Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Melbourne Fashion Story

What an Adventure! 

It’s been a busy and beautiful week as predicted, with fashion events and spring excitement all over Melbourne.

As well as the Designer Series Runways at Melbourne Town Hall, which showcase all of the latest trends by our favourite designers; MSFW also offers up some entertaining social events based around fashion and style.


My favourites were the South Gate MSFW nights of VIP shopping, film screenings, talks and shows for the fashion forward. Events that help celebrate our unique Melbourne culture in the diverse Southgate precinct.
The film screening of Reflections was a lively night, with the talented Rhys Uhlich (presenter, model and director of Tevita) as MC.
Produced by the talented Folie a Deux and starring locally renowned model Kate Peck, the film is a journey through the city, following Kate’s adventure and highlighting some of the amazing style and fashion, iconic landmarks, secret dwellings and familiar faces from Melbourne fashion.
Kate’s pace through the film highlights the constantly changing, fast paced environment in which we live and thrive as Melbournians.

I was lucky enough to be invited along to MSFW’s ‘The Only Way Is Up’ evening, hosted by Southside market and my favourite Melbourne accessory designer, Anne Freeman of Pleasure Little Treasure.

The runway show was full of the individuality that we love from Melbourne Up&Coming and Up-Cycling designers. The designers from the showcase were Victor and Louise Vintage, The Professors daughter, Marci Vintage, Safeena Vintage, Libertys Heart and Ivy & White.

My stand outs were Grandma Funk and Ivy and White, definitely labels to keep an eye on this coming summer!
The pop up emporium of independent designers was a fantastic touch, I came away with some adorable accessories from Louie the Fox and my stylist friend Hanae Mikimi had a field day with so many vintage delights! A fantastic crowd as well as live music by Ivy Fox made it a very unique and special event.

ACMI held the World Fashion Runway and Exhibition  on Friday September 6th. It was a community collaboration showcasing the latest Spring/Summer 2014 trends locally and from around the world. Although I must admit I found the music, styling and the fashion itself outdated and a bit of a let down the event is important to celebrate the multiculturalism of our beautiful city. I hope the organisers use the experience to develop the event and embrace the fashion forward quirkiness that the diverse cultures of Melbourne are known for.

Also this weekend was the launch of Spring Racing with the Sofitel Girls Day Out.  After scoring some free passes we frocked up (me in my new hat from a Madagascar designer and the Safari Keyhole Dress by Kookai) and headed to Flemington. Specifically to Paris Lane where they had some great race wear designers and a fashion runway with the latest works from RMIT Fashion students. It was great to see the work displayed; because it was about design and standing out rather than practicability, the fashion was truly inspiring and different. We managed to see a couple of horse races before we decided to wind down with a leisurely afternoon on a friends luxury yacht in Docklands, drinking champagne and feeling lucky to be living such an amazing life!

This time of year is so vibrant; it reminds me of the things I love about spring/summer in Melbourne and makes for lots of excuses to catch up with my amazing girlfriends. Although by Sunday I was well and truly fashioned out, it’s a crazy, pouting, laughing, strutting, dancing kind of exhausted that keeps a smile on my face!

A shout out to all my beautiful girls who kept up with me these last two weeks! Cara, Riley, Jade, Michella, Hanae and Jasmine and also to the guys at Barkly Saturday and 161 Sundays who look after us so well each week- Can’t wait for the next lot of adventures!