Fed-up Mancunicans DEFY orders to not disrupt Chanel's Metiers d'Art fashion ... trends now
Manchester locals have defied police orders not to disrupt Chanel's fashion show tonight, holding a pro-Palestine rally outside the highly-anticipated catwalk and blaring karaoke from nearby pubs.
Famous faces from all around the world descended onto the unassuming street in the Northern Quarter of the city despite a furious uproar from residents and local businesses.
Those living on Thomas Street had been asked by the French fashion house to dim their lights not to walk on their balconies while models strutted down the runway.
But as celebrities gathered under the temporary canopy for the glitzy event, just metres away protesters chanted 'Free Palestine' and waved flags as they called for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza strip.
Steps away punters gathered into the nearby Millstone Pub wearing Father Christmas hats and blasting the Lady in Red, pushing back pints.
Others mocked the show for choosing the rainiest city in the UK for its Métiers d'Art Christmas show, with one writing on social media: 'Manchester is inevitably also experiencing a biblical rain at the event.'
Famous faces descended onto Thomas Street in Manchester's Northern Quarter tonight to watch models strut down the catwalk
There was some disruption to the event, with a pro-Palestine rally being held just metres away
In the nearby Millstone Pub - a short walk away from the event - locals crammed into the establishment pushing back pints and singing karaoke
Another added: 'Pleased to see the Manchester weather is delievering the real deal for Chanel: p***ing rain'. Though it be December, hardly surprising.'
As the after-party got underway at the Victoria Baths on the other side of the city, neighbours gathered on the street, with one woman wearing a dressing gown reportedly shouting 'what the hell is going on?'.
A huge police presence was seen surrounding the party as blacked out cars carrying the likes of Hugh Grant and Olivia Atwood arrived.
Grant, who took time away from his promotional tour of his latest film Wonka, attended the event with glamaorous wife Anna Elizabet Eberstein.
In recent years, celebrity regulars at the Metiers d'Art have included Pharrell Williams, Lily-Rose Depp and Kristen Stewart - who was earlier snapped out and about in Manchester.
Vogue's editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and the Beckhams were among the fashion icons also expected at this evening's event, which experienced several hitches in its run-up.
Business owners on the street expressed concerns over profit after Chanel paid them to shut for the day - but they fear the reimbursement will not cover the losses they will suffer from missing out on a day's custom.
One business, a sex shop on Thomas Street, has also taken the opportunity to mercilessly mock Chanel and one of the show's rumoured attendees, Kim Kardashian - joking that they stock the infamous sex tape she made with her ex boyfriend.
As backlash built against Chanel yesterday, one resident said: 'We were told not to go on our balconies and to keep our curtains shut