The excitement of Canberra’s premier fashion event, Fashfest. isn’t quite over yet, it’s time for the real fun to start: buying pieces from the runway to take home for your very own. Lucky for those of us living in Canberra, there are plenty of opportunities to shop a great number of the designers presented as part of the festival. For those of you interstate, take heart, many of the designers and retailers offer online shopping.
Here is our guide to shopping the Fashfest runway.
Located just outside the city centre, conveniently all within the one building, are three must stop shops.
This elegant, modern boutique houses an edit of the latest trends alongside a core collection of luxe wardrobe essentials. Clothes are arranged to suggest entire outfits so as to make shopping as simple and enjoyable as possible. And it doesn’t stop with the clothes: Rebel Muse also stocks beautiful shoes, accessories, and jewellery. The team of ‘Muses’ are on hand in store to help with any of your fashion desires while their website offers styling tips, fashion news, and of course, the option of shopping from your very own home.
What you saw on the Runway: Alice McCall, Asilio, MLM, and Hansen & Gretel.
What else is in store: Labels such as P.E Nation, Acler, Matteau Swimwear, Macgraw, and Steele.
Where: 30 Lonsdale St, Braddon ACT 2612
The Assemblage Project is a creative hub and retail space located in the Ori building in Braddon. Quietly luxurious dresses, separates, and outerwear reside in a large airy space that also includes a design studio. A stable of over ten labels with a similar aesthetic and focus on sustainable and ethical fashion makes mixing and matching easy.
What you saw on the runway: Karen Lee, Edition, SZN, and Pure Pod, each in their own stand alone show and Eva Cassis, Kowtow, High Tea with Mrs Woo, and Wendy Voon presented by the Assemblage Project.
What else is in store: As well as lovely clothes, the boutique stocks beautiful jewellery and accessories.
Where: Shop 66, 30 Lonsdale St, Braddon ACT 2612
Visit the Assemblage Project Website.
Read our full Fashfest Runway Report featuring all of these designers here.
Braddon Tailors launched in 2009, drawing from a long family heritage in tailoring. Now with bases in not only Canberra but also Adelaide and Sydney, this local business has garnered international attention. Using their unique ‘Acton’ cut to guide customers though the design process, you are guaranteed to come away with something truly unique and special.
What you saw on the runway: Expertly tailored bespoke pieces made from quality English, Italian, and French fabrics.
What else is in store: What could be better than investing in something made to suit and flatter your body? Braddon Tailors can tailor a wide range of pieces for both men and women so drop in and have a chat with the designers to see what can work for you.
Where: 61/30 Lonsdale St, Braddon ACT 2612
Visit the Braddon Tailors Website
Read our full Fashfest Runway Report featuring Braddon Tailors here.
Multi-brand fashion boutique Pink Ink is also just a hop, skip, and a jump down the road as is the home of luxurious vintage finds Designer Op Shop. You will also find Things of Desire on Lonsdale Street just outside the Ori Building and I Trip I Skip inside it.
Located a little further afield are two more retail spaces that will have you reaching for your wallet.
Cardif Collective is the dedicated retail space for the Canberra and Region Designers in Fashion. As well as providing a retail space to support local talent, Cardif offers a range of classes and workshops open to anyone who wants to learn to sew, just make sure to book in.
What you saw on the runway: Zilpah Tart, VFP, fletcherLovell, and Elle Hopwood.
What else is in store: Fashion, jewellery, accessories, and homewares designed by local designers as well as those from the surrounding region. You will find other labels including Claudia Owen, boyandgirlco, and Edwina Woods Millinery.
Where: Level 1 (up the stairs at either end of the Cusack Centre arcade) Cusack Centre, 27 Eyre Street Kingston, ACT (overlooking Green Square)
Visit the Cardif Collective website.
Most of us are wandering around in the wrong size underwear. The difference properly fitted lingerie makes to how you feel and look is incredible. Stephanie’s Boutique Lingerie offers what is regarded as the best fitting service in Canberra with a huge array of lingerie on hand to suit your needs and mood.
What you saw on the Runway: The latest collection from international lingerie label Palindrome.
What else is in store: Lingerie, sleepwear, and hosiery plus a selection for men. Labels include Calvin Klein, Berlei, Spanx, Pleasure State, Jockey, and many more.
Where: 24 Jardine Street, Kingston ACT 2604
Read our full Fashfest Runway Report featuring Stephanie’s Boutique Lingerie here.
Right in the heart of the city lies the Canberra Centre, home to many Australian and International labels.
Canberra’s premier shopping destination houses many of the brands we all know and love. Having recently been renovated, the Canberra Centre is looking its best. Art installations, clever merchandising, and plenty of skylights makes walking the centre a pleasant experience indeed.
What you saw on the runway: Country Road, Cue, Saba, Seed Heritage, Aquila, M J Bale, Decjuba, and Veronika Maine.
What else is in store: Your typical shopping centre fare: mens, ladies, kids clothes, and accessories alongside products for the home, food, cafes, and restaurants. You will find Australian and international brands including Zara, Mecca, Aesop, and Wittner. David Jones and Myer are also on hand.
Where: 148 Bunda St, Canberra ACT 2601
Visit the Canberra Centre Website.
To indulge in some online shopping head to the Fashfest Edition of our Marketplace edit featuring more designers from the Fashfest runway including Cameron & James, Hunter the Label, Kira Pizingrilli, Fleur and Felix and Cadia Belante.
All illustrations by Lexi Keelan.