5 August

Melbourne is getting a brand new laneway

Gresham Street

If you’re prone to scoffing when tourists bang on about Melbourne’s hidden laneways, wipe that smirk off your face, because you didn’t know about this one, did you?

Charter Hall is the property group that developed 570 Bourke Street into a commercial and legal zone. Next in their sights is the adjoining Gresham Street. This will be converted into a one-way street and decked out with leafy landscapes and alfresco seating. Okay, it’s not going to be the piss-stained, graffiti-strewn real thing, but there’ll be a new café and four new retail spaces.

The idea is that it will be a good place for workers to de-frag, if only for a latte-swillin’ ten minutes. Construction is underway and expected to be complete by mid 2015.… Read more

31 July

Cat Stuff is a pop-up market for cat-lovers. And cats.

Tinning st Cat Stuff market

First they get their own café, and now they get their own market. We should’ve known it was just a matter of time. After all, the ancient Egyptians worshipped the adorable furry predators, and now it would seem that their reign has dawned once again.

For four days in August, Brunswick’s Tinning St Gallery will welcome over 20 local artist spruiking feline-themed artwork, furniture and treats. Cat Stuff will feature new works by the super-talented Beci Orpin, as well as Kirsten Perry, Alice Oehr, Camilla Rogers, Kitiya Palaskas, Clare Dilworth and more. From cute tabby-toys to prints to put on your wall, this is the one place where you won’t be judged for letting your inner crazy cat-lady (or man) loose. And if you can make it for Saturday August 16, there’ll be hot drinks and snacks. Purrfect!

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25 July

Topshop and Topman open at Emporium

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To our great delight, Topshop and Topman have finally opened their doors at Emporium Melbourne today.

The dazzling Emporium seems to be reminiscent of an Emerald City, in that once you step inside you realise you’re not in Melbourne Central anymore. The space is clean cut, sophisticated and almost entirely glass, and is home to a few brands you might see up the Paris End of Collins Street.

In saying that, expect a luxurious shopping experience at the new Topshop/Topman located on Lower Ground Level 1. It’s the biggest one in the Southern Hemisphere and includes personal shopping services and a whole two floors dedicated to the ladies, while the fellas can get their shopping fix on the bottom floor.

The British superstore of on-trend clothing, shoes, makeup and accessories can be a little overwhelming, but navigate your way through collections specifically catered to your needs, whether it be Petite, Tall, Boutique, Dress Up, Designer, or Collaborative lines.… Read more

10 July

Desigual is coming to Melbourne in October

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The international fashion retailers just keep on coming – and we’re loving it. This year we’ve already welcomed UNIQLO and H&M, and before long, we’ll have our own Sephora.

Like Zara, Desigual is a Spanish brand with stores all over the world. It’s set to open in October this year in Melbourne’s re-vamped Strand arcade, annexed to Emporium Melbourne.

Don’t know Desigual? If you love colour, then the brand is about to become your best friend. Let’s put it this way: if the UNIQLO look is all about carefully pairing block colour basics together, then Desigual is more about chucking the whole paint palette at a cute fitted dress and seeing what sticks – in the most stylish way possible, of course. Most of the women’s, men’s and children’s clothing is on the more casual side, but there are certainly some striking summer dresses and collared shirts that would brighten up your work wardrobe, too.… Read more

1 July

David Jones and Girlfriend model competitions

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What kind of fool would you have to be to parade around in swimwear in the middle of winter? What kind of crazy, leggy fool? Ah, silly us – it’s actually the annual David Jones SS14 launch model casting. It’s happening tomorrow, Wednesday, July 2, with at least 300 models, international and local. They’ll be lithely descending upon Sketch (Shed 7, Central Pier, Docklands) at 10am, joining established model/presenter Kyly Clarke. By the end of proceedings, the winning models for David Jones’ spring.summer campaign will have been chosen.

But hold the phone – David Jones seem to have some competition. Girlfriend magazine is also holding its model search in conjunction with Rimmel in the same week, hosted by Kate Peck. Oh no they didn’t. #cheeky. This time it’s open to girls over 13, who should get down to Westfield Southland on Friday between 9am and 2pm if they want to be ‘discovered’. The criteria isn’t swimwear in this one, but, they’ve definitely upped the stakes in terms of competitiveness – the prize is a two-year contract with elite modelling agency Chic Management, as well as the chance to be represented by international agency Next Model management. Girlfriend aren’t just hosting their casting, they’re also looking for a beauty insider for Rimmel – meaning that if you’re the chosen one, you get to go to the winning beauty queen’s photo shoot and star in a behind-the-scenes video, a mentoring session with YouTube superstar Lauren Curtis, and $500 of Rimmel make-up.… Read more