BRIS­BANE IN STYLE

Whether you’re wear­ing sneak­ers or stilet­tos, Bris­bane has plenty of unique fash­ion finds.

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If you’re in town over the week­end, head to the eclec­tic For­ti­tude Val­ley Mar­kets where many up-and-com­ing de­sign­ers sell clothes be­fore get­ting their big break. Down the road at James Street, one of Bris­bane’s most on-trend shop­ping spots, you’ll find a myr­iad of bou­tiques in­clud­ing Sass & Bide — Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Mid­dle­ton got their start at the Val­ley Mar­kets be­fore launch­ing their ac­claimed la­bel, so it’s fit­ting their flag­ship store is lo­cated here. Lo­cal fash­ion cre­ative Aisha Robert­son picks James Street as one of her favourite places to shop. “It’s is a place where you can see all the in­ter­na­tional and Aus­tralian de­sign­ers. I love go­ing here to see what’s hap­pen­ing, es­pe­cially with the Bris­bane fash­ion de­sign­ers,” she says. “One of my favourites is Gail Sor­ronda, I’ve watched her since I was in high school and it’s so in­spir­ing to see lo­cal tal­ent go so far.”

Nearby, Molton Store has loads of beau­ti­ful (and af­ford­able) jew­ellery and ac­ces­sories, and Lib­er­tine Par­fumerie sells de­signer scents rather than de­signer clothes. This el­e­gant em­po­rium houses some of the world’s most cov­eted fra­grances and is staffed by afi­ciona­dos whose noses know what will suit you best. If the store isn’t too busy and you want to learn a lit­tle more, ask for a more in-depth con­sul­ta­tion us­ing a scent wheel.

BRIS­BANE CBD

Drop into The De­sign­ers’ Guide: Eas­ton Pear­son Ar­chive, a highly an­tic­i­pated ex­hi­bi­tion from one of Aus­tralia’s most in­flu­en­tial de­sign teams at the Mu­seum of Bris­bane. With clothes rang­ing from the late ’80s to 2016, the show opens 23 No­vem­ber and cel­e­brates Aus­tralia’s fash­ion his­tory and ex­plores de­sign move­ments such as fash­ion as art, eth­i­cal man­u­fac­ture and slow fash­ion. A pro­gram of spe­cial events in­clud­ing cu­ra­tor talks and fash­ion-in­spired work­shops will be avail­able from De­cem­ber on­wards. Book­ings are es­sen­tial.

If the ex­hi­bi­tion in­spires you to do a lit­tle de­signer shop­ping of your own, you’re in the right place as Bris­bane’s CBD is home to an im­pres­sive ar­ray of de­signer stores in­clud­ing Burberry, Chanel, Tif­fany and Co., Louis Vuit­ton, Bul­gari and Sal­va­tore Fer­rag­amo. Most of them can be found in Queen­sPlaza. For high-street, rather than high­end fash­ion, the Queen Street Mall de­liv­ers with hun­dreds of stores.

PADDING­TON

Re­garded as one of Bris­bane’s best retro shops, Retro Metro is a trea­sure trove of pre-loved de­signer la­bels and fash­ion finds. Think pretty ’50s tea dresses, ’70s cork wedges, orig­i­nal ’80s Jenny Kee slouch jumpers and vin­tage band tees. You can drop into this quirky store ev­ery week and find some­thing dif­fer­ent.

Slip down the hot-pink al­ley lined with brightly coloured clothes across the road and you’ll dis­cover the fem­i­nine and fun de­signer gear at Ra Ra Su­per­star. Browse vin­tage pieces and Ra Ra Su­per­star’s own col­lec­tion of lo­cally made, eclec­tic, up­cy­cled fash­ions. Ra Ra is eth­i­cal fash­ion at its funki­est.

It’s so in­spir­ing to see lo­cal Bris­bane tal­ent go so far.

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