Melbourne Spring Fashion Week has arrived. A number of celebrations are kicking off tonight, including the city’s second Vogue American Express Fashion’s Night Out, where 400 retailers across the CBD have special offers and discounts to help you stimulate the fashion economy (not that you needed another reason).
But shopping is just the beginning of Fashion Week. We’ve pulled together some program highlights to check out later today and over the weekend.
RMIT Emerging Runway
This is a consistent highlight on the Fashion Week calendar. You never know what you’re going to get from the prestigious fashion course’s young guns and that’s the most exhilarating part.
Grad collections are often conceptual, quirky and experimental. This year, some students have been looking into using “unusable” materials, including silicon. Others are exploring the collapsing division between men’s and women’s fashion.
If you don’t score a ticket, there’s still a free exhibition of clothes, films and images from RMIT’s final-year fashion students are happening all over Melbourne Central until September 2.
RMIT Emerging Showcase
Video screen at Lower Ground, Lonsdale Street
Level 1 Bridge and Level 2 (display case)
Italian Migrants For Australian Fashion
Earlier this year, the NGV held its exhibition 200 Years Of Australian Fashion. Sadly, the showcase was missing the work of Irredenta Itala Serini (or Madame Serini as she was more commonly known), an Italian-immigrant fashion designer who arrived in Victoria with her family in 1950.
Operating from her Serini Haute Couture boutique in Toorak, she used luxurious, European-sourced fabrics and peaked in the 1970s. Serini later went on to establish a haute-couture school at her boutique.
This is just one of the stories you can delve into at Museo Italiano’s photographic exhibition of the contributions Italian migrants have made to Australian fashion since the 1950s. As well as featuring designers, the exhibition will pay tribute to the seamstresses, tailors and craftspeople who found a new home in Australia.
It runs until September 2.
More details here.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Crazy about Tiffany’s
How many times can you watch Holly Golightly eating a pastry outside Tiffany’s in her Givenchy dress and pearls? The answer is infinite. ACMI is screening the classic at 3pm today, if for some reason you’re feeling, uh, under the weather and need to leave the office a bit earlier. There are more screenings next week, too.
On Saturday night ACMI revisits the famous jewellery company, this time with the documentary Crazy About Tiffany’s. It’s an inside look at how Tiffany & Co. has become a global phenomenon and courted the biggest names in Hollywood. Expect, glitz, glam and lots of close-ups of rotating, sparkly diamonds.
Breakfast At Tiffany’s
Friday August 26, 3pm
Tickets and sessions here.
Crazy About Tiffany’s
Saturday August 27, 9.15pm
Tickets and sessions here.
Erik Yvon x TwoFold Pop-Up
Here’s a reason to stay on campus this weekend. Fashion’s one-to-watch (yes, we called it), Erik Yvon, has teamed up with Daniel Waugh from Twofold jewellery for a pop-up shop at RMIT.
On the racks is Yvon’s latest collection, Gang Gang, a gender-neutral range that straddles the line between streetwear and luxury. Twofold will lay out current and past-season collections – handmade jewellery that looks raw and rough, but is delicate to the touch. The pair will also sell its collaborative range of earrings and brooches.
The pop-up shop continues at RMIT until September 12. From September 13–24, you can find the pop-up at 277 High Street, Northcote.
Level 2, Building 80,
RMIT, 435–457 Swanston Street
Saturday 27 and Sunday 28, 10am–6pm
Makers and Shakers Market
If the wildly popular Round She Goes pre-loved and vintage market is anything to go by, this week’s Makers and Shakers Market will fill the town hall.
The market was launched earlier in the year by the same crew behind Round She Goes. The difference is that Makers and Shakers is dedicated specifically to local, emerging and independent makers – whether that’s in fashion, jewellery, homewares or crafts. There’ll be a roster of names on rotation throughout the week for the MSFW event.
Keep an eye out for Honey and Heid’s handmade leather goods from the Mornington Peninsula; cute porcelain plates from Warisa; and boldly minimal jewellery from Maekar. It’s very likely the designers themselves will be running the stalls, so it’s a good chance to have a chat about what’s on offer.
You can check out each day’s line-up here. Entry is free.
Melbourne Town Hall
Saturday 27 and Sunday 28, 10am–5pm
Melbourne Spring Fashion Week runs from August 26 to September 2 at various locations around Melbourne.