A Year In Fashion And Beauty

December 27th, 2011

Womenswear High Street Retailer of The Year: The Kooples

If there’s one King Street shop worth visiting, it’s The Kooples. Since the French brand arrived on the Manchester shopping scene it’s been turning us into fashion Francophiles. It’s tastefully trendy – not too geek chic, not too glamourous, but just right. from androgynous edgy blazers to feminine vintage-inspired silk blouses, this shop has it all and we can’t wait to see what awaits for 2012.

Visit www.thekooples.com

Menswear High Street Retailer of The Year: Gio-Goi

Born out of the Madchester movement to a tune of acid house and a Happy Monday beat, Gio-Goi burst onto the northern music scene in the late 1980s. By intermixing a love for late nights at the Hacienda with a thirst for style, the brand quickly became the major representative for a northern perspective on urban fashion. Fast-forward to 2011 and the brand opened their Manchester flagship in Manchester’s Arndale Centre. The centre of the city and the original base for other northern success stories like JD Sports; Gio-Goi is in good company. The future can only be one illuminated by the bright lights of the DJ booth.

Visit www.gio-goi.com

Womenswear Independent of The Year: Eternal Envy

Not only does this Heaton Moor based boutique continuously source and stock a welcome range of high fashion brands, owner Maria Telford hunts a hearty mix of little known independent and niche designer ranges, leaving no stone unturned in her fashion foray. Included in the mix is a great range of Emu Australia clothing. if you only associated the brand with sheepskin boots, look again. Eternal Envy stocks a stylish selection of Emu Australia gloves, scarves and cardigans. We also adore their stock of Silverflint blanket wraps and Lamb handbags. It’s all thanks to Maria, her eye for style and passion for fashion. Listen to the lady herself in the video below…

Visit www.eternalenvy.com

Menswear Independent of The Year: Each To Their Own The unique clothing boutique, and brain-child of retailer and designer Alex Christopher, made its mark in Manchester this year by taking over the former General Store unit on Deansgate to create its new flagship. It  offers an affordable dose of Westwood, a little urban edge and a lot of drop-crotch because this boutique like its pecks out and its pants down low. both the own-label, Alex Christopher Clothing, and the store’s other merchandise has attracted the attention of the Geordie Shore cast and Corrie’s Katherine Kelly. Above all, Alex and his team know how to get on Manchester’s good side. after opening in the wake of the 2011 riots, the brand quickly reacted to the ‘I love Manchester’ campaign by painting the phrase ‘ETTO Loves Manchester’ across the store’s front. Lovely.

Visit www.eachtotheirown.co.uk

One To Watch: The Avenue, Spinningfields

The opening of DKNY Menswear on The Avenue in Manchester last month saw the completion of Spinningfields’ luxury retail quarter, with 13 high-end fashion stores now offering over 140 brands, not to mention new pub The Oast House and delicatessen Peppermint Bay – perfect for when you need to refuel during a shopping spree. This year has also seen the unveiling of the Avenue North – the long awaited street which now allows shoppers to cut through from Bridge Street and hopefully bring more awareness to this new and exciting part of the city.

Visit www.theavenuemanchester.com

The Avenue, Spinningfields

Beauty craze of the year: The Vajazzle

We don’t know if this craze would have taken off if it had not been for the craze of really bad reality TV such as TOWIE. Nevertheless, 2011 has been the year of the Vajazzle. For those unfamiliar with pubic preening, a vajazzle is when girls have their lady parts blinged despite sounding like the name of a new musical instrument. Read Casey Gillespie’s honest review of the whole phenomena here.  

You could opt for these knickers instead…

RenunailBest Beauty Buy: Dr Lewinn’s Renunail

The decision behind this choice of product is quite simple…it actually works. Got short crap nails? want long strong nails? after 25 days you will see a difference in the strength, length and overall look of your nails. Read the review we published back in October here. And here’s photo evidence of Lynda Moyo’s formerly short and chipped nails. Voila!

Long, Strong Nails thanks To Renunail

Lynda Moyo is the editor of Body Confidential. You can follow Lynda on Twitter @LyndaMoyo

Jordan McDowell works in the northern fashion industry and blogs his working life at www.fashionrambler.com. You can follow Jordan on Twitter @JordanJMcdowell

A Year In Fashion And Beauty

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