It’s that crazy time of year again. The fashion crowd is suddenly out in force all over the CBD and wild prints clashing with neon colours become an everyday occurrence.
Yes, it is MSFW (or Melbourne Spring Fashion Week). Fashion-lovers travel from all over to see the up-coming trends on the catwalk.
But you don’t have to be in the media or famous to take part. There are a variety of events that the public can attend for free (although some may require bookings in advance).
MSFW has a variety of events on between August 28 – September 4. And plenty of them are free! A lot of designers and retailers are holding free runway events to show their new collections. Here are some that are open to the public:
David Jones Runway to Raceday
August 31, 12pm – 12.30pm
August 31, 1pm – 1.30pm
Forever New Runway
September 1, 5pm – 5.30pm
September 1, 6pm – 6.30pm
Ted Baker Runway
September 2, 5.45pm – 6.15pm
September 4, 5pm – 5.30pm
September 4, 6pm – 6.30pm
Located at 279 Little Bourke St
August 28, 6.30pm – 7pm
There are also free events for those who prefer hair and make up:
Kevin Murphy Style Bar
This will be available throughout MSFW at the Hub – visit thatsmelbourne.com.au/msfw for times.
Hair and Makeup Workshop
August 31, 6.30pm – 7.30pm
If you prefer to shop rather than sit at a runway, the following events may be more of interest:
Emerging Designer Market
10am – 5pm
The Dapper Guide to Vertical Melbourne (this one’s for the chaps!)
Carlow House – Level 4, 289 Flinders Lane
September 2, 6.30pm – 9.45pm
Note: this is a free event but guests must register at the Lord Coconut website.
Vogue has also partnered with MSFW to bring Vogue Fashion’s Night Out (VFNO) to Melbourne on Friday, August 28. VFNO will debut at MSFW: Shop the City, which will take place across Melbourne from August 28 – August 30.
Or enjoy some of the free, curated events:
Theatre in Fashion: Ophelia Reimagined
3 Southgate Ave, Southbank
August 28, 7am – 10pm
A Mad Makers Exhibition and Cocktail Party
176 Elgin St, Carlton
September 3, 7pm – 9.30pm
Orry-Kelly: Dressing Hollywood
Australian Centre for the Moving Image
August 21, 10am – 5pm
JASONGRECH Behind the Seams
29-31 Little Leveson St, North Melbourne
August 31, 1pm – 6pm
There are also plenty of other free options to choose from. You can see them all at the MSFW website.