Melbourne Spring Fashion Week has always been a favourite of mine; besides the fact that it’s another excuse to dress up and prance around drinking cocktails and talking shop with other creative minds, it’s the start of the most beautiful season of the year.
If you’re a fashion addict who can handle a full week’s worth of back-to-back shows and day after day of fashion exhibitions, films, events and interactive activities, then this year’s program will keep you well and truly busy. Pull out your diary, dust off those pumps and strap yourself in for my top ten must see and do events of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week.
ORRY-KELLY: DRESSING HOLLYWOOD
21 August – 11 September
Orry-Kelly: Dressing Hollywood tells the rags to riches fairy tale of one of Australia’s most successful exports, Orry-Kelly, who dressed Hollywood’s hottest stars in the 30s, 40s and 50s. Whilst you may not know his name so well, you know the names of the stars he styled, from Marilyn Monroe, Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn and Ava Gardner.
28 August – 31 August
Nobody Denim is ECA Accredited and a-ok in my books. In their ongoing fight against fast fashion, they’ve donated off-cuts, remnants and old recycled stock to the Box Hill Bachelor of Fashion students who have pieced together a double-denim-doozy of an exhibition.
FEATHERING THE NEST: RICHARD NYLON
28 August – 4 September
Melbourne’s most sought after milliner, Richard Nylon, will work his magic on the Fairhall House Museum as part of their ongoing House of Ideas series. Richard’s millinery masterpieces will sit alongside William Johnston’s decorative fine arts collection, delivering a multi-faceted exhibition of the two’s craftsmanship and creativity.
CADIA BELANTE EXHIBITION
28 August – 4 September
Melbourne-based fashion designer Cadia Belante is an advocate of sustainable fashion and her forthcoming exhibition is a statement of just that. Inspired by second hand sleeping bags and other odd textile objects, the RMIT graduate explores repurposing and recycling to reduce landfill.
SHOP THE CITY and VOGUE FASHION’S NIGHT OUT
28 August, 6.30pm
Make space in your schedule on Friday 28th August for Vogue Fashion’s Night Out. The Melbourne event kicks off the season for VFNO before moving onto the other 26 cities and 18 countries around the world, offering sales and specials from the most coveted fashion houses, retailers and brands. Break up the shopping binge and make your way to Little Bourke Street to catch the Emporium Melbourne Runway in between.
FRED HATES FASHION
29 August, 7.30pm
Contrary to what the name suggest, Fred Hates Fashion is an inspiring, raw and painstakingly beautiful production house that challenges the way you understand fashion. I am an avid lover of fashion films; there is something so moving about the way in which films transcend the material presence of fashion on screen and engage a garment on a deeper level. Very few filmmakers achieve such a complex balance, but Fred Hates Fashion is one of them. The exhibition is a culmination of seven handpicked designers, seven emerging directors and seven music composers, who have joined forces to create their own original fashion films. DO NOT MISS THIS.
EMERGING DESIGNER MARKET
30 August, 10am-5pm
My love for emerging designers never waivers and my empathy never fades; I too remember those pitch black 4am freezing cold mornings, piling up the ute with clothes racks and mannequins on my merry way to the markets. It takes a tough soldier to battle the market scene and it’s one that deserves support, so save your pennies and support the city’s up and coming designers at the Emerging Designer Market.
EMERGING RUNWAY 1 AND 2
30 August, 6.30pm and 8.30pm
The Melbourne Spring Fashion Week Emerging Runway series have launched countless labels and designers into the market over previous years, and it’s the best time to spot newfound favorites and fresh faces. I’ve penned, highlighted and underlined both of the two emerging runway shows in my schedule.
2 September, 6.30pm
Three of my favourite labels on the one runway, what more could a Melbourne fashion girl want? Bul, Kuwaii and Limedrop will share the stage with Alexi Freeman, Asilio, Bless’ed are the meek, Leonard Street, Matcho Suba and YB J’AIME. Down tools and eyes peeled for this one.
2 September, 6.30pm
Crikey may not sound like your average fashion event but it will be an exciting one. Lia. T and Kate Geck of O.T.T are set to release a limited edition collection but not in the traditional sense; this interactive tongue-in-cheek launch will take place in an Australian-themed mini-golf wonderland, complete with holographic roos and gold-plated tinnies.
My top ten are by no means the extent of what’s to come for Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, but there’s only so much a girl’s schedule can handle. Sleep the week before and the week after, but do not sleep the week of – support our local creatives and welcome the stunning Spring season by attending as many events as you physically can. To purchase tickets head to Melbourne Spring Fashion Week.
The Fashion Advocate x