Manchester Fashion Week Review

Emerging talent and established brands put Manchester on the fashion map


#MCRFW once again graced the catwalk with a plethora of exciting fashion brands. We sent personal stylist and fashion expert Susan Baxter (Susan Styles You) to sit on the front row (days 1 and 2) and report back on the fabulous style coming from our Cottonopolis.


Over to you Susan ……

I was delighted to be invited by 4Manchester Women to be their roving reporter for Manchester Fashion Week 2014 #MCRFW.The venue was the beautiful Hallé St Peter’s building in Ancoats which, I’m ashamed to say, I had never heard of before. Such a picturesque building and a stunning backdrop for the show.

Manchester Fashion Week


Day 1, Good Friday turned into Great Friday with emerging designers, while Day 2 featured independent brands and online stores. The atmosphere really was electric surrounded by fellow bloggers and press.

Local presenter JSky made an excellent job of presenting and even gave us a few songs on Day 2. What a smooth operator.

So, what of the fashion?


My favourites on Day 1 (emerging designers)


Sophie Ho showed us futuristic, knitted pieces that were a real work of art – very sculptural. She takes inspiration from her own photographs of dissected plants.


sophie ho


Nina Burton showed us some beautiful orange and green prints that were very ‘peasanty’.


Nina Burton


I loved Leah Jones use of colour and mixtures of texture, incorporating lots of shiny discs.


Leah Jones


Emily Shaw was the most outlandish and made us all smile with her oversized knitwear and giant bobble headed balaclava.


Emily Shaw


I loved Lucy Cowan‘s cute and playful collection.

I thought the stuffed pigeon being used as a handbag stole the show and really reminded us we were in Manchester (sadly I don’t have a photo to share of the pigeon).


Lucy Cowan



My favourites on Day 2 (indi bands & online stores)


So on to day 2 – the place was rammed to the rafters and even more electric than the night before, if that is at all possible.

I arrived a little early to get my seat on the front row for a show which was a  fun blend of high street mixed with indie, vintage, showgirl and even fetish on the catwalk!


My faves here were:

Sofia Dourvari’s collection of evening wear was just stunning.


Sophia Dourvari


Florina brought us back to nature with their beautiful clothes made of moss and plants.




The vintage collection from Gin & Tonic (my fave tipple) was made up of eclectic, retro pieces with some gorgeous 1920s outfits – they are an online store based in the Northern Quarter.


Gin & Tonic Vintage @ #MCRFW 14 Photographer credit Charles Davis @ Professional Photographer


Part 1 ended with some show stopping show girl outfits from Central St Martins graduate, Clare Baxter (no relation unfortunately) – very Kylie-esque. Beautiful embellished costumes, feathers, ridiculously killer heels – fabulous darling!


clare baxter


Part 2 opened with Eustratia in latex! Wowsers – don’t think strict dominatrix – this was pretty, feminine, girly and gorgeous!




Lily Lulu was young fresh and fashionable – a great independent retailer based in Manchester.

Another favourite was Aftershock – very elegant and decadent!

We finished with a flourish with Cheshire based SVE and some truly amazing monochromatic couture evening dresses.




Phew! So that’s my round up of #mcrfw 2014. The models were amazing, how they managed to get changed so quickly is a mystery!

It was an outstanding event – thanks to the sponsors – and thanks to 4Manchester Women for a fantastic opportunity.

Highlights of Day 1 (#MCRFW website).

Highlights of Day 2 (#MCRFW website)

Highlights of Day 3 (#MCRFW website)

Finalé (#MCRFW website)


Susan x


Photographs: Manchester Fashion Week, Charles Davis at Professional Photography, Susan Baxter



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