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The Devil Wears Prada in Manchester

Author: Jonty Skrufff
Friday, February 9, 2007
Manchester nightclub dress codes are becoming so strict that even clubbers wearing striped shirts are now being banned, the Guardian reported this week, in addition to anyone else clad in top-end designer labels and trainers.

"In clubs those selling drugs are often identifiable by a certain kind of clothing and a striped shirt is one of them,” Opus manager Robin Evans explained. “It’s not all striped shirts by any means, just those with particular labels.”

While the Opus boss refused to specify specific brands, rival up-market nightspot Twisted Elegance has no such qualms, printing a lengthy list of banned brands on their website including Prada Sport, D&G, Moschino, Versace, Ellesse, YSL, Lacoste, Burberry, Armani, Evisu, Hilfiger, Y3 & Ralph Lauren or Sports shirts  “or any associated football labels”.

“We do not allow check shirts,” Twisted Elegance’s site adds. “However, tight fitting cowboy type shirts are allowed.”

Daily Telegraph reporter Adam Lusher toured Mancunian clubs two years ago when the famously tough to get into club Sugar Lounge first barred Prada trainers and discovered an unofficial ban throughout the entire region.

"It's what it's associated with. It's the same everywhere in Manchester,” a bouncer from Baby Grand told the immaculately dressed reporter pointing at his brand new Prada footwear. “Those trainers are scally wear - for scallies, chavs.”