Hollywood model hosts St Helens fashion party

The Fashion Show Company performed mini pop up events at Church Square shopping centre, displaying a range of fashions and styles from stores in the centre.

The Fashion Show Company performed mini pop up events at Church Square shopping centre, displaying a range of fashions and styles from stores in the centre.

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Sally Mansell’s former clients include Hollywood A-listers George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg ... and now St Helens.

The former international model, who has hosted parties for Clooney and Wahlberg, was the host of a flash-mob style spectacle in Church Square.

A giant catwalk was constructed in the shopping parade with top models enlisted to showcase the best fashion on sale from the shopping centre’s stores.

Shopper Jenny Hogan and her 10-year-old daughter Grace, a pupil at St Julie’s Primary School in Eccleston, St Helens, loved the show and were inspired to buy items they saw on show.

“Grace spotted a pair of shorts on one of the models and we’re going to buy them for the summer,” said Jenny, a nurse, who also has a son Jack, eight.

“We didn’t know it was happening but it was a nice surprise and great fun.”

Michelle Alexander and her daughter Isobelle, eight, from Sutton, St Helens, also enjoyed the fashion show. Michelle, who works at the University of Liverpool, said: “We were on our way to buy shoes for Isobelle and came across the show. It’s really good and Isobelle particularly loves the dancing.”

Church Square Shopping Centre manager Steven Brogan said: “Fashion on the Move proved to be a terrific event, succeeding in creating a real buzz around the centre. Shoppers really enjoyed seeing the latest styles, as well as watching the dancing.

“We were lucky to have a top fashion expert like Sally who has so much experience in the industry and really knows her stuff.”

Highlighting the styles available in Church Square in the coming months, Sally predicts spring and summer trends will include cut off shoulders, while bead and trim will feature heavily.

“Bold, graphic stripes will be popular, especially in primary colours, but at the same time, floral wallpaper-style fabrics are coming through, alongside chunky, angular jewellery,” she said.

“I think ankle straps on shoes on making a comeback, while skinny jeans are being left behind in a return to more structured denims.”

Church Square Shopping Centre is open daily and home to a range of big name stores - such as River Island, BHS, Boots and Superdrug - along with independent retailers plus the busy St Mary’s Market.

Details on what’s happening at the centre at www.churchsquaresthelens.co.uk