AROUND 300 guests sipped champagne and checked out all the latest fashions when they attended the official opening night of a new Chester business.

Owner Ali Kynaston-Mainwaring set up Alizari 15 years ago and it has developed into one of the top four independent retailers in the UK.

The event was to celebrate the launch of her new 6,400sqft Chester store on the entrance to the Grosvenor Precinct on Bridge Street Row.

On the night, visitors had the chance to be the first to buy some of the exclusive, international clothes, accessories and designer giftware.