2018 PROGRAM ANNOUNCED

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane Unveils All Star Line-Up for 2018.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane is thrilled to announce its most exciting program to date, with an impressive line-up of Queensland and Australian designers, special additions and favourite fashionable events.

The very best of Queensland design and the brightest Next Gen talent will be joined on the runway by some of the most illustrious names in Australian fashion – including Camilla, Ginger & Smart, Dion Lee, Alice McCall, Bianca Spender, Aqua Blu Australia and Scanlan Theodore – to present their new Spring/Summer collections.

The Fashion Festival returns to the iconic Old Government House in the QUT Gardens Point precinct, as the destination for the majority of runway shows. Keeping it fresh and making the most of this spectacular location, this year the runway will span three sides of the building, allowing for a greater number of attendees and coveted front-row seats.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane is thrilled to welcome back Pacific Fair as a Partner, to kick off the 2018 runway. The Pacific Fair Fashion Show on Monday, 27 August will feature an amazing line-up of Pacific Fair’s leading Australian and global fashion brands, presenting the hottest trends for the new season.

For the ultimate indulgent mix, the ever-popular QueensPlaza High Tea and Fashion Trends series returns, held at Tattersall’s Club on Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 August at 10.00am. Hosted by leading stylist Kimberly Gardner, guests will enjoy delicious treats and champagne as they peruse the must-have new-season trends from QueensPlaza’s renowned Australian and international luxury brands.

On Tuesday evening the Fashion Festival goes off-site, with a runway show hosted at St John’s Cathedral in the CBD. The magnificent Cathedral will provide the backdrop for Mercedes-Benz Group Show 1, featuring some of the most sought-after local and national designers presenting cutting-edge collections, spectacular couture and bridal: Camilla, Moreno Marcos, Ginger & Smart, White Label Noba, Alice McCall, Bianca Spender, Dion Lee, Scanlan Theodore, Ella Moda and George Wu.

On Wednesday, 29 August the future of fashion will be on display as the Festival returns to Old Government House for the Next Gen Group Show, presenting the creative visions of more than 20 emerging fashion designers: QUT Fashion, Kimbralou, Kokoswim, KG BOLD, Annalisse Designs, TAFE Queensland, Murrii Quu Designs, Club Couture Australia, Jordan Hewitt, Nardia Panettiere Couture, Black N Bling and ZENgara by Naomi De Marco.

And, wrapping up the 2018 program on a suitably stylish note, Mercedes-Benz Group Show 2 on Thursday 30 August will showcase top Queensland and Australian designers presenting resort, daywear and menswear, including: Aqua Blu Australia, Rubyyaya, Maiocchi, Naudic, Bonita Kaftans, Helen Grant, Sacha Drake, Bora and Urbbana.  Following the show, guests are invited to join the Fashion Festival teams in celebrating at the Treasury Brisbane Wrap Party.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane Director, Lindsay Bennett, is proud to unveil this year’s program: “The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival is such an important and exciting event for local designers, both established and emerging.

“The team and I are delighted to showcase such a strong line-up of Queensland creatives, giving them the opportunity to present their collections in front of a wide audience of fashion lovers, industry insiders and influential media – meaning greater exposure and sales. And, with the addition of some of Australia’s most renowned designers, this year’s Fashion Festival is set to be one of the most exciting yet,” Mr Bennett said.

The full program of events and participating designers is available via the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane website. Tickets are also now on sale, and with a record sell-out last year, fashion lovers had best be quick to secure their spot at the runway!

Tickets start from $48, with the option to enhance your fashion experience with Gold and Platinum packages. For full details and bookings, visit www.mbff.com.au.