Haute ticket: everything you need to know about Adelaide Fashion Festival
Adelaide brand Paolo Sebastian’s coveted couture line is known for its intricate beading, exquisite embroidery and global following. It’s also one of the most sought-after tickets at the Adelaide Fashion Festival (AFF), the style spectacle held each October.
Now in its tenth edition, and presented by Mercedes-Benz Adelaide, AFF is an exuberant celebration of style, design, food and wine spanning 5 days, 10 runways, and more than 20 events. The best bit? The fashion-loving public is welcome! Imagine yourself perched front-row, a flute of Wicks Estate sparkling in hand, admiring the latest offerings from local, national and international designers. It’s the ultimate new-season preview.
In a fashion first, this year’s AFF sees the debut of Vogue Festival, a two-day fete in Rundle Mall and Rundle Street presented by Vogue Australia. Adelaide’s premier retail precinct will be buzzing with runway shows, spring showcases, chances to customise their fashion, special giveaways and fun in-store activities. It’s a leisurely day of retail therapy taken to the next level in signature Vogue style.
Lighting up the 2017 AFF runway will be local stars Tiff Manuell, Acler, Australian Fashion Labels (home of Finders, C/MEO Collective and Keepsake The Label), plus iconic couture house Paolo Sebastian. Designer and founder Paul Vasileff will also be honoured with a 10-year retrospective exhibition, Paolo Sebastian: X, at the Art Gallery of South Australia, from October through December.
Front row of the runway not the right fit for you? There’s a wide range of style-focussed activities happening in and around the city, including a trend-forecaster masterclass with industry legend David Shah (founder of Pantone), a Q&A lunch with Vogue Australia editor-in-chief Edwina McCann at the stylish Sean’s Kitchen, or an al fresco feast with fashion installations at King William Road. In the city’s idyllic surrounds, visit Anlaby Station to explore the archives of the International Woolmark Prize, or venture to Seppeltsfield Winery for a rural runway show and abundant Barossan feast.
Jennifer Hawkins will appear on the Myer catwalk for the retailer’s new season collections – a FREE show – while David Jones has enlisted super-stylist Nicole Bonython-Hines to curate its spring-summer offerings. There are more complimentary events too including the TAFE SA runway highlighting the next generation of design talent, as well as a marketplace devoted to indie brands with a sustainable and ethical outlook.
Showcasing Adelaide as a creative and culinary hub, major runway shows also feature the AFF Private Balcony where groups can enjoy local wines from Wicks Estate and Hugh Hamilton Wines and artisan treats from Woodside Cheese Wrights. Before or after the show, the CBD brims with vibrant dining and drinking options, including award-winning restaurants Africola and Restaurant Orana. Or take an easy 30-minute drive for an afternoon of rest, inspiration and indulgence in the Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale or the Barossa.
Better nab some beauty sleep – a five-day fashion blitz awaits you.