Fashion

Everything You Can’t Miss From The PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival’s Independent Program

By Stephanie Chadwick
8th Mar 2022

The fashion circus has come to the city with the return of PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival. Australia’s top creatives have banded together to bring you a program packed with events spotlighting innovation, sustainability and design. There’s never been a better time to get amongst Melbourne’s thriving fashion scene. 

While you can’t go wrong with the program in its entirety, there are several must-attend events from the PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival’s independent program that you simply can’t miss.

Katya Komarova Showcase & Pop-up

Find some time to head over to the Katya Komarova pop-up store in Collingwood to admire the brand's sustainable and ethically made bags. The Adelaide-based South Australian accessory brand was founded back in 2015 with the mantra “less is more”. Katya Komarova is debuting its latest collection made from natural materials to PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival. Take this opportunity to browse and shop the various pieces of arm candy for yourself.

THE DETAILS: 

When: Friday 11 March until Saturday 12 March
Where: 43 Derby Street, Collingwood
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The Mood Of Cheongsam

What is Cheongsam you ask? It’s a close-fitting dress that was designed in Shanghai back in the 1920’s. Now, artist Scotty So is resurrecting the style with his exhibition The Mood of Cheongsam. Each contemporary piece is designed by So and is available for viewing and purchase at PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival. The showstopper might just be the replica YSL Mondrian dress which was originally designed back in the 60’s. The traditional cheongsam is a modern-day fashion phenomenon and this exhibition created by So, in collaboration with a traditional tailor, definitely does it justice.

THE DETAILS: 

When: Thursday 3 March until Saturday 12 March
Where: MARS Gallery, 7 James Street, Windsor
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Phoenix: Fashion X Art

The JUDE flagship store has transformed itself into a multi-sensory experience to show off the latest Phoenix Seasonless Collection. Designer Jude Ng takes inspiration from a risen Phoenix to touch on the themes of destruction, Depression and Despair, Strength and Realization, Rising and Triumph. You can expect a fusion of installation, performance and art exhibition, all in the name of fashion. 

THE DETAILS: 

When: Thursday 3 March until Saturday 12 March
Where: JUDE Flagship Store, 252 Johnston Street, Fitzroy
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Fashion’s Future Now

The pandemic has seen the fashion world, much like other industries, experience significant disruption and innovation over the past two years. But PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival is here to remind us that fashion’s future is now with this panel. Prepare to unpack topics like sustainability, technology and immersive experiences with leading industry experts. Guest panellists include the co-founder of HoMie Clothing and REBORN the label, Marcus Crook. This event is free but you’ll need to RSVP to save yourself a seat.

THE DETAILS: 

When: 5:30pm, Wednesday 9 March
Where: Torrens University Australia, 196 Flinders Street, Melbourne
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Arnsdorf X RNTR

You’re invited to experience the Arnsdorf rental collection with RNTR as a part of PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival. Arnsdorf is a modern womenswear brand founded on the principle of transparency, ethical manufacturing and sustainability without asking you to compromise on style. RNTR is one of Australia’s leading rental companies with the goal of bridging the gap between brands, consumers and the environment. Now you can take home an Arnsdorf garment at a lower cost on both your wallet and the planet with this considered circular model.

THE DETAILS: 

When: Friday 4 March until Saturday 12 March
Where: Arnsdorf Store, 229 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

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Variables

Melbourne-based artist Spiros Panigirakis is bringing his exhibit Variables to PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival. Inspired by Frank Kafka’s novel The Trial, Spiros displays a series of desks and shirts to showcase the dystopian themes of prevailing antiquated systems. The art exhibition aims to scrutinise the current social hierarchy by questioning authoritarian structures and masculine archetypes that were presented in Kafka’s text. All of the garments featured throughout the exhibition were designed in collaboration with fashion designer Danielle Herbert. Stop by to see how when fashion meets architecture we can maybe gain a new perspective.  

THE DETAILS: 

When: 12pm till 5pm, Thursday 10 March until Saturday 12 March
Where: Sarah Scout Presents, Suite 13, Level 1, 12 Collins Street, Melbourne
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Check out more of the  PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival here.
 
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