Your guide to what’s happening on a night of high fashion
Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out is the ultimate shopping extravaganza. The UK event is normally held in London – but this year it’s coming to Manchester!
So put Thursday 10th October in your diary and start planning your outfit!
Here’s a map from Vogue (available at stores across the city centre) showing who and where FNO fun is happening.
There is so much going on during the evening, we asked fashion fan Victoria to put together an A-Z Guide to help you glamorously enjoy all that the city has to offer.
Over to you Victoria ……
Fashion’s Night Out hosted by Vogue is a shopaholic’s dream.
With over 30 events already confirmed, it’s enough to send you into a shopping spree induced coma.
Even just writing this article has sent me a bit woozy and made it even harder than usual
to resist the temptation that comes with the devil that is online shopping.
Well it is the best excuse you’re ever going to get to buy a new outfit to impress.
Stretching from Spinningfields, right across to Manchester’s Arndale Centre, designer and high street shops aplenty are offering something unique and special for FNO visitors.
I hope that our A-Z breakdown will make it a little easier to comprehend. All that’s left for me to say is that I look forward to seeing you in your glad rags for the most glamorous shopping expedition of your lives.
There will be cocktails, champagne and canapés, a ‘special guest’ DJ, prize draws and goodie bags for all customers. In addition there will be models in the window showcasing the Agent Provocateur AW13 collection from 6.30 to 9pm.
Lounge around with champagne in hand. DJ to be confirmed.
Channel your inner WAG for the night with a visit to Chanel- certain not to disappoint. Seize the opportunity to get a complimentary manicure in the FNO colours and browse the A/W collection.
Crombie is on hand for when the October weather finally takes its toll. A visit to Crombie’s Warm party will leave you feeling nice and toasty after some hearty food and warming drinks. That’s without mentioning the luxurious coats you can try on and have your photo taken wearing.
Spend a hundred pounds or more in store and you will be walking away with your very own personalised tote bag. A live illustrator will also be in store providing sketches for the event.
Vogue fashion editor Fancesca Burns will be hosting the Emporio Armani event and will be on hand to off her style expertise to guests. The Maccabees will perform a live DJ set between 8.30pm – 9.30pm and there will be canapés and drinks by Birra Moretti and Aperol. The official FNO t-shirt in association with ‘Save the Children’ will be available to buy in store.
There is a real star studded opportunity to meet and greet fashion famous designer Matthew Williamson who will be located in the Spinningfields store. He can offer you style tips and provide you with all you need to know about the new season trends.
Fossil will be holding events in both their Arndale and Trafford Centre stores. Join them from 6pm for some American Cream Soda, vintage-style sweets and some oh-so-sweet cupcakes! Come to either store to hear all about ‘The Stack Is Back’ competition, where you will also have a chance to win your very own Fossil Arm Party (one lucky lady and one lucky gent will each win a watch and three bracelets).
All customers can get their teeth into some proper American grub. There are prizes to be offered for the best dressed too- those who best pull off the cool American style will be shortlisted and sent to St Anne Street to be papped by a street style photographer from The Mancorialist.
Give Your FNO T-shirt a Designer’s Twist. Roksanda Ilincic will be in Harvey Nichols customising FNO T-shirts.
Hermes will pay homage to Fashion Night Out with a Sporting Chic evening.
All Fashion’s Night Out visitors to Hervia Bazaar will be in with a chance of winning a £500 fashion, food and drinks prize. Now I’ve got your attention, there’s also some fabulous cuisine and beverages to enjoy as Yang Sing, Whitley Neill Gin, Tsingtao Beer and Tequila Rose collaborate for one night only.
You won’t be able to miss Hobbs, as it will quite literally have a black cab parked outside the store full to brimming with lots of fabulous products to give away. At eight o’clock, if your name is drawn, you get to travel home in the cab with all the great goodies inside!
House of Fraser
The Deansagte store is celebrating its new shoes and accessories store with discounts and exclusive offers. Get a keepsake in the form of a photograph following your Dior red carpet treatment. Visit the ground floor pop up bar for an exclusive cocktail by Bem Brazil and don’t forget to sample the delights of The FNO café, controlled by award winning restaurateurs Chicchetti.
For one night only the Chicchetti restaurant will be taken over by celebrity chef Aldo Zilli and will boast a unique menu. For reservations call 0161 839 2233. For avid readers of Vogue, like myself, don’t miss out on the opportunity to view a collection of the most iconic cover stars before embarking on an unmissable Fashion Treasure Hunt (the best kind if you ask me) in store!
Any purchase of womenswear you make in Hugo Boss will be accompanied by a special present. You can also enjoy live music from Princess Julia and get your very own fashion illustration to leave with by talent Clym Everndon. Official FNO t-shirts can also be purchased in store.
Make the most of the delicious treats on show and roam the couture dresses behind the inspiration of the Peony & Blush Suede collection as an expert milliner creates bespoke pins.
Shoes! The part I have been waiting for. KG are offering exclusive discounts in store and gifts with purchases. There will be a 90s soundtrack to the night and mini manicures by Nails Inc.
While we may be praying for the rain to stay off, LK Bennett are hoping for the exact opposite as they celebrate the night by playing homage to the Great British Weather. Visit the store for cocktails and learn more about the inspiration behind their Autumn collection.
Exclusive offers include a Fashion Night Out gift with all purchases over £35 and an exclusive tote bag with every purchase. Luxury services such as a pampering hand massage ritual will also be up for grabs.
Are you a folder or a roller? When it comes to packing, Louis Vuitton is the man in the know. Get some tips and learn more about the art of packing your luggage most appropriately for your journey. If you are lucky enough to have swiped yourself a LV number, you can also get it hot stamped in store.
Home of the after party for that post store closure pick-me-up. At Malmaison low calorie cocktails can be sipped and a late night DJ set annoyed. Visitors to the Hotel will be entered in a prize draw to win dinner, bed and breakfast and a 30 minute spa treatment.
It’s the home of all things high street and it’s certainly more than happy to welcome the avid shopper. Here you can enjoy numerous catwalks, pop-up beauty stalls, Mandy from Hollyoaks (Sarah Jayne Dunn) and the chance to win a pair of shoes every month for a year. That in itself is a sole reason to go (no pun intended!) There’s much more to be enjoyed including delicious mocktails and scrummy sushi. The list just goes on…
Manchester Art Gallery
A vintage fair will be popping up in Manchester Art Gallery. Drop in for a mini makeover and photo shoot.
Mappin and Webb
The Manchester boutique will be the home for a luxurious Emerald and Diamond necklace worth £250,000 for the night for guests to admire. Customers can enter a prize draw to win a piece of Mappin and Webb jewellery worth £1,000.
Marks and Spencer
Did somebody say personal shopper? Not only that, but a Prosecco Bar and style presentations make M&S a must visit.
Shoppers are treated to two free 50ml shower gel samples with any purchase made on the night. Get the full Molton Brown experience with a mini exfoliating hand an arm massage and swot up on the latest scents this season.
Get your nails seen to by the professionals at Essie or simply drool over the new collection, with an accompanying glass of champagne in hand.
Strike a pose in the Next photo booth, indulge in cake pops or get the VIP treatment by talking to some of the store’s top stylists.
The icon himself will be in Manchester! He will be on hand to answer your biggest hair styling woes and enjoy some great prize giveaways. Nicky will be situated in the new location of The Avenue, Spinningfields. To RSVP please call the Nicky Clarke Salon on 0161 833 3555 to confirm your place for the evening which is sure to be a massive hit!
Office will be boasting a great experience whereby shoppers can have their look sketched by a team of stylists and have their outfit accessorised with the perfect pair of shoes from the new collection. The sketch will be sent straight to you via email and one lucky tweeter will win the shoes from their sketch. Make sure to arrive early as the first 100 shoppers will receive a goody bag crammed full of amazing fashion and beauty treats.
Radisson Blu Edwardian
Enjoy two complimentary tasters with every bottle of champagne purchased at the hotel on the night! There’s also fashionably infused cocktails to taste, which start at just £10. And for when all that shopping becomes too much and your ankles are starting to swell from all that totting around in stilettos, the Sienna spa is at hand with some relaxing treatments.
Cocktails from The Alchemist and a live DJ set are to be enjoyed at Reiss. Not to mention the discounts across full price products and numerous competitions to be entered.
Enjoy a makeup tutorial with the girls at MAC or get an up close and personal music experience by Radio 1 presenter and style diva, Jameela Jamil who will be taking to the decks in store. Every shopper who steps through the door will be given a mystery gift card- ranging in value from £1-£500. Don’t forget to take your Selfridge’s ‘selfie’ as a memento of your night. Oh, and take advantage of the canapés at the food stalls. Always take advantage of free food and booze.
Here you can enjoy drinks and music while taking in all the details of the Runway collection show which will be digitally streamed into the store. There’s also the chance to get involved in a Runway inspired photo shoot with the best pics being posted on Instagram.
Prizes to be won, music to enjoy and advice to be taken about how to achieve those key A/W makeup trends.
Celebrate FNO by meeting members of the UGG creative council. Food and drink also gets creative at the Check On pop up restaurant.
Bags purchased from the new collection on the night will receive a complementary monogram service whereby your initials can be printed in a colour of your choice.
I’ll leave you to plan your night out to the very last detail. I don’t know where to begin….
For more information about Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out visit vogue.co.uk
Photographs: Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out, Map – Vogue by illustrator Katherine Baxter
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