Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA) will take over Sydney on May 13. After opening last year’s festival outside Sydney Opera House, Dion Lee has passed on the baton to Sydney’s Camilla and Marc this year. The brother-and-sister duo are celebrating 15 years in the industry and have asked New Zealand model and rising star Georgia Fowler to open the show at the Royal Hall of Industries on Sunday.
For most of us, fashion week is enjoyed vicariously by trawling through Instagram and online street-style galleries. But the MBFWA Weekend Edition gives the public the opportunity to sit front row and attend a string of events.
Here is Broadsheet’s guide to getting amongst it this year.
Mercedes-Benz Launch Party with Client Liaison
To celebrate the opening of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Weekend Edition Client Liaison is hosting the official launch party (with drinks and snacks) at Carriageworks where they’ll perform a ’90s synth-pop set. Melbourne bandmates Monte Morgan and Harvey Miller are making the trip north to showcase their first fashion collection, Client Liaison Deluxe Line.
Friday May 18, 8pm. Over 18s only.
Runway: Style Collective
The Style Collective is here to help restock your wardrobe by curating a runway show, pulling the best looks from MBFWA. A host of local designers including Camilla and Marc, Christopher Esber, Macgraw and Michael Lo Sordo will be on show – it’s your only opportunity to see the season ahead in the flesh.
Saturday May 19, 4.30pm, 6.30pm and 8.30pm.
Runway: Resort Review
A focused recap of the best MBFWA resort looks, this show combines “sports luxe”, resort and ready-to-wear collections. See pieces by Alice McCall, P E Nation, Hansen & Gretel, Double Rainbouu and more on parade.
Saturday May 19, 5.30pm and 7.30pm.
MASTERCLASSES AND STYLING SESSIONS
Style Session: Presented by Toni and Guy
This Toni and Guy style session will teach you how to recreate all of the hairstyles from the MBFWA runway at home.
Saturday May 19, 3.40pm and 6.40pm.
In Conversation with Mimi Elashiry
Fashion blogger and Instagram influencer Mimi Elashiry is sitting down with actress, model and script writer Sarah Ellen to host a seminar on how to find your creative niche within the fashion and style industry.
Saturday May 19, 7.40pm.
Sigma Photography Masterclass
Camera brand Sigma is hosting a street-style masterclass and inviting participants to shoot inside the fashion shows. No equipment is required for the course and Sigma will even gift you with a memory card, so you can store all your photos from the class.
Monday May 14, 4pm
Tuesday May 15, 10am
Saturday May 19, 4.15pm
Saturday May 19, 7.15pm
This seminar series, presented by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), will look at inspiration and how and where it strikes. Seminar 1 (Maker, Market and Media) will see various presenters talk about the different ecosystems within the fashion industry, while in seminar 2 (Akira Isogawa, 25 Years of Iconic Fashion) contemporary Australian fashion designer Akira Isogawa will reflect on 25 years in the industry in conversation with MAAS senior curator Roger Leong. Seminar 3 (The Demonstration of Fashion) will provide insights on how consumers are driving change in the fashion industry and why labels and retailers need to listen to them.
Seminar 1: Friday May 18, 9.30am
Seminar 2: Friday May 18, 11am
Seminar 3: Friday May 18, 12.30pm
MBFWA runs from Sunday May 13 until Saturday May 19.
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