It’s the most anticipated event in the Australian fashion calendar with the least pronounceable acronym (say MBFWA, go on). Since Camilla & Marc’s Mars-tastic opening show on Sunday, we’ve been loving what Australia’s best and brightest designers have to offer at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
Highlights have been Double Rainbouu’s mish-mash (or is that mesh-mash?) of technicolour dreams and warped checks, Anna Quan’s soft tailoring, and favourites Romance Was Born’s dreamy silhouettes complete with micro-pleats galore that left us starry-eyed.
(And side note: we don’t often dispense hard-core financial advice, but taking cues from the runway and what the front-rowers are wearing, we highly recommend buying shares in checked blazers.)
Here’s the best of everything yet to go down at MBFWA: what we’re excited about, what we want to stream, and what we’ll actually get off our butts to see.
The Ones to Watch
Runway debut of I.AM.GIA — Wednesday, 6pm
The self-described “bad ass” local label has been making waves all over the world and Instagram. Since Bella Hadid spotted their roomy Cobain pants (complete with chain) at Paris Fashion Week, their distinctive grunge look has been worn by the likes of Emily Ratajkowski, Kaia Gerber and Kylie Jenner. All this hype and free publicity, even before they’ve sent a model down the runway. We love cheering on Australian designers who take on the world, and we’ll be eagerly watching their next move in their MBFWA debut.
The Ones to Stream
Client Liaison’s Luxe Range — Wednesday, 8pm
Yes, as in Client Liaison the band. The 90s synth music / performance art experience duo is releasing a “deluxe line” for MBFWA, and we’re….intrigued. This isn’t the first fashion foray for the well-permed duo—they released their first “luxury at the beach” look in 2016, which was heavy on pastels, rash shirts, and legionnaire caps (aka caps with the back-flap, aka the favoured headwear of your childhood). We’re not sure what’s for 2018, but at a minimum, we’re expecting pastels. And perms.
Events You Can Still Buy Tickets To
MBFWA’s runway shows are limited to VIPs, peeps in the industry, or fashion buyers, but never fear—mere mortals like us can still soak up the vibes during the event’s Weekend Edition. There’s not long to go, so snap up these tix quix.
Listen to iconic Australia designer Akira Isogawa on his vision, philosophy and thoughts on being the fashion bizz for 25 years. Isogawa is one of our most successful fashion stories, bringing his distinctive romantic and layered designs to the country and abroad. He’s in conversation with Roger Leong, senior curator at the Museum of Applied Arts and Science. It’s happening this Friday 18 May at 11am and it’ll cost you $60 (exc bf and gst).
Mercedes-Benz Launch Party
Rub shoulders with the country’s fashion elite and influencers at the epic Weekend Edition launch party. There’s the promise of canapes, bevvos, and good times, as well some sweet 90s tunes from headline DJs Client Liaison. The hardest part will be deciding what to wear. Check this one out on Friday 18 May, from 8pm; it’ll cost you $85.49.
Resort Review Runway
The most affordable show seats have sold out for the Resort Review Runway shows, but you can still bag Silver Seats (second or third row seats) for $100. The Resort Review will feature the latest season looks from Double Rainbouu, Camilla, Alice McCall, P.E. Nation and more, and we’re pretty psyched. Silver Seat tix also nab you an MBFWA gift bag and all day HUB Access, which gives you access to the onsite shop and Saturday’s style sessions and talks. If you’re feeling extra, there are Front Row spots still available for $150. This one’s going down on Saturday 19 May and there’ll be 5.30pm and 7.30pm shows.
And did you know Camilla & Marc have a Sydney store?
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