Sunday, 5 November 2017

Halloween Ghouls and F(r)iends

Halloween... All Hallow's Eve... Hallowe'en... All Saints Eve... whatever the name, it remains possibly my favourite celebration of the year.  It remains, largely, dark, sexy and little bit haunted and brooding, and is still overlooked by the retail trade (for the moment).  When Easter Eggs appear in the shops in January and Christmas decorations and adverts start as early as August, then the attractions of those events wanes quickly - something Halloween has been spared.

The downside is that Halloween sometimes is over all too quickly.  This year I had a great weekend, though - and an almost extended Halloween party.  It began on Friday, when one of my favourite Manchester shops, Kiku, took part in a joint event with Kat Von D in Debenhams.  I'm always keen to support friends in their business endeavours, but in truth combining Kiku with Kat Von D's brilliant (and animal-friendly) make-up was a match made in Heaven and more than enough reason to attend on the the night - and of course more than a few girl friends were going to be there, too.  Whilst the lovely girls from the Kat Von D concession gave a brilliant and suitably OTT Halloween make-up display, Kiku supplied the superb corsetry ideas to compliment the fantastic work by the make-up artists.

Afterwards, a group of us headed off the the Black Dog bar for a few cocktails to finish the evening.  A brilliant night, that could only have been better if the gorgeous Kat Von D herself had turned up - she's definitely my kind of girl...

Dexi Delite Altrincham and Manchester Escort - Kat Von D.
On Sunday I was back in the city centre - this time for the finale of the Manchester Gothic Festival.  This was to be a fashion show outside Selfridges on Exchange Square.  Thankfully, the heavy drizzle from Saturday night had dispersed, leaving a clear if very cool night.  The event was in aid of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation - a wonderful worthwhile charity.

Once again, Kiku were involved in what was a busy weekend for them.  I met up with the Kiku ladies and models at the shop, and walked down to Exchange Square with them, carrying various bags and boxes between us.  Leaving them at the changing/dressing room, I soon found friends that had also made the trip in support of the event.  I was pleased to see a large crowd already gathering and we took our seats excitedly.

Dexi Delite Altrincham and Manchester Escort - Manchester Gothic Festival, 2017.
 Manchester's fantastic rhythmic orchestra, Drum Machine, opened the proceedings with a rousing, display, a cascading stream of thunder from the assembled drummers that certainly warmed the chilly evening up.

Dexi Delite Altrincham and Manchester Escort - Drum Machine, Manchester Gothic Festival, 2017.
Next, the hosts of the evening took to the stage - Liquorice Black and a dear old friend Rosie Lugosi.

Dexi Delite Altrincham and Manchester Escort - Rosie Lugosi, Manchester Gothic Festival, 2017.
They introduced the first catwalk stars - gothic girls and gents who simply loved the styles of Gothic fashion.  One caught my eye, as usual - a lovely and gorgeous blonde girl in spray-on leggings.

Dexi Delite Altrincham and Manchester Escort - lovely blonde, Manchester Gothic Festival, 2017.
 Kiku were on next, and I was really pleased to see that the girls had a fantastic reception from the assembled audience.

Dexi Delite Altrincham and Manchester Escort - Kiku, Manchester Gothic Festival, 2017.
Dexi Delite Altrincham and Manchester Escort - Kiku, Manchester Gothic Festival, 2017.
Dexi Delite Altrincham and Manchester Escort - Kiku, Manchester Gothic Festival, 2017.
Once the Kiku girls had departed there were further catwalk displays from the talented students from various universities and colleges around the UK.  Once the shows were over there was a moving speech by Sylvia Lancaster on the imperative need for acceptance of sub-cultures and the freedom of expression - something that, as I look at the world news, feel is slipping away.

With the weekend over, it was back to normal on Monday - for a day at least, as Tuesday evening saw me back in the city centre again for another of my favourite haunts - Bonbon were having their annual Halloween Party.  Halloween and the best chocolate in the UK (and I should know - I've tried most of them!)?  Of course I was going to be there.

However, it being actual Halloween night, and Bonbon's party being fancy dress, it meant a great excuse (as if I needed one) to don my little 'murdered cheerleader' outfit, high-heeled ankle boots and huge pom-poms ("oooer, madam...") and head over to the Northern Quarter and Bonbon's chocolate heaven.

I certainly got some strange looks as I sauntered down the street in my little dress and copious amounts of 'blood' on my neck and cleavage.

Dexi Delite Altrincham and Manchester Escort - Bonbon, Halloween Party.
Of course I wasn't the only one in fancy dress at Bonbon's party, and the night was wonderfully enhanced by a ghostly story-teller to chill to bones, hot spicy chilli to warm them back up and, of course, lots of luscious chocolate.  A lovely, cosy, yummy end to Halloween.  Happy Halloween, indeed!
Dexi Delite Altrincham and Manchester Escort - yummy choccies, Bonbon, Halloween Party.
Dexi Delite Altrincham and Manchester Escort - Bonbon, Halloween Party.

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