Melbourne Events Are Back In Fashion
Your hit list for what’s on in the city to plot your next adventure…
As the Harbour Bridge is to Sydney, so are international events quintessentially Melbourne.
Inspiring, eclectic, on the edge of world-class culture, fashion, sport and lifestyle – this is the city’s DNA. And while Melbourne can happily Melbourne again, everywhere from the iconic Flinders Street Station and the National Gallery to the city’s streets, laneways and promenades are coming to life to stage the city’s renowned events, festivals and exhibitions.
It’s time to reclaim our curiosity because events are back in vogue, and one of our favourites, Melbourne Fashion Week, is up next.
Bursting at the seams is this year’s Melbourne Fashion Week, rescheduled post lockdown and back after last year’s virtual program with an exhilarating line-up of city-wide runways in iconic Melbourne locations, thought-provoking talks, exhibitions, workshops and more. Thrill the senses (and create your life beyond activewear) as you gaze upon what’s next in fashion, from established designers to emerging brands, stunningly showcased in the heart of Australia’s fashion capital, Melbourne.
We have our eyes on the following sessions that are all a hop, skip and a jump from the hotel but there is much to choose from – be sure to read the full program here
Collins Street Style
Speaking of doorstep, several of our neighbours are taking part in Pop Up Runway 3 which features high-end tailoring and a touch of romance from the designers and retailers at the Paris end of the city.
Be inspired to refresh your wardrobe for the warmer months with looks from the likes of Et Al, Anna Thomas and more, as models make their way down Melbourne’s iconic Collins Street as well as weaving through its many laneways and historic arcades.
More details on this free event here
Fashion X Art @ NGV
An immersive journey within the National Gallery of Victoria Ian Potter Centre at Federation Square, this Melbourne Fashion Week highlight brings together high fashion and priceless art. Featuring Australian designers and retailers ALPHA60, Carla Zampatti, Christine, dot COMME, J’Aton Couture, Maticevski, Reina Melbourne and Romance Was Born, the runway is presented through live performance, moving vignettes and installations through this architecturally striking international gallery space.
More details and tickets here.
Indigenous design in the spotlight
Free runway events Pop Up 2 and Fed Square Runway celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander designers amidst the backdrop of Melbourne’s Federation Square, Birrarung Marr and the Promenades of the Yarra River.
Featuring Amber Days, House of Darwin, Kirrikin, Liandra (Resort) and Nungala Creative in collaboration with creative director and stylist Rhys Ripper, a proud Yorta Yorta man and Trading Blak, these pop up events will showcase storytelling through design and celebrate a sense of community. Expect bold prints and colours and a diverse mix of denim, street to resort wear – with a message. Wurundjeri Elders will also conduct a smoking ceremony pre-runway.
More details here.
And while you’re here, add these Melbourne exhibitions and shows to your not-to-be missed list…
Starry nights at The Lume Melbourne
Of course an epic scale digital gallery has chosen Melbourne as its location. The Lume offers an art adventure of
grand proportions with a 3000 square metre, 11 metre high digital art exhibition that brings the vivid colours and
intricate details of world-renowned artworks to life around you.
Finally opened after many lockdown delays and running through to May 1, explore, play and marvel your way
through a fully immersive, multi-sensory encounter with iconic artworks, such as the vibrant works of Vincent Van
Gough currently showing.
More info and bookings here.
Patricia Piccinini within Flinders Street Station
Much of this year’s art, music and performance festival Rising was cancelled due to Lockdowns, which is why we’re excited the landmark exhibition in Flinders Street Station “A Miracle Constantly Repeated” returns from November.
Created by Australia’s foremost visual artist Patricia Piccinini, her haunting exhibition set in the mysterious Flinders Street Station ballroom and surrounding rooms (which have been hidden to the public for decades) augments the architecture with enormous dioramas, sentient saplings, nurturing marine mammals and enormous life-sustaining foliage. It is an empathetic vision of the future where technology, and nature coexist and combine.
More details and bookings here.
Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Can-can your way out of lockdown and back to the Regent Theatre.
Moulin Rouge! The Musical will burst onto the scene from mid-November with its award-winning production
featuring iconic songs from the movie, plus original tunes from pop faves Adele, Katy Perry, Sia, Beyonce, Rihanna
and more. A perfectly raucous way to immerse yourself again in Melbourne’s renowned theatre scene at one of the city’s most majestic venues.
From here, whatever comes Next is up to you. Perhaps a night or two enjoying the Suite Life so you can really take
your time exploring. Although we feel enjoying Aperitivo hour pre or post event is the just ticket, don’t you? On that,
here’s a little something we whipped up earlier.
Ah Melbourne, it’s good to have you back.