The 5 Must-Dos of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week

By Sarah Willcocks
25th Aug 2013

It's that energising time of year when Melbourne swaps our iconic woolly layers and ankle boots – perhaps prematurely - for flimsy sundresses and espadrilles. The racing carnival is visible on the horizon, the sunshine is teasing our collective pale cheeks, and Melbourne Spring Fashion Week will very soon rear its pretty head for the 19th time.

Setting fashion-loving hearts aflutter from 31st August to 1st September, here are five of the best things to do on the official 2013 MSFW schedule.

Student Runway
Year after year, the student showcases at MSFW are lauded as the most exciting events. That's because graduate designers are relatively free of commercial restraints, so they can often be as fanciful and carefree as they wish; it's the perfect breeding ground for drama, creativity and a really good show. The first runway, featuring RMIT designs, is already sold out, but there are still a few tickets left for the second. It will feature the designs of students from Whitehouse, Kangan, Melbourne School of Fashion, and, for the very first time, the Box Hill Institute.

Nail Art Workshop
As far as fashion trends go, nail art has enjoyed longevity; it looks like pimped-out talons will be with us through at least another season or two. So perhaps the DIY nail art workshop from Miss Fox is well overdue. The class will showcase 10 looks to attempt at home, with cocktails on arrival a happy bonus. Speaking of adult beverages...

'The Fashionable Cocktail' Book Launch
Champagne is so passé, darlings. Trend-spotters will notice that the cocktail is having a moment. Fashion editor, Jane Rocca, has chatted up bartenders in some of Melbourne, Sydney and New York's best speakeasys and convinced them to divulge their secret recipes. She has since sobered up and compiled the drinks into a new book, 'The Fashionable Cocktail: 200 Fabulous Drinks for the Fashion Set'. It will launch publicly at Fashion Week, accompanied by Mexican-inspired canapés from Touché Hombre, the designs of Nevenka and Leona Edmiston, and the wit of host, Helen Razer. And yes, there will be booze.

Let's hear it for the – often marginalised when it comes to clothes - boys. A whole day at fashion week is being devoted to the less fair sex as MSFW Mr. Is added to the schedule. Gents can partake in live entertainment, styling demonstrations and catch a runway featuring Autonomy, Honor Among Thieves, Jack London, Saxony, Ben Sherman, Dom Bagnato and Levi's.  A cider or beer in hand will be the must-have accessory here.

Reflections Film Premiere
What is a fashion week without an opening soirée? Even if it's an unofficial party this year, MSFW will kick off with a special screening of the new fashion film, 'Reflections'. Created by the talented duo of Folie a Deux and starring model, motorcyclist and MTV host, Kate Peck, the official film of Fashion Week sees our heroine racing through Melbourne's streets, crashing glamorous parties as she goes.

Image Credit: Spring Fashion, Vogue, 1953 on TYYLIT

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