Manchester Confidential: Attitude + Selfridges 2011 Underwear Catwalk Show

 Adam, James and Me.

What assets.
 
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CK Calvin Klein UK Launch

You’ve heard of Calvin Klein, but have you heard of CK Calvin Klein? Perhaps.. but chances are that you have not shopped there. CK Calvin Klein is yet another diffusion line part of the super-brand’s global domination strategy. 
CK Calvin Klein bridges the gap between Calvin Klein (NYC Fashion Week etc. etc.) and CK Jeans (at your local out-of-town shopping village). The first UK CK Calvin Klein store is opening it’s doors in Manchester’s new shopping desination The Avenue at Spinningfields and I was there to sup the champers.
 Moi and ma homies. image courtesy of manchesterconfidential.com
If you follow me on Twitter (and yes, you should) you’ll no doubt have seen my tweets last Thursday night declaring my innate predictability concerning what to wear to the shin-dig. Of course I wore Calvin Klein (no, not CK Calvin Klein, the store have only just opened, keep up). 
I got the shirt whilst shopping in NYC, as you do and before you ask no this shirt is a little more TKMaxx than Fifth Avenue (see my blog about Century21 Department Store/discount Mecca here).
Anywho when paired with Adam’s trusty Wrangler skinny jeans and my new 80s retro flattop I was looking rather swish. I say flat top… it’s not exactly a flat top, more a series of flat tops… I think my hairdresser was pissed.
You can see my full report here
Oh, the clothes: CK Calvin Klein’s SS11 menswear line was very new-tral and earthy, i.e., exactly like the Calvin Klein shirt I was wearing! Bang on trend. (don’t call me Gok).

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Kuyichi, Attitude, Selfridges oh my!





The thing with the Manchester fashion scene is, for ages nothing happens and then all of a sudden EVERYTHING HAPPENS! Last Thursday night played host to three events all of which I was invited to attend. One was the relaunch of the newly refurbished TOPMAN in Manchester Arndale, a party with DJs, drinks and style consultations. The second was the opening of the first ever Kuyichi store in the UK on King Street and the third the Attitude Magazine men’s swimwear and underwear show at Selfridges Manchester Exchange Square! What is a boy to do?

Naturally the Attitude gig was a must, but luckily I also got to pop to the Kuyichi event just in time to neck a glass of Champers before closing! Here is the tale of 26th August 2010 for Mr McDowell.

It was 5:30 and we were running late, so after phoning Christopher to hurry him up (he was sat with his rollers in painting his toe nails) we minced down the canal to Exchange Square. The show was hosted within the menswear Department on the first floor of the super dooper department store and the whole event was organised perfectly (despite my name being originally absent from the guest list, epic fail, don’t they know who I am!?) The complimentary and ever-so-strong cocktails were poured by Patron Tequila and Coors beer (Light, naturally) was iced and on offer from various lovely gentlemen carrying trays. Muscle marys in aussieBum knickers were handing out copies of this month’s Attitude and St Tropez were spraying gay boys needing a bronzing before Pride. It was the campest I’ve ever seen Selfridges (probably).

Meanwhile, drink in hand, myself and my + twos (Adam and Christopher) meandered through the menswear collections to see the Manchester Pride Photography Exhibit on show exclusively in Selfridges Manchester Exchange Square. The exhibit features photos of various celebrities who all pledge their support for Pride and LGBT rights. Lovely.

Now, the naked men. The catwalk was square and boarded the menswear section so we took our seats, sandwiched between Dior and the tie collections, for a prefect view. David, the menswear buying director for Selfridges Manchester, took to the mic to introduce the night saying that ‘the attitude show is my favourite on the Selfridges calendar’. Bless him. Without further ado the music was cracked up and the boys were let loose to the horny, tipsy gays and their whistles (provided to ensure nothing about the evening was civilised).

The models nervously strutted out onto the catwalk, and if there was ever any confusion as to what was expected of them as male models the lovely people at Selfridges had ensured that instructions like, ‘walk this way’ and ‘strike a pose’ were plastered all over the floor.

Oh the clothes… The swimwear and underwear on offer was a mixed bag from boxers and shorts to near-thongs and speedos! Brands exhibited included aussieBum (of course), Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein (natch) and one of my new favourites and my personal brand of underwear for that specific night, Diesel. The last change saw the models sporting I HEART MCR PRIDE Tees which gave the campest evening on the Manchester fashion calendar the cherry on its proverbial cake.

After the show a rather hyped up and excited crowd returned to the bar for drinks as we snuck off to catch the last orders at the Kuyichi Denim store opening on King Street!

The usual MFN crowd were present although by the time we staggered in many had left. Still Faun (my new favourite shop assistant) popped open another bottle of Champagne for us and we took time to stroke the lovely jeans. It was at this point that I bumped into the lovely Martine Alexander and was finally able to put a face to the Twitter account! BONUS!

What a busy night it was, and now I’m off to get ready for Night One of The Manchester Pride Big Weekend! Blog post delights to follow!

P.S. was totally mentioned in the Twitter section of this month’s Attitude.

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