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The fashion circus has come to town with the return of the PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival. Australia’s top creatives have come together to bring you a packed program of events with a focus on innovation, sustainability and design. There’s never been a better time to check out Melbourne’s thriving fashion scene.

While you can’t go wrong with the entire schedule, there are several must-see events from the independent PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival program that you simply cannot miss.

Showcase and pop-up Katya Komarova

Find time to get to Katya Komarova pop-up store in Collingwood to admire the brand’s sustainable and ethical bags. The Adelaide-based South Australian accessories brand was founded in 2015 with the mantra ‘less is more’. Katya Komarova launches her latest collection made from natural materials at the PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival. Take this opportunity to browse and buy the different pieces of arm candy on your own.

THE DETAILS:

When: Friday March 11 to Saturday March 12
Where: 43 Derby Street, Collingwood
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Cheongsam Mood

What is Cheongsam you ask? It is a body-hugging dress that was designed in Shanghai in the 1920s. Now artist Scotty So brings the style back to life with his exhibition The Mood of Cheongsam. Each contemporary piece is designed by So and can be viewed and purchased at PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival. The showstopper could well be the replica of the YSL Mondrian dress which was originally designed in the 60s. The traditional cheongsam is a modern fashion phenomenon and this exhibition created by So, in collaboration with a traditional tailor, makes it definitely justice.

THE DETAILS:

When: Thursday March 3 to Saturday March 12
Where: MARS Gallery, 7 James Street, Windsor
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Phoenix: Fashion X Art

the The flagship JUDE store has transformed into a multi-sensory experience to showcase the latest Phoenix Seasonless collection. Designer Jude Ng draws inspiration from a resurrected Phoenix to address themes of destruction, depression and despair, strength and achievement, rise and triumph. You can expect a fusion of installation, performance and art exhibition, all in the name of fashion.

THE DETAILS:

When: Thursday March 3 to Saturday March 12
Where: JUDE Flagship Store, 252 Johnston Street, Fitzroy
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The future of fashion now

The pandemic has seen the fashion world, much like other industries, experience significant disruption and innovation over the past couple of years. But PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival is here to remind us that the future of fashion is now with this panel. Get ready to unpack topics like sustainability, technology and immersive experiences with top industry experts. Guest panelists include HoMie Clothing and REBORN the label co-founder Marcus Crook. This event is free, but you will need to RSVP to reserve a spot.

THE DETAILS:

When: 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 9
Where: Torrens University Australia, 196 Flinders Street, Melbourne
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Arnsdorf X RNTR

You are invited to experience Arnsdorf’s rental collection with RNTR as part of the PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival. Arnsdorf is a modern women’s clothing brand founded on the principle of transparency, ethical manufacturing and sustainability without asking you to compromise on style. RNTR is one of Australia’s leading rental companies with the aim of bridging the gap between brands, consumers and the environment. Now you can take home an Arnsdorf garment for less on both your wallet and the planet with this thoughtful circular design.

THE DETAILS:

When: Friday March 4 to Saturday March 12
Where: Arnsdorf Store, 229 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

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variables

Melbourne-based artist Spiros Panigirakis presents his exhibition Variables at PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival. Inspired by Frank Kafka’s novel The Trial, Spiros presents a series of desks and folders to present the dystopian themes of the dominant antiquated systems. The art exhibition aims to scrutinize the current social hierarchy by questioning the authoritarian structures and masculine archetypes presented in Kafka’s text. All of the garments featured throughout the exhibit were designed in collaboration with fashion designer Danielle Herbert. Stop to see how, when fashion meets architecture, we can perhaps gain a new perspective.

THE DETAILS:

When: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday March 10 to Saturday March 12
Where: Sarah Scout Presents, Suite 13, Level 1, 12 Collins Street, Melbourne
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