Spring has arrived, which means that Adelaide Fashion Festival is here again. With so much to see, learn and do, here are our top picks for the week.


Super Saturday: Acler and Aje

In a runway exclusive, Super Saturday is a double bill of fresh Australian fashion. It’s the first and only public viewing of Aje’s Resort (or “pre-collection”) 18/19 Woman, which marks the label’s 10th year. Made in collaboration with Wendy Whiteley and her late husband, revered Sydney artist Brett Whiteley, it’s a striking collection inspired by five artworks. Adelaide’s Acler has been worn by Beyoncé, Kourtney Kardashian and Priyanka Chopra, and found global success with meticulous crafting and structured silhouettes – think soft drapes, delicate checks and ruffles galore.

Saturday October 20, 6.30pm, AFF Runway, Torrens Parade Grounds.

SA Designer Showcase

If you get to just one fashion festival event, make it the SA Designer Showcase, an expansive collection of local designers, all in the one show. Over two runways, South Australian labels such as Julie White, Naomi Murrell, Tiff Manuell and Harvey the Label will show new-season pieces, styled by Vogue fashion editor Philippa Moroney and set to a soundtrack produced by Adelaide’s Filip Odzak.

Thursday October 18, 7pm and 8.30pm, AFF Runway, Torrens Parade Grounds.

Paolo Sebastian

Adelaide’s couture designer for the stars Paolo Sebastian will launch the 2018 Adelaide Fashion Festival. The collection is inspired by Tchaikovsky’s universally adored ballet The Nutcracker, and the runway event is presented with live music by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. The collection is a fairytale dream playfully imagined with hand-sewn snowflakes, intricate floral motifs and sugarplum crystal-encrusted gowns.

Wednesday October 17, 8pm, AFF Runway, Torrens Parade Grounds.

Slow Saturday

After a hugely successful sideshow in 2017, Slow joins the main program this year. The runway will feature ethical and sustainable fashion by major labels KitX, Bianca Spender and Nobody Denim, and emerging designers such as Autark, A.BCH and From Found. There will also be new collections by Slow founders Anny Duff (Good Studios), Natalie Ivanov (ReSwim) and Emily Sheahan (The Commons, ex-Swop). The runway will feature vintage pieces and reconstructed dead stock as styled by Vogue fashion editor Philippa Moroney. It will be followed by a three-course lunch by chef and sustainability champion Simon Bryant in a celebration of all things slow.

Saturday October 20, 11.30am, AFF Runway, Torrens Parade Grounds.


Masterclass with Acler

Designer duo Julia Ritorto and Kathryn Forth will share the pathway to success for their local label Acler. Learn how the pair built a fashion empire from the ground up, from business strategies and designing for contemporary women, to producing high quality pieces and dressing celebrities such as Beyoncé.

Friday October 19, 10am, Art Gallery of South Australia.

Clare Press Rise & Resist Book Launch

Vogue Australia’s sustainability editor-at-large Clare Press will launch her book Rise & Resist, an exploration of innovative activism that touches on the slow-fashion movement. It will be hosted by Ensemble, the home of local sustainable fashion labels Good Studios and B.B. Shoemaker.

Friday October 19, 6pm to 8pm, Ensemble Studios, free.


Party on Vardon in Celebration of Vogue Festival

Party in pink at Adelaide’s East End for Vogue Festival with DJs; pink-themed street food and drinks from East End Cellars, Mother Vine and NOLA; and bubbles from a pop-up Pol Roger Champagne Bar. Get a custom portrait by Naomi Murrell or a pink affogato from Felici, then head for afterparty cocktails at the newly expanded Mary’s Poppin

Friday October 19, 4pm to 11pm, Vardon Avenue, Adelaide East End, free.

Adelaide Fashion Festival runs from October 17 to 21.