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Melbourne Fashion Week Trends with Open Colleges' Students

by Yvette McKenzie
Posted: September 11, 2015

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We sent Open Colleges students to experience Melbourne Spring Fashion Week – a major moment on Australia’s sartorial calendar. Find out the trends they saw, the lessons they learned, and how it’s changed the way they think about fashion design. 

There’s no better way to welcome Spring than with a week of glamorous events, beautiful people, and fabulous fashion. Keeping an eye on the season's hottest trends at Melbourne Spring Fashion Week (alongside celebrities and designers such as Rachel Zoe, Jennifer Hawkins and Carla Zampatti) was a group of 30 Open Colleges fashion students, with VIP access to the biggest runway shows and backstage action.

Guided by Mimma Gatto, Open Colleges’ Program Manager for Fashion Design, our students were fully immersed in the fashion week experience and share some of their insights in the videos below. Watch for a glimpse of the MSFW glamour, and to find out what our students took away from seeing some of Australia’s best designers in action.

Student Felicity Van Els is studying the Diploma of Applied Fashion Design online with Open Colleges. She describes the buzz and atmosphere on the day, and the hard work that's involved in creating the final product. 

Fashion diploma student Caren Stevenson was excited by the shapes, colours and lines on the runway at Melbourne Fashion Week. 

Online student with Open Colleges Lucianne Lewin says that beauty can come from both structure and simplicity, as seen here in designs for Summer 15/16. 

Student Lindle Epi says that it was a dream come true for her to be present at Melbourne Fashion Week 2015. 


Keen on a career in fashion?

Check out this infographic about the fashion industry in Australia. Ready to begin a career in fashion? Search fashion careers here and check out the 7 trends we identified at Fashion Week. 



Yvette has over a decade of professional experience at some of Australia’s largest media corporations, including Southern Cross Austereo and the Macquarie Media Network. With a degree in Communications (majoring in Journalism), she covers stories on education, new knowledge technologies and independent learning.

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