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EVENT : October 10, 2013 — October 13, 2013.

Manchester Weekender – Vogue Fashion’s Night Out

The Manchester Weekender gets off to a very fashionable start on Thursday 10 October – here’s our pick of its things to do: from Fashion’s Night Out, boutique shops and contemporary craft to vintage fashion and fine food.

We start the Weekender early this year for one very good reason. Vogue. Everyone’s favourite fashion bible brings its annual Fashion’s Night Out from London to Manchester for the first time on Thursday 10 October (6pm-late). And while the city centre, and around St. Ann’s Square and The Avenue in particular, are full of fashion and beauty pop-ups and events (we’ve heard rumour of Jessie J teetering on a bar stool in Armani), there are some sweet cultural events slotted in, too.

The glorious Manchester Craft & Design Centre was just one such market, though this Victorian, glass roofed building is now home to an array of artist-run studios. Alongside the contemporary craft, jewellery, accessories and artwork on sale runs – for the Weekender only – a special exhibition: the Forming Words Alphabet, which displays new work by twenty-six designer-makers. Not only that, but a host of musicians play live and unplugged throughout the day (10am-5.30pm, free). Oak Street Cafe Bar has recently undergone a mini-transformation; stop off for excellent homemade fare. Intrigued by the story of Manchester’s textiles past?

Try Manchester Style: the Art, Fashion & Craft Tour (4.30pm-6.30pm, £7), a walking tour that starts at the Craft Centre and describes both Manchester’s fashion past and its textiles future. It’s also a chance to take in shows at the neighbouring Chinese Arts Centre (head here at 6pm for talks by fashion and jewellery designers, Sophie Ho and Dian Luo, free) before winding up at the launch night of the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair (6pm-10pm, free). This showcase of the country’s finest craft and design takes place in Spinningfields; if you’re in need of a drink or bite to eat, stop off at the Oast House or Artisan (The Avenue North), the former for BBQ’d fare in the slightly surreal surrounds of a 16th-century Kentish oast house, the latter for fashionable small and wood-smoked plates (and cocktails of the divine variety).

For the full Manchester Weekender line-up: CLICK HERE 

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