Top Runway Picks
Melbourne Fashion Festival Runways are always a dizzying visual celebration of amazing Australian design and creative talent. With all their energy and glitz they’re an entertaining way to see everything on offer from your favourite fashion labels along with new ones you haven’t yet discovered. We’ve taken a look at the line-up on offer for the Paypal Melbourne Fashion Festival 2023 and we’re loving how runways have been pared back this year. And there’s still enough to tick our boxes for diversity, size-inclusiveness and sustainability. When we’re not capturing your street style, here’s what the COCKTAIL REVOLUTION team will be checking out.
Envision Runway is celebrating those who believe that fashion should not be harmful. Expect to see top Melbourne favourites showcasing threads that leave a lighter footprint on our earth. Featured Labels: Arnsdorf, Anna Quan, Bassike, Torrance, Bondi Born, Lee Mathews, Viktoria & Woods, Bianca Spender.
First Nations x Street Style
The Urban Oasis Runway is the place to be to see all your favourite leading and emerging First Nations designers alongside iconic streetwear designers. Elevating everyday style, this runways promises to draw on global conversations and notions of identity, social enterprise, politics, upcycling and customisation. Featured labels: Nungala Creative, Haus of Dizzy, Amber Days, Gammin Threads, Chris Ran Lin, HoMie, Yanggurdi, Moss Tunstall and Ginny’s Girl Gang.
A groundbreaking runway featuring the largest ever group of First Nations people modelling for any fashion festival, My Spirit, My Country is a must-see event. Celebrating its tenth year as part of the Melbourne Fashion Festival this runway is worth the trip to Geelong: one hour by train with trains running every 30 minutes. It’s the runway where we first spotted Lyn-Al Young and then later Murrii Quu Couture. My Spirit, My Country will feature Indigenous designers from around the world and will be one to remember.
Fabulous And Trendy: F.A.T.
Sick of scouring the internet and not being able to find plus-size clothing that is bright, modern and unfrumpy? Then you’ll be keen to see the F.A.T. (Fabulous and Trendy) Plus Size Runway. Melbourne-based size-inclusive designers such as SÜK Workwear, Warmcore Clothing and Lucy Wilkins Fashion are showcasing size-inclusive wears for young people who want to express themselves instead of wearing clothing aimed at older women.
The National Graduate Showcase is hugely popular and always sells out with the biggest crowds. This is the runway with the most daring, with chutzpah by the bale load and the most refreshing new designs by Australia’s newly emerging creatives who are unafraid to push boundaries beyond limits. Always a winner, it’s a great way to discover design talent you’ll want to follow in the years ahead.
Featured Image: Bianca Spender
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