You won’t get much argument from Australians about Melbourne’s
status as the fashion capital. The gliterazzi set in Sydney may lay claim
to fashion success stories like Collette Dinnigan and Akira Isogawa, but
the southern city of style gave birth to fashion icons beyond the catwalk
like the colourful resin jewellery of Dinosaur Designs, swish retro-style
handbags from Olga Berg and the delicate handmade paper of Il Papiro.
So, don’t leave Melbourne without your share of memorable buys.
There are goodies galore to explore – sprinkled across the intimate
laneways and under the bright lights of the city department store.
Melbourne is just bursting with local talent and cosmopolitan chic –
from designer garb and unique trinkets to funky homeware and vintage music.
We show you where to get your retail therapy in Melbourne, in a city that
lets your credit card dance some serious chi-ching.
Shopping hot spots in Melbourne's CBD
With 300 stores to explore – including swish retailers like local
men’s label Calibre and organic beauty brand Jurlique – Melbourne
Central guarantees you an entire day’s worth of shopping pleasure.
Located in the CBD on the corner of LaTrobe and Swanston Streets, the
giant retail precinct was recently renovated to create more ambience and
entertainment options for both city dwellers and tourists. Those who appreciate
architecture may enjoy visiting the Melbourne Central Shot Tower Museum,
which describes the historic Shot Tower enclosed in a transparent cone,
which was retained by Melbourne Central in its design plans. For those
travelling by train, take the city loop and alight at Melbourne Central,
then window shop your way across several shopping levels, including the
pampering precinct of Menzies Place.
What could you possibly do with an old city post office? Create a seriously
sophisticated fashion hub, of course. Situated right next door to department
store Myer on the corner of Bourke and Elizabeth Street, is the lavishly
renovated GPO – home to some of the city’s finest fashion
labels. Built in 1864 during the opulent days of Victoria’s gold
boom, the stylish character remains in this dandy shopping complex, resplendent
in gleaming white. Acquaint yourself with Lisa Ho, Zimmermann, Mimco,
Rodd & Gunn, Wayne Cooper, Metalicus, Georg Jensen and Akira. Stop
for a latte at Federal Coffee Place, sushi at Kenzan and a glass of bubbly
at Juliet’s Champagne Bar.
QV in Melbourne’s CBD carves a path of European splendour across
its charming laneways and impressive piazza. The gritty, urban precinct,
filled with designer labels and hip eateries, is one of Melbourne’s
most exciting meeting points. Along the open-air fashion strip of Albert
Coates Lane you’ll experience the glamorous fashion of Christensen
Copenhagen, Paablo Nevada and Wayne Cooper. Find high-octane street, sport
and surf labels across the urban energy of Red Cape Lane. And for beer
with a difference, the Three Degrees bar brewery in QV Square beckons
with a glass-encased microbrewery and 10 beers on tap. For the final indulgence,
try Max Brenner Chocolate by the Bald Man – where you’ll discover
the sweet bliss of chocolate made from the finest Venezuelan cocoa beans.
Little Collins Street
Don’t be caught dead in your gym gear down Little Collins Street.
It’s the one shopping strip in Melbourne you’ll need to look
smart for. After all, you’re competing with fashion favourites like
Alannah Hill, Kenzo, Sarti, Declic, Leona Edmiston and AG. Those with
a shoe fetish will love the collections at Zomp, Giallo and Dolci Firme.
For after dark antics, choose from the sassy lingerie at Smitten Kitten
and Sabi. Little Collins Street is also home to Canturi, jeweller to the
stars, who designed the 134-carat diamond neckpiece worn by Nicole Kidman
in the film Moulin Rouge.
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