9 Melbourne Fashion Week Events That Don’t Involve A Runway

By Amber De Luca-Tao
4th Sep 2017


If you didn’t know Melbourne Fashion Week is upon us, you’re obviously not a part of the Gliteratti. Trust us, we get it. Fashion runways aren't for everyone, especially if you'd prefer to be sitting at a five-course degustation rather than front row at a fashion show. And if that's you, you've come to the right place. You'll be glad to know that while Fashion Week is a week of well, fashion, believe it or not, there's much more to it than meets the eye. We live in Melbs, after all.

Check out our list of things to do at Melbourne Fashion Week that don't involve a runway.

MFW Opening Night

What would fashion week be without a little retail therapy? To mark the beginning of Melbourne Fashion Week, hundreds of shops and boutiques across the CBD’s retail precincts (including Emporium Melbourne, Melbourne Central, QV, Bourke St Mall, The Strand, Flinders Lane, Melbourne’s GPO, Collins St, St. Collins Lane and Collins Place) will transform into a discount paradise, with specially curated retail offers and entertainment. We’re talking loads of exclusive specials and in-store experiences for one night only. AKA, shop 'til you drop.

Where: CBD
When: Friday September 1
For more info, click here.

Pop-Up Champagne Bar at Collins Place

There's a little part in all of us that wants to know what hair and beauty trends are in for the coming season. And thanks to Rokk Ebony and Rokk Man Barbers, we're going to be getting all of their hot tips (pun intended) at this special collab event. Most importantly, there's also going to be a pop-up champagne bar, canapés, live music and a runway show starting at 6.30pm (like we said, optional) with new season looks from Decjuba, MJ Bale, Seed Heritage, Feathers, Rhodes & Beckett, and Mimco.

Where: Collins Place
When: Friday September 1
For more info, click here.

DJ Sets and Live Performances at MFW Music Stage

Melbourne Fashion Week is obviously all about catching all of Melbourne's up and coming design talent, but MFW's Music Stage is all about showcasing the talent of our city's rising music stars. In order to do so, MFW has dedicated their music stage to having a different line-up of DJ sets and live performances taking the spotlight from 5pm - 10pm for every day of the festival. It's the perfect place to hang out before or after fashion shows, or anytime at all really.

Where: Melbourne Town Hall Forecourt
When: All week, September 1 - September 8
For more info, click here.

CTF Curated Pop-Up Fashion Market

The CTF Curated Pop-up Fashion Market wants you to support local designers and creators. As well as having the chance to shop a unique, curated selection of emerging Australian labels, you'll basically be able to put a face to the garment, by meeting the designer behind the label. The pop-up has been specially curated by the Council of Textile and Fashion, so it's bound to be a goodie.

Where: The Old Met Shop, Melbourne Town Hall
When: Friday September 1 - Sunday September 3
For more info, click here.

Australian Fashion Film Awards

The esteemed Australian Fashion Film Awards (AFFA) is all about combining passion for fashion and film in one film-tastic event. The films going head to head in the competition will be played at the State Library of Victoria, with previous winners of the AFFA including the likes of Chanel, Gucci, Vogue and Sass & Bide. It's pretty safe to say that winning the AFFA declares you fashion royalty. As movie-goers, you'll be responsible for voting for your fave film in the People’s Choice Award. Yep, fashion needs YOU.

Where: State Library of Victoria
When: Thursday September 7
For more info, click here.

Creative Collective Exhibition

It's all that's not enough, you can say you've visited an art exhibit that changes its display once a day. Get this. The Creative Collection Exhibition is a revolving exhibit dedicated to showing the works of merging creative disciplines in Melbourne’s fashion scene. Spanning over the festival's whole eight days, the line-up of creative displays cover the areas of design, jewellery, performance, sound, floristry, illustration and more. For example, The Cabinet will display a selection of pieces by a different jewellery every 24 hours.

Where: Swanston Town Hall, Melbourne Town Hall
When: Friday September 1 - Sunday September 8
For more info, click here.

RMIT Student Designer Exhibition

The world of fashion may appear glamorous to the untrained eye, but it's the unseen hours of painstaking planning, draping, sewing (and the list goes on), that are far from glam. And every year the students at RMIT School of Fashion and Textiles pumps out seriously next level fashion. The exhibition showcases the various methods, perspectives and approaches the students have incorporated into their own fashion practices. Consider this your opportunity to appreciate emerging design talent in its rawest form.

Where: Melbourne Central
When: Friday September 1 - Sunday September 8
For more info, click here.

Friday Nights at Dior

Is it just us, or is 2017 the year of the NGV? First Van Gogh, Hokaisu, an 11 metre pool and now Dior? Now swinging by the NGV for a few months is a collection of works by none other than Monsieur Dior, with the exhibit, The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture exhibition. As always, you'll be able to check out the exhibit after hours each Friday night with a different musical act every week. Stop it, NGV, now you’re just showing off. Keep your eyes peeled on their website for music act line-ups.

Where: NGV
When: Friday nights beginning Friday September 1
For more info, click here.

Ethical Fashion Discussion Panel

Fast fashion is great – it’s within the budget and it’s on trend. But the downside? It’s not ethical and it’s also not sustainable. This informative and inspiring discussion on ethical and sustainable fashion explores what fashion designers can do to ensure their practices are ethical. As well as listening intently, your side of the deal requires you to induldge in your side of dessert with tea and coffee.

Where: Council of Adult Education, Flinders Lane
When: Wednesday September 6
For more info, click here.

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