Melbourne’s best shopping April 21-28

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This week’s list is all about collaborations, with a number of new ones launching online, as well as a special sale from some of Melbourne’s top fashion bloggers. 

If you love prints that are lifestyle rather than trend based, LIFE with BIRD’s warehouse sale could be the place to pick up a bargain. Prices on past seasons’ stock and samples start at $20 and includes dresses, pants and tops galore in a range of styles.

321 Chapel Street, Prahran. Friday 10am-8pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 11am-5pm, Monday-Thursday 10am-6pm (Anzac Day 1pm-6pm). Until April 30. 

LIFE With BIRD is having a 10-day warehouse sale, from this Friday.

It’s about the time of the year that ski bunnies are checking their gear for the season ahead, so if you think it’s time for an upgrade, Bumps is having a 35 per cent off sale of many of its styles to celebrate its 35th anniversary. Discounted ranges include Armada skis, outerwear and luggage, Rossignol and K2 skis, Atomic race skis, and more.

481 Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick. Thursday-Friday 9am-6pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 11am-5pm. Ends Sunday.

It pays to plan ... Bumps is having a 35th-anniversary sale ahead of the new ski season.

It pays to plan … Bumps is having a 35th-anniversary sale ahead of the new ski season. Photo: Jason South

If you’re constantly Insta-crushing on the wardrobes of Melbourne’s top fashion bloggers, this weekend you have the chance to raid their wardrobes.

Three bloggers – Jessica Dempsey, Sanchia Sevell and Jasmin Howell – are teaming up to sell more than1000 items, including high street and designer labels.

Best of all, a portion of the proceeds will go to help Very Special Kids, for which Dempsey is an ambassador.

1098 High Street, Armadale. Saturday 10am-2pm.

Jess Dempsey amongst her huge collection of clothing, which she plans to sell on Saturday.

Jess Dempsey amongst her huge collection of clothing, which she plans to sell on Saturday. Photo: Paul Jeffers

Just launched

Last year, MOGA designer Azahn Munas made headlines for sending a headscarf to One Nation leader Pauline Hanson (for the record, Senator Hanson sent it back).

A few months on, Munas has teamed with another Melbourne designer, Collective Closets, to create a range exclusively for online retailer ASOS.

The range includes dresses, jumpsuits and pants, as well as scarves in MOGA’s signature bold prints in 100 per cent silk.

The self-proclaimed feminist fashion brand targets “fierce and fabulous ladies”, including “trendy ‘hijabsters’ to festival goers and even the incredibly brave women undergoing chemotherapy”.

MOGA donates 20 per cent of its profits to the CARE Foundation in Pakistan to help young women receive a better education.

Available online.

Melbourne social enterprise fashion brand MOGA has created a range of headscarves for ASOS.

Melbourne social enterprise fashion brand MOGA has created a range of headscarves for ASOS. Photo: Supplied

The designer offerings at the expanded Chadstone continue with the launch of a dedicated Dior beauty bar and perfumery. 

Decked out in black, white, silver and a few red highlights to create the atmosphere of back stage at a fashion show, the store carries the full range of Dior make-up, skin care and fragrance.

Customers can book in for services including a 15-minute “flash make-up” session, to a full facial or make-up application. Some services are free, while others attract a fee that is redeemable against purchases.

Shop 436, 1341 Dandenong Road, Chadstone. Monday-Wednesday 9am-5.30pm, Thursday-Saturday 9am-9pm, Sunday 10am-7pm.

Image of the new Dior beauty boutique at Chadstone Shopping Centre, April 19. 2017.

The new Dior beauty boutique at Chadstone. Photo: Lucas Dawson

If you love your fashion with a side of environmental consciousness, then this collaboration is right up your reef. Yoox, the online retailer that’s part of the Net-a-Porter group, has teamed with Australian label We Are Handsome, to create a capsule collection to coincide with Earth Day on April 22.

The collection by design duo Jeremy and Katinka Somers includes swimwear, leggings and a T-shirt, which have been modelled by Melbourne-based Elyse Knowles.

Proceeds from the sale of the collection will help support the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, which aims to raise awareness of coral bleaching on the international stage.

Online, from April 22. – Nicole Economos

Elyse Knowles fronts the Yoox x We are Handsome campaign.

Elyse Knowles models the Yoox – We Are Handsome range. Photo: Lorenz Schmidl

#inthecart: fancy feathers

Designers from Cynthia Rowley to Dior, as seen in its Tokyo haute couture presentation this week, are embracing feathers this season, so come on and get plucky. 

At the Paris shows in January, Prada sent shirts billowing with ostrich feathers down the runway, making it one of New York magazine’s trends to watch for fall 2017.

“Judging from the runways this fashion month, and Paris Fashion Week in particular, Prada’s spring show was just a warm-up. If head-to-toe red is on tap as one of fall 2017’s big trends, the ostrich-feathered look will be chugging right alongside it,” writes Indya Brown.



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