MCR Fashion Festival is a celebration of Manchester’s fantastic fashion credentials, with an array of catwalk shows from the city’s global designers and rising stars. Join us for a fabulous Gala evening event, inspired by the MET Gala, with fashion, food, drink, and a fun-filled line up of live entertainment.
Our first VIP event took place on Friday 23rd of February 2018 at the stunning Manchester Hall.
ABOUT OUR AMBASSADORS
CORONATION STREET ACTRESS: BHAVNA LIMBACHIA
Growing up within a creative Indian family, and being surrounded by vibrant colours and fabrics meant fashion has always been a significant part of my life. This fulled my curiosity and became a natural progression into studying Fashion and Textiles at Runshaw College in Preston.
With the fusion of my two loves, Fashion and The Performing Arts, I later completed a degree in Costume Design at The University of Leeds, Bretton Hall, surrounded by the beautiful Yorkshire Sculpture Park. After graduating I went on to working in Theatre, Television and Film in the Costume department. I later made the transition from working behind the camera to working in front of the camera and in 2010, alongside acting started up a Vintage Jewellery company selling up-cycled, one-of-a-kind pieces along with vintage bags and accessories.
INTERNATIONAL FASHION DESIGNER: ZEYNEP KARTAL
Zeynep launched the Zeynep Kartal brand beginning of 2013, following more than twenty years of experience in the fashion industry in a variety of areas including textile, design, production and marketing.
Zeynep Kartal has now made a splash in the celebrity-filled red carpets of the UK, and wowing the catwalks of London’s Fashion Week with her elegant silhouettes and modern lines sought after by a growing number of American & British celebrities including Whitney Port, Coleen Rooney, Pixie Lott, Amanda Holden, Marina and The Diamonds, Michelle Keegan, Cheryl Cole and Lady Gaga.
The Zeynep Kartal aesthetic creates a distinctive sense of elegance and femininity using the finest fabrics including natural silk, crepe, lace, and lurex silk hand-made embellishments. Zeynep feels those pieces create a distinctive sense of femininity and influences are key in the Zeynep Kartal brand. Zeynep’s aim is to encourage women to find their own style and to feel confident in their appearance. ‘Zeynep Kartal’s’ signature style is smooth and sophisticated elegance.
Zeynep likes to take on more than one challenge, and has also launched a ‘Little Ladies’ which is a unique children’s-wear collection, that aims to give ‘Little Ladies’ a touch of ladylike elegance which is another ‘Zeynep Kartal’s’ unique range.
BODA SKINS FOUNDER: NATHAN ALEXANDER
As a child, Nathan gravitated towards the arts. Rebellious drawings in the margins of notebooks paved the way to a serious path studying fashion and product design. When Nathan was seven, his mother went to New York and brought back leather jackets for him and his brother. The jacket was bulky, oversized, and he loved the hell out of it. Wore it down to the tread. “A leather jacket has always been more than just an item of clothing for me. It’s more of a feeling.”
He attended Salford University where he completed an Art Foundation course and moved on to Product Design. But after university, he wasn’t quite sure what his next step should be. He soon found himself in Turkey looking for direction.
A turn of luck came one night while playing pool in a bar. He met a man who owned a leather factory. A three hour bus ride later and he was in the factory. This was his time to make a leather jacket. The current batch being offered were outdated. Nathan envisioned a revolution. “I wanted to make the ultimate leather jacket. I did my research and compiled examples of my favorite things – every buckle, every stitch, every fabric- into one jacket. This turned into the ‘Kay Michaels’ jacket.” He slept on the factory floor for two weeks as first samples were crafted into production. He survived on lentils and clean drinking water provided by the mosque. With the samples ready, he found a flight back to the UK to pitch his jackets for orders. Things were slow to pick up. Then the jackets started gracing the pages of Instagram influencers and fashion bloggers. With Blue Wilson at the helm, Nathan was able to legitimize shop and move forward with branding what is now BODA Skins. And as the BODA brand continues to grow, the heart behind the brand is still product design when it comes to bringing all pieces into the 21st century. For Nathan, contemporary fashion can focus too much on the short-term season-to-season. But he is designing products that are
timeless in style and function.
“Being a product designer rather than a fashion designer made BODA what it is. The jackets are not fashion items it’s about making the best product. Every little detail to me is calculated with a lot of thought behind it.” BODA is about pieces you want, products that last. There’s an earnest pride in everything Nathan designs and guides to fruition. With only so much time on Earth, Nathan is making the most of his.
I was really pleased to be able to showcase my latest collection in my hometown of Manchester at such a brilliant event. I love London Fashion Week but Manchester is my home. I was also thrilled when Lisa & Laura asked me to be an ambassador for the event! They did a tremendous job with MCRFF and I’m looking forward to showcasing my collection with McrFF again!
I was so proud to work with MCR fashion festival, alongside some of the biggest & best Manchester born brands. Not only was it amazing exposure for my brand but I also met some amazing like-minded people that share the same passion as me. I’d like to thank Laura and Lisa for an amazing event and giving me the opportunity to showcase my jewellery on the catwalk!
It was a wonderful experience to be involved in the Manchester Fashion festival.
The organisation of the event was exceptional, both Laura & Lisa were amazing hosts and ambassadors for the event and for Watches of Switzerland to be involved was great exposure for the new Manchester showroom.
Watches of Switzerland looks forward to a growing relationship and association with the Manchester Fashion Festival for many years to come.
Watches of Switzerland
VIP Manager, Watches of Switzerland
When Laura & Lisa contacted Native Youth to see if we would like to be part of the MCR fashion festival and under take our first catwalk we jumped at the opportunity to work with Real PR.
The event was beautifully put together in a fantastic location, Manchester Hall, building great exposure for Native Youths first ever catwalk show.
We look forward to being a part of the future fashion festivals and thank Lisa & Laura for such a well run event.