The past few months have seen various Australian designers collaborating with charity initiatives, and we are all for it. Not-for-profit charity, Project Futures, which focuses on education around eliminating human trafficking and slavery issues, have enlisted couture favourite Steven Khalil to launch its first charity tee. The aim is to start conversations around the crimes that deprive women and children of their freedom and dignity in Australia and beyond, with over 45.8 million people currently enslaved.
Lifestyle brand Citizen Wolf who focuses on sustainable and ethical clothing, have also teamed up to create the shirts made from organically grown cotton from India, and locally-made with water-based inks in Australia. With 100 per cent off the profits going directly to the cause the $99 floral accent white tee will help end modern slavery and cover a range of services from medical treatment to psychological services.
“Partnering up with Project Futures to design a tee that would raise awareness for such an important issue was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down,” says Steven Khalil. “This issue affects not only Australians but women and children all over the world and it’s great to be part of something that’s dedicated to helping them.”
Clare Pearson, CEO of Project Futures, added that as well as raising funds, she hopes the initiative will boost awareness of the ways we can create “a better life for women and children.”
“We were thrilled to collaborate with Steven for this project. One t-shirt equates to one bicycle for a child to independently attend school each day which means opportunities for future independence and employment. Five t-shirts cover all resources for the outreach program for one month, providing soap, education and food to women and children living in circumstances of homelessness and sexual exploitation,” she says.
The initiative also coincides with a high tea fundraising event to be held on November 12 at Doltone House in Sydney, which will bring people together in support of victims who are forced into early marriage within Australia.
The shirts are available for pre-order, and will be ready for delivery from November 13.
In case you missed it, cult fashion sales mecca, Paddington Town Hall this weekend will once again host the Big Fashion Sale. The event offers international and local luxury designers at up to 80 per cent off, with clothing, accessories and shoes from $20. Expect to find fashion favourites from the likes of Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Lanvin, Erdem, Isabel Marant, The Row and more.
Paddington Town Hall 249 Oxford Street Paddington. Thursday 12 9am-6pm, Friday 13 9am-6pm, Saturday 14 9am-6pm, Sunday 15 10am-4pm.
Mark your diaries, Sydney is lucky enough to get the another Big Fashion sale this year. Photo: Supplied
Lover, renowned for its romantic designs is having their second Jumble sale of the year with up to 75 per cent off. Expect to find lacy pieces and sharp tailored separates with past season, White Magick, archival pieces and one-off samples on offer at the Paddington sale.
17 Oxford St, Paddington. Friday 13 9am-5pm, Saturday 14 9am-5pm, Sunday 15 9am-1pm.
Australian label Lover is having a pop-up sale in Paddington.
This Saturday Marrickville Town Hall is set to house an inner-west sustainable fashion and retail event, the Makers and Shakers Market. Featuring 60 stores the main focus will be on homewares, lifestyle and food products, celebrating artisanal creatives from the local community. It’s the perfect time to add spring decor to your home or colourful threads in the wardrobe.
Marrickville Town Hall, 303 Marrickville Road Marrickville. Saturday 14 10-3pm. Cost $2, kids under 12 free.
The market will be held in Marrickville Town Hall for one day only. Photo: Supplied
Trend Imports, which brings to our shores brands such as Lulu & Rose, Ivy Park, Ellesse and Nude Lucy is holding a sale at the Rocks till Monday. All women’s and men’s accessories are under $80.
47 George St, The Rocks. Till Monday 16.
Ivy Park will feature as part of the sale. Photo: Supplied
Need to restock your hair products? Well you’re in luck, with Priceline holding a flash sale for two days only. It will feature 50 per cent off all haircare essentials from dry shampoo to masques, selected hair brushes and hair accessories. Hair electricals will also be at 30 per cent off if you are in the market for a replacement hairdryer, straightener or curler.
All Priceline stores and online. Thursday 12 and Friday 13.
The sale is two-days only. Photo: Supplied
Australian bohemian jewellery brand, Samantha Wills has selected pieces under $99 for four days only. It includes both gold and silver rings, delicate bracelets, necklaces, and statement cuffs.
Online only. Till Sunday 15.
Juan & Me boutique in Dural, which stocks predominantly Australian labels, is holding a warehouse sale this weekend. Expect to find clothing and accessories from Alice McCall, Camilla & Marc, Camilla, PE Nation, Senso, CMEO, Keepsake, Shona Joy and more.
Dural Memorial Hall, 604 Old Northern Rd, Dural. Saturday 14 10am-5pm.
Alice McCall will feature as part of the boutique’s sale.
New Zealand intimate apparel company Bendon is expanding its local presence with an innovative retail concept, Drawer No. 1, with the debut store to open at Westfield Warringah this Saturday. Named after the universal home of lingerie and swimwear- a woman’s top drawer, the store will feature a curated edit of Bendon’s most covetable brands, including Stella McCartney, Heidi Klum Intimates and Loveable, in a highly-personalised environment.
Designed to be a place of discovery, expert advice and complimentary bra fittings will also be a permanent fixture at the new spaces, with three stores slated to open up at Chermside and Carindale. The Warringah space launches this Saturday with free Messina gelato, giveaways and a DJ.
Bendon CEO, Paul Cherny, said, “Our inspiration for Drawer No.1 was clear and simple: to create a premium environment for women seeking exceptionally high levels of service. This is thoughtful retail that is unique to the Australian market.”
Warringah Westfield, Condamine St & Old Pittwater Rd, Brookvale.
Bendon’s international and local design favourites will now feature as part of the new retail concept. Photo: Supplied
Calling all online shopping addicts, Australia Post now has you covered with its new postal membership. We all know the sinking feeling of putting items in our cart and realising the exorbitant shipping fees make the purchase a little less tempting. In time for Christmas, 40 of Australia’s biggest online stores including Clinique, Jo Malone, MAC, Running Bare, Cotton On and Tony Bianco have joined forces with the local postal service to make postal delivery free, with the new initiative Shipster. Under the membership program, which currently costs a monthly fee of $9.95, members will receive free shipping whenever they spend $25 or more at participating stores.
Australia Post Acting Managing Director & Group CEO Christine Corbett said the service has been launched just in time for savvy shoppers to get organised for Christmas.
“We know our customers love to shop online and this Christmas we expect more gifts to be bought online than ever before. Shipster lets you shop with confidence knowing that there will be no surprises at the checkout,” Ms Corbett said.
Following the introductory period till January 1, the Shipster membership will cost $6.95 per month, and continue to allow customers to receive free delivery where shipping costs less than $20.
While Milan and Paris Fashion Week are well and truly over, it’s time to inject our favourite runway and street sartorial style trends into our wardrobes. From contemporary tailoring and white boots to embroidered bags and red head-to-toe, experimental was at the forefront of styling this season.
But one of the real winners was the rainbow bright metallic, mainly in the form of skirts. High-shine and rainbow hues were spied at Gucci, Tom Ford, Topshop and even subtly Dior. Meanwhile many street-style stars took the rainbow as their sartorial inspiration. If full technicolour is not your style, add accessory or subtle stripe accents to your looks. You can also rock pieces with a slogan tee, denim jackets and black shirts for a more off-duty look.