Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA) is returning to Carriageworks this year with a strong line-up of local designers. With Dion Lee opening and Romance Was Born closing, there's plenty to get excited about. While most runway events are closed to the public, the Weekend Edition gives you the chance to sit front row. Here are some of our picks for what to see and do.

Fashion Hour at Ovolo, Woolloomooloo
Located at Woolloomooloo Wharf, designer hotel Ovolo is opening its lounge area to the public every evening during Fashion Week. There will be complimentary mulled wine, canapes and Espresso Martinis every Friday. Live DJs will play the same tunes from the runway alongside live broadcasts.

Happy hour: Sun May 14–Sat May 20, 8pm–9pm

RUNWAY

The Weekend Edition Opening Show, Presented by alice McCALL
Australian label Alice McCALL will be opening the Weekend Edition with a runway show of her latest collection.

Fri May 19, 7pm

Runway: Style Collective
The Style Collective show combines the best designs from the week into one runway presentation.

Sat May 20, 5pm, 7pm and 9pm

Runway: Resort Review
This show puts together the latest designs in active and sportswear from the Resort and Ready-to-Wear collections that launched throughout Fashion Week.

Sat May 20, 6pm and 8pm

SEMINARS

ECA and CCFA Presents: Future Talks #3
Kicking off the Seminar Series is the Future Talks discussion, presented by Clean Cut Fashion Association and Ethical Clothing Australia. Joining the panel is co-founder of Manning Cartell, Gabrielle Manning, and environmental scientist and model Laura Wells. The talk will focus on ethical and environmentally sustainable clothing production, innovation in the industry and the return to onshore manufacturing.

Fri May 19, 10am

Ragtrader Live: The Business of Marketing and Buying
Ragtrader Live is hosting a seminar on digital media marketing and fashion buying. Digital fashion influencers Nadia Bartel and Jasmin Howell will lead the discussion on how your brand can utilise digital media strategies to build a successful online platform. The second half of the seminar involves a panel of global fashion buyers from Saks Fifth Avenue and Selfridges who will discuss how to maximise your brand for international exposure and sales.

Fri May 19, 1pm

WGSN Trendtalk: Fashion Futures
If you fancy a look into the crystal ball of the fashion world, WGSN – the world’s leading trend forecaster – is it. An expert forecaster will discuss fashion, lifestyle, catwalk trends and the consumer forces driving the industry. A panel featuring Dion Lee and Kym Ellery will then chat about the topic “Made in Australia”.

Fri May 19, 3pm

MASTERCLASSES AND STYLING SESSIONS
Style Session: Napoleon Perdis makeup masterclass
Professional makeup artists will lead this masterclass series, sharing insider knowledge on the latest trends in makeup and beauty as well as practical tips for beginners. This session is included in all show tickets.

Sat May 20, 4pm, 5.30pm and 7.30pm

Style Session: Redken Runway Ready
Here, you will be able to learn how to style your hair like the pros from a team of Redken hair directors. This session is included in all show tickets.

Sat May 20, 4.30pm, 6.30pm and 8pm

Runway Photography Masterclass Presented by Olympus
Prefer being behind the lens? Leading Australian fashion and street photographer Guiseppe Santamaria is hosting two sessions on how to capture runway shows like an expert. You’ll even get to take photos from the media riser. Participants will receive a copy of Guiseppe’s new book Alone in a Crowd and an Olympus camera accessory pack.

Sat May 20, 4.15pm and 6.15pm

Grazia Style Sessions
These sessions hosted by Grazia will provide insight into how to find a break in the fashion industry, whether you’re starting out or need a refresher.

Sat May 20, 5pm: Forging your own unique fashion path
Sat May 20, 6pm: True tales from celebrity stylists
Sat May 20, 7pm: How to start your own fashion label

More information and tickets.

MBFWA runs from Sun May 14 until Sat May 20.