It’s nearly that time of the year again where all the fashionistas come together (not me) to view the latest offerings that the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival (LMFF) has to offer. Like every other year, if you’re not into what’s being showcased on the runways, there’s always the carefully planned cultural events held in conjunction with LMFF and yes, they are free! Plus like every other year, LMFF is once again partnered with Chadstone to give you the best that fashion has to offer. Chadstone has also run their special programs to coincide with LMFF. One of the more exciting programs is the “New York City Style Exhibition” showcasing the costumes worn by Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte – characters from Sex & the City. Remember that series, then the movies? Yes, one of my ever favourite shows and I don’t know what I loved more about it – the story, the fashion, or the…SHOES!
Curated by Patricia Field, you’ll see the gorgeous dresses worn by the different characters, especially the gorgeous Versace Haute Couture ruffled dress worn by Carrie when she was in Paris. It’s even better in the flesh!! The exhibition is on over at the Luxury Precinct in Chadstone Shopping Centre until the 31st of March 2013.
Another MUST-SEE exhibition is of course the Little Black Dress Project by Cheryl Lin. Find out how you can wear that one black dress in a myriad of different ways, who knows you might be lucky enough to meet Cheryl yourself! Plus you can get a copy of her book there too – and yes, the giveaway for the book is still on by the way.
Love a little bit of photography? Then head down to the Sanpellegrino Cafe Society Photography Exhibition over on Level 1, GPO Melbourne and check out the works by final year RMIT Photography students, showcasing their collaboration with leading Melbourne cafes, capturing the essence of cafe society through their lens. Very appropriate seeing that Melbourne is known for it’s famous coffee culture!
Etsy is known for it’s showcase of amazing talent and creativity, hell, I know I’ve bought some of my specially handmade presents from there. Guess what? You can now view the fashion and accessories created by our Australian creatives and designers over at the Etsy Interactive Exhibition at Federation Square. The exhibition is held at the atrium and yes, you can even purchase something special for yourself or someone thanks to the interactive shopping feature.
If ballet is your thing, then hop down to the National Gallery of Victoria for Ballet & Fashion, to witness the amazing exhibition that showcases over 20 works of some of the most successful collaborations between international and Australian fashion designers and dance companies.
With these and many other interesting exhibitions and programs, I’m sure you’ll be hard pressed not to find one that will float your boat without having to dip into your hip pocket. So check out what’s on the program and plan for the week ahead when LMFF finally begins in 2013.