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Harvey Nichols Fashion Show

Published on October 19th 2005.

Last Tuesday Harvey Nichols left Manchester in no doubt as to what the biggest trends for the Autumn / Winter season are as they showcased the hottest looks in fashion.

Hundreds of the store's top spenders packed into the Ground Floor showcase, keen to make sure that they weren’t caught out wearing last season's boots and that they had this season’s ‘It Girl’ handbag. Emmerdale’s Sammy Winward and Lucy Pargeter were both present, ready to snap up the latest Chloe dress to flaunt their fabulous post-baby figures. Jenny Powell had a front row seat and of course no fashion show would be complete without some footballer’s wives. Whilst the future Mrs Wayne Rooney was nowhere to be seen (surely she can’t be all shopped out after the purchase of that £1,343 Chanel belt in Madrid!) Victoria McManaman and Kerrie Fowler were more than happy to do it for the women who like their men in shorts.

Hosted by Cold Feet’s John Thomson the show featured the latest designs from the likes of Missoni, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Chloe, Gucci and Victoria Beckham’s new best friend, Roberto Cavalli. Hair was by James, Creative Director of the Urban Retreat Hair and Beauty Salon, whilst makeup was provided by Vogue favourite, Sue Devitt.

DJ Xander from Flux magazine was on the decks supplying the soundtrack for the evening. As a One Central Street (so Studio 54) resident he was completely unfazed by the crowd of Manchester’s beautiful people. Compared to One Central’s fashion model crowd a few footballers’ wives were nothing.

The first look saw Harvey Nics come over all Dr. Zivargo, think bold printed skirts with baroque embroidery. A distinctly Russian look. My boyfriend dreads the day I start to think ear muffs are cool again, well that day may be coming sooner than he thinks. More influences from Eastern Europe followed with chunky knits and faux fur combining to create a real traveller vibe.

The Victoriana trend that has filtered down so quickly onto the high street thanks to the likes of Topshop and Miss Selfridge certainly wasn’t ignored. Puff-shouldered, frilly blouses, shrunken jackets and round-toed court shoes shaped this ultra-feminine romantic look.

Men weren’t left out either. Strict tailoring and thin ties were the order of the day, the skinnier the silhouette the better! Proving that business is back in the mainstream suits were structured in grey, metallic and charcoal in addition to tailored checks and rich velvets.

Bearing in mind the Christmas party season will soon be upon us Harvey Nichols seized the opportunity to showcase all out glamour in the final looks. Taking the crowd back to the golden age of Hollywood, models swept down the runway in slinky, hourglass gowns, frilled skirts, fur capes, floor-sweeping dresses and nipped-in waist bodices. Although black was strong throughout, the star of the show had to be Alexander McQueen’s green silk dress, accessorised with Jimmy Choo’s purple satin peep toes.

After the show the store was open exclusively to guests so they could view and purchase from the collections. Champagne and handmade truffles were served whilst way up on the Second Floor a few guys who had been dragged along could be found enjoying a pint at the beer bar – missing both their credit cards and their girlfriends…………..

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