Block out your diaries: Stylist Live, our annual Festival of Inspiration, is coming to Manchester’s intu Trafford Centre this September.
Since its launch in London in 2015, Stylist Live has always been a major celebration of inspirational and influential women – and now, it’s coming to Manchester. Taking over intu Trafford Centre on 8-9 September to coincide with the venue’s 20th anniversary, Stylist Live Manchester promises to be quite the occasion.
Over two days the Stylist Stage will host a range of inspiring Q&As with host Pips Taylor, who will join Stylist editor-in-chief Lisa Smosarski and editor Susan Riley to meet the likes of Dame Kelly Holmes, Michelle Keegan, Mariah Idrissi and Gemma Cairney.
As well as interviews with some of our favourite famous faces, there will also be talks with beauty industry experts like A-list make-up artist Caroline Barnes, who will guide us through her top product picks, upcoming trends and secret make-up hacks.
Meanwhile, a very special Stylist-curated catwalk, supported by Max Factor, will take pride of place in the middle of the main dome. Take a seat on the hour, every hour from 12pm on Saturday and 1pm on Sunday to watch a/w 2018 come to life, featuring trends for the upcoming season and pieces you can shop straight from the Trafford Centre.
There’ll also be an eclectic mix of pop-up boutiques dotted throughout the venue, bringing the pages of The Style List to life. Brands like Dermalogica, Gordon’s Premium Pink Gin, Murad, Max Factor, Nakd, Pandora, Pixi, Radley, Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, Living Proof, Miss Selfridge, Popchips and Renault Clio will all be there, offering visitors a whole host of exclusive discounts, product launches, beauty treatments and more.
The best bit? Stylist Live Manchester is completely free. Simply drop by from 10am until 9pm on Saturday 8 September and 12pm until 6pm on Sunday 9 September at the intu Trafford Centre.
Sessions you can’t miss at Stylist Live Manchester
Michelle Keegan: A Reinvention - 2pm on Saturday
Since her 2008 screen debut in Coronation Street, Michelle Keegan has become one of the UK’s best-loved actresses. Constantly reinventing herself – from sales assistant at the Trafford Centre, to Tina and Bobby and Our Girl – Michelle joins Stylist’s editor-in-chief Lisa Smosarski to discuss being a woman in television and her hopes for the future.
Dame Kelly Holmes: Mental Health and finding peace with a podcast - 3pm on Saturday
Dame Kelly Holmes is one of the UK’s most popular athletes, setting and still holding the British records in the 600m, 800m and 1000m. This year, she will be releasing her first podcast series, Places Where We Go, exploring the different ways people escape when they are feeling challenged. Stylist’s Editor-in-Chief, Lisa Smosarski, will sit with Kelly to discuss her incredible career, the mental health challenges she has faced and the benefits of opening up.
We Are All Filmmakers: How to stand out with Reggie Yates - 2pm on Sunday
Everyone’s a filmmaker, right? With smart phones and IGTV, broadcast is unrecognisable from when Reggie began his career more than two decades ago. But now, with multiple RTS awards under his belt, he’s at the top of his game, creating documentaries that span the globe and tap into some of the hardest hitting topics. Join us as we discover how to find your edge and get your work seen in an industry that’s already brimming with talent.
Next Big Thing: Ray BLK in conversation with Gemma Cairney - 3pm on Sunday
Winner of the BBC’s Sound of 2017 Award, Rita Ekwere, better known as Ray BLK, has burst onto the music scene – already collaborating with the likes of Stormzy and enjoying success at the top of the UK charts. But what’s it like to find fame and success so early in your career? Joining us to find out is industry legend and all-round presenting powerhouse, Gemma Cairney. You’ll find us on the front row for this one.
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