Daily Addict Guide to the LMFF

LMFF Business Seminar

It’s pretty, it’s now and it’s frivolous too. But don’t be mistaken that it’s all light and love. Fashion is a serious business – a global goldmine of negotiation. How to succeed in the fashion world. Sharpening those stilettos may be a good start but grounding yourself in the logistical basics is sensible too.

The theme of this year’s series is Power To The People and comes packed with critical industry knowledge and tools to improve business performance.

Networking? Hell, yeah? Take notes for a career you’ve always wanted all stitched up.

15 March 
Doors open 8.30am
 Seminar 8.50am – 4.00pm
Grand Ballroom, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, 25 Collins Street, Melbourne

Tickets $450.00 includes refreshments

Linda Jackson

You call yourself a fashion student? You’ll know the name of Linda Jackson.  She’ the Melbourne-born designer who made her name in the 1970s – establishing Flamingo Park with Jenny Kee before launching her own Bush Couture label.

It’s her rare and early works on display here and for fashion-fiends it’s a great chacne to chart the evolution of creative thinking and implementation. From design to dress.

26 January – 9 September 2012
10am – 5pm Tuesday – Sunday
National Gallery of Victoria, Federation Square, Melbourne 3000

Von Follies by Dita Von Teese for Target Australia

Dita Von Teese plays retro sultry glamour girl to perfection but all that mimicry requires original inspiration. Meet the Ziegfeld Follies. Think high-class Vaudeville variety, back when the chorus girls dressed in feathers and satin and knew how to shake the room.

This world-first presentation of Ms Von Teese’s latest lingerie range, inspired by those golden times of pasties and shimmy, is a collaboration with Target Australia, combining vintage va-va-voom with new millennium sass.

The gal herself will strut the runway – showing Australian women her own take on sexy sophistication.

10 March 2012, 
Peninsula, Central pier, Docklands
Tickets from $49.95 Ticketek –

Thread Den Sewing

Damn, I wish I could sew. It’s a thought that has occupied many a peruse of a high-end fashion magazine, lamenting both my lack of thousands of dollars for that hand-beaded dress and the lack of skill that would enable me to DIY. Personally, I blame my mother. It’s her fault (her attachment to 1970s feminism and the shunning of all old-school domestic skills) I can’t sew.

It’s time for a new revolution. Time for today’s women to sit at their sewing machines with pride. A time for reclaiming the fashion world and putting ‘one-off’ in the hands of the people.

This could be the beginning. Thread Den classes impart all the important home-spun knowledge you never got from those career-hungry women in your past. Crochet, knitting, craft – it’s all here. Can’t fit a long course into your busy life? Weekend-long workshops to the rescue.

1-31 March 2012

Check the website for class times –
Thread Den, 422 Brunswick Street

9486 9821

LMFF Windows By Design

Fashion meets world in this exhibition that ties in iconic designer clothing with iconic retail. Throughout the entire month of March, the City Of Melbourne presents ‘Windows by Design’. The idea? Melbourne retailers partnering with local design legends to showcase fashion as art installations.

Curator Alex Zabotto-Bentley of AZB Creative is the man responsible for the quirky couplings – including Alice Euphemia with Edwards Moore, Bettina Liano with Mark Denver, David Jones with  AZB Creative and Dedece with Mary Lipshut Vintage.

Only problem. You’ll aspire to buy the fashion AND the other things. Credit card limit upgrade, anyone?

L’Oŕeal Paris Runway 07

Cheaper than a subscription to French Vogue and runway action right before your eyes. Want to be all over the latest looks for Autumn/Winter 2012? Buy Australian.

Alex Perry’s appearance guarantees dramatics and the style of Aurelio and Costarella, Camilla and marc, Rachel Gilbert, Colette Dinnigan, Maticevski and Scanlan & Theodore will be bound to create craving of the fashionable kind.

Fashion doesn’t wait and tickets to runway shows at LMFF move faster than Carrie’s Manolo’s on her way to see Mr Big.

14 March 2012, 9.00pm
Peninsula, Central Pier, Docklands
Tickets from $49.95

Hearts and Crafts

Fashion is more than just fancy clothes. It’s culture, language, film.

The iconic Hermès label presents this documentary, directed by Frédéric Laffont and Isabelle Dupuy-Chavanat.

It’s a love letter, if you like. A homage to the exquisite artisans of the many Hermès métiers – the men and women who bring the Parisian house’s objects to oh-so fashionable life.

Watch and wonder at the passion behind each and every item. If only real life could be so precisely beautiful.

8-10 March 2012

1pm and 3.30 pm both days

NGV Australia: Theatrette

This screening is FREE. (Bookings required)

Bookings8662 1555 Code P1250 (1pm), P1266 (3.30pm)

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