An evening of glamour at Harvey Nichols Manchester

Few Manchester events are as eagerly anticipated as the Harvey Nichols Manchester Spring/Summer 2013 Fashion Show and on Wednesday 6 March they did not disappoint. The store provided an evening of luxury for it’s guests among which were Abbey Clancy, Natasha Hamilton, Rachel Shenton and Leanne Brown.

The Fashion Show took place on the first floor, where guests were greeted with an extravagant entrance and a chic set up. Guests entered the show through 2 sets of large doors draped with white fabric, where they were met by an all white, U shape catwalk, over 400 seats and pops of colour.
To start the show, the lights were switched off to create excitement, before the music queued the models to appear. Stood in the doorways on the catwalk, the models posed before walking out to a light display following their moves. The show was scented by Jo Malone’s latest fragrance, Earl Grey & Cucumber.

Top models from London and the North West donned the catwalk at the event. Britain’s Next Top Model winner Jade Thompson walked along with fellow models from Manchester’s Boss Model Management and top London agencies. As they strutted their stuff down the catwalk, upbeat and themed music was played, carefully selected to accompany the trends and garments on show.

Guests saw an exciting array of trends for Spring/Summer 2013 for both men and women. Showcasing a vivid selection of colours, patterns and fabrics, trends varied from the opening ‘Time to Reflect’ – with metallics, sequins and sparkle, to the men’s ‘Bloc Party’ and women’s ‘Neon News’ which screamed colour, colour and more colour. The final looks to go down the catwalk were the movie inspired ‘Gangster Squad’ and the fabulous ‘Precision Whites’, which caused ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ from the crowd.

The models’ hair was styled exclusively by Mark Izzard using L’Oreal Professional at Urban Retreat, Harvey Nichols Manchester’s in-store salon.

“We wanted the hair to be sleek and uniformed across the models, taking inspiration from designer catwalks including Gucci and Christopher Kane. My time to be creative was with the back of the hair, where I plaited, weaved and twisted ponytails creating a unique look.” – Mark Izzard, Senior Stylist

Stila, which is new to Harvey Nichols, were the official makeup sponsor for the event. Using inspiration from the fabrics, colours and patterns in the trends, Stila’s artists created a glamorous and chic look.

‘‘For Spring/Summer 2013, we focused on the brows and lips. We kept the skin clean and natural, which Stila is renowned for. It’s essential to prep the skin prior to make up for the perfect foundation application, so we used One Step Correct to colour correct, prime and nourish, giving the perfect glow. Big, bold brows were seen on the catwalks for this season, and taking inspiration from 1990’s supermodels, we left the brows untamed by combing them roughly up and out and adding our fantastic Stay All Day Brow and Java eye shadow. We teamed this with a bold, bright, matte lip; a truly high impact effect that looks great on a catwalk. These fun lip colours are playful and brighten the complexion, perfect for spring.” – Janie Howarth, National Stila Makeup Artist.

After the show guests were invited to shop the pieces from the show in a late night shopping party and with complimentary drinks and a 15% fashion show discount, it would have been rude not too (I confess to indulging in a pair of Paige ‘Jimmy Jimmy’ Skinny Boyfriend Jeans – the jean of the season). All in all a very fashionable evening was had.

Copyright (c) 2013 Rex Features.

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