This post was first published as part of Brittany’s Catalyst blogging residency, ‘The Two Review’ with fellow student Alexandra McManus. The Two Review offered a unique double review of all things MelbourneBelow, however are just Brittany’s parts of the post.

Summary: The Two pick the highlights of this year’s Melbourne Spring Fashion Week.



The Two Review: MSFW ’13 

With cold winter days now (almost) behind us, it’s time to look forward to spring. No city heralds this new season with more style than Melbourne, marking the occasion with Melbourne Spring Fashion Week (MSFW). It kicks off tonight, and has a bumper packed program full of fashion and cultural events continuing all week. But how do you separate the couture from the cast-offs? The Two Review have done the hard work for you and reviewed what we think are the festival’s best picks.

Each event is rated out of ‘Anna Wintours’ – the only person worth impressing when it comes to fashion. Notoriously hard to please, one nod from the US Vogue Editor can make or break a designer’s career. While we might be slightly easier to please, if it comes anywhere near the top score of five, you know it’s a must-see.

B: MSFW: Emerging Student Runways

While it’s often front row seats at the designer runway shows that are lusted after, the student runways are where the real excitement and innovation is found. There are two student runways this year: one from RMIT students and the other (for the first time in spring fashion week history!) presented by students from a variety of Melbourne’s fashion schools. They are a great way to see bold and creative fashions from emerging local talent as they reach the end of their four-year degrees. Traditional designer runways can often seem safe, predictable and almost too wearable. While this is great if you plan on wearing the pieces every day, the drama and theatricality of the clothes are what really makes the experience of attending shows so unique and exciting. We don’t have a couture fashion week here in Australia, so these will provide a rare opportunity to see some experimental fashion. If Eryn Crowl’s sneak peek at the work of participating students is anything to go by, it won’t disappoint.

Verdict: 4.5 Anna Wintours

Student Runway 1: RMIT School of Fashion and Textiles – Sunday 1st September 6:30pm
Student Runway 2: Melbourne Fashion Schools – Sunday 1st September 8:30pm

Melbourne Town Hall, Swanston St, Melbourne

How much?
$45 floor seating, $35 balcony seating

B: Miss Fox: Fashion Forward Nail Art Workshop and Makeup Master Class

The world/my Instagram feed has gone crazy for nail art. Matte, neon, cat faces and galaxies – you name it, it’s been done. I can barely paint my non-dominant hand without a nail polish explosion, but that’s where Miss Fox comes in! The Melbourne salon and beauty bar is offering a nail art workshop for just $25 (redeemable on products). During the workshop, you’ll learn 10 nail art ideas, enjoy a cocktail or two AND head home with a goodie bag. Miss Fox is a favourite of many locals and has nail-arted the likes of fashion blogger Lady Melbourne, model Samantha Downie and even rapper MIA when she was in town (they even have a thank you note to prove it). I think this is excellent value for money and a great way to spend an evening in style. The make-up masterclass follows the same template – $25 for professional tips and tricks from celebrity makeup artist Luna Lita, cocktails, personal makeup advice, and most importantly of all, a goodie bag.

Verdict: 4 Anna Wintours

Nail Art Workshop – Tuesday 4th September 6pm – 8pm
Makeup Masterclass – Wednesday 5th September 6pm – 8pm

Miss Fox Level 1 – 3, 285 Little Collins Street

How much?
$25 each


Melbourne Spring Fashion Week has diversified itself this year with the inclusion of MSFW MR, an evening dedicated to men’s fashion and lifestyle. The Thursday evening program promises a night of runways, style workshops, live entertainment, DJ’s and bars open until late. I think it’s great they’re embracing the boys with a night to specifically celebrate the many stylish men of Melbourne, as often these fashion events are heavily female dominated. Because there are a number of events planned for the night, including a showcase of key pieces from spring/summer ’13 collections and interactive workshops, it’s as much for the fashion dabbler as the seriously dedicated fashion followers. Once you’ve seen the collections and listened to some live music, you can head to one (or all) of the many bars for a cold one.

Verdict: 3.5 5 Anna Wintours

Thursday 5th September 6pm – late

MSFW Hub, City Square

How much?

B: Bonus Pick – Speed Crafting Party: Speed Craft dating

It’s marketed as three hours of knitting, crochet and hand embroidery, where you might find the “craft of your life or the love of your life”. Who can resist an opportunity like that?! Whether it’s full of loveable grandmas and grandpas knitting blankets or hunky hipsters in homemade cardigans I cannot confirm, but please, please someone go and find out for me? BYO Knitting needles and friend for moral support.

Verdict: Not sure how Anna Wintour would feel about this…

Saturday 7 September 1-4pm, 5-8pm

Lithuanian Club, 45-50 Errol Street, North Melbourne

How much?

This year’s Melbourne Spring Fashion Week really does have an excellent program. We’ve flagged some must-sees outside of the traditional catwalks for you, but do check out what else is on offer – many great events will cost you nothing but time. Now all that’s left to do is the very small, minor, entirely insignificant task of working out what to wear to a gathering of Melbourne’s MOST STYLISH PEOPLE! Our tip? Just ask yourself: what would Anna do?”

(And if that fails, just don the Melbourne uniform – black on black with black.)

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