Sydney’s best shopping July 14-21

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The winter chill has set in this week, making it the perfect time to add some warmer staples to your wardrobe. It’s end of the school holidays and end of season, so there are warehouse sales aplenty. Plus if you think monogramming has reached its fashion peak, think again. Sydney brand Alt.Armour is the next go-to for all things bespoke.

Sales Guide

Synonymous with Australian fashion for decades, Leona Edmiston is holding their annual two-day warehouse sale with a minimum of 60 per cent off all stock. Expect Leona’s timeless feminine prints in the form of vintage finds, samples, dresses from $30, Little Leona kidswear from $20, $40 handbags and jewellery and $50 shoes.

Studio 8, 32 Ralph Street Alexandria. Friday 14 10am-7pm, Saturday 15 9am-5pm, Sunday 16 10am-5pm.

Australian brand Maurie & Eve are bringing their warehouse sale to Sydney for two days with up to 70 per cent off autumn and winter 17, as well as selected samples. Combining femininity with practicality, expect to see their signature silhouettes, hues and structures.

District 01, 44a Foveaux Street, Surry Hills. Friday 14 5-8pm, Saturday 15 8am-5pm.

Millennial pastels are at the forefront of the brand's designs.

Pastels are at the forefront of Maurie & Eve’s designs. Photo: Supplied

If you don’t mind a sale with a mystery location, then the Designer Forum warehouse sale is one to keep on your radar this weekend. The sale will feature 80 per cent off women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, stocking the likes of Camilla, Zimmermann, Bec & Bridge and Bassike. The sale location is top secret until Thursday, so keep an eye on the brand’s social pages for updates.

Friday 14 10am-4pm, Saturday 15 10am-2pm.

In case you missed it in last week’s column, Hansen & Gretel is holding a pop-up sale with past season collections and samples on offer. Known for masculine shapes with feminine sensibilities and neutral tones, this is the perfect opportunity to add pieces that will take you seamlessly from the office to date night.

14 William Street, Paddington. July 13-19. Friday-Wednesday 10am-6pm, Thursday 10am-9pm.

Hansen and Gretel's neutral tones are perfect to add as staples to your wardrobe.

Hansen and Gretel’s neutral tones are perfect to add as staples to your wardrobe. Photo: Supplied

Mark your diaries, next week Paddington will once again play host to the cult designer clearance event, Big Fashion Sale. There will be up to 80 per cent off on 20 local and international luxury brands, including clothing, jewellery, footwear and handbags. Designers to look out for include Lanvin, Christopher Kane, Stella McCartney, Alexander Wang, Studio Elke, rag & bone and many more.

17 Oxford St, Paddington. Thursday 20 8am-8pm, Friday 21 8am-7pm, Saturday 22 9am-6pm, Sunday 23 10am-5pm.

Mark your diaries, Sydney is lucky enough to get the second Big Fashion sale this year.

Mark your diaries, Sydney is lucky enough to get the second Big Fashion sale this year. Photo: Supplied

Online boutique Esther has 80 per cent off on wardrobe essentials in their end of season sale. The sale includes winter clothing and accessories from Finders Keepers, Blessed Are the Meek, Jetset Diaries, Grace and Hart and more, as well as home decor and gifts.

Online only. Till stocks run out.

Nikki dress, now $29.95.

Nikki dress, now $29.95. Photo: Supplied

Just Launched

In the early 1900s, you can imagine the humble bra looked quite different, meanwhile 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.

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

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

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

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.

-Melissa Singer

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

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

Alt.Armour

In the same fashion as millennial pink shaping up to be the colour of 2017 (sorry Greenery, you didn’t stand a chance), the monogramming trend doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Sure it seems like everything under the sun, from our pyjamas to our shoes, now bears our initials, who doesn’t want to make an investment piece a little bespoke?

While most of the monogramming on offer to date has been quite minimalistic, the creatives behind the blog and ecommerce outlet Eating up with the Hannashians and Joshua Joynes of Cosmopolitan magazine have banded together to introduce a new offering in the Australian market. Following the current “hardware trend”, Alt. Armour offer industrial-inspired pebbled leather cross body bags, a thick chain and adjustable soft leather strap, with bespoke heavy-metal lettering bolted on the front. They’re practical and chic enough to become your go-to accessory for work and brunch. The bag will fit your iPhone, wallet and essentials and has slots for cards.

“The creative inspiration has come from a genuine passion for reinventing the world of monogramming,” said a spokesperson from the brand.

“We are a group of 5 designers, customers and creatives who grew tired of standard forms of monogramming and personalisation, further than that we wanted a well designed bag that suited every occasion and based on what has been an overwhelming response we truly believe we have managed to do that. The industrial metal lettering is bold and strong, and you can’t argue with that.”

The brand is currently offering silver letter bags from $149.00-$209.00.. The #altarmy plan to launch more “unique and edgy” accessories very soon including gold lettering.

#inthecart

Grey is usually synonymous with the bleak weather conditions of winter, but it’s about to brighten up – and get more chic – with fashion house Dior using it as one of the staple colours of their Paris Haute Couture collection. After the exploration of blue in the ready-to-wear autumn/winter collection, designer Maria Grazia Chiuri paid tribute to the hue’s association with luxurious fashion during the 40s and 50s. Sheer gowns and tailoring brought to life the many shades of grey, creating a statement.  Grey also set the tone for the Valentino and Zuhair Murad collections, giving luxurious materials such as velvet and tulle, embellishments, ornamental textures and shapes a canvas to shine on.

Grey is a practical hue to invest in for the seasons to come, perfect for both casual and formal looks.

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