How to Hack Brisbane Fashion Week 2015

Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival 2015 Brisbane Arcade Group Teng Dahl

Image Credit – Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival 2015

Fashion Week. Were there ever two words more filled with glamour and possibility?

This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival, Brisbane’s own fashion week. Over the years it’s become Queensland’s premier fashion event, offering us a shimmering sneak peak into the trends for the upcoming spring/summer season. 

While the official program runs from 23rd – 28th August, many local designers also choose this time of the year to debut their own new season collections in a flurry of media launches, exhibitions and displays. 

I’ve always kind of stalked these fashion events from afar on various social media platforms.  But this year I have been lucky enough to be invited to not just one but TWO SS15 launch events! 

So naturally I’m completely TERRIFIED.

Look don’t get me wrong I LOVE clothes and getting dressed up, but to be frank my look can probably best be summed up as “Chain Store Chic” (Thank you Natalie for enlightening me that there was an official term for my look!). So I’m more than a little afraid I’ll be out of my depth among the Brisbane fashionistas.

My plan so far amounts to… 

  1. Wear black – slimming and will not show stains if I drop canapes on myself (happens more than you’d think)
  2. Add lots of red lippy for a pop of colour
  3. Listen to Beyonce in the taxi on the way into town and hope that I can absorb some of her “Sasha Fierce” attitude by osmosis

If anyone has any improvements on this plan I would love to hear them! But enough about me… 

What if you’re keen to get in on the official Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival action?

MBFF Maticevski

Image Credit – Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival Facebook Page

Although the big name designer shows are pretty much sold out you can still check out some of the best shows in the program, from Brisbane’s most celebrated designers through to emerging designers and talented youngsters. Here’s where you’ll find them… 

Brisbane Arcade Show Group 

When: 25 August, 7.00pm 

Where: Brisbane Arcade

Brisbane Arcade is home to some of Brisbane’s most prestigious fashion houses including Irma J Smith House of Fashion, Maiocchi, Pia du Pradal, Tengdahl, Bora and Darb Bridal Couture. These designers have helped shape the fashion industry in Brisbane so you are guaranteed to be dazzled by this spectacular show. 

NEXT Hotel Next Gen Group Show

When: 26th August, 8.30pm

Where: John Reid Pavillion, Brisbane Showgrounds

This is the festival’s emerging designer showcase – so prepare for fresh ,eclectic designs that break the rules a little bit. Designers include SISS On Bare, Wilde Willow, Kabel Apparel, Megan Cannings, SUZII K, Peony, Eau Paix Vie Swimwear, IzzQ, Hana and Roux May. If you want to stay on the cutting edge of fashion in our city you won’t want to miss the chance to see the fabulous creations by Brisbane’s the next wave of fashion industry leaders. 

MBFF Next Gen Roux May


Fleet Fashion Boutique

See what the future of fashion at the Fleet Fashion Boutique – a QUT Bachelor of Fine Arts (Fashion) and Business Students pop up in partnership with the Asia Pacific Design Library. The boutique will stock a range of  accessories, garments, art work and more by current QUT students and alumni.


And if that’s not enough here are a few more places to get your fashion week fix… 

A Night With Leona Edmiston

Join iconic Australian fashion designer Leona Edmiston to celebrate the launch of her Spring Summer 15 Collection. 

When: 26th August, 6.00 – 9.00pm 

Where: Leona Edmiston, QueensPlaza – Level One

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Tiffany & Co Presents

When: 19th – 30th August 2015

Where: Tiffany & C0, QueensPlaza – Level One

Check out the finest bling in Brisbane! Tiffany & Co will be displaying pieces from their 2015 Blue Book, the most exclusive and breathtaking collection of diamonds and gemstones collections the jeweler has ever assembled. Private appointments are available by contacting  


And that’s a wrap on Brisbane Fashion Week 2015!

If you’re heading out to any of the Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival events make sure you Instagram the shiz out of them and hashtag #ourtownbrisbane so we can all bask in your fabulousness 🙂 


Rachel - Ed

About Rachel

Thirty-something Brisbane lover, trying to find the balance between FOMO and YOLO. Semi-retired party girl who loves planning itineraries for big nights out. Often found dragging 3 boys around your local farmers markets or attempting to sneak out for dinner with my husband, The Chef.

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