September 11, 2017

An Overview Of Melbourne Fashion Week

Melbourne Fashion Week has now come to an end for the 2017 era, so let’s reflect on the trends displayed last week that will be worn for the months ahead. The experience was presented by The City of Melbourne, with big influencers such as KEVIN.MURPHY and MECCA styling hair and makeup.

Melbourne Fashion Week

Friday 1st of September:

It’s opening night, and the festivities began with Vogue Australia announcing Vogue American Express Fashion’s Night Out (VAEFNO), which sees hundreds of retailers offer exclusive specials and in-store experiences across the city.

Emporium Melbourne then provided its dose of spring/summer fashion, created by some fantastic Australian designers to feast upon in an open-air runway on Little-Bourke Street.

Saturday 2nd of September:

Oh, the Gala Dinner, featuring Melbourne born, yet Paris-based designer Martin Grant’s seasonal collection. Adorned with guests treated to champagne and canapés on arrival, and further cocktails which were inspired by the ever changing Melbourne’s four seasons. A luxury exclusive gift bag was also a giveaway, and inspiring performances were presented throughout the evening.
The fearless red coat with the wide brimmed hat was a highlight for me.

Martin Grant

Sunday 3rd of September:

The Global Indigenous Avant Garde Showcase, designed to empower emerging Indigenous designers and help them gain industry experience and exposure. It was presented by Indigenous fashion designers from Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Nations. Albertini’s incredibly couture designs infused both native arts as well as just stunning dress designs.

Another perk of MFW is that The National Gallery of Victoria had put on a workshop with its Fashion and Textiles curators to explore the gallery’s exhibition of The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture. It provided the audience with a look into the early influences of Dior, an insight into the atelier workrooms, as well as showcased the role that accessories have played in expressing the complete Dior look. Much more was discussed, but that’s the short rundown.

Garage Runway- Men’s Wear, the show that in fact sold out before any of the other runways did. The new season looks were displayed in a concealed car park designed by Australia’s leading men’s labels.
A military look featured in Chris Ran Lin’s designs, which featured texture contrasts and further created a powerful atmosphere down the runway.

Chris Ran Lin

Monday 4th of September:

Ethical Clothing Showcase, presented a showcase of designs by leading ethical fashion labels. The free event paid attention to local textiles companies and additionally advocated for a more accountable and legally compliment fashion future.

Premium Runway One, presented by David Jones displayed key trends for this spring/summer season. The pastel perfection skirt by Romance Was Born was indeed a must see, a statement piece if you will.

David Jones- Romance Was Born

Tuesday 5th of September:

Premium Runway Two, included experienced Australian Fashion designers who express forward-thinking and eccentric designs. Manning Cartell’s perception of the business attire for women not only looked chic but extremely comfort relatable.

Premium Runway Three, presented Australian designers with high-profiles, who for their designs are praised for their feminine aesthetics and understated approach.


Wednesday 6th of September:

Premium Runway Four, embraced signature styles from each designer, with their collections shining through on the runway, the floral display was an essential feature in bringing the show to life.

Kinship- Rags to Runway, hosted by Kangan Institute and partnered with the Red Cross, featured recycled garments from their charitable bins. The Institute’s fashion students took on the challenge to design clothes out of the discarded clothing, and further from off cut fabrics to create an impressive runway lineup.

Premium Runway Five, featured day to night women’s clothing, from Australian and New Zealand designers alike. The long A-Line sophisticated look by BÚL was a standout, even so, each designer had a statement piece, that wowed the audience.


Thursday 7th of September:

Student Runway RMIT, this event displayed the fearless fashion some students wish to release on further generations. Their designs were exciting and innovative, providing us onlookers with the Australian designs of tomorrow.

Student Runway Collective is a collated event where students from Melbourne’s top design schools (Box Hill Institute, FashionMasters, Holmesglen Institute, Kangan Institute and Whitehouse Institute of Design), were able to present their revolutionary designs, which showed homage to already established designers, with a twist.

Friday 8th of September:

Premium Runway Closing, featured global phenomenon designers who showcased their high-end fashion to conclude Melbourne Fashion Week for 2017. The Macgraw sisters stunned the audience with their fresh, feminine spring collection, which was a contrast to Dion Lee’s collection which involved a bold colour palette.


And that’s a wrap for this year, well done all who were involved!

Note: Not all events are displayed here,  it’s hard to attend every event the MFW exhibits!


By Rhianne Cottam-Starkey