FAULT reviews: Vogue’s Fashion Night Out in Manchester

For the first time in its four-year history, Vogue Fashion’s Night Out was held outside of London. The 2013 event, widely referred to by its hashtag #FNO, travelled north to Manchester, bringing with it some of the most influential figures from the world of fashion. British Vogue editor-in-chief Alexandra Shulman, designer Matthew Williamson and Kate Phelan, creative director for both Topshop and Vogue, were just some of the members of sartorial royalty in attendance.


#FNO was born in New York in 2009 and has since been held in Paris, Berlin and Sydney, to name a few. The UK event, however, has always been confined to London, an obvious choice with its glitzy flagship stores and exclusive hangouts. Surprisingly, though, #FNO is not about exclusivity, nor is it merely a vehicle for the fashion elite to rub shoulders with each other while sipping expensive cocktails and telling each other how wonderful they are. Testament to this was a chilly October evening in Manchester, when magazine editors, designers and top stylists mingled with crowds of eager shoppers, happy to stop and talk or pose for photos.

In the Emporio Armani store in Manchester’s trendy Spinningfields, we chatted to British Vogue’s fashion editor Francesca Burns. “I helped curate the window display here, as well as choosing some editor’s picks,” she explains. “I’m really glad we brought this to Manchester; it’s a great city. Fashion shouldn’t be exclusive to London.” We tell her that Twitter is overflowing with Tweets from residents of other UK cities, asking when #FNO will be coming to them. “Yes, I think that’s a great idea,” she says. “I’d love to take this on tour.”

The Maccebbes prepare to DJ at Emporio Armai, Manchester, for Vogue's Fashion Night Out

The Maccebbes prepare to DJ at Emporio Armai, Manchester, for Vogue’s Fashion Night Out

Arielle Free, 4music presenter and DJ, agrees. “I love Manchester!” she says. “I actually think this is better than [the London event]. It’s great to see Manchester getting this kind of exposure and to see so many people shopping. Although I think the free booze probably has something to do with that!” Indeed. In Armani, a pop-up cocktail bar has amassed quite a queue, while waiters from hip restaurant Australasia are weaving through the crowds with trays of fresh sushi. The Maccabees were about to take to the decks, but we caught them for a swift chat before their set. It appears they were slightly immune to the excitement. Guitarist Felix White told us that they’re “just here to play some music for an hour or so.” This throwaway comment should not be mistaken for nonchalance, though – he and his fellow band members happily posed with shoppers wanting ‘selfies’ with the band.

Jameela Jamil DJing at Vogue's Fashion Night Out in Manchester

Jameela Jamil DJing at Vogue’s Fashion Night Out in Manchester

On the way round to Selfridges to catch Jameela Jamil’s DJ set,we came across Rosie Blake, the blogger behind Rosie Glow and social media assistant at Boohoo.com. “I think this is great for the city,” she concedes. “Everything seems to be based in London, which is irritating for someone like me as a blogger, who doesn’t live there. It’s great to see a big event somewhere else.” And what does she think Manchester’s general consensus is? “To be honest I was worried this might bomb, because it’s the first time anything like this has been held here,” she says. “But it’s gone amazingly. So many people are out shopping, and there’s even a crowd doing the Harlem Shake outside Selfridges…I’m not sure why!” Ah, the perils of free alcohol.

sushi (Medium)

(The food was pretty good too…)

The after party at Malmaison was open to all attendees of the event, with not a guest list or door policy in sight. We spotted Matthew Williamson sporting a navy crushed-velvet blazer while throwing some serious shapes in the bar and asked him if he had anything to say about the night’s events. “I’ve had the time of my life,” he gushes, before twirling off into the night with his entourage. Personally, we think he spoke for everyone in attendance. The verdict on Manchester’s first #FNO? A resounding success.

Words and images by Thea de Gallier

Happy Mondays to play a series of December shows

In recent years, we’ve seen some excellent Britpop performances and revivals, so it seemed appropriate when The Stone Roses announced their reformation and we could welcome back another great British musical movement – the Madchester scene. Now, it’s the turn of  the Happy Mondays to bask in the glow of nostalgia and adoration.

This December, the seminal Factory Records band will be playing two shows at Camden Roundhouse, supported by fellow Mancunians 808 State. Happy Mondays will return with the definitive lineup of Bez, Gary Whelan, Mark Day, Paul Davies, Paul Ryder, Rowetta and Shaun Ryder. If you’ve always wanted to get sweaty to a soundtrack of ‘Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyache’, then you’re in luck and will finally be able to party like it’s 1989. Bonus points to any dedicated ravers who can get their hands on a Thermowear t-shirt or – better still – actually own an original one. Nice one, our kid!

Tickets for The Roundhouse shows on December 19th and December 20th are still available, and extra dates have just been added for Brighton Centre and Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse as well.

Parklife Festival Returns to Manchester

While Parklife might previously have been known as one of the standout albums from 90s poster boys Blur, people now associate the phrase with Manchester’s biggest music festival. Taking place from the 9th and 10th of June, Parklife Weekender boasts a dazzling array pop, indie, electro and crossover acts throughout the two day festival across six stages. Nearly sold out, tickets are going fast to catch the likes of The Flaming Lips, Noah & the Whale, Dizee Rascal, Labrinth and Kelis. The headline acts will be supported by The Rapture, (FAULT Issue 11 star) Ghostpoet, The Field, Crystal Castles, Django Django, Caspa and countless more. Continuing the tradition to bring back a blast from the past, De La Soul (don’t pretend you don’t know EVERY song) will be special guests on the main stage on the 10th. Add to that some truly exceptional DJ names and it’s pretty easy to see why Parklife has been such a huge success since taking over the Mad Ferret mantle. This year, Annie Mac and electro luminaries Justice are joined by the likes of  Fake Blood, Jaguar Skills, Gold Panda, Pendulum, Goldie, Busy P, 16 Bit and D/R/U/G/S. I’m sure we  don’t need to tell you that that lineup is pretty much a guarantee to keep you in a glorious music induced haze  for the full 48 hours…

This will be the final year at Platt Fields Park as the festival says goodbye to their two-year home. Outgrowing the fields, a new location has yet to be announced, but the promoters are keen to leave Fallowfield with a bang. Co-promoter Sam Kendal says, “Platt Fields provided a great start for The Parklife Weekender and we’ve been really grateful. In 2010 when Parklife was just an idea, it was really an unknown as to whether it would work. If we had known only three years on we would be moving onto a new site to develop and grow the festival to meet demand – it would have saved many sleepless nights! A new location is not yet confirmed but plans are in the pipeline. In the meantime we’re really looking forward to bidding farewell to Platt Fields in style.”

Look out for members of the FAULT team at Parklife 2012. The first three people to recognise us there will have the honour of buying us a beer.

Tickets for Parklife are £94.50 for a hospitality weekend ticket and £49.50 for a hospitality day ticket. The standard weekender pass is £64.50 while a day ticket is £38.50. Parklife will take place from 9th-10th of June at Platt Fields Park in Fallowfield, Manchester. For more information on the acts and box office info visit www.parklife.ticketline.co.uk