Melbourne’s best shopping July 13-20

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From vintage bags to an initiative to help the homeless, there’s plenty happening in the world of fashion.

When it comes to fashion bucket lists, owning a Chanel 2.55 is right up there with attending a Paris show.

So it’s lucky Hawkeye Vintage is holding one of its legendary sales this weekend, with 100 per cent authentic designer bags at rock bottom prices. Brands include Chanel, Hermes, Fendi, Gucci and more. Pieces have been sourced from overseas and all items are in pristine condition from the 1990s to 2000s.

The Lyall, 16 Murphy Street, South Yarra. Friday 10am-7pm, Saturday 10am-2pm. Cash only.

Hawkeye Vintage has a two-day sale of designer bags.

Hawkeye Vintage has a two-day sale of designer bags.

Finding a leather jacket on sale that you actually want to wear can be tough but not at the Ena Pelly warehouse sale. If you don’t mind the drive, you can score savings of up to 70 per cent off past seasons’ stock, samples and seconds.

2/10 Castles Drive, Torquay. Saturday-Sunday 10am-3pm.

Leather for less at Ena Pelly.

Leather for less at Ena Pelly.

From leather to knitwear and New Zealand brand Sabatini is having a sale this weekend with huge savings on leather jackets reduced to $200 from $999 and jumpers from $50 (usually from $299).

Cosmopolitan Hotel, 2-8 Carlisle Street, St Kilda. Sunday-Tuesday 10am-3pm.

New Zealand brand Sabatini is holding a huge sale on leather and knitwear.

New Zealand brand Sabatini is holding a huge sale on leather and knitwear.

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Fashion is sometimes accused of being superficial and the domain of the narcissist but it also does a heck of a lot of good.

Take Keep Melbourne Warm, the brainchild of designer Jason Grech that has had the city’s fashion fraternity – and the wider community – digging deep to help the homeless.

Grech, who is famous for his red carpet gowns, launched a 10-day campaign this month after seeing so many people on the streets as he was returning home after a night out.

“I had a suit on and I had never felt so cold and couldn’t wait to get home and into my warm bed. I had trouble sleeping because what I saw on our streets really moved me,” he said.

After a restless night, Grech went shopping to put together packs of socks, food, toiletries and other essentials, and asked his friends to do the same.

Support has come from as far as the Netherlands, and many supporters have pitched in with homemade scarves and beanies.

“My nephew had mental health issues after being in an accident and was at times homeless. He took his life at 23 years old because he was in and out of care and the homeless have been more visible to me since. I’ve learned that it takes one person to make a difference, we can’t change the world but together we can change many lives,” Grech said.

To find out more, visit the Keep Melbourne Warm Facebook page.

Keep Melbourne Warm founder Jason Grech with designer Estelle Michaelides.

Keep Melbourne Warm founder Jason Grech with designer Estelle Michaelides. Photo: Meagan Harding

There’s been plenty of bad news along Chapel Street, most recently the announcement that Topshop will be closing soon as the Australian arm of the UK fashion chain tries to stay afloat.

But in better news, Feathers has opened a new boutique at the Toorak Road end of the strip.

Owner Margaret Porritt, who is celebrating 45 years in the fashion business, said she aims to attract a younger audience to the brand.

“It’s a prime location. What we’re trying to do is get that 40-year-old to realise that Feathers is for them,” she said.

Ms Porritt said location was paramount when it came to opening a new store.

“Chapel Street generally after the railway line is a disaster but that little pocket is my demographic,” she said.

“Retail is so cruel at the moment. If you’re 10 shops down, people just don’t walk there.”

575 Chapel Street, South Yarra. Monday-Thursday 10am-6pm, Friday 10am-7pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 11am-4pm.

The new Feathers store in Chapel Street, South Yarra.

The new Feathers store in Chapel Street, South Yarra.

In the early 1900s, you can imagine the humble bra looked quite different and the sports bra was still some 60 years from being invented.

Berlei, which has become synonymous with the sports bra in Australia, is celebrating its 100th birthday with a series of special edition styles designed by Sydney-based screenprinting artist Kate Banazi.

The four designs feature colours and patterns that Banazi says evoke qualities of energy and movement.

“It’s an extension of my personal work … it’s about relationships, about knitting together. It felt really appropriate for the direction Berlei wanted to go in,” Banazi told Fairfax Media.

The London-born artist has previously collaborated with Dion Lee and Qantas but this assignment introduced parameters unique to lingerie design.

Screen printer Kate Banazi and a model show the new Berlei sports bra designs.

Screen printer Kate Banazi and a model show the new Berlei sports bra designs. Photo: Anna Kucera

“It’s a very small space. You are utilising maybe 20 centimetres square,” she said.

But she enjoyed the challenge and the contrast of designing within more commercial boundaries than her own work.

“I enjoy working within those parameters and getting the same feel of my work … that thing of giving it over and letting someone else play with my work is quite liberating,” she said.

Banazi, who trained in menswear “and avoided patterns at all costs”, said fashion can help artists reach a broader audience.

“People have more access to fashion than they do art. Those collaborations can be important for young artists be seen or given an opportunity to work in a different way.”

The Berlei x Kate Banazi collection is on sale from this month online and through Myer, David Jones, Rebel, Harris Scarfe and independent retailers.

One of the bra prints Kate Benazi designed for Berlei's 100th anniversary.

One of the bra prints Kate Banazi designed for Berlei’s 100th anniversary. Photo: Anna Kucera

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