A Beginner’s Guide To Melbourne Fashion Week

By Sophie Hodges
15th Aug 2018

It's T-minus 3 weeks till Melbourne Fashion Week hits the CBD, guys, and we're getting hyped. And also very organised. See below to ensure you maximise all that MFW has to offer.

Let’s start with the obvious: runways. The full program has been released and there's a LOT to cover. Opening Night Runway is set to be a cracker, presented by David Jones and featuring their latest spring summer collection and some key Aussie designers. Think Aje, Camilla and Marc, Scanlan and Theodore and Viktoria & Woods, to name a few. 

Next, Town Hall Runway Two is shaping up as one of the most anticipated runways of the week showcasing even more Australian talent. Dion Lee—need I say more? 

Another one for the list is the Student Collections, Town Hall Runway Four. Featuring student designs from Box Hill Institute, Holmesglen Institute, Kangan Institute, The Master’s Institute for Creative Education, RMIT University and Whitehouse Institute of Design. This one's all about emerging talent in the Australian fashion industry (and inspo for your spring summer wardrobe). 

Closing Town Hall Runway, holy hell—get psyched. This one will display some seriously impressive international players in our Aussie fashion game. Luxury brands like Sandro, Maje and The Kooples are set to star, and you can bet tickets are gonna get snapped up fast. 

There will also be three Street Runway’s across the week, a collection of FREE events that'll showcase the latest collections from some of the city’s most popular retailers. My pick of the three is Street Runway Three. It's going down at Section 8 and will feature some sweet emerging labels: Millicent Elizabeth, Maude Studio and Kholo are already confirmed. Section 8 will then roll into an after-party, with acts including DJ Sezzo, Recluse, Paz and Lewis Can Cut. 

So what else should you keep your eye out for? Drag shows, 3-D printing workshops, a ready-to-wear pop-up and a rad streetwear pop up.

Still got the thirst? MFW Conversations is a series of talks, running throughout the week, with topics like how to build a brand and where garments come from. And there's also The Fashion Capsules, a series of mini-exhibitions scattered across the city and housing creations by Victorian-based fashion artists, designers, jewellers and filmmakers. 

Guys, it’s set to be a massive week. Clear your diaries of any other commitments, get around some incredible Aussie talent and make the most of it.

Melbourne Fashion Week runs from 31 August – 7 September. 

Image credit: MFW

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