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Australian fashion week kicks off in Sydney

Models walk on catwalk during the Afterpay Australian Fashion Week (AAFW) in Sydney, Australia, on May 9, 2022. (Xinhua/Bai Xuefei)

The Afterpay Australian Fashion Week, a highly anticipated yearly event, offers inside access to runway shows from some notable names in Australian fashion alongside a series of informative talks and special events.

SYDNEY, May 10 (Xinhua) -- The Afterpay Australian Fashion Week (AAFW) kicked off on Monday with an array of local brands showcasing their resort collections in Sydney.

The Fashion Week, a highly anticipated yearly event, runs on May 9-13, offering inside access to runway shows from some notable names in Australian fashion alongside a series of informative talks and special events.

Multiple exposure photo shows a model walking on catwalk during the Afterpay Australian Fashion Week (AAFW) in Sydney, Australia, on May 9, 2022. (Xinhua/Bai Xuefei)

The state government of New South Wales (NSW) has also endorsed the event in hopes of bolstering the state's visitor economy.

NSW Minister for Enterprise, Investment and Trade and Minister for Tourism Stuart Ayres said the event would not only represent Sydney's "cultural offering" but also serve as a spark for the state's creative and retail industries.

"This year's schedule of events illustrates why Sydney is recognized globally as a hub of inspiration and innovation in the fashion world," Ayres said.

Multiple exposure photo shows a model walking on catwalk during the Afterpay Australian Fashion Week (AAFW) in Sydney, Australia, on May 9, 2022. (Xinhua/Bai Xuefei)

The schedule for this year's fashion week includes over 50 shows and events, with local brands having their moment on the runway.

With an insight into high society and fashion, the event has also become a space for representation and will host a number of collections from Indigenous Australians.

The Indigenous Fashion Projects (IFP) include swimwear patterned with traditional Aboriginal art, and clothing designed using traditional practices and materials.

Models walk on catwalk during the Afterpay Australian Fashion Week (AAFW) in Sydney, Australia, on May 9, 2022. (Xinhua/Bai Xuefei)

Visitors can also join the Talks, AAFW's series of thought-provoking panels which feature notable industry leaders and fashion trailblazers discussing the most buzzworthy topics of the season.

The week's events will be centered around Carriageworks, a multi-arts urban cultural precinct nestled in the heart of Sydney but will also feature events in locations across the state capital.■