Australia’s leading international student news website

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2012

Diane Leow

Tue Sep 04 2012


HANG up your drab winter coats and prepare yourselves for sunshine, shorter hems and warm colours. Melbourne Spring Fashion Week is here! Diane Leow tells you where the best (and free) runway shows are, how to get your very own mini makeover & more.

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week (MSFW) is the perfect time to indulge your fashion cravings with the latest springtime trends, glamorous catwalk shows and great shopping.

But looking good doesn’t mean breaking the bank. There are oodles of free events on throughout the week including runways shows, photography exhibitions and makeup booths.

So here’s a sneak peek of just some of the events you don’t want to miss this MSFW (which is ending September 9 so hurry!)

Runway shows

Melbourne’s City Square (near the corner of Collins and Swanston St) is MSFW central. It’s where you’ll find all of the free events, workshops and giveaways for the week.

It’s also where some of our favourite designers will be showcasing their latest collections in free runaway shows including:

1. Levi Strauss

Lovers of Levi rejoice! Denim is making yet another come back this season, moving beyond the number-one-pants-of-choice for students and into vests, jackets and even party dresses.

Levi graces this year’s MSFW with a quirky take on head-toe-denim looks for both men and women. Their runway is on at Melbourne City Square on Friday, September 7 from 5:30pm-6pm and again at 6:30pm-7pm

2. Target

Australian department store Target sells the latest trends at prices sure to make even the most budget-conscious international students smile. This year, they’re taking us on a journey in the fashion time travelling machine, showcasing classic styles from the ‘50s to the present day.

Their show is on at Melbourne City Square on Saturday, September 8 from noon-12.30pm and again from 1pm-1.30pm.

3. French Connection/Decjuba/Seed

Bringing the Melbourne Spring Fashion Week to a close, FCUKDecjuba and Seed will bring the best of minimalistic fashion to the runway on Sunday, September 9.


Get expert tips from the Mecca Maxima team for a runway-perfect look every time. Photo: Vancouver Film School via Flickr

Fancy getting a mini makeover during your lunch break or before a show? Visit the Mecca Maxima Make-up Bar to pick up make-up tips from beauty experts or get your hair restyled at the KEVIN.MURPHY STYLE.BAR throughout MSFW.

You can even indulge in a bit of free pampering by taking part in one of KEVIN.MURPHY stylist James Furness’s free workshops on Sunday, September 9. The workshops will be focusing on race-ready styles sure to make you stand out – even without a hat!

Once you’re all made up, head over to the MSFW runway at the Herald Sun and mX hub, also at City Square, and get your picture taken.

Don’t forget to strike your best pose and put on an award winning smile!


Photo: Gumbo Kitchen

If getting your hair and make-up done sounds like too much of a hassle, celebrate MSFW in a much more sedated culinary fashion by checking out the food trucks at Melbourne Central.

Every day for the duration of MSFW, there will be a different truck parked at McIntyre Lane for your dining pleasure.

Already drooling? Then we don’t need to mention Taco TruckBeatbox KitchenGumbo Kitchen and the Dhaba Curry Truck are just a taste of the smorgasbord of international flavours you could be enjoying throughout this week.

For more information and updates on this year’s Melbourne Spring Fashion week, check out the MSFW website.