Saturday, 15 August 2015

SS15 Blue Hues - MCR Fashion Industry - 2nd August 2015

A few weekends ago I was lucky enough to attend the MCR Fashion Industry's SS15 Blue Hues event.

A good friend of mine, Carl from A Blokes Eye View, who is a keen fashion blogger, had received some VIP tickets and a plus one guest ........Carl was kind enough to ask me to be the plus one.

Now I have to admit I have never attended anything like this before and I was a little nervous on what to wear. If you read our last blog you will know that I ended up going for a dapper French Connection Suit with a nice Raspberry coloured shirt and some nice brown Red Tape shoes.

I was happy with how the outfit turned out and felt at home amongst the many guests and fashion guru's that had attended.

The event itself was held at The Restaurant Bar and Grill just off Deansgate in Manchester and Carl and I had the VIP tickets which meant we had access to the pre-party before the show itself.

The event had taken over the whole place and the upstairs outside area was where the main catwalk would be held later in the evening.

* Can I just say the food smelt amazing in this place and I will probably take the family back there for dinner *

As you can image with the event been called Blues Hues the main theme that the guest and the event stuck to was blue. This ranged from the clothes guests had to wear right up to the complementary buns !! (Which were well nice)

The event had a number of key sponsors like Esmie

And Maniere De Voir to name a few

The place was packed out and we met some really nice people. I am even told there was people there from The Voice and Hollyoaks, but I don't watch either of those programs so to be honest i only knew they were there because a lot of the local papers were outside the Bar waiting to get some snaps of not going to lie, when the paparazzi turned up ........for a second or two (ok a few minutes) i felt partially famous.

The main event itself was obviously the Catwalk fashion show and there was a real selection of guys and gals outfits put on show, some were what you would probably wear for a night out and some far more casual. The models did really well, it was really up close and personal and our cameras were blaring in their faces.

Now the VIP passes that we had also meant that we were invited to the after party at the Milton Club, so once the main catwalk show was done we decided to head on over there. It was as we were leaving that we were introduced to @lapetitsalope who was sat down stairs and drawing sketches of the guests.

She had been sat there most of the evening, just drawing and colouring guests as they chose to have their pics done in her unique style.

Now not being shy guys we decided to have our picture done and we took great pleasure in striking a pose and have our sketch done, the result was great and @lapetitsalope was kind enough to post us the original which we got a few days later, all at her own time and expense.

We both think its fantastic and now we have the dilemma of arguing over who keeps the original !!

The Milton Club was 5 minutes walk from the MCR Fashion Industry event and it was a really nice club. Great Music with a lively and friendly atmosphere.

Again The Milton is somewhere i had not been before but would definitely go back for a night out. It was nicely kitted out with a good dance floor area and a big bar. You could even get your own table or private room area if you wanted.

I had a great night overall, in great locations with my friend A Blokes Eye View,  and it was finished off in perfect style with a Donor Kebab from a local takeaway.........perfect.

*All thoughts and photos are our own.

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Suit Search

The other day I got a great surprise when I received an invite from a fellow blogger, A Blokes Eye View to attend the Manchester Fashion Industry SS15 Blue Hues Event.

 Its the first time I have ever had the chance to go to something like this but I am really looking forward to going.

Only issue, you have to be wearing Smart BLUE clothing.

Now if this had been grey or black it would have been no problem as I have suits already in these colours , but Blue was just one colour I seemed to have nothing really smart in.........(panic sets in!)

What am I going to wear ?!

Now I had already been dropping hints to my better half that i may need a new suit soon for trips abroad with work, so getting this invite just meant i could in theory "kill two birds with one stone" and look for a nice suit that complemented both the Fashion event and could be used for special work occasions & family events.

I had seen a few suits online, but nothing really grabbed me and said "That's the one" so in typical Parkinson fashion we decided to make a day out of the Suit Hunt and head over to Leeds city centre which is littered with shops and places to get a suit.

With an abundance of enthusiasm we went to one store after another after another in hunt for the elusive Blue Suit.

After about 4-5 shops i started to get a little worried, there was nothing i liked, some nice suits but nothing that made you feel like David Gandy when you put it on (The Wife Wishes !!)

Then we remembered that Moss Bros had just opened their new store in Leeds Trinity Shopping Centre, so we headed on over to check it out.

 Obviously you come to expect from Moss Bros a large array of suits and this place was like the Toys R Us of the suit world, loads of selection all under one roof.........Great !!

And there were loads of different Blue suits in there. I checked a few out and again nothing really caught my eye......but then.............

I spotted him..............

A tall manikin wearing the best Blue suit i had seen all day, it just looked perfect, exactly what i was looking for.

(Please note this is me and not the manikin!)

So one of the store assistants noticed me drooling and came over.

By this time i had already noted that it was a French Connection Suit , the assistant was really great and measured me all up and then sorted me out with the right jacket size and pants and a really nice shirt that just compliments the whole thing. Id already deliberately worn my Red Tape brown shoes so i could get a real feel for how it would look.

 As soon as i put it on i knew it was the one, the colour is great , the quality is superb and yes it was more expensive than a few i had seen and tried on previously but you can tell the difference.

My other half really liked it too and i always like to have her approval on things like this, so thumbs up all around.

So i cant wait to wear it to the SS15 Manchester Fashion show.

Guys, if you are looking for a new suit or a casual suit jacket , check out the Moss Bros store or online, they have every colour and style you could want and cater for everyone's budget.

*All thoughts and photos are our own.