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L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival,
March 18 – 24. Runways, workshops, seminars, exhibitions, installations, parties, pop-ups and collaborations between fashion and other creative industries at various venues across Melbourne. Highlights include the opening show presented by David Jones and Vogue, at 7 pm. with a 9.30 pm. repeat show on Tuesday, March 19 at the festival’s hub venue, Peninsula, Central Pier, Docklands. Tickets are pricey, from $75, but legions of loyalists return every year. For a full programme and to book tickets:,

SELF (Sustainable Ethical Local Fashion) Colour Box Studio Fashion Program of work by Melbourne’s freshest creatives.
Fashion Pop Up Shop open Tuesdays to Fridays, 12noon to 6 pm., Saturdays 11am to 4pm., 236 Nicholson Street, Footscray, until April 6.

“The Little Black Jacket”, photographic exhibition. CHANEL’s classic revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and (former French Vogue editor) Carine Roitfeld.

Linked to Lagerfeld and Roitfeld’s book of the same name (Steidl, Göttingen, 2012), the exhibition has already toured Tokyo, New York, London, Paris and Berlin and features new photographs of such luminaries of modern chic as Keira Knightley, Diane Kruger, Carla Bruni and Carole Bouquet wearing the classic Chanel in their own, intensely personal ways. The via Sant’Andrea boutique will present a special window display of jackets from the 2013 Spring-Summer Ready-to-Wear collection simultaneously with the free exhibition, open from Saturday April 6 until Saturday April 20, within the remarkable architecture of Rotonda di Via Besana, Via Enrico Besana, Milan


Bespoke, The Australian Financial Review Magazine’s luxury business and fashion event, set to crystallise key global trends and their impact on local markets.

Speakers include denim expert and J Brand CEO Jeff Rudes, Crown chairman James Packer; fashion blogger Adam Bryce, perfumer and found of fragrance consultancy Arty Fragrance Elisabeth de Feydeau,
Sass & Bide CEO David Brisken with founders Heidi Middleton and Sarah-Jane Clarke, designer Karen Walker, creative director of Oroton Ana Maria Escobar and designer Nicky Zimmermann.
Bespoke is curated and hosted by eminent fashion journalist and author Marion Hume, international fashion editor for The Australian Financial Review Magazine. The programme has two parts; a daytime summit and evening social event at Sydney Opera House on May 6. Tickets from $550. or phone Sydney Opera House Box Office, (02) 9250 7777.
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