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international news _ 14th February, 2007

The Devil Wears Prada In Manchester

Text by Jonty Skrufff (Skrufff.com)

Manchester night-club dress-codes are becoming so strict that even clubbers wearing striped shirts are now being banned, the Guardian reported this week.

"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," he said.

While the Opus boss refused to specify specific brands, rival upmarket 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 previously toured Mancunian clubs two years ago when Sugar Lounge first barred Prada trainers and discovered an unofficial label ban throughout the 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."

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