Monday, 9 April 2012

Manchester Fashion Week: Nadine Merabi

Manchester Fashion Week has well and truly kicked off and yours truly was there to capture the action from the start. Stay tuned to Fashion Rambler for my summary of the entire week but for now, the first show; Nadine Merabi.

I have known of Merabi's work for quite some time as she's known in Manchester for dressing the Granada cast. Waterloo Road’s Chelsee Healey and Coronation Street’s Catherine Tyldesley are both customers and usually wear her trademark evening wear to soap-star studded TV Guide sponsored dos. 

Moi in Leather Nicole Fahri Jacket from Nicole Fahri
Plum Gant Trousers from TK Maxx
Purple Patent Lether Shoes from TOPMAN
Racing Green Oxford Satchel from POP Boutique
and a winning smile!

Merabi made her London Fashion Week debut this season at an off-schedule show as part of Vauxhall Fashion Scout. Her collection was received well but Merabi has her eyes set on another kind of show for her next London venture. Whilst sipping Champers at the Mary Portas' House of Fraser shop-in-shop launch, Nadine told me that that given the choice between LFW or tradeshow Pure London, she'd pick Pure. With her head firmly fixed on getting Buyers interested in her brand and her gowns, Merabi would prefer to showcase her collections at the mammoth tradeshow event than the capital's high-end designer showcase (See my last review of Pure London here)

Nadine Merabi was a last minute addition to the seemingly ever-changing schedule of Manchester fashion week and showcased the gowns that made their debut earlier this year in London. But first, a Hip-Hip dance troop.

I know, I was rather confused too. But, MCRFW promised theatrics and so we got some energetic school kids in blue wigs jigging to Katie Perry.

No, this is NOT a Nadine Merabi dress.

The dresses were either cheekily high or elegantly floor-length with an eclectic choice of fabric, cut, colour and finishing throughout. It is difficult to pin-point a specific style or story for the collection other than blinging bootylicious evening wear. I particularly liked Nadine's use of beading and, although one model had annoying bra strap marks, the model directly above (Lanie Wilson) stole the show.