Spring is coming and that means two things for Melbourne fashion: less head-to-toe black and Melbourne Spring Fashion Week.

This year’s organisers have put together a program showcasing everything from Australian fashion stalwarts and emerging talent, to beauty workshops, film and live music performances.

Happily, more than two-thirds of the program is free and open to the public, so you can save up for that designer frock you will most-likely spot on the runway.

MSFW runs from August 30 to September 7, and we’ve handpicked some of the highlights for you.

Designer Runways One, Two, Three and Four

These are the big-ticket events of MSFW. Over four evenings enjoy a parade of the spring/summer ready-to-wear collections by Australia’s most exciting designers; from the high romance of Akira, Jayson Brunsdon and Aurelio Costarella, to the playful geometrics of Neo Dia and Lui Hon. There are two sessions for each runway – 6.30pm and 8.30pm.

When: Tuesday September 2 to Friday September 5
Where: Melbourne Town Hall
Cost: $35–$45
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Runway One – Emerging

Get to know the next big things in Australian fashion, as students from Melbourne School of Fashion, Box Hill Institute of TAFE, Kangan Institute and Whitehouse Institute of Design showcase their first collections.

When: Saturday September 6, 6.30pm–7.15pm
Where: Melbourne Town Hall
Cost: $35–$45
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Let’s Get it On – Free Yoga

Stretch-pants specialists Lululemon will provide a free, 45-minute, all-levels yoga class. The early-morning session will be set to soul music.

When: Wednesday September 3, 6.30am–7.15am
Where: MSFW Hub, City Square 44–86 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Cost: Free
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Gossling and Mel Hall: Music at the Hub

Gossling, AKA Helen Croome, will perform her whimsical electro-pop with Melbourne-based DJ, Mel Hall.
When: Saturday August 30 5pm–late
Where: MSFW Hub
Cost: Free
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Muji Lifestyle Lab
We couldn’t have been happier when Muji arrived in Melbourne last year. The Japanese brand’s lifestyle lab will match essential oils to your mood, and each day the first 100 visitors will receive a free Muji goodie bag.
When: Every day of the festival, 11am–8pm
Where: MSFW Hub
Cost: Free
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Crowdfunding For Fashion Workshop
In an era when even potato salads are being crowdfunded, StageLabel is a funding platform catering specifically to fashion labels. The workshop will include tips on how to grow your own label and advice from industry professionals.
When: Thursday September 4, 6.30pm–9pm
Where: The Quays, 241 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands
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Industry Discussions and Workshops

Make connections and learn from the industry’s top players as they share their knowledge of the fashion business. Speakers include Yasmin Sewell, credited with reinventing London’s iconic luxury department store, Liberty, and Liz Sunshine of the popular blog, Street Smith.
When: Monday September 1, 8am–5pm
Where: Melbourne Town Hall
Cost: $85 morning or afternoon Pass, $150 full day
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The Future is Here

Fresh from London’s Design Museum, this exhibition held at RMIT’s own Design Hub explores emerging innovations in fashion and manufacturing, including 3D printing, robotics and nanotechnology. The Future is Here looks at the blurred lines between designer and manufacturer and questions what it all means.
When: Friday August 29 to Saturday September 13.
Where: RMIT Design Hub
Cost: Free
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Premiere: Ellery in Paris

Screening as part of the Fashion on Film series at ACMI, this documentary by Australian director Patrick Pearse is a revealing portrait of the Sydney designer as she prepares to debut her collection at Paris Fashion Week.

When: Saturday August 30 to Sunday September 7
Where: ACMI
Cost: $11–$17

MSFW runs from August 30 to September 7 and kicks off with a free runway show on Little Bourke Street between Emporium and Melbourne Central this Friday at 6.30pm.
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