Melbourne’s best shopping May 11-18

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Beat the post-budget blues with a little weekend splurge at some great sales.

A year ago, Melbourne label Misha Collection caused a stir at Fashion Week Australia in Sydney when it paid a tidy sum to have supermodel Bella Hadid walk in its show. While the designer Michelle Aznavorian is giving Sydney a miss this year to focus on her international expansion, Melbourne fans of the brand are getting all the rewards with a four-day warehouse sale. Everything is priced less than $140.

Shop B, 9-11 Claremont Street, South Yarra. Thursday 7am-8pm, Friday 8am-8pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm

Misha Collection’s warehouse sale is on until Sunday.

Also from Melbourne but with a much more relaxed aesthetic is Mesop, which has up to 80 per cent off past season’s styles and samples. Mesop is a champion of local and ethical fashion, using merino wool made in Melbourne and locally sourced organic cotton. 

​628-632 Smith Street, Clifton Hill. Saturday-Sunday 9am-5pm.

Mesop has extended its warehouse sale until this weekend.

Mesop has extended its warehouse sale until this weekend.

If you want to get a glimpse into fashion’s future, pop along to Nice to Meet You, a temporary store by RMIT students that will feature a range of handmade fashion, accessories, art and photography.

The students whose work is featured are completing the final year of their honours degree.

One of the students, Quan Zou, said the goal of the store was to make the pop-up “fun and interactive”.

“That is the ultimate goal, making this pop-up store a way to connect the product and the creator in a friendly, inviting and conversational environment.”

Every day different artists will be on site creating their work, so visitors can see their art in action.

Level 1, Building 80, 445 Swanston Street, Melbourne. Friday and Tuesday 11.30am-2.30pm and 4.30pm-6.30pm, Thursday 11.30am-2.30pm and 5pm-7pm.

Danielle Abery is one of the students taking part in the Nice to Meet You pop-up at RMIT this week.

Danielle Abery is one of the students taking part in the Nice to Meet You pop-up at RMIT this week. 

If Tuesday happens to be your RDO, then you may want to head to Chadstone for a 13-hour Shop Til You Drop day. With more than 300 special offers, participating retailers include Bonds (40 per cent off storewide), Kikki K (20 per cent off full-priced stock) and H&M (spend and save). There will also be free activities including a hot chocolate lounge (drinks can be “spiked” after dark) and entertainment from DJs around the revamped centre.

1341 Dandenong Road, Chadstone. Tuesday 9am-10pm.

Chadstone's Shop Til You Drop day has more than 300 special offers, plus free activities.

Chadstone’s Shop Til You Drop day has more than 300 special offers, plus free activities.

The chilly weather and early sunsets can be a turn-off from hanging around the city after work but on Wednesday, the City of Melbourne and key shopping precincts has more than 300 reasons for you to stay a while. The annual Shop the City day will feature hundreds of special retail offers, and free activities including a snowing laneway and mulled wine bar, a doughnut festival and free parking. 

The offers span Melbourne Central, Emporium Melbourne, QV Melbourne, Melbourne’s GPO and The Strand Melbourne.

Various locations. Wednesday 10am-10pm. 

Shop the City will feature more than 300 retail offers, plus a number of free activities.

Shop the City will feature more than 300 retail offers, plus a number of free activities. Photo: Supplied

Just launched

Art and fashion are very comfortable bedfellows. Lately we have had the collaboration between Louis Vuitton and Jeff Koons and Australian label Aje features works of the late indigenous artist Minnie Pwerle in its resort collection.

Now, Wittner Shoes has collaborated with the National Gallery of Victoria in honour of the Van Gough and the Seasons exhibition that’s on in Melbourne.

The styles of shoe – each corresponding to a season – have been designed by Louise Patrick to reflect the works that feature in the show.

“As Van Gough acknowledged consistently throughout his life and works, nature provides diverse colour palettes, shapes and textures that stretch and challenge the mind when it comes to design. We’re really proud of this unique collection, and hope our customers love it as much as we do,” she said.

The Wittner: The Art of Style collection is available in limited editions from selected stores, priced from $370 to $450.

The 'autumn' shoe in the Wittner: The Art of Style collection.

The ‘autumn’ shoe in the Wittner: The Art of Style collection.

Just opened

The athleisure juggernaut continues with the opening of UK giant JD Sports, which dubs itself the “King of Trainers” and specialises in limited-run and exclusive styles.

In all, the store will carry 169 exclusive products, including 79 styles of shoe you cannot buy anywhere else, including from Nike and Adidas.

Launched in the UK in 1981, the company is already in 11 countries, with plans to open stores in NSW and Queensland later this year. 

Shop 105, Melbourne Central, La Trobe Street, Melbourne. Monday-Wednesday 10am-7pm, Thursday 10am-9pm, Friday-Sunday 10am-7pm.

JD Sports has opened its Australian flagship at Melbourne Central.

JD Sports has opened its Australian flagship at Melbourne Central. Photo: Kieran Murphy

#inthecart: emerald city

Given it’s budget week, I thought we would throw around some of the green stuff … in a fashion sense that is. Just this week, iconic Australian accessories label Dinosaur Designs released its Forest collection, which includes a number of pieces in a dazzling shade of emerald. Meanwhile, another local label, Bul, has the ultimate green woollen dress in its winter collection.

Celebrities have also been getting into green lately, with Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, wearing a Temperley London lace gown to the National Portrait Gallery gala in late March, while Emily Ratajkowski has been spotted in a floor length bathrobe-style green coat that has us, er, green with envy.

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