We love our jobs here and some days are better than others as we got a sneak peak at the new, improved Zara before it opens to the public tomorrow (Friday, 8).
“…bigger and better than ever before with some exclusives for the city…”
It seems like this high street staple has been closed forever whilst it sprawling took over what was Radley (never did get that dog thing) but at last the wait is over and what a treat there is in store for Manchester shoppers.
There are four floors and the collection is bigger and better than ever before with some exclusives for the city but still no home section.
A real autumn/winter limited colour palette throughout the more visually chic store of burgundy, tan, grey and black. With a max of only five garments per rail it makes the collections appear more selective and special.
Most exciting is a new women’s ‘Studio’ section which is only available in 15 Zaras and is a limited collection. What was on show here promised much with a fabulous blue leather pencil skirt for under £80 plus key pieces for the season (lingerie dresses, angora etc).
The ‘Woman’ collection looked like Zara at its best with beautifully cut classic pieces as well as plethora of well pleather and funky fashionista clobber. Weirdly a pair of gold boots is only available in the Manchester store, I’m not quite sure what’s that saying about Mancunians.
A second floor housed the TRF section which is aimed at a younger Zara female shopper and was a riot of plaid, tartan and grungy edgy pieces.
Upstairs to Mens and was this the introduction of the ‘male clutch’ we spied? Not sure we’re quite that metrosexual but again there were some fantastic sixties inspired sharp suits in the ‘Bohemian’ range as well as Zara staples for the classic man.
The basement floor is children’s wear which had us all cooing at tiny replica outfits for girls and boys so they can dress like just like mum and dad – a tad too Beckham perhaps, but still some great finds here.
Zara has never been the best quality clothing on the high street in terms of longevity but it’s deffo ahead of the game in terms of style and it’s affordable!
Judging by social media you people have really missed Zara this year. It really is beginning to feel like Christmas.