Nadine Merabi is a lavish label that’s been worn on red carpets across the world – but few people know of its Manchester origins.
The brand has become a staple of high-profile events – with Nadine Merabi dresses appearing at a huge range of ceremonies from the BAFTAs to the Cannes Film Festival.
This luxury womenswear has been worn by the likes of Jessie J, Mel B and Amanda Holden – yet its humble northern beginnings may just be the brand’s best-kept secret.
Nadine’s eponymous founder started small with her dressmaking.
She had an Argos sewing machine and some fabric from Abakhan in the Northern Quarter – but no formal training.
Nonetheless, these limited resources didn’t stop Nadine from pursuing her dream of building a fashion brand – as she poured her energy into learning how to design dresses from scratch.
Within weeks, Nadine had her own rail at a pop-up shop in Barton Arcade. But the big moment came when she sold her first ballgown. From here – the Merabi brand skyrocketed to popularity.
Nadine recognised that the luxury fashion industry had a major gap: comfort and confidence.
After years of attending dinners in ill-fitting, uninspiring dresses, she knew first-hand this was what the sector needed – and also where she could have the biggest impact.
“I am obsessive about design, quality and fit”, says Nadine.
“I believe in designs that flatter a woman’s shape.”
It is this individuality that makes the Merabi brand stand out to this day.
The founder is inundated with requests from friends and celebrities alike to make unique pieces tailored to them, and 10 years after the brand’s launch, Nadine still designs every item in the range herself.
“My fashion sense has always been bold and brave and that really comes through in the designs”, says Nadine, who draws inspiration from her British and Lebanese heritage.
“I, like my pieces, exude a calm, sophisticated confidence whilst making a statement.”
This sense of conviction remains at the forefront of her designs, as Nadine aims to create elegant, upmarket pieces.
“There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing someone standing out in one of my designs and hearing how it made them feel,” adds Nadine.
Merabi is going all-out with glitz and glam this festive season, selling luxurious garments that’ll leave you Christmas party ready (even if it held over Zoom).
Many of their fabrics also have a fashion face-mask addition, proving that the pandemic doesn’t have to stop you being stylish.
View the Nadine Merabi luxury womenswear collection on their website.
Manchester dentist loved by celebs is knocking £1000 off popular Invisalign treatment
A luxury dentist in Manchester is offering Invisalign treatment with a massive saving this month.
Ruh Dental, which counts the likes of Molly-Mae Hague and Helen Flanagan as patients, will be offering packages with more than £1000-worth of savings.
The special offer is part of the boutique dental practice’s Invisalign Open Week, with discounts on the hugely popular clear brace system which straightens teeth discreetly.
Most cases are able to be completed within six months, with noticeable differences in just three months.
Invisalign can close gaps, and fix overbites and misaligned teeth with less clinic visits than traditional ‘train track’ braces.
Anyone who books in for a consultation and takes up treatment during Invisalign Open Week will save over £1000, thanks to a free consultation (worth £75), free 3D digital scan and simulation of your teeth (worth £300), £400 off aligners, free Vivera Retainers worth £500, and free teeth whitening worth £175.
The open week will run between 29 March and 5 April, with the offer valid for five days after the consultation.
Ruh Dental is based in the heart of Spinningfields and is trusted by the likes of Jill Scott, Helen Flanagan and Olivia Attwood.
The private practice has no waiting lists, with patients seen ASAP, and focuses on restorative and cosmetic procedures.
Its dental team is led by the award-winning Dr Billal Arshad, an expert in his field who trains colleagues nationally and internationally and is famed for his attention to detail and artistic flair.
Another Ruh Dental deal currently running is a Mother’s Day offer, where you can claim a free afternoon tea at The Ivy and a free hygiene appointment when you refer your mum for an appointment with Dr Arshad.
Trafford Centre’s new interactive ‘Wonderwall’ experience helps you style your home
The Trafford Centre has come up with a novel way to design your home with their exciting new ‘Wonderwall’ experience.
On until Sunday, 26 February, the fully interactive Wonderwall is a fun new touchscreen approach to styling your home and selecting fine new furnishings, featuring furniture and homeware items from various Trafford Centre retailers.
Doing up your gaff can be a fun but often stressful and challenging task, with the sheer amount of choice sometimes feeling overwhelming and the notion of making appointments with a stylist or a full day of shopping around is simply too much faff when you’re trying to get on with everyday life.
That’s where the Wonderwall comes in: not only do you get to create your own mood board on the fly with countless top-quality items from the likes of John Lewis, H&M, Selfridges, Next and more, but you also get on-the-go styling advice as you build out the look for each of your rooms.
Moreover, you never have to risk that dreaded scenario of your order turning up and being nothing like you expected or it was advertised online, as the best part is you can literally go and look, feel and test every piece you pick from the shops within the Trafford Centre.
Better still, if you sign-up to become a Pulse member — TC’s dedicated loyalty which provides you early and exclusive news, perks and events from all of their retailers — you can win yourself a limited-time only gift card to put towards styling your home.
All you have to do is sign-up by joining the WiFi when you’re there. Happy days.
Last but not least, with less than a week left of half-term, not only is the Trafford Centre the perfect place to take the kids but the Wonderwall can also help keep them occupied as well as get them involved in the redesign.