Winter is coming! The Melbourne Fashion Festival has you covered to brave the colder months.

The Melbourne Fashion Festival 2017 kicked off in a stunning display with the VAMFF Gala Runway hosted by David Jones. VAMFF is putting on another  amazing spectacle at the Royal Exhibition building in Carlton.

On display at the Gala Runway on Tuesday was the retailers autumn-winter collection. Opening night was led by the beautiful David Jones ambassadors Jessica Gomes and Jesinta Franklin. Showcasing David Jones’ key designers, the looks covered key trends of the season, including red, deep floral’s, velvet, military tailoring and Gothic grunge.

With close to 3,000 guests viewing the show, the response to the new season designs was enthusiastic. “I really love what was on display” says Holly from Brunswick “there are pieces I am totally going to grab as soon as I can”.

Red’s, lace & velvet with a grunge edge reflect the coming season’s trends.

Ambassador Jesinta Franklin said she loved to bring the fashion shows and designers to the Melbourne crowd. “I really believe fashion shouldn’t just be for the elitist, or someone who is on a VIP list. It should be accessible to everyone,” she said.

“Red is a massive trend for autumn-winter,” Franklin said. “I love the frills, I love the velvet, I love the lace.” While a native of Sydney, Franklin loves coming to Melbourne. “People in Melbourne have a great sense of their own personal style,” she said. “Sydney is really trend driven – whatever you see on the runway is exactly what girls are wearing, which isn’t a bad thing. But in Melbourne they change it up a bit.”

Over the next week, close to 30,000 Melbournians will join in the Festival. Viewing 12 Runways, highlighting what’s in store for the next seasons. The Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF) is now in it’s 21st year. Set in the stunning Melbourne Exhibition Building in the Museum precinct. There is tonnes on over the Festival, with multiple activities on at The Plaza. Even if you have no ticket to the Runway shows you can interact with the crowds and check out the Melbourne style on full display.