Manchester Fashion Week returns in style with 18 shows across two days in May, with designers from Peru, USA and Jamaica choosing Manchester over London to launch their collections. This endorses the message that #northwestisbest.
The event, in its third year, directed by Amanda Moss, is a springboard for new designers to showcase their collections in front of an audience of buyers and fashion bloggers. Last year’s designers were picked up by ASOS, Alexander McQueen and Roberto Cavalli and designers were invited to go to Paris and New York Fashion Week.
DAY ONE 23 May: Haute Couture & Urban Streetwear
Couture linger designer Coco La La is unveiling her new collection, Flency Basra showcases her prominent African influenced designers, leading ethical designer Fruitbats & Screwballs features her summer collection alongside her statement knitted capes. Mama Manco flies in from Peru to launch their debut couture collection, DonnaMarina will showcase her beautiful evening wear, Nordik Light are also bringing their accessories collection to Manchester along with vegan friendly designer Fabrikk.
DAY TWO 24 MAY: Emerging Talent
Plus size couture Auder Locks and Va-Valicious celebrate curves on the catwalk tonight along with menswear and street wear Sauce and Brown. Stunning jewellery and accessory designer KC Dainty shines. Flying in from Jamaica with her swimwear brand is Aja-Marie Designers, Celebrity designer.Akani will also showcase before brand new USA designer Uncommon Routes unveils their new sloganed T shorts. with their Valerie’s Vinatge closes the evening on a classic note #northwestisbest
Exhibitions 22-23 MAY
Two full afternoon of exhibitions where you can meet the designers face to face, try on their collections and meet stylists, boutique owners and the team behind MFW. Open from 1pm on both days prior to the catwalk shows and these events are free. Anyone wishing to stay on to see the shows will have to purchase a ticket (£10 in advance, £6 for students, £5 on the door)
#FamiliesComeFirst will be on the catwalk with their range of T shirts highlighting the injustice of criminalising parents for taking their children out of school in term time, launched by Amanda Moss.