There's barely a month left of Winter, so the temptation to step into short shorts, thongs or sundresses is thankfully not too far away. Melbourne Spring Fashion Week is also on the horizon, bringing with it a carnival of florals, colour and retail therapy opportunities. Here are our picks of the Top 8 things to do at MSFW 2014.
Fashion on Film
The fashion world and a trip to the cinema both have the opportunity for escapism and inspiration in common. We recommend immersing yourself in ACMI's always captivating Fashion on Film line up this fashion week. Step into the shoes of Ellery, Gucci, Chanel and Louis Vuitton.
Hand-crafters of candles and jewellery Aacute and 3D designers Studio Batch are joining forces during MSFW to present the AacuteXBatch pop-up shop. They will be selling covetable contemporary homewares, jewels and lighting, but the best part is set to be their immersive workshops. Take your pick from learning how to make your very own polymer clay jewellery, creating candles from scratch, or an intro to 3D printing for your craft and design projects.
Jenkins & Jane Launch
Photographer Kim Jane and fashion designer Carla Jenkins are officially launching their new label Jenkins & Jane at MSFW. Kim's beautiful nature images (think blue skies and peachy sunsets) are digitally printed to create the label's unique fabrics which are then made into minimal shapes by Carla. It's wearable art you'll likely want to exhibit in your wardrobe.
Mending, Meandering and Merlot Masterclass
The Mending, Meandering and Merlot Masterclass is for those who love vintage fashion (and alliteration, apparently). Thread Den will guide you on a stroll through Melbourne's laneways and backstreet on a vintage treasure hunting tour. Then onto a 'make do and mend' sewing class to learn how to save your most loved pieces in between wine tastings. Because nothing soothes a pricked thumb quite like a glass of red.
Behind the Scenes: New Arrivals
National Gallery of Victoria fashion curators Danielle Whitfield and Paola di Trocchio will give MSFW goers a glimpse into the NGV's extensive closet at Behind the Scenes: New Arrivals. See brand spanking new designer pieces and textiles that the gallery has acquired for their collections alongside intriguing fashions that have rarely or never been seen by the public.
Still from 'Dressed up for Winter'. ACMI Fashion on Film 2014.
Emerging Designer Market
Sick of looking the same as the walking H&M advertisements on your daily commute? Or want to score some designer pieces before a label becomes super famous? Take a trip to Melbourne Spring Fashion Week's Emerging Designer Market, dedicated to giving retail space to budding designers. Clothing, jewellery and accessories will be up for grabs from the likes of local creatives Eat.Me.Do, Ladyfox, Unempire, C-Lab, Jux and Nixi Killick, plus many more brands you've yet to discover.
Fred Hates Fashion
We'll let you in on a secret. Fred actually kinda loves fashion (don't tell him we said that). Fred Hates Fashion and his underground MSFW event returns once again to pair up creative designers with budding directors, resulting in experimental fashion films. Edgeley and Et Al with Anthony Capon and are among the labels on board this time around.
MSFW Mr. Workshop
Sometimes sartorial help is less accessible to the fashion victims among us who happen to be of the male persuasion than for we fair lasses. MSFW Mr. Workshop is here to help with a panel of experts discussing runway looks for Spring Summer 2014/15 and how to wear them. A trio of darn spiffy gents about town make up the panel: D'Marge founder Luc Wiesman with designers Arthur Galan and Dom Bagnato.
Still from 'Ellery In Paris'. ACMI Fashion on Film 2014.
Melbourne Spring Fashion Week
30th Aug – 7th Sept
Tickets on sale now
Main Image Credit: Riches for Rags, Getty Images