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Milk Bar’s Guide to Melbourne Spring Fashion Week

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Springtime in Melbourne is all about the blossoming flora in the Botanic Gardens, hay fever, the Grand Final and of course Melbourne Spring Fashion Week.

Heralded as the people’s fashion event, MSFW provides shoppers and fashion lovers alike with the ability to buy straight off the runway, with most collections already in stores.

But with over 200 events on this year, how do you choose what to slip your best pair of Wang’s on for? Here are our top five picks.

Celebrating exquisite design, Runway 1 showcases some of Australia’s most prestigious designers including Toni Maticevski and Aurelio Costarella as well as cult favourites Ellery and Michael Lo Sordo. Prepare to be dazzled with lux fabrics, bold shapes and a little bit of ‘Where the hell would I wear that?’.
Tues 4 September @ 7pm & 9pm, Melbourne Town Hall
Tickets from $25 at

Struggle to get your hair just right or perfectly pin that jaunty beret for Spring Racing Carnival? Well fear not because legendary Kevin Murphy stylist James Furness is here to save the day. This how-to workshop in City Square will show you how to stand out of the crowd for all the right reasons!
Sunday 9
September @ 2pm, City Square 44-86 Swanston Street

Think you can pick a hit from a mile away? Then test your skills and be blown away by talent as RMIT’s fourth-year fashion students bring their visions to life on the runway. These future stars of fashion will also be front row so don’t forget to grab a signature than can be pawned on eBay!
Thursday 6 September @ 6.30pm, Melbourne Town Hall
Tickets from $25 at

Feel like fashion royalty as you nibble on cucumber sandwiches and sip on Earl Grey in the plush Savoy Ballroom at MSFW’s High Tea. Be serenaded by one of Melbourne’s favourite jazz ensembles as you tête-à-tête to your heart’s content for an afternoon of Gatsby-esque grandeur.
Seatings 11am & 2pm, Sun 9 Sept, Grand Hyatt, 123 Collins Street Melbourne
Tickets $95 at

He is known as the king of suave, able to transform the dowdiest man into a sex god with one of his slick suits. In this Australian premier doco, Texan born Tom Ford allowed filmmaker Michael Bonfiglio to capture the life of one of the world’s most successful fashion designers. Personally, I’m hoping for some footage of Ryan Gosling in one of his suits…
From 4 – 9 Sept, ACMI Tenancy 6, Alfred Deakin Building, Fed Square
Tickets from $11 at

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