself has ventured outside of London to endorse FNO, the buzz in the city on the night was on what I imagine to be a Fashion Week level. Seeing so many great brands get behind it to make it reach its potential and possibly make it an annual event was so encouraging and exactly the reason why Vogue picked Manchester!
First stop was a press call at the Arndale, the base of Fashion's Night Out. The MCRFW bloggers and I were all in attendance, and what a great evening it was to represent our city's Fashion Week (more news on this coming soon, so stay posted...)
This was when we were clued in on just how many retailers were open for the night, and we realised it was going to be a long one to get round all the parties and events! We were so kindly ploughed with amazing sushi and supplied with spectacular goodie bags by Boots (thank you thank you thank you!) before being shipped off to enjoy the evening.
|Me and the Manchester ladies at the Arndale Press Call at YO!Sushi. (courtesy of Heather)|
We stopped by so many retailers including Debenhams, House of Fraser and French Connection, as well as calling into the shops that stayed open into the night. Whilst some stores definitely didn't get the VFNO memo and hadn't really done much or anything, other places pulled out the stops and it was great to see so many people in attendance!
Overall, it was an awesome night. I really hope this becomes a real part of Manchester's fashion calendar and it seemed to be a big public success. Seeing how many bloggers covered it, as well as how many non-blogger fashion lovers turned out to enjoy the excitements of the evening proves just how big Vogue's FNO could be for Manchester's fashion fabric.
See ya next year, Vogue! Don't be a stranger....