Runways, long lunches, masterclasses and more – Adelaide Fashion Festival is back. And this year it’s kicking things up a notch. The 10th edition of AFF will blur the lines between art and fashion with a Paolo Sebastian exhibition at AGSA and a live art installation from local creative Tiff Manuell. It also welcomes the inaugural two-day Vogue Festival; the latest trends in local and international fashion; and the next wave of designers.

“There are so many new parts to the program in 2017 that will really surprise people,” says creative director Chris Kontos. “We want them to have fun, explore, relax and enjoy the creativity and style of our local fashion, food, wine and music industries right across the five days of AFF.”

Some events have sold out already, but there are still plenty of ways to experience the glitz and glamour. Kontos shares his top tips ahead of tonight’s opening.

Tiff Manuell Colour Immersion Runway
The opening night of AFF coincides with a “visual fashion performance” featuring designer Tiff Manuell’s trademark colours and hand-painted garments alongside live music and dance. “Tiff’s work represents the true meaning of ‘wearable art’ and this runway experience is going to be unlike anything you’ve ever seen,” says Kontos. “I’m so proud to see Tiff push herself outside her comfort zone and create 50 looks for the AFF Runway.” Collaborators include Oisima (music), Penelope Shum (choreography/dance), Annabel Weston (vocals) and Natalie Ivanov (Re-Swim Club, Natalie and the Seams).

Wednesday October 11, 8.30pm, AFF Runway (Torrens Parade Ground)

Vogue Festival launch
Running alongside AFF the inaugural Vogue Festival kicks off in Rundle Mall on Friday with Vogue Australia editor Edwina McCann and model Jennifer Hawkins. “It’s got celebrity, it’s got glamour – it’s simply Vogue,” says Kontos. “After seeing retail activations led by the style bible all around the world, I’m so thrilled to have this bespoke Vogue Festival in Adelaide for the first time. Presented by Vogue Australia, AFF and Rundle Mall Management Authority, the two-day festival-within-a-festival will feature runway shows, giveaways, in-store activations, pop-up bars and roaming performances from The Australian Ballet.

Friday October 13, 12pm, Rundle Mall (Gawler Place Canopy)

Friday Night Out at AFF
“This has to be the best value of the entire AFF program,” says Kontos. “Two runway shows at one ticket price – showcasing international brands – is just ridiculous.” In its 10th year, local fashion juggernaut Australian Fashion Labels will showcase the latest looks from its brands C/MEO Collective, Keepsake the Label, Finders, The Fifth Label and JAGGAR Footwear. A second runway will feature national and international brands such as Aje, By Johnny, Camilla + Marc, Alice McCall, P.E. Nation, Armani and more.

Friday October 13, from 7pm, AFF Runway (Torrens Parade Ground)

Next Gen: TAFE SA Showcase
See the future of fashion as TAFE SA’s fashion, design and creative arts students interpret the theme of ‘no waste’. They’ll create garments that celebrate sustainability and creativity with a local flavour. “This is where the next generation of our design industry is born,” says Kontos. “I really love to see their creativity come to life on the runway and imagine where their design aesthetic will go in years to come.”

Saturday October 14, 10.30am, AFF Runway (Torrens Parade Ground)

East End Social presents Vogue Festival Wrap Party
The Vogue Festival will close with a street party on Vardon Avenue featuring a line-up of DJs plus food and drink from East End favourites Mothervine and East End Cellars. There will also be a runway show featuring key trends from Australian fashion brands such as Sass & Bide, Morrison, MJ Bale, Naomi Murrell, Jack London, Alannah Hill, Bauhaus and Leonard St. The celebrations will continue at an after-party at the Torrens Parade Ground with DJs, drinks and pies from Pizzateca.

Saturday October 14, 1pm, Vardon Avenue

Paolo Sebastian spring/summer ’18 couture
“No one needs to be told that a Paolo Sebastian couture runway is what dreams are made of,” says Kontos. “It’s ethereal, meticulous and full of whimsical details.” The coveted Adelaide label – seen on the red carpet at the Academy Awards and once worn by Kim Kardashian-West – launches its spring/summer ’18 couture collection on the closing night of the festival. Expect designer Paul Vasileff’s signature detailing – delicate hand embroidery, intricate beading and a modern homage to the tradition of couture. Coinciding with the festival and in celebration of Paolo Sebastian’s 10thanniversary, Vasileff’s gowns will be displayed in the Art Gallery of South Australia. The free exhibition will run until December 10.

Sunday October 15, 4pm, AFF Runway (Torrens Parade Ground)

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