When it comes to spring fashion in Melbourne, it’s not just about what’s trending or the hottest spring colours. It’s also about knowing what’s timeless, classic and always in style. This spring we’re loving what Vicious Venus in Brunswick is doing. Drawing on silhouettes from the 1930s through to the 60s, but with an emphasis on contemporary prints, colours and fabrics, it specialises in sophisticated, classic looks that are reminiscent of the golden age of Hollywood glamour. Plus, these designs are flattering and unique, which never goes out of style. Check out the store for everything from complete outfits to statement accessories.
There’s a strong trend right now towards DIY fashion touches. Hand-crafted one-offs are popping up everywhere, making the hot glue gun today’s must-have wardrobe essential. Get all your craft and haberdashery needs from the place where those in the know shop. Theo’s Discount Craft is a cavernous emporium of literally everything you need to breathe new life into that old outfit, revive a hat or handbag, or start from scratch on a new accessory. Here, you’ll uncover beads, flowers, braids, cabochons, buttons, iron-ons, stick-ons and gleaming embellishments we can’t even name. New stock comes in frequently and sells fast. Don’t miss your chance to grab a bargain and give your spring outfit a personalised touch.
Dressing like a celebrity without the massive price tag is within your reach at independent fashion store, Leonard St. From humble beginnings in 2004, Melbourne designer Amanda McCarthy has expanded her playful designs to three Melbourne stores, as well as to Adelaide and the US. Known for quirky prints, adventurous themes and highly original designs, Leonard St has become a firm favourite among those looking to make a statement, from media commentators to Katy Perry. This isn’t fast fashion, but rather a collection of special pieces designed to last. Pair a bold top with a simple black suit for a daytime work look, go for a bright full skirt, or simply add a signature tote to make a weekend outfit really pop.
If you’re anything like us, you’ll be looking forward to spring for the food shopping as much as the fashion. We love the fresh local produce that comes with the season, and the delicious creations that Melbourne’s chefs come up with. Now, you too can cook like a professional, with The Essential Ingredient in Prahran and South Melbourne. This is the quintessential place to go for foodie inspiration. As the name suggests, it’s a stockist of culinary supplies, but don’t be fooled — this is not your average grocer. Here, you’ll find superior quality ingredients like pasilla chillies from Mexico and commercial-quality coagulants to make your own cheese. The Essential Ingredient works with suppliers across the globe to bring you an enviable array of goods, and the knowledgeable staff members are always on hand to offer advice on creating memorable meals.
What kind of spring Melbourne getaway would it be without your best friend in tow? With an increasing number of pet-friendly accommodation options, holidaymakers can now include their pups in their plans. It was really only a matter of time before a destination created especially for them arrived on the cafe scene. At The Dog House in Collingwood the counter is filled with mouth-watering muffins, biscuits, treats, meats and special dog-friendly ice-cream (of course, there’s snacks and drinks for humans, too). Behind the store, there’s an outdoor courtyard with cubicle-style seating. Here you can join other patrons for a play date, or if your dog needs some time out, swing gates can be manoeuvred to section off a private booth for you and your buddy. Plus, you can book your dog in to be groomed while you explore the local area.
If you think vintage shopping can be a bit hit and miss, think again. Martin Fella in North Melbourne is a carefully curated collection of designer brands such as Louis Vuitton, Celine, YSL, Polo Ralph Lauren, Gucci and more. The collection is comprised of high quality men’s and women’s wear from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. Items are added to the collection for their unique attributes and timeless style. One of the best things about vintage shopping is that you can find something to suit every season and every taste. You don’t have to wait for the hottest spring fashions to hit the shelves, you can create your own style.
How about a rockin’ new hairdo to help you bounce into spring? Rok Ebony has you covered. You can choose to go as conservative or as creative as you like. The best part is, you also choose the price point. Rok Ebony has a simple system where you choose who styles your hair, based on their level of seniority, from a stylist to a creative director. Don’t be fooled though, set prices do not mean cookie-cutter cuts, and Rok Ebony has the awards to prove it.