Southern 11 was born from a simple idea. Why isn’t there any good soul food restaurants in the UK? After a stint in Manchester Arndale the Northern foodie brand came into its own when their Spinningfields Flagship opened earlier this Summer.
Now, you don’t come to The Fashion Network’s Blog for food reviews. However, one thing we do know about it drinks!
We were invited to sample the cocktail menu, not just any cocktail menu: the new Shake ‘n Make cocktail menu! Sound interesting? Read on.
Firstly you order your drink. You can choose from a selection of camply named concoctions only you drink doesn’t exactly get to you… the ingredients do. You’ll be presented with a platter including a frosted martini glass, shaker filled with ice and a set of shot glasses each containing the potions needed for your drink of choice.
Once you’ve poured your colourful liquids into the shaker it’s time to work some muscle. Shake it!
Bish, bash, bosh. Cocktail served. And all for £5.95! Ahem… it’s your round.
Selfridges Manchester Exchange Square are preparing for their much anticipated New Beauty Destination with a pre-launch hunt for Manchester’s best beauties. A mobile fashion photography studio (disguised as an Airstream camper) set up shop at Exchange Square and Albert Square last weekend. TFN sent snappers to capture the event.
Giorgio Armani makeup artist Thoa Tran
Jayne Demuro, Head of Beauty at Selfridges, said: “The campaign is about celebrating the beauty and style of Manchester women, in all their unique and irresistible northern glamour.
“We have invested £20m in Exchange Square and part of creating this major campaign is to encourage visitors from across the region to visit Selfridges Exchange and the city of Manchester.”
We can’t wait for it to open!
Photography by Mark Bell.
In support of the recent ‘I Love Manchester’ campaign that has swept Manchester’s city centre, bringing people back into the city after the riots, we got into the spirit in the TFN Studio!
Charlotte, Jordan (me), Emma, Katrina and Lisa and Beth (Mark took the photo and Dale wasn’t around…)
We Love Manchester, and so should you! Like the cause on Facebook here!
Wrangler Jeans invited the Manc fashion set into their Northern show room in the Northern Quarter for a few beers and freebies. The event was a chance to learn more about Wrangler and see their product in the lofty showroom space.
Last Thursday evening, TFN’s Jordan McDowell was asked to scout out the Best Dressed attendees at the Screenfields outdoor cinema screening of Sex And The City in Spinningfields. Here’s what happened:
“Whilst season ticket holders and those coming along for the one-off carried their yellow deck chairs to the big screen in Hardman Square I prepared for my duty as Style Judge by having a large glass of White at The Alchemist; just as I’m told Simon Cowell does before The X Factor.
The Fashion Network was asked to help Spinningfields locate their 12 best dressed Screenfields attendees and spying an opportunity to channel my inner Amanda Holden I jumped at the chance. As guests settled down under blankets on the grass ready for the film I was on the prowl for the best dressed armed with vouchers for booze and fashion.
Despite the fashion credentials of a film like Sex And The City the pickings were slim at Hardman Square that evening as people opted for warmth against the characteristic chilly Manchester July and left their on-trend heeled sandals and Raybans at home. However, not intimidated by the endeavour I convinced the powers that be that we should open the competition up to gentleman folk as the grass verges were littered with rolled up chinos and straw trilbys.
The twelve runners up. (well, nearly all of them)
In all, twelve runners up were treated to a free cocktail at the Mojito Bar courtesy of The Alchemist, the selected winners donning everything from SATC inspired fancy dress to leather jackets, picnic blazers and ‘TOPSHOP Princess’ hair bands. Once the runners up had got their drinks the final four were selected (just because we felt we hadn’t judged enough). The final four each took home £50.00 worth of vouchers for either Flannels or LKBennet on The Avenue in Spinningfields. Hey Little Cupcake also created four special treats to commemorate the film, a Carrie lemon cupcake spiked with Cointreau, a Miranda Ginger Nut, Charlotte angel cake and Samantha dark cheery chocolate (my choice) which were given to the winners and on sale throughout the screening.”
Jordan McDowell (centre) with the finalists.
Screenfields plays to the crowds every Thursday until September 1st, tickets are £2 p/showing.
See more about the night at Jordan’s personal blog here.