It's time to shed those layers of black because Melbourne's spring fashion festival is here to mark the end of winter and get you into some crisp whites and florals.
The week-long event — which has ditched the 'spring' from its name and is now known as Melbourne Fashion Week — kicks off on the first day of the season, with Vogue American Express Fashion's Night Out and the Emporium Opening Night Runway setting the sartorial scene for a week of runway shows. Labels like local PAGEANT, Melbourne icon Gorman and the polished Michael Lo Sordo. RMIT's student runway returns to showcase emerging designers, and one show will be help in a car park. Ethical fashion is under the spotlight this year at the Ethical Clothing Showcase, proving that transparent production is on-trend.
MFW has teamed up with the city's arts institutions to present the lives and works of two fashion heavyweights – the NGV's House of Dior retrospective is unmissable, while ACMI's screening of Yohji Yamamoto: Dressmaker, offers a rare insight into the world of the revered Japanese designer.
No cash? No problem. Free i-D Magazine-curated live music from the likes of Jennifer Loveless and HABITS will keep you moving in your designer shoes, and the revolving Creative Collective Exhibition at Melbourne Town Hall will introduce you to the city's most exciting emerging artists and designers.