The hype of the New Year has died down and, one week in to 2013, we are left nursing swiftly broken resolutions and blisters from barely broken-in heels.

It isn’t all bad news though, as Couturing runs through some of the incredible things we have to look forward to in fashion this year.

The debut of Alexander Wang for Balenciaga.
The New York-based sports-luxe designer will show his first collection for the fashion powerhouse this year, after the shock departure of long time Balenciaga creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere in late 2012.

Nuffnang Fashionopolis

After a brilliantly successful inauguration, the Nuffnang Fashionopolis fashion bloggers event is back in 2013. The event includes speakers from leading fashion brands, high profile Australian bloggers and provides a chance to learn, network and catch up with fellow fashion fiends.

Dare to Wear 

This online fundraising initiative is put together by the philanthropic fashionistas at Fitted for Work; a not-for-profit which helps disadvantaged women seeking employment by providing appropriate workwear.

On Dare to Wear Day, Friday 15 March 2013, sponsored daredevils wear something completely outrageous like a superman costume to work, or a pompadour wig to a wedding. It’s fun, fashionable and philanthropic.

Designer Collaborations
With so many collaborations on the cards these days, it can be hard to keep up. But Current/Elliot’s impending partnership with Mary Katrantzou will bring both kinds of currency to the table. The spin off range from her hugely successful SS13 collection, which featured banknote prints, will make the MK genius more accessible to the general public, with pieces retailing between $200 – $500.

Not the only duo to team up for a fashion collaboration, New York-based designer Prabal Gurung’s highly anticipated range for Target is also set for release this year, and we can look forward to the release of pastel-hued Chris Benz x Cambridge Satchel designs, taking the classic satchel to new heights.

Fashion Exhibitions

The National Gallery of Victoria is host to the Ballet & Fashion exhibition until May, showcasing an exquisite selection of collaborative work between fashion designers and dance companies in the last thirty years.

Melbourne designer Adam Tsen will feature his collaboration with Melbourne personalities in his fashion meets art exhibition entitled Tsensory. Couturing are lucky enough to be part of this exciting initiative. You can read more about it here.

Business Chic’s Cheryl Lin styled the same black dress in 52 different ways over the course of a year. Snapshots of her creative endeavors will be highlighted in The Little Black Dress Project exhibition, in partnership with the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival in March.

If you’re planning a trip overseas this year, why not drop by the Met in New York for the “Punk: Chaos to Couture” exhibition, or in London, the Victoria and Albert Museum will host “From Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the ‘80s”.

Australian Fashion Week

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia has finally fixed a date, and will be overtaking Sydney from 8 – 14 April 2013, at an entirely new location, the Carriageworks space in Eveleigh.

L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival in Melbourne is also on it’s way, with a slew of runway shows as well as an array of events on the cultural calendar, which runs for the month of March. The annual LMFF Fashion Film Series, a showcase of Australian short fashion films, will be on, as well as the Penthouse Mouse pop up fashion and art space which features emerging Australian designers and artists. A night at Hamer Hall for “Dizzy Heights – Shoes from Kylie Minogue”, an illustrated discussion of Kylie Minogue’s sartorial success is also on the cultural program.

There’s never a dull moment
in the fashion industry, and we can’t wait to see what other sartorial surprises are supplied in the no-doubt stellar year to come.

About The Author

Camille Gower

Camille Gower is a freelance writer and fashion blogger with a penchant for prêt-a-porter and pretty frocks. Vintage and sustainable fashion are her passion, but she also has a soft spot for music, tea parties, Turner Classic Movies and alliteration. Her blog Fashion Camille Leon ( is a fusion of musings on Melbourne street style, vintage markets, and unique fashion finds for stylish ladies and gentlemen.

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