Over 40 Manchester-based female creatives gathered in the Harvey Nichols Beauty Hall for a little pampering last night, before heading upstairs to the Brasserie for some dinner and networking, in the informal style that has become WICI’s trademark.
“There are a lot of networking groups out there. What draws people to WICI is it’s informal ethos, with the emphasis on socialising and building real relationships. At WICI the networking is more a by-product of our passion and genuine curiosity for one another’s creative pursuits, members get to know each other more personally than you find at most networking groups.”
Gemma Latham – Founder of WICI
Harvey Nichols restaurant staff circulated with wine and canapés, whilst guests explored the beauty hall learning about the latest tips & tricks from the beauty experts. Specialists from 18 different brands were on hand to offer complimentary makeovers, hand & arm massages, skin consultations & hair styling for the attendees.
“It was a great opportunity to try out different products and ask for tips and advice from the beauty staff, without feeling any pressure to make a purchase. Before tonight I’d always found department store beauty halls a little intimidating, but the staff were really approachable!”
Emma Thackham – Artist, Curator & Contemporary Arts Researcher
Guests were treated to mini-makeovers from the likes of Benefit and Chanel, Katy from ESPA gave an interesting demonstration on how to make the most of your skincare regime and many brands handed out free samples, as well as offering gifts with any purchases made.
The beauty hall event ended with a raffle of prizes such as ESPA facials and a Dermalogica stress-relief kit. The girls from Style etc. magazine did well, scooping up two of the six prizes!
The WICI guests, who consisted of singers, photographers, fashion bloggers, artists and writers (to name but a few professions) then collected their Harvey Nichols goody bags, before heading upstairs to relax and chat more over supper club in the Brasserie.
WICI was founded in July 2010 by singer Gemma Latham, who was looking to develop links and collaborations with other female creatives in the city. What started out as a small group of friends, has steadily grown into a thriving community, currently boasting 250 members. WICI ladies meet up once a month to socialise and share ideas away from the traditional networking scene.
WICI’s next event is a lunch at Papa G’s Grill and Bar, at 1.30pm on Monday 14th May. All creative women are welcome to attend.
WICI is a social community for women working in creative fields. Encouraging collaboration, promotion and support for female creatives