Coming to Manchester 10th October 2013
We’re so excited that Vogue has chosen Manchester to stand alongside fashion colossuses such as Madrid, Milan and Paris to host their UK’s Fashion’s Night Out.
It’s an exclusive fashion and shopping event, which goes a long way to offset the disappointment of Manchester Fashion Week being pulled earlier in the year.
Our super guest blogger Victoria (and her fashion hound Ruby) were lucky enough to bag an exclusive interview with Vogue’s Executive Retail Editor – Ginnie Chadwyck-Healey.
It has only taken four years for Vogue to realise what they’re missing out on here in Manchester!
But I can now officially announce that Vogue IS coming to Manchester!
It’s common knowledge that all Mancunians are avid shoppers, and why not?
After all we are the home of textiles, so we’re more than happy to put Vogue up in our splendid city for what I’m sure is a match made in fashion heaven.
We couldn’t be more excited about Vogue bringing Fashion’s Night Out – perhaps it’s most prestigious event – to Manchester for the first time in history this autumn. Bye bye London – Manchester’s where it’s at!
Fashion’s Night Out made its first annual shopping bonanza all the way back in recession hit 2009; the aim being for retailers and shoppers to collaborate to celebrate fashion in difficult financial times.
After four successful years, Fashion’s Night Out is planning its move from London up North – ready for celebrations which will take place on Thursday October 10th 2013.
For those unfamiliar with the event; Manchester will be taken over for one night only by the biggest names in fashion, and fashion’s biggest fans.
I was lucky enough to have a quick chat with Vogue’s Executive Retail Editor – Ginnie Chadwyck-Healey who expressed her excitement at Vogue’s adventure to the heart of our vibrant fashion scene for what is promising to be their biggest night out yet!
Ginnie said: “Manchester just seemed like it had everything we wanted in terms of the brand but laid out in a slightly different format to what we’re used to in London.”
Boasting an array of special discounts across the whole of the city centre, there will be plenty to feast your eyes upon including pop-up shops and special menus at numerous of your favourite bars and restaurants.
Oh, and there’s also the chance to get personal style advice from the Editors of the most prestigious fashion magazine. What more could a girl ask for?!
Shops aplenty including Marks & Spencer and luxury brands such as Burberry have already confirmed their participation for the evening. But your favourite stores have more to offer you than just clothes; H&M will be hosting a photo shoot and Mulberry will be having their very own Effy nail bar!
There is also a big charity element to Fashion’s Night Out.
She said: “Back at my office I have a team of four of us. In addition to supporting the city so that we’re not just bringing the event up to Manchester and then letting people get on with it, we’re making sure that everyone is aware of our charity, and aware of the t-shirts that we’re trying to sell (which will sell like hot cakes).”
Check out last year’s t-shirt!
This year proceeds generated by sales of FNO t-shirts will be given to Save The Children. The event will also benefit Dress For Success; a charity whose aim is to help low income women find a career by dressing them suitably for job interviews.
If that’s not enough to tempt you to get yourselves down there and buy a trendy t-shirt, then maybe the fact that you can get them customised at Harvey Nics, is!
What makes this event so unique? The fact that while you are enjoying the biggest shopping spree of your life, so is the rest of the world, as cities such as Madrid, Milan and Paris will also be hosting their own celebrations for Fashion’s Night Out.
Ginnie adds: “It isn’t about Vogue making money, it’s really born from a need to support the retailers off the back of a really difficult recession and the fact that FNO is still going is testament to the response it’s had from customers and shoppers on the night.
And it isn’t about spending lots of money necessarily, but going into stores you would not normally visit, which may seem a little off limit or too aspirational.”
We already have our shopping bags at the ready and can’t wait to see you in Manchester on Thursday 10th October. And here’s hoping, with some great feedback we can pencil it in our diaries for next year too!
In the meantime, for more information follow @BritishVogue on Twitter and use the hash tag #FNO.
Photographs: 1. Go Runway 2. Getty/Dave M Bennett 3. Nick Seaton
This is not a sponsored blog post.