Forever Unique Manchester Pop Up Shop

Forever Unique, the well knwon luxury fashion brand, opened their pop up shop next to The Barton Arcade, Deansgate, Manchester on Thursday, and we love it!

Upon arrival to this fully kitted out pop up shop, guests were treated to drinks and canapes, while being entertained by a DJ and fascinated by girls on stilts! It looked incredible, and stepping inside really did make you feel like you’d stepped into a glam A-list party!

Passers-by walking down Deansgate were all enticed into the shop by the hypnotising window displays, and sparkles for days. The Forever Unique pop up store was packed from start to finish, and the stars of The Real Housewives of Cheshire even turned up for the evening, all of them looking as glam as ever rocking their own items from the Forever Unique Collection.

But what exactly was inside the Forever Unique Pop Up Shop? Well, inside you were treated to dresses, tops, skirts, coats, bags, shoes – you name it, it was in there. With glitter, studs, strips and sequins taking over the streets of Manchester, and with an incredibly generous 30% off all purchases, you would be crazy to miss the opportunity to head over to Forever Unique and grab yourself a bargain ready for those Christmas Parties!

Don’t worry if you can’t get down, head over to the Forever Unique website and have a browse at all of their collections.

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Designer Profile: Victoria Beckham

Here at Manchester Fashion Industry, we love everything fashion, and of course, with every great fashion venture comes an entrepreneur with a vision. Today, we take a look at British fashion designer Victoria Beckham. Better known for being 1/5 of arguably Britain’s biggest girl band Victoria, or Posh Spice, set about launching her own fashion line in the early 2000’s, and since then has seen a huge amount of success, praise and recognition.

Photo: Getty / Neilson Barnard

Victoria Beckham, born 17th April 1974, mother, singer, model, wife, and fashion designer. Are there no ends to her talents? After a hugely successful career in The Spice Girls, Victoria had got a bit of a fashion reputation for herself, truly living up to her ‘Posh’ nickname – she oozed glamour and had plenty of class, so there are no doubts as to why she has been as successful as she is with her collections.

Since her singing days, Victoria has stated that now her main focus is fashion, and for that, we are honoured – she brings an element of sophistication to her designs, which we wouldn’t expect anything less when she announces that everything she designs she would wear herself, and she does.

Her transition into the fashion industry has been highly accepted, and rightly so, Victoria has earned her status as a fashion icon. Appearing on the cover of different editions of Vogue Magazine, and having collections walking the runway at some of the most prestigious fashion weeks, Victoria certainly knows how to design an outfit or two.

Check out some statement pieces from Victoria’s Spring 2017 collection.

Photo: Getty / Neilson Barnard
Photo: Getty / Neilson Barnard
Photo: Getty / Neilson Barnard
Photo: Getty / Neilson Barnard
Photo: Getty / Neilson Barnard
Photo: Getty / Neilson Barnard

 

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Winter is coming and Hunter is creating a shiver of excitment.

As the nights draw in earlier each night it is apparent that winter is finally here. Despite the lack of light it is not all doom and gloom. Thankfully fashion is there to save the day.
in particular, Hunters will put a warm, glowing smile back on many cold faces this season with their new snow range.
Their produce is both practical and desirable. As well as being long last due to the technical use of fabric. Making them a guilt-free purchase this Christmas!

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The original top clip backpack: This water proof nylon backpack, is leather trimmed and available in 6 other colours. As well as a miniature version. In which both feature adjustable straps and padded products. The larger version, as featured below, is £115. The miniature, £85 If the price tag starts to create doubt, do not threat! Mountaineering, is a big and timeless trend in high fashion. For example, Balenciaga, explores the Alps regularly, using skiing as a prime concept. Therefore invest and enjoy because skiwear is here to stay.
This product is neoprene lined. Features a lightweight sole, has a drawstring fastening for comfort. A quilted inner layer and a bungee cord tightening feature at the top of the boot to increase warmth. Valued at £195. The snow boots exploded graphic print, designed from their famous logo, resembles similar aesthetic to Gosha Rubchinskiy. As the Russian designer, is well known for this sharp typography, similar to the font displayed in the image below.
Gosha Rubchinskiy scarf

 

Women’s original rubberized jacket The iconic hunter jacket is waterproof and windproof- ideal for the famous Manchester weather. Hold on to the taste of summer with this baby pink alternative to its original black version. Was £225 now £65 (27/11/17)

 

If the price tags are starting to scare you, do not threat! Mountaineering, is a big and timeless trend in high fashion. For example, Balenciaga, explores the Alps regularly, using skiing as a prime concept. Therefore invest and enjoy because skiwear is here to stay.

 

Balenciaga oversized shell Parka

Plastic fantastic: How fashion can reverse the damage.

Come 8 pm Sunday night, members of the UK cosy up in front of their televisions anticipating the next episode of David Attenborough’s mind-blowing documentary series; Blue Planet!
Whether it be his use of high tech visuals or the soothing of Attenborough’s narrating, we all wait, ready to be educated, captivated by his knowledge.
Unfortunately, there is one element of the series which we all dread. The discussion of plastic. In 1907, man celebrated one of their greatest creations; an indestructible material which was about to change the world as we knew it. However, its indestructibility is now destroying the many things we care for. Plastic products contently drift through the oceans currents and become desirable sources of food to the sea creatures. Evidently, so as whales have washed up on beaches where their stomach content contains purely plastic.

Luckily, there are a few members of society who pledge to reverse these effects. Organisations’ such as Surfers Against Sewage ( www.sas.org.uk ) are a prime example.
Alongside their annual beach cleanups, they produce plastic alternatives. This is because customers are starting to become conscious of their purchases. Positively meaning they are starting to look beyond aesthetic and instead are wanting to spend their hard earned money on items with a purpose.

Bouncy castle wash bag

 

Reusable stainless steal water bottle

 

Adidas Goes Plastic

A prime example of the movement in fashion, is Adidas and Parleys’ collaborative trainer. Which was produced from ocean plastic.
In fashion, this is known as a Bi-product. Where you extend the life cycle of an existing material instead of producing new. Perfect for plastic as it takes over 15 years to erode.

Adidas X Parley Ocean Plastic trainers

In history, fashion has been known to speak volumes. Plastic free organisations will thrive of support from huge corporations such as Adidas as they have such large followings. Meaning, their input, will create a ripple effect. As some customers may have been unaware of the damage created from plastic until they purchased the trainer.
Throughout media, fashion receives a lot of negativity towards its production. Its high demand, causes catastrophic damage to the planet. However, with the publics love for Attenborough documentaries and their continuous love for innovative items, maybe, this is the start of a plastic free and fashion forward future!

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Manchester beauties turn out in force for Sean Maloney and Fern Howe-Shepherd’s Make Up Master Class

We headed down to Sean Maloney’s celebrity-inspired makeup master class that he hosted with Fern Howe-Shepherd at his salon and academy in Eccles.

Sean and Fern both created glam looks on their models Chelsee Healey and Holly Peers and during the demonstration let guests know their top industry tips and tricks, as well as details on all the products they were using. My favourite tip for all you lip lining wearing beauties out there, don’t start in the middle and work down. Start at the outer bit of your lip and work your way up, not starting in the middle and down.

On the night there were many famous faces all looking amazing in their outfits, and taking advantage of the 8ft flower wall from the fantastic Starlight Venue. We thought what better thing to do than to showcase to you all of our 5 favourite outfits from the evening so you can take inspiration from them all!

 

Jess Impiazzi

Photo Credit: Aaron Parfitt

Jess Impiazzi, from Ex On The Beach, looked amazing in a wraparound with low rising black flared trousers and a flowery kimono, that of which looked perfect against the flower wall backdrop!

 

Laura-Alicia and Jsky

Photo Credit: Aaron Parfitt

These two beauties rocked the red carpet together teaming up two gorgeous outfits. Laura showed off her killer figure in a tight peach dress from Mirror Image Style. Jsky teamed up the perfect casual yet still slaying outfit. His jacket was custom made for him by Franded81, his jumper from Whistle Blower Clothing, jeans from the Couture Club and shoes by Goodwin Smith.

Chelsee Healey and Holly Peers

The two models for the evening were Chelsee Healey and Holly Peers who both were styled with Manchester fashion brand InTheStyle. Chelsee teamed her white co-ord with some gorgeous boots, and Holly teamed hers with a dainty pair of heels.

We loved seeing how everyone had dressed up for Sean and Fern’s event and loved watching both of them create some stunning looks on their models. They also looked equally as stunning, Sean rocking a beautiful suit and Fern teaming up gorgeous knee highs with her black skirt and top.

Photo Credit: Aaron Parfitt

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MCR Streetstyle: November

MCR STREETSTYLE FASHION: November

Manchester is a city known for being different, a city known for it’s iconic contribution to legendary music, a city known for community spirit, but most of all, a city known for a pride in fashion. The streets of Manchester are often the place to head to if you’re looking for inspiration for your next outfit purchase, or even just for ways to vamp up your existing pieces in your wardrobe.

Diversity is throughout the city, with everyone having their own unique twist on the outfits that they wear, this giving us the BEST inspiration for our own outfits. In a city, so fashion dominated you can walk through the streets at 8 am and see people in full glam outfits or people in the most casual (yet still completely on trend) outfits – there is so much diversity spreading its way through the city and we love it!

With such a fashion-conscious population living in Manchester, we thought what better thing to do than showcase this and show off true Manchester street style to mcrfashionindustry.com

Our photographer Miriam Sabbah hit the streets of Manchester to see exactly what fashion you lot were wearing this month! Take a look at our gallery below and be sure to keep a lookout for our street team snapping around the city in the weeks to come, and you never know, YOU could be on here next time!

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Music’s relationship with fashion

Throughout the decades, Manchester has celebrated the importance of music. Embracing the concept that a temporary environment is used by individuals, but shared collectively, as a form of expressionism.
Whether it be the Northern Soul period or the Hacienda. Manchester encourages the community to come together and rave as one!

In connection to this, the fashion worn to said events has been documented throughout the decades and stored away in the Mancunian archive. The style worn in the environment is a reflection of how the music makes the participant feel. More than often, garments are chosen with movement in mind. Initially, rave outfits appear thoughtless and care free. However, there is a methodology used because the attendee wants to achieve maximum duration at the event. This concludes with some amazing outfits and is often a source of inspiration to fashion designers. It is either used as a concept to form singular collections. Or, used intently to build brands aesthetic.

Most recently, The Warehouse Project advocated the connection between fashion and music through a collaboration with the Italian apparel brand, Stone Island. The brand’s emergence from Madchester and its previous association with Britpop and football seemed fitting to Manchester’s born event.
The desire for Stone Islands high-tech sportswear has clearly returned, with vintage items becoming desirable collective pieces. With the intent that their heritage pieces exude incremental hipness.
On 6th October, Omar S, Joy Orbinson and Kirk Degiorgio were chosen by Stone Island as a reflection of their brands aesthetic. Trance techno played throughout the night in Manchester’s Old Granada Studios.

Stone island projected their iconic logo on the studio’s wall. Creating the perfect back drop. In which fans, donned in a soft shell and down feather puffer jackets (unworn and tied around the waist), gathered patiently in front of. Hoping they could snap edgy photographs. As documented by Vinay Jamnadas in the image below. This photograph is then shared on social media. Acting as a declaration of the brand.

Beautifully, Stone Island created limited edition T-shirts featuring the iconic Manchester worker bee. All proceeds went to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund. Creating merchandise like this highlights how fashion can be used powerfully.

Some key pieces for A/W:

 

 

 

 

All looks available from stoneisland.co.uk

Remembering Azzedine Alaia

The Tunisian-born couturier Azzedine Alaia has died in Paris On Saturday at the age of 77. The designer, once dubbed “the King of Cling”, was highly revered for his garments that moulded the body into extraordinary proportions, the product of an obsessive craftsman who bears more resemblance to a sculptor than a fashion designer.

“Azzedine Alaïa was a true visionary, and a remarkable man. He will be deeply missed by all of those who knew and loved him, as well as by the women around the world who wore his clothes,” said Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful. “The generosity of his spirit and genius of his designs will never be forgotten.”

The designer has dressed everyone from Grace Jones to Michelle Obama, to remember his legacy we are looking back at some of his finest work and collaborations…

1981

Alaïa began working in Paris in the 70s, designing for private clients. He launched his label for autumn/winter 1981, with the tight silhouette that he continued to use throughout his career.

1985

Alaïa was crucial to the career of many stars – including Grace Jones. Her hooded pink dress, worn for A View to a Kill in 1985, has become a classic, most notably replicated for Kylie Minogue in the video for Can’t Get You Out of My Head in 2001.

 

1986

Models dressed in Alaia’s dresses outside one of the designers Paris Fashion Week shows, (see Cindy Crawford on the far left)

1989

Photographed with Madonna, shot by Steven Meisel

1991

Christy Turlignton in Alaia – photographed by Patrick Demarchelier, Vogue, May 1991

1995

Every Clueless fan will remember Cher’s iconic quote from the film, in which she was more upset about the possibility of ruining her Alaia dress as it came from “ a totally important designer”  than getting mugged.

2011

On the 11th of December 2011, the Groninger Museum, in Netherlands, opened an exhibition entitled Azzedine Alaia in the 21st century. This exhibition displays the most fantastic Alaïa fashion creations of the last ten years.

The exhibition was a follow-on to the overview of his work shown in the Groninger Museum in 1998, which was subsequently displayed at the Brant Foundation in New York in 2002.

2013

One of Rihanna’s most memorable red carpet gowns was a stunning red Alaia piece that she wore to the Grammys in 2013.

2014

Alaïa’s dresses were a consistent part of Michelle Obama’s FLOTUS wardrobe. She wore his signature skater-style dresses to events including the State of the Union address in 2014.

2017

The designer backstage at his surprise 2017 couture show

Naomi Campbell opened the catwalk for Alaia’s final fashion show in July 2017

Sources: Vogue UK, The Guardian

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Designer Profile: Tommy Hilfiger

Here at Manchester Fashion Industry, we love everything fashion, and of course, with every great fashion venture comes an entrepreneur with a vision. Today, we take a look at American fashion designer who is globally known and loved, we delve deeper into the world of Tommy Hilfiger. 

Tommy Jacob Hilfiger was born on March 24th, 1961, in New York. He built his empire and brand using his signature red, white and blue tag, which is now recognised worldwide by consumers, fans and observers. His early career saw him opening several stores in the ’70s, before being approached to design a men’s sportswear line in 1984 which really pushed him onto the fashion playing board, and into a certain level of fame and fashion.

Since then, there has been no going back for Hilfiger, and his globally successful brand keeps growing and growing and is now a regular brand across multiple well established and extremely popular catwalk events.

He has worked with a huge list of stars, and has got the best models in the industry modelling for his collections including supermodel Jessica Stam and Gigi Hadid!  – something we find so admirable about Tommy.

Check out Vogue’s amazing summary of Tommy Hilfiger Fall 2017 Collection from London Fashion Week here.

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Five Menswear Coats You Should Be Wearing Right Now

When it comes to outerwear for men, you might assume that their shopping experience would be simpler than women’s, and that their choices would be limited. In reality it is quite the opposite, in that the array of options for a particular style or trend may have varying subtle differences that make choosing the right one for you, a complex process.

If we first focus on the shape that menswear coats are taking this season, we may see how they differ from previous years. It should come as a relief to some, that skinny fit everything that ruled men’s clothing has now taken a turn to a more relaxed, even oversized fit, and this is also the case for outerwear and coats. This slightly oversized charcoal grey, Peaky Blinders-esque piece from Private White’s A/W 2017 Menswear collection (below left, Vogue) showcases this relaxed way of keeping warm perfectly. Cult classic Barbour showed us a move from its typical well fitting, perfectly shaped wax jackets for a more relaxed fitting and distressed look (below right, Vogue).

 

 

When it comes to outerwear for men, you might assume that their shopping experience would be simpler than women’s, and that their choices would be limited. In reality it is quite the opposite, in that the array of options for a particular style or trend may have varying subtle differences that make choosing the right one for you, a complex process.

Padded jackets follow suit from the oversized trend in outerwear this year, only this time they follow a chicer design. Moncler, arguably the top downs jackets and ski coats brand of all time has always showcased this trend, but now with more of an edge, an abundance of laces and ties were added to the pieces showcased in the Gamme Bleu collection for AW17 which gave a unique mountaineering look (below, Vogue). Moncler might have never stopped giving us padded jacket chic, the only difference is now everybody wants to wear it, but this time, its smarter than the North Face padded jackets everyone once favoured so dearly.

 

Once we see how the shape and fit of menswear coats has evolved, we can start to look at more specific trend aspect, such as texture and colour. My most favourite texture corduroy has returned. Corduroy is so versatile in that the way it fits can manipulate its wear so drastically. A baggy pair of corduroy trousers compared to a well fitting suit of the same fabric gives off a totally different look. Officine Generale (bottom left) and Hermes’ (bottom right) AW17 collections conveyed the smart aspect of corduroy wonderfully.

Officine Generale also shows us one of the hit colours for menswear this season, moss green, and as we can see here, it is mostly paired with high-texture fabrics. It is a colour that suits all skin tones, and goes perfectly with the earthy tones that haunted the catwalks for AW17. In keeping with such tones of the season, orange was displayed en masse on the runways and can be used to add some interest to your black, navy and grey staples. Givenchy gave us this brave look with this incredible bright orange duffle (below left, GQ). Similarly, Mia Vesper created some outlandish unisex pieces for the fashion brave (below right, Vogue). They are all handmade from vintage fabrics and perfectly demonstrate the Western trend that is trickling down amongst designers into both men’s and womenswear.

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