Melbourne Fashion Week Kicks Off Today, and It’s Set to Be the Most Inclusive Yet

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After almost two years of cancelled events, it’s super exciting to see things going ahead as we sign out of 2021. One particular event that we’re super excited about is the 2021 Melbourne Fashion Week, presented by City of Melbourne.

There’s not much more we could ask for than a week for fashion to boost inspiration and creativity. Sparking imagination in the form of moving art has got to be one of the most magical ways to round out a couple of tough years.

Starting today, Monday, November 15, the week-long event is kicking off with the Secret Garden Runway at the Royal Botanic Gardens, presented by Vogue Australia.

Styled by Carlos Mangubat, Secret Garden Runway will feature the latest collections from designers emblematic of the fashion industry today, including Aje, Akira, Alemais, Asiyam, Ginger & Smart, and Helen O’ Connor, as well as Leo Lin, Maara Collective, Nevenka and Ngali, the winner of the 2021 National Indigenous Fashion Award.

Following the Secret Garden Runway will be the Plaza Ballroom Runway this evening at the Regent Theatre, Collins Street. Dialling up the glamour, at one of Regent Theatre’s most striking spaces, Plaza Ballroom, this runway show will include show-stopping looks in the grand historic venue.

Expect rich colours, flowing fabrics and silhouettes fit for a party in this stand-out show styled by LGBTQIA+ Activist, Deni Todorović. M/FW Model and Disability Advocate Rhiannon Tracey, will model in this event alongside featured designers Acler, CAMILLA, Dom Bagnato, Jack London, JASONGRECH, MISHA and Nicola Finetti.

Melbourne Fashion Week will run from November 15 to 21 this week, featuring more than 250 designers and 300 retailers across more than 100 different events and sessions.  

The M/FW 2021 program includes a mix of emerging, independent and established designers and brands, with a focus on sustainability, inclusivity, celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, and the diversity of Australia’s fashion industry. 

Historically, Australian fashion weeks haven’t been known for their diversity, and this year’s Melbourne Fashion Week could potentially redefine this. To see diversity within size, cultures, ability and looks would be truly an incredible and defining moment for Australian fashion.

The program includes pop-up runways showcasing the looks of local designers, eight fashion capsules showcasing the work of dozens of designers and artists scattered across the city, online M/FW Conversation events that will see industry experts unpack relevant topics and a suite of independent events. 

You can find a full program here. Tickets are still available for purchase here.

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