Fashion Week in Southbank
By Zak Wheeler
Melbourne Fashion Week will return to the city this month with shows being held city-wide as designers seek to celebrate Melbourne’s unique style.
Runway shows and a pop-up capsule will be set along Southbank Promenade as businesses and locals embrace the end of lockdowns and the beginning of the summer season.
Queer Voices is one of the many capsules already installed throughout the municipality and is designed to celebrate Melbourne’s LGBTIQ+ community through “diverse experiences and expressions of art, design and fashion.”
The capsule sits between Evan Walker and Sandridge bridges and features works from Atelier Harlem, Aysha Buffet, Corcoran, and more.
Presented by Creative Victoria, the display illustrates that “pride month is not just a month, but an every day.”
Aquarium and Riverview runways will take place during Melbourne’s Fashion Week which begins November 15 and concludes November 21 as organisers seek a more traditional presentation following 2020’s socially-distanced “phygital” events.
Aquarium will begin on November 17 with three separate viewings held in the afternoon as models “wander through SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium surrounded by an underwater world”.
The show will highlight the sustainable practices local designers are taking which can “build a beautiful wardrobe without compromise”.
The show will be styled by Abby Bennett and will feature Arnsdorf, ELK, Remuse, and more, with event partners KEVIN.MURPHY and Epicure.
Tickets to Aquarium runway range between $59 to $299 and are available via Ticketek, with limited tickets remaining.
Riverview runway will feature two distinct events showcasing “high-end design talent with a city skyline backdrop” and the City of Melbourne said the show offered “wardrobe inspiration to wear now through to the summer months”.
The runways will feature Aje, Bec + Bridge, M.J. Bale, and much more, with the event to be styled by Abby Bennett.
“Aje can’t wait to return to Melbourne Fashion Week – it feels like perfect timing to be celebrating once again,” Aje co-founder Adrian Norris said. “Exclusive high summer looks will be on display alongside a selection of see-now-buy-now pieces.”
Riverview runway will take place on Saturday, November 20, along Seafarers Bridge from 1.20pm and tickets are available for free with registrations which begins 10am on November 9 due to limited capacities.
Accessibility services for runway events will be made available to those in need, with the City of Melbourne providing hearing loops, Auslan translators upon prior request and accessibility options. Assistant dogs are also welcome to the events.
Adaptive clothing brand, Everyhuman, will also be showcasing apparel on runways and model representation from the disabled community will be highlighted in some runways.
In line with the state government’s COVID-19 roadmap, those attending Melbourne Fashion Week must be fully vaccinated or provide a valid medical exemption.
For more information visit MFW