Shopping Guide for Sydney-Siders

The winter chill has set in this week, making it the perfect time to bring some warmer staples to your wardrobe. It is the end of the school holidays and end of year, so there’s a fantastic deal of warehouse sales going around, which you can organise same day home delivery for. Plus if you believe monogramming is gone in the world of style, think again. Sydney brand Alt.Armour is only one more go-to for many things bespoke.

Alt.Armour Monogram

At the same time in fashion that millennial pink is shaping up to be the colour of 2017 (sorry green, you did not stand a chance), the monogramming trend does not appear to be moving anywhere. Sure it looks like everything under the sun, from our pyjamas to women’s sneakers, today bears our initials, who doesn’t want to invest in a small bespoke piece?

While the vast majority of the monogramming available thus far has been quite ugly, the creative’s behind the blog and e-commerce shop Eating up with the Hannashians and Joshua Joynes of Cosmopolitan magazine have banded together to present a completely new offering at the Australian sector. Observing the current “hardware trend”, Alt. Armour provide industrial-inspired pebbled leather cross body bags, a thick string and elastic soft leather strap, with bespoke heavy-metal lettering bolted on the front. They are chic and functional enough to become your go-to accessory for work and brunch. The bag will go well with your ankle boots, iPhone, wallet and essentials and contains slots for cards.

On Trend

Grey is usually synonymous with the gloomy weather conditions of winter, but it’s going to brighten up — and get more chic — with fashion house Dior with it as one of the basic colours of the Paris Haute Couture collection. Following the exploration of blue at the ready-to-wear autumn/winter collection, designer Maria Grazia Chiuri paid tribute to the colour’s association with lavish fashion through the 40s and 50s. Sheer gowns and tailoring brought to life the various shades of grey, developing a statement. Grey also set the tone for the Valentino and Zuhair Murad collections, providing luxurious materials like velvet and tulle, embellishments, decorative textures and shapes a canvas to glow.

Grey is a Sensible colour to invest in for the seasons to come, ideal for both formal and casual looks and pairs well with both women’s and men’s dress shoes.

New on the Shelves

From the Early 1900s, it is possible to envision that the humble bra appeared quite different, meanwhile the sports bra was still some 60 years from being devised. Berlei, that is now synonymous with the sport bra in Australia, is celebrating its 100th birthday with a series of special edition styles designed by Sydney-based screen-printing artist Kate Banazi. The four designs feature colours and patterns which Banazi says evoke attributes of power and movement.

The London-born artist has collaborated with Dion Lee and Qantas but this assignment introduced parameters unique to lingerie layout. “It is a really small area. You’re utilising maybe 20 centimetres square,” she said. She enjoyed the challenge and the comparison of designing for more commercial boundaries than she does in her own work.

Sales Guide

If you do not mind a sale at a secret place, then the Designer Forum warehouse sale is one to keep on your radar this weekend. The sale will include of 80 percent off women’s, men’s and children’s clothes, stocking the likes of Camilla, Zimmermann, Bec & Bridge and Bassike. The sale location is kept top secret until Thursday, so keep your eye on the brands’ socials for upgrades.

Australian Brand Maurie & Eve are bringing their warehouse sale to Sydney for a couple of days with around 70 percent off fall and winter ’17 stock, along with samples that are chosen. Combining femininity with practicality, expect to see their signature silhouettes, structures and colors.

Synonymous With the Australian fashion trends for decades, Leona Edmiston is holding their annual two-day warehouse sale with a minimum of 60 percent off all stock. Find Leona’s classic feminine prints in the sort of vintage finds, samples, dresses from $30, kids wear from $20, $40 handbags and jewellery and women’s shoes priced at $50.

Mark your diaries, next week Paddington will play host to the cult designer clearance event, Big Fashion Sale. There will be roughly 80 percent off on 20 local and global luxury items, like clothing, jewellery, men’s and women’s shoes and purses. Designers to watch out for include Lanvin, Christopher Kane, Stella McCartney, Alexander Wang, Studio Elke, rag & bone and far more.

Online Boutique Esther has 80 percent off on apparel essentials at the end of financial year sale. The sale includes winter clothes and accessories from Finders Keepers, Blessed Are the Meek, Jetset Diaries, Grace and Hart and more, along with home decor and gifts, Esther also offer a same day online delivery service on all full priced and buy products.

Hansel & Gretel is holding a pop-up sale with previous season samples and collections on offer. Known for masculine shapes with female sensibilities And neutral tones, this is the perfect opportunity to capture some clothing items that will take you from the workplace to date night.