Top tips for the Melbourne Fashion Festival

Far from being fashionably late, the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival arrives right in time to refresh our autumn/winter wardrobe. Whatever your budget, there are festival experiences that promise inspiration and very fashionable fun.

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The Virgin Australia Fashion Festival

Free experiences

The Edges and In Between

An exhibition embracing art, fashion and textiles, The Edges and In Between explores the ways that contemporary creativity thrives between boundaries. Co-curated by RMIT students and recent graduates, it features works by 15 young artists and designers.

The Plaza

The Plaza, outside the Royal Exhibition Building and Melbourne Museum, is fashion ground zero during the festival’s peak week on 5-10 March. Expect a party atmosphere each evening, with live entertainment, runway shows and pop-up bars. Shop if you want, but essentially it’s a free experience, from personalised photo ops to a showcase of local emerging labels.

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The Plaza

Priceline Pharmacy Beauty Bar

Discover tomorrow’s beauty products, looks and techniques at the pop-up Priceline Pharmacy Beauty Bar. Experts will create the latest runway trends, and offer complimentary beauty tips and touch-ups. You’ll never be more Instagram-ready!

Nobody Denim Laundry Tour

For the first time since it was established nearly 20 years ago, Nobody Denim is revealing where the handmade, customised magic happens. Hosted by founder John Condilis and wash developer Sara Fletcher, the Nobody Denim Laundry Tour is free but make sure you register.

Paid experiences

Asahi Festival Bar

All the fashionable fun at The Plaza can be thirsty work. The pop-up Asahi Festival Bar offers refreshment with a touch of Japanese elegance, gorgeous greenery and lounges for resting your well-heeled feet. Kanpai!

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The Asahi Bar at The Plaza

Mr Miyagi

Windsor’s on-trend Japanese restaurant pops up at The Plaza for six nights of heavenly bites. Mr Miyagi is offering bento boxes to go, and four-course mini-degustations, hand-delivered and described by the chefs. There are only five of these 30-minute little feasts each night, so get your ticket now!

EAT.DRINK.FASHION

So much fashion, so little time! Fortunately, the festival has partnered with some of Melbourne’s best bars and restaurants to pave the way for a perfect night out. EAT.DRINK.FASHION is a curated program that aligns festival events with hot spots like Supernormal and Gin Palace. Each recommended destination has exclusive MFF offerings for your pre- or post-event pleasure.

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Eat. Drink. Fashion.

Virgin Australia Grand Showcase

Newsflash! Ginger & Smart is the Virgin Australia Grand Showcase designer for 2018. Be among the first in the world to see this internationally renowned label’s Altered Reality autumn/winter collection. Expect graphic line work, futuristic florals and textural 3D fabrics at this major runway show.