The best free events at MSFW

By Laura Timberlake

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week (MSFW) has rolled around again.

We might still be shivering in our coats, but it’s time to start planning our spring/summer wardrobes.

MSFW has a variety of events on between August 28 – September 4.

And plenty of them are free! A lot of designers and retailers are holding free runway events to show their new collections.

Here are some that are open to the public:

David Jones Runway to Raceday


August 31, 12pm - 12.30pm

August 31, 1pm - 1.30pm

Forever New Runway


September 1, 5pm - 5.30pm

September 1, 6pm - 6.30pm

Ted Baker Runway


September 2, 5.45pm - 6.15pm

OnceWas Runway


 4, 5pm - 5.30pm

September 4, 6pm - 6.30pm

Emporium Runway

Located at 279 Little Bourke St

August 28, 6.30pm - 7pm

There are also free events for those who prefer hair and make up:

Kevin Murphy Style Bar

This will be available throughout MSFW at the Hub – visit for times.

Hair and Makeup Workshop


August 31, 6.30pm - 7.30pm

If you prefer to shop rather than sit at a runway, the following events may be more of interest:

Emerging Designer Market


August 30 10am - 5pm

The Dapper Guide to Vertical Melbourne (this one’s for the chaps!)

Lord Coconut Carlow House - Level 4, 289 Flinders Lane

September 2, 6.30pm - 9.45pm

Note: this is a free event but guests must register at the Lord Coconut website.

Vogue has also partnered with MSFW to bring Vogue Fashion’s Night Out (VFNO) to Melbourne on Friday, August 28.

VFNO will debut at MSFW: Shop the City, which will take place across Melbourne from August 28 – August 30.

Or enjoy some of the free, curated events:

Theatre in Fashion: Ophelia Reimagined

Southbank Melbourne 3 Southgate Ave, Southbank

August 28, 7am - 10pm

A Mad Makers Exhibition and Cocktail Party

176 Elgin St, Carlton

September 3, 7pm - 9.30pm

Orry-Kelly: Dressing Hollywood

Australian Centre for the Moving Image Federation Square

August 21, 10am - 5pm

JASONGRECH Behind the Seams

JASONGRECH 29-31 Little Leveson St, North Melbourne

August 31, 1pm - 6pm

Whatever takes your fancy, there are a variety of events for everyone to enjoy!

Visit for further information.

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