Vogue’s Fashion Night Out: Manchester
Last week, I made my way to Manchester for Vogue’s Fashion Night Out, a fabulous evening of wining, dining, parties and of course, fashion. After a beyond breezy journey to Manchester Piccadilly via Virgin’s high speed service (with new blogger friends Lela London, Julia Rebaudo of Stylonylon and trusty PR Zoe Vaughan Davies), we arrived at The Lowry – the only 5* hotel in the city, it’s a haven of tranquility. That is, until the fashion crowd arrived. The place was soon heaving with Bobbi Brown make up artists (who later blessed my tired peepers with the brand new ‘Smokey Eye’ and my make up bag with some beautiful treats – thanks ladies!), Vogue staff members and the odd celebrity. After lunch in the bar (I opted for a Chicken Club Sandwich, and very nice it was too) we headed down to the spa, where Reflexologists and Deep Tissue Masseurs pummelled the, err, stressful journey out of us. A quick manicure and make up session in the room came next, then it was finally time to hit the streets. First up was the Hugo Boss launch party, where we mingled with fellow fashion lovers and gaped as Henry Holland, Christopher Kane, Jonathan Saunders and Alexandra Schulman made their entrances, the first in an all black suit and matching Nikes.It was soon time to tear ourselves away for dinner at brand new restaurant Manchester House, headed up by world class chef Aiden Byrne. Hidden away in Tower 12 in Spinningfields, it couldn’t be more subtle – take the lift up to Level 2 and you’ll come out at slick, smart restaurant with open kitchens and soft, neutral decor underpinned by modern light fittings and fixtures. The food was sublime – it’s clear Byrne is trying for another Michelin star, and it’ll be well deserved when it inevitably arrives. I sampled Frogs Legs Kiev, followed by Belted Galloway Fillet and quadruple (!) fried, homemade chips. For dessert, we shared a Milk & Honey and Szechuan, lychee and rose – deliberately elusive descriptions that make the fanfare of the dishes’ arrival all the more exciting. I won’t spoil it for you, but they were excellent. After a quick peek at the upstairs bar (with a vibe so cool we could hardly bear to leave) and seeing the amazing views across the city, we hopped in a cab to more parties. We’d spent so long at our incredible meal that many had petered out, but the unveiling of Vivienne Westwood’s collaboration with the Cambridge Satchel Company was a real highlight of the evening (official picture above!)
A quick look around Hermes where scarves were being styled upstairs, then on to a church to catch a gig. Showing no signs of slowing down, we headed to Australasia (through an awesome glass entrance) for a few drinks and dance, bumping into Henry Holland and Danny Cipriani, before finally wandering back to the hotel for some much needed rest.
A brilliant night of fashion and frippery, it was a great chance to explore Manchester and see what the city has to offer in terms of style. Turns out, it’s a hell of a lot.
Amy @ FashionBite xx
Amy was a guest of The Lowry, Manchester House and Virgin Trains.
Some lovely photos courtesy of Julia Rebaudo of Stylonylon – thanks! X