Updated: Saturday, 21st September 2019 @ 6:10am

Manchester fashion designer wows celebrities with style range and launches clothes range in Selfridges

Manchester fashion designer wows celebrities with style range and launches clothes range in Selfridges

By Tui Benjamin

A Manchester-based fashion designer, whose glamorous dresses have been catching the eye of celebrities, is launching her range in the city’s two Selfridges branches next month.

Nadine Merabi’s clothing range Merabi by Nadine will launch in both Selfridges Trafford Centre and Selfridges Exchange Square in October.

Her dresses have developed a star following Chelsee Healey, runner-up of series nine of Strictly Come Dancing, and glamour model Rhian Sugden, who wore a Merabi by Nadine dress for her entry into the Celebrity Big Brother house this summer.

TV soap actresses Michelle Collins, Lucy Dixon, Catherine Tyldsely and Georgia May Foote have also been spotted in Ms Merabi’s designs.

Ms Merabi, who has had no formal fashion training, simply decided on a whim one day to change careers and enter the fashion industry.

She said: “I was working in promotions but I decided I didn’t want to be a thirty-year-old party girl. I quit my job and bought a sewing machine.

“I think it’s a good thing, it means I’m not restricted to the rules. I don’t always know the correct way to do things but I think that’s why I come up with fresh ideas.”

Ms Merabi’s specialism is the bespoke red carpet gowns which are made by hand in her Deansgate studio.

Many of the pieces currently being manufactured for the Selfridges concession and to be sold on her website are first conceived as these one-of-a-kind red carpet garments, before being altered into something more accessible to be bought off the peg.

Her statement dresses range in style from sultry backless and fitted numbers to figure-flattering draped Grecian styles. Her only criterion is that each piece is a showstopper which is guaranteed to get the wearer noticed.

“We do follow trends occasionally, but most of the time I want my designs to be timeless, not in fashion or out of fashion. Something that you could wear it now or wear in five years’ time, and it would still look great,” Ms Merabi added.

“With my clothes I want someone to be able to walk into the room wearing them and for people to say ‘Wow, she looks amazing’. To wear our designs you’ve definitely got to be confident, you’ve got to want to get noticed.”

The Merabi by Nadine range will be stocked in Selfridges from mid-October, although no specific date is confirmed yet.

Official launch events will be held at the beginning of November, with a ‘meet the designer’ event planned for the Manchester Exchange Square Store and a launch party will take place at the Trafford Centre store.

A spokesman for Selfridges said: “We are always looking for outstanding new brands to add to our unique fashion edit, and we seek the most exciting talents wherever they are.

“So it’s great to be able to support local talent of the calibre of the Merabi by Nadine line, which is poised to be a great success.”

Ms Merabi has also been recently commissioned to redesign the uniforms for the staff of Hilton Manchester’s bar and restaurant Cloud 23, and will also be showing at Manchester Fashion Week 2013.

Looking to the future, she hopes for the launch at Selfridges to be a success, and eventually for her range to also be stocked in the Birmingham and London branches.

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