It was revealed over the weekend that Topshop would finally be coming to Brisbane in December. The new Topshop store will be housed in the old Borders site on the corner of Elizabeth and Albert Streets (was there really any other option?) While we may have had to wait a little longer than our Victorian and NSW counterparts, Brisbane will be rewarded with the largest Topshop store in Australia. Although, after visiting the Oxford Street store in London during sale season I’m not sure if this is a particularly good thing (still traumatised over here). All collections will be available in store including Topshop Unique and Boutique and Topman suiting. My initial reaction to the news was “fiiinnally” although the obvious downside is, Brisbane being as small as it is, that everyone will end up as Topshop clones. Anyway, one of Topshop’s latest campaigns, called Margot’s World, is described as being a femme fatale take on Wes Anderson’s iconic heroines. That description alone has me sold on this collection. I am all for taking sartorial cues from the likes of Margot Tenenbaum and Suzy Bishop. And I’d be okay with the rest of Brisbane doing so as well.
Kinoak lookbooks always leave me with the renewed conviction that I need to wear sneakers with anything and everything. The latest SS13/14 lookbook is no different. The collection, called ‘Free Time’, is full of the offbeat streetwear-inspired looks that we’ve come to expect from the Kinoak label. Chinese-inspired prints adorn a range of mix and match separates, and slouchy silk bomber jackets sit alongside structured shirts and the occasional ladylike silhouette. It’s a combination that probably shouldn’t work, but under designer Amie Darragh it just does. I would happily wear any of these clothes in my free time. Although my wallet would probably say otherwise. I guess I’ll just be that person thumbing through the clothes at Blonde Venus then.
For their latest collections, Glassons enlisted artist and photographer Petra Collins to shoot one of their new season lookbooks (the other features Staz Lindes). Collins directed and starred in the campaign which is set against a backdrop of retro references in Jersey Shore. The lo-fi imagery perfectly captures that feeling of listless suburban boredom that so often becomes a catalyst for creativity. I’m also liking the abundance of stripes, playsuits, and faded denim in this collection. It’s kind of like Baby-Sitter’s Club gone grunge.
I started watching Game of Thrones last night, so I finally get all those “winter is coming” references. So here’s a winter themed campaign for you all, from European brand Ksenia Schnaider. The autumn/winter 2013 collection takes inspiration from the bodywarmer, a classic quilted garment which was popular in the Soviet Union due to its affordability and versatility. The idea of the bodywarmer is carried throughout the collection in the form of quilting and panelling techniques. Leather, velvet and silk are also used to give classic silhouettes a luxurious twist. And it works. I don’t think I’ve ever seen puffer jackets and coats look this good. More images after the jump.