Melbourne’s best shopping October 12-17

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Going, gone ... White Suede is holding its final warehouse sale.


If you’ve read about the evolution of Australian label White Suede into Demkiw, you may be wondering what’s happened to the leather jackets and dresses you love from Jacqui Demkiw’s original label. Well, wonder no more, as she’s clearing them all out in a two-day “time to say goodbye” spring warehouse sale. There are samples from the archives, spring racing looks and leather in sizes 6 to 14. It’s your last chance to buy a piece of White Suede before the label disappears forever.

Lot 4, Railway Place, Cremorne (access via Green Street). Thursday 7am-7pm, Friday 8am-2pm.

Going, gone … White Suede is holding its final warehouse sale.

Sticking with Australian labels, ethical brand KitX has popped up in Hawksburn Village. The first standalone Melbourne store will open for three months – perfect for the racing and party season – and will stock the latest resort range. Designer Kit Willow, who originally hails from Melbourne, said it was great to have a standalone presence in the city (her brand is also stocked at David Jones). 

590 Malvern Road, Prahran. Monday-Friday 10am-5.30pm, Saturday 9.30am-5pm, Sunday 11am-4pm.

KitX will launch its Melbourne pop-up with the 2017 resort collection.

KitX will launch its Melbourne pop-up with the 2017 resort collection.

Another crowd pleaser when it comes to spring racing, Ginger and Smart, is holding a perfectly timed warehouse sale. There is up to 80 per cent off the original price of its signature print dresses and separates. Prices start from $60.

1 Yarra Street, Richmond. Friday 8am-6pm, Saturday 9am-4pm. 

Sticking with the racing theme, milliner Danica Erard, of de millinery, is staging a 10-year retrospective at South Yarra’s Como Melbourne, which has also named her as its racing ambassador for 2017. Over the years, Erard’s designs have graced the heads of celebrities including Lady Gaga, Bec Judd and Carrie Bickmore. She has also designed pieces for Beyonce’s daughter, Blue Ivy.

The display in the Como lobby shows how Erard’s style, and the millinery industry as a whole, has evolved over the past decade.

“In the past 10 years we have seen a massive shift in the modern age by using technology and different material to bring millinery to where it is today,” she said. “It has also been a massive area of growth which pushes milliners to be creative.”

Como Melbourne, 630 Chapel Street, South Yarra. Until October 16.

Rebecca Judd, with husband Chris, wearing a piece by de millinery at the 2013 Melbourne Cup.

Rebecca Judd, with husband Chris, wearing a piece by de millinery at the 2013 Melbourne Cup. Photo: Jesse Marlow

If you like brands that fly a little under the radar, check out the Bul super outlet sale. The brand is known for timeless classics inspired by designer Virginia Martin’s travels and the natural environment. Prices that are already 70 per cent off retail will be reduced by a further 30 per cent. 

Two locations: 206 Smith Street, Collingwood and 4/450 Chapel Street, South Yarra. Thursday-Saturday 10am-7pm, Sunday 11am-5pm.

Bul has an extra 30 per cent off already heavily reduced prices.

Bul has an extra 30 per cent off already heavily reduced prices.

One last racing event, but you will have to be quick. Bared Footwear is teaming with some of Melbourne’s most renowned milliners for a night of high heels and hats to celebrate the start of the spring carnival. The event will feature live jazz, 20 per cent off new Bared styles and millinery by Melissa Jackson, Felicity Northeast, Bonnie Evelyn and K is for Kani.

36 Manchester Lane, Melbourne. Thursday 6pm-8pm.

Just launched

Ever since wearing sneakers to the office became acceptable practice, the numbers of styles and colours on the market appear to have rocketed. 

Converse has jumped on the pastel trend with a new range of its famous One Stars in sorbet green and pink and blue, as well as new suede styles.

To celebrate the new range, the company enlisted Melbourne photographer Ben Clement to capture the style in a series of locations across the city, featuring stars of Australian street style including Zoe Cross.

Clement’s works were then reimagined by Sydney artist Dina Broadhurst to create original artworks that fuse photography with collage.

Available now. Check website for stockists.

Photographer Ben Clement and artist Dina Broadhurst have collaborated on Converse's new campaign.

Photographer Ben Clement and artist Dina Broadhurst have collaborated on Converse’s new campaign.

#inthecart: turbans

If there is one silhouette set to shake up headwear at the spring carnival, it’s the turban. The style has popped up in the runway collections of Gucci and has been worn by celebrities including fashion bloggers Carmen Hamilton and Nadia Bartel. If you don’t fancy a full head wrap, then a knotted headband – which I’ve dubbed the “tur-band” – is your friend at the track. Look for styles by Benoit Missolin or Natalie Bikicki from The Eternal Headonist, or Morgan and Taylor.



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