It’s a night when the fashions are just as dazzling off the catwalk as they are on it – and the 2019 MCR Fashion Festival did not disappoint in the style stakes.
A galaxy of Manchester’s famous faces donned their most fabulous ballgowns and designer suits as they took a seat at the Hilton Hotel on Deansgate for a night celebrating the city’s style credentials.
Leading the way on the red carpet were a host of Coronation Street stars wearing the stunning fashions of Manchester-based designer-to-the-stars Zeynep Kartal.
That included Corrie‘s Katie McGlynn in a polka dot lace dress, Bhavna Limbachia in a black frilled gown and Victoria Ekanoye in a full length and truly fabulous black full-skirted ballgown.
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Victoria also took to the catwalk to show the people of Manchester just why she’s been chosen as one of the stars of the new Celebrity X Factor series – belting out a series of showstoppers including Proud Mary where revellers joined her on stage to dance along.
Homegrown singing star Max George was also getting the party started when he took to the catwalk for an exclusive performance of solo hits as well as one of his biggest smashes while with boyband The Wanted – Glad You Came.
Max, all in black, headed to the fashion extravaganza alongside his girlfriend Stacey Giggs, who rocked a stylish pair of sparkling silver trousers and tuxedo jacket.
Getting some of the biggest cheers on the night was Wythenshawe fashion designer Luke Marshall – who took to the catwalk with his Dysfunctional fashion label.
Show hosts Jenny Powell and Mike Toolan told the audience about his inspirational story of triumph over adversity – creating his own fashion label after his life was almost ended in a car accident in which he lost his right leg.
Guests were also treated to a special performance from poet Tony Walsh – famed for his This is the Place poem – with a new poem which won a standing ovation from the audience.
There were catwalk shows from Junq Couture, Mena Hamoodi, Forever Unique, Neon Rose and Native Youth as well as a showcase of I Love MCR’s very own range of 100% organic, ethically sourced fashions showing pride in the city.
Among stars joining the city’s fash pack were Corrie‘s Kym Marsh in a leopard print dress alongside her glamorous daughter Emilie Cunliffe and the team from Manchester’s House of Evelyn beauty salon.
A special tribute was made on the night to the salon’s stylist-to-the-stars Scott Meadows, who died earlier this year and is still much missed by all who knew him.
Real Housewives of Cheshire star Christine McGuiness was getting the flashbulbs popping with her dazzling nude designer gown with sparkling blue embellishments, while fashionista Jsky was in glam form in a black and red tiger print suit ensemble.
Star guests also included soon-to-return Corrie star Ryan Clayton, ex-Hollyoaks favourite Jazmine Franks and former The Apprentice star Sarah Byrne, as well as I Love MCR’s very own Rhian Sugden who wowed in a designer jumpsuit by Zeynep Kartal.
Rising music star and furniture entrepreneur Maddison Anastasia dazzled with her performance on the night, while Brazilian band Baiana, a favourite with premier league stars, kickstarted the celebrations to open the event.
MCR Fashion Festival was founded and organised by local entrepreneurs Lisa Forshaw, Laura Stubbs and Rob Stubbs, with MCRFF Ambassadors appointed as designer Zeynep and acclaimed actress Bhavna Limbachia.
And it was Zeynep’s dazzling new designs that led the finale of the event on Saturday night.
This year’s event was sponsored by I Love MCR, fashion boutique Liberty Bluff, Cloud 23, Clinica and The Gourmet Cakery Co.
And organisers announced on Sunday that the event had been such a success that the date for the 2020 MCR Fashion Festival will be released with tickets on sale soon.