Fun things around this week include a Dior pop-up, the launch of a new Alice McCall store, the chance to meet local designers at the Strand Arcade, and a collaboration that will reignite a sense of childhood nostalgia in your wardrobe.
Sales and Event Guide
The iconic Strand Arcade will once again house its 16th annual Evening with our Designers, giving shoppers first-hand access to an eclectic mix of bespoke artisans, local designers and providores for one night only.
As well as canapes, live entertainment and exclusive discounts this year, attendees will have the chance to meet the likes of Dion Lee, Camilla Freeman-Topper and Marc Freeman of Camilla and Marc, Edwina Robinson of Aje, design duo Alexandra and Genevieve Smart of Ginger and Smart, sisters Cheryl, Vanessa and Gabrielle Manning of Manning Cartell, and Mary Lou Ryan and Deborah Sams of Bassike. In the accessories field, resin artisans Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy of Dinosaur Designs will also be in attendance.
The Strand Arcade, 412-414 George St, Sydney. Registration for the event is free.
Did you know Dior’s first show outside of Paris was held at David Jones in 1948? And while Sydney is missing out on The House of Dior exhibition being held at the National Gallery of Victoria, David Jones will host Dior’s debut Australian pop-up in its Elizabeth Street store.
Part of the French house’ celebration of its 70th anniversary, the store will offer Sydney-siders the opportunity to pick up their favourite pieces from Maria Grazia Chiuri’s autumn/winter 2017 ready-to-wear collection including dresses, statement coats and bomber jackets before it heads down to Melbourne’s Bourke Street on August 25. The interior of the pop-up pays homage to Dior boutique in 30 Avenue Montaigneand features an Instagram-worthy “Dior Blue” neon sign.
David Jones, Elizabeth Street, Sydney. From August 9-21.
One of the designs available at the pop-up store. Photo: Supplied/Dior
Are you a bride-to-be, dreaming of getting married in a Vera Wang Dress? The iconic brand is having a one-day sale with up to 70 per cent off an wide range of past season gowns and accessories. Expect to find Wang’s signature tulle detailing and statement silhouettes.
Vera Wang Bride Sydney, Shop 5, InterContinental Sydney, 117 Macquarie Street Sydney. Saturday 12, 9am-5pm.
The Vera Wang Esther Fall 2010 gown will be part of the sale. Photo: Kevin Sturman
Precision tailoring and exquisite fabrics are hallmarks of both Bianca Spender and Carla Zampatti, and the mother-daughter duo are having another sale, with up to 65 per cent off prior season stock. It’s the perfect opportunity to pick up a suit or dress for upcoming spring events.
Lower Ground 435A – 437 Kent St Sydney. Thursday 10 9am-6pm, Friday 11 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-5pm.
Bianca Spender and Carla Zampatti are teaming up again for a sale with up to 65 per cent off past season stock. Photo: Supplied
Melbourne-based brand Ryder has up to 80 per cent off their autumn and winter collection, which includes ribbed knits and dresses, chelsea boots and embroidered and motif shirts. The free-spirited brand pays homage to the 1970s and quintessential Australiana.
Online and Instore. Till stocks last.
Ryder has 80 per cent off its signature basics including tees, jumpers and denim. Photo: Supplied
With a focus on intricate detailing and eclectic prints, Australian label Alice McCall is continuing to expand its physical presence in Sydney with the opening of the brand’s second eastern suburb boutique in Bondi Junction.
The brand nestles into the space naturally, with their strong summer and resort offerings complementing Bondi’s beachy vibes. Similar to the Paddington store, their latest venture works with the existing industrial structures, adding a touch of Alice flair with marble, gold pipes and luxe finishings.
Coinciding with the opening of the Bondi Boutique, the brand has also added a boutique into the Warringah Mall with similar design aesthetic.
Shop 3059, Westfield Bondi Junction 500 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction. Monday- Wednesday and Saturday 9.30am-6pm, Thursday 9.30am-9pm, Friday 9.30-7pm.
The new Alice McCall store in body follows a similar design aesthetic to the brand’s original Paddington store. Photo: Supplied
Thanks to New Zealand leather brand Deadly Ponies, a childhood favourite is getting an edgy transformation. Two years ago the brand’s founder and creative director Liam Bowden was approached by Hasbro with a proposition: marry their design aesthetic with the iconic cartoon My Little Pony. But make no mistake, that is where novelty ends for The Dash Collection.
Closely following the current fascination with unicorns and rainbow hues, the collection combines My Little Pony’s energetic aesthetic with Deadly Ponies’ muted colour palette. The 13-piece capsule includes a range of two-toned and motif purses, colour-blocked bags, rainbow scarves and Pony Puff charms, representing the key characters from the series – Rainbow Dash, Applejack and Twilight Sparkle. The triptych will be complemented by the brand’s self-created pony Shadow.
Liam Bowden describes the My Little Pony collaboration as “a charming reminder of simpler times and values, celebrating diversity, creativity and most importantly, friendship”.
Deadly Ponies x My Little Pony leather goods collaboration. Photo: Toaki Okano
It seems bag collaborations are the flavour of the month, with Oroton teaming up with a handful of fashion and lifestyle bloggers to custom straps.
Working with Carmen Hamilton of Chronicles of Her, Elle Ferguson of They All Hate Us, Mimi Elashiry and Geneva Vanderzeil from A Pair and a Spare, each design speaks to the unique style of each woman.
The straps, which include a black ruffle and one with chain inserts, can be used on a range of Oroton bags that come with detachable straps, and can be purchased on their own.
Available online and in stores.
Leather goods company Oroton has collaborated with four fashion bloggers to create interchangeable straps for some of its bags. Photo: Supplied
At this week’s David Jones Summer launch the dominant shoe trend was flatforms. The perfect accompaniment to the launch’s romantic, luxury folk and tropicana themes.
While flatforms have long been perfect for casual adventures, you can raise the stakes and pair them with a silky slip dress, or crisp tailoring in the office. They also work surprisingly well with florals.