MBFWA Staycation: The Urban Newtown

Our fashion week base turned out to be the perfect Sydney staycation...

The biggest fashion event on the Australian calendar is finally here and I’ve headed down to Sydney with some of my fellow Brisbane bloggers to cover it just for you. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA) is an annual celebration of Australian fashion, but don’t be fooled – it’s not all street style and competitive grooming. The multi billion-dollar fashion industry holds this prestigious event to showcase our home-grown design talent to national and international buyers, press and industry representatives. This year, renowned American designer Oscar de la Renta will also grace our shores, showing his Summer ‘16 collection in the closing show this Friday evening.

Along with Aicha Robertson (The Fashion Heist), Kate Nutting (Pretty Dresses in theLaundry) and Isabella Thompson (Style Market), I had the pleasure of staying at The Urban Newtown. In the trendy suburb of Newtown, this hotel was the perfect base for us - super close to the MBFWA main venue Carriageworks and right next door to some of the best cafes and restaurants in Sydney. With its urban jungle vibe and modern rooms, the hotel is photoshoot-worthy in itself. The rooms wrap around a 4-storey central feature complete with concrete, greenery and graffiti – a living art installation. Outside our windows was a view of quirky Newtown and the perfect morning light to wake up to. The best thing about The Urban Newtown is the super-fast internet – a must for travelling bloggers. The second best – coffee pods and a lovely spread of fruit, croissants and muffins each morning in the lobby.

Day 1 was a bit of a whirlwind, even though I only had one show to attend… We checked in at 1pm and I speedily got ready for Toni Maticevski, whose show opened MBFWA and was, as always, a visual fantasy (stay tuned for my shots of his masterpieces). After the show, I returned to the hotel, changed into some comfortable clothes and headed out to find some food. Being such a short walk to King Street was a dream – we ended up having a carb-loaded feast at Italian Bowl and then grabbed vegan gelato from Gelato Blue – heaven. Next time you’re down in Sydney, it’s definitely worth checking out The Urban Newtown. Stay tuned for more coverage of the fashion shows and MFWA outfit posts!

Photography: Nick Azar

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with The Urban Newtown


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