Melbourne’s best shopping July 20-27

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It’s been a gloomy old week in Melbourne town but this week’s list is full of colour to lift your spirits.

It may have lost its patriarch, Morry Fishman, this month, but for the team at Miss Louise, the show must go on. The store is launching its Super Sale this week for four days only, with designer styles from just $200. Brands include Alexander McQueen, Saint Laurent, Sergio Rossi and Tods. Expect queues at peak times.

205 Collins Street, Melbourne. Friday-Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 11am-5pm, Monday 9am-5pm. 

The Miss Louise super sale starts this Friday.

At February’s David Jones winter launch, Jesinta Franklin’s impersonation of the dancing girl emoji in a red Romance Was Born dress was one of the standout moments from the show. This weekend, the popular designer is holding a warehouse sale with up to 50 per cent of its Queen of the Night (autumn 2017) and Whispering Angel (summer 2016) collections, plus samples.

121 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. Friday-Sunday 10am-6pm.

Australian label Romance Was Born is having a weekend sale.

Australian label Romance Was Born is having a weekend sale. Photo: Gary Herry

If you’re more of a one-stop shopper, then the Lofft’s annual designer warehouse sale will appeal to you. There’s a range of Australian labels on offer including Acler, Elka Collective, Viktoria & Woods and Primness. 

1 Yarra Street, Richmond. Friday 7.30am-8pm, Saturday 8.30am-6pm. 

The Lofft agency has a bunch of Australian brands under the one roof this weekend.

The Lofft agency has a bunch of Australian brands under the one roof this weekend.

If you love labels but you can’t bear the thought of venturing out, then log on to The Outnet, for up to 80 per cent off in its clearance sale. Brands include Miu Miu, Chloe, Isabel Marant, Proenza Schouler and Giambattista Valli.

Online only. While stocks last.

The sale whisperer, July 19, 2017.

The sale whisperer, July 19, 2017. Photo: Riccardo_Vimercati

Now to a Melbourne brand that punches above its weight. Anna Hoffman is relocating to Armadale but not before a massive moving sale, with discounts on spring and summer 2016 collections, including knitwear, jackets, coats and dresses. Prices start at $20.

509 High Street, Prahran East. Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm. Ends July 29.

Anna Hoffman is having a moving sale before it relocates to Armadale.

Anna Hoffman is having a moving sale before it relocates to Armadale. Photo: Marc Buckner

Another local label, the ethical and all-organic Kowtow, is having one of its famous workroom sales this weekend, with prices on past seasons’ collections up to 80 per cent off. Word from the wise: get there early as there are usually queues.

7/28 Down Street, Collingwood. Friday-Saturday 9am-5pm. 

Get in early for Kowtow's workroom sale.

Get in early for Kowtow’s workroom sale.

Just launched

Hands up who had a Ken Done quilt cover, pencil case or pair of sunnies in the 1980s? Everyone? Yep, thought so.

The Australian artist who became famous for his colourful scenes of Sydney Harbour has collaborated again with bedding company Sheridan to celebrate 30 years since their first collection together.

Done said the response to the 1987 collection, which made both him and Sheridan into household names in Australia and internationally, had been overwhelming.

“Since that time many people have asked if we would again do bed linen, so when we were approached by Sheridan 30 years later, we embraced the opportunity,” he told Fairfax Media.

Done, who just turned 77, said the advent of the internet and mass communication have been the biggest changes in the art and design world over the past 30 years.

“There’s no limit to the creativity that can come out of Australia. Digital printing has dramatically changed the reproduction ability on the bed linen we have done for Sheridan. Every brushstroke, every nuance, every slight variation of colour can now be seen. It’s art in the time in which we live … or sleep,” he said.

The Ken Done collection for Sheridan, which is marking 50 years in 2017, includes quilt covers, cushions and a towel. The designs are all adapted from paintings by Done, including Saturday Sailing (2016).

Available online or through Sheridan stores from August 2.

Artist Ken Done has collaborated with Sheridan for a collection marking 30 years since their first collection together, and the bedding brand's 50th birthday.

Artist Ken Done has collaborated with Sheridan for a collection marking 30 years since their first collection together, and the bedding brand’s 50th birthday.

#inthecart: winter party dresses

The events season is about to kick off in Melbourne in a big way, with the opening of the Dior exhibition, Melbourne Fashion Week and then, before we know it, spring racing. Put your best frock forward with one of these chill-friendly dresses. Best of all, they’re all by Australian designers.



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