MANCHESTER fashion week kicks off tonight in a new venue, with new designers and with new organisers (read here). 

Body Confidential will be live from 6pm bringing the highlights from the fashion show as it happens. 

Lead by journalist and Liverpool Fashion Week creator Amanda Moss, Manchester Fashion Week will showcase a series of new fashion designs over three nights (26 - 28 May) at The Place Aparthotel.

Designers to walk the catwalk will come from the UK and beyond, including big high street names such as Jigsaw, Blue Inc. and the Officers Club. There's not a strong Mancunian contingent amongst all the listed designers compared to previous years; independents from the city include Goodwin Smith, Pretty Pink Couture and local based designer Maliha.

Still, Moss boasts contributions from Los Angeles-based design talent, as well as Lexie Gregg, girlfriend to Geordie Shore's Gaz (yes that MTV show with lots of drinking and coitus) who will be bringing her clothing line to the catwalk.

Expected  highlights will come from a young fashion prodigy, eleven-year-old Maiya from Ireland, who will also be showing her award-winning designs over the three shows.

After a few challenging years for Manchester's annual fashion event, the city's fashion councils await the show with baited breath in hope that we've finally met our answer to London Fashion Week. 

Body Confidential will be live at the launch night from 6pm bringing the highlights from the catwalk as it happens.