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PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival: Fashion Weekend Live Stage

Fashion + Design
Festivals + Celebrations
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Fashion + Design
Festivals + Celebrations


5 March 2022 - 7 March 2022
9:30am - late


Main Square


Lift access
Wheelchair accessible

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Presented by City of Melbourne

Fashion Weekend is a multi-faceted live stage event featuring beauty masterclasses, styling sessions, panel discussions, workshops, DJ sets and much more.

As an integral part of the Festival program, this highly collaborative and interactive weekend-long series of events represents a broad spectrum of industries that all have an impact on the larger fashion landscape.

Located within the Festival Pavilion at Fed Square, Fashion Weekend welcomes a range of audiences across a program which explore a range of dynamic themes impacting the ever-evolving fashion landscape.

Lara Srokowski, the National Beauty Director for Lancome is posing for the camera in a white jacket

Sat 5 March, 11am | Masterclass | Free

Join the Lancôme National Beauty Director Lara Srokowski for a complimentary masterclass to discover the secret to creating this seasons runway ready skin and some latest trends you can expect to see at this years PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival. Guests will enjoy a welcome gift on arrival & exclusive offers on the day.

This is a free event programmed as part of Fashion Weekend. RSVP is required, please register for tickets via the MFF website.

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Sat 5 March, 2pm-2.45pm | Panel | Free

First Nations fashion documentary in production

Yolngu woman and Jarracharra Producer Leila Gurruwiwi leads a conversation with Director Matt Holcombe, Cinematographer Oliver McGeary and a First Nations fashion designer who features in Jarracharra, Australia’s first in-depth documentary into the rising First Nations fashion industry.

Jarracharra opens a window into this unique world, providing audiences with behind-the-scenes access into a rising female-led First Nations fashion industry that’s really designed to preserve and promote culture.

This is a free event programmed as part of Fashion Weekend.

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Sat 5 March, 6pm | Panel | Free

The Bittersweet Podcast is a platform, hosted by two Black women, dedicated to creating community and relatability among people of colour living in Australia, as well as celebrating the stories and accomplishments of game-changing individuals within the diaspora.

Join the Founders of the Bittersweet Podcast Wintana Kidane & Rahel Ephrem, in a conversation exploring culture, creativity, fashion and business featuring Creative Director Karinda Mutabazi, Fashion model Malaan Ajang & the co-founder of fashion label Scenic Flaws, Helen Weldemichael.

Highlighting the contributions of dynamic black creators, this panel is the first of its kind in Melbourne, Australia. Combining new and established artists in the industry, this conversation will delve into the journeys of each panelist and unpack the importance of storytelling, ownership and breaking barriers in the fashion industry.

This is a free event programmed as part of Fashion Weekend.

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Sat 5 March, 1pm-1.45pm | Talk | Free

Diida founder and creative director Dimitria Diida Papafotiou invites you to a Pavilion Q&A with a local stylist.

This presentation will showcase Diida’s latest collection, trend forecasting, and styling tips and tricks while providing an intimate view into the day-to-day of a creative director, as well as trends to watch for this season.

This is a free event programmed as part of Fashion Weekend.

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Sat 5 March, 3pm-3.45pm | Talk | Free

During this heartwarming discussion between Sophia Argyropoulos of RAQ and Adriana Lazaridis, they discuss how RAQ maintains an authentic identity in a world of forever-changing trends, how dreams are created, how they are followed through as well as Sophia’s strengths, and how they have served her in business.

Before becoming the proud founder of RAQ, Sophia worked as an accountant. Despite detesting this and later working in fashion, she discovered her corporate background actually set her apart from the rest, in a good way. Here, she discusses all things business, the struggles of being a big-busted person and finding swimwear, and how we can affect positive change within the market.

This is a free talk programmed as part of Fashion Weekend.

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Sat 5 March, 12pm | Mon 7 March, 6pm | Fri 11 March, 7pm | Panel | Free

Join Fashion Journal’s editors for a three-part conversation series that follows the career journeys of three fashion industry insiders. A live version of the publication’s top-read content series, How I Got Here, interviews will delve into how exactly each person landed their dream job.

Hear from fashion media heavyweight and creative consultant, Ingrid Kesa, internationally renowned photographer, James J Robinson, and Fashion Journal’s own Digital Editor, Cait Emma Burke, across three live and raw interviews.

Each session will see guests break down their top-of-the-industry titles in open, honest discussion. Conversations will track their career peaks and pitfalls, the skills they’ve found most useful, and the mistakes they’ve made (and learnt from) along the way. Each person will also share their top advice for anyone looking to break into this notoriously tough-to-crack industry.

Sat, March 5, 12:30-1:00 pm – Fashion Journal’s Digital Editor, Cait Emma Burke
Mon, March 7, 6:00-6:45 pm – Creative Consultant, Ingrid Kesa
Fri, March 11, 7:00-7:30 pm – Photographer, James J Robinson

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Sun 6 March, 9.30am-10.30am | Yoga & Meditation | Free

There is no denying we are living in complicated times. Layers of pressure. Information. Cultural disconnect. Re-emerging into social context after periods of isolation.

During this session, we will move through accessible practices that utilise the breath, sound currents, and stillness.

Let’s practice slowing down and allow gentle space to emerge where you can breathe, rest and reset.

Lauren is a certified 500RYT and Registered Yoga Teacher. Trained in Hatha, Vinyasa, Kundalini, Yoga Nidra, Mindfulness, and trauma-informed yoga practices. She lives off-grid on the lands of the Dja Dja Wurrung People in Central Victoria, while studying a post-graduate degree in therapy.

This is a free meditation programmed as part of Fashion Weekend.

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Sun 6 March, 1pm-1.45pm | Panel | Free

Archer Magazine celebrates sex, gender and identity.

Aesthetics and outward expression can be a domain of celebration and reclamation, and also one of challenge, defiance and transgression. This is especially true for those who sit outside norms of gender expression and cultural expectations.

Come along to hear Archer Magazine contributors discuss their relationship to fashion, as people who sit at multiple intersections of identity. Featuring panellists Stone Motherless Cold, Tuesday Atzinger, and facilitated by Dani Weber (they/she).

This is a free panel event programmed as part of Fashion Weekend.

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Sun 6 March, 12pm | Masterclass | Free

Come learn all about caring for your dog in this grooming Masterclass instructed by Uncanny Animals head-groomer, Annie Nolan.

You’ll learn about the history of grooming, its evolution and why it’s important, as well as industry secrets and hottest tips and tricks to care for your pooch at home.

Annie is an Internationally Certified Creative Grooming Expert and also a Certified Fear-Free Groomer, so she can show you how to keep your furry best friend as fashionable as you are while also making sure they are safe and happy.

This is a free masterclass programmed as part of Fashion Weekend.

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Sun 6 March, 12pm | Panel & Live Podcast Recording | Free

Stylist and activist Deni Todorović and Mamamia’s Head of Lifestyle, Tamara Davis, are bringing you the podcast for your wardrobe.

Join them for this live podcast recording featuring fashion tips and styling suggestions that work for everybody’s needs.

This is a free event programmed as part of Fashion Weekend

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