There are plenty of famous fans of Louis Vuitton. And then there’s Blue Ivy.
The daughter of Beyonce and Jay-Z this week accompanied her mother to the NBA All-Star game carrying an $US1800 ($2290) Louis Vuitton Alma BB bag, which retails in Australia for $2350.
Tiny girl, grand tastes … Blue Ivy (centre) at the basketball with her mother, Beyonce (left), and grandmother, Tina Knowles.
And while the six-year-old may be one of the youngest out and proud fans of the luxury brand, other celebrities have their share of LV tales to tell.
Take former Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke, who in 2012 designed a custom monogrammed trunk at the brand’s Paris headquarters.
The case, worth $170,000 was auctioned for charity, but will be back in Melbourne for the next few weeks for the Louis Vuitton Time Capsule exhibition, to be held at Chadstone shopping centre.
Exhibitions by some of the world’s top fashion houses are a hot ticket item at the moment. The grandest of them all was arguably the Dior retrospective, held at the National Gallery of Victoria last year. Hermes is bringing its Hermes at Work exhibition, including 10 of its specialty craftsmen and women to Melbourne in March (the exhibition has previously visited Sydney, as well as many cities globally), while Cartier also has an exhibition opening in March.
The Louis Vuitton show, which is free to view, features archival pieces, including a trunk previosuly belonging to Mrs Lloyd Jones, the wife of David Jones, the namesake of the department store.
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Regardless of whether you’re an LV lover or it’s beyond your budget, visiting the exhibition won’t cost a cent.
Sass and Bide will feature past season and high-sought after designs.
Chadstone shopping centre, Dandenong Road, Chadstone, Victoria. Until March 21. Check website for opening hours.
Sydney Only Sales
This is Sabatini’s biggest sale of the year.
Boldly spirited Australian brand sass & bide is holding their first warehouse sale of the year with up to 80 per cent off past season styles and select high-sought after designs. Expect to find their signature ready-to-wear, denim, leather and accouterment pieces at the three-day sale in Waterloo.
219/231 Botany Road, Waterloo. Thursday 8am-8pm, Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-4pm.
KitX has a warehouse sale next weekend.
Sara Donaldson and Georgia Martin’s curated online store TheUNDONE and An Organised Life have teamed up to hold a two-day pop-up sale in Surry Hills this weekend. Expect a dream local designer line-up, with up to 70 per cent off pieces from Ellery, Dion Lee, Christopher Esber, Michael Lo Sordo, JBrand, Frame Denim, 3X1, Georgia Alice, Maticevski, Kacey Devlin, Matin, Marysia Swim, KITX, Rachel Comey, + Beaufille. If you need new stationery while you’re there, Beck Wadworth’s An Organised Life will have samples, last season stock and seconds from the sold out 2018 Collection.
Blank Space Gallery, 374 Crown St, Surry Hills, Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 9am-4pm.
Manning Cartell is having a relocation sale at its Chapel Street boutique.
Next week, Sabatini is holding its pre-winter sale.
With the turn of the weather now would be a good time to update your wardrobe with a selection of its quality lightweight knits, cashmere, leather and basics. The brand sticks to a “Made in New Zealand” philosophy, with each design hand-made using sustainable eco-friendly fabrics.
Snezana Markoski is the face of Edward Meller, which is having a warehouse sale.
Suite 305, 61 Marlborough St, Surry Hills. Thursday 10am-5pm, Friday 10am-2pm. Saturday 10am-3pm.
Melbourne Only SalesLately it seems everything KitX touches turns to gold. Last weekend, designer Kit Willow had an audience with Julie Bishop in London, only to back it up at a function with the Duchess of Cambridge to celebrate the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange.
The limited edition collection features both women’s and girl’s pyjamas.
Now, lovers of the brand get their turn to reap some love at a warehoue sale, featuring price cuts of 70 per cent on past season’s stock.
1 Yarra Street, Richmond. March 2, 7.30am-7pm, March 3, 9am-4pm.
Georgia Berg and Jayde Heiser attend Tuesday’s launch of Running Bare AW collection in Bondi.
Another brand kicking big goals overseas is Manning Cartell, which is looking to .
The brand, started by the sisters Manning, is holding a relocation sale in Melbourne, with massive price reductions on past season’s stock and samples. Say goodbye to its Chapel Street store in style.
7/542 Chapel St, South Yarra. Until Sunday, February 25.
A woman can never have too many pairs of shoes, so a sale offering styles from $10 is definitely worth a look.Edward Meller has brogues, sneakers, pumps and sandals at dramatically reduced prices at this sale.
8 Carlton Street, Prahran. Friday 9am-6pm, Saturday 9am-5pm.
Mixing sugar, spice and everything nice, Peter Alexander has released a Powerpuff Girls range to celebrate 20-years of the cartoon’s girl power. The millennial pink and grey
limited edition capsule is part of the brand’s Wanna Play collection, and features women’s and girl’s styles from $69.95 to $89.95.
“We are so excited to be working with Peter Alexander to highlight the enduring legacy of the show and the girl power it embodies”, said Robi Stanton, General Manager of Turner Australia, the company that operates Cartoon Network. “This colourful pop-culture collection highlights both the incredible bond between sisters, and just like The Powerpuff Girls, the PJ’s are super-fierce!”
Australian-made activewear brand Running Bare have launched their AW18 collection, Beauty is strength, encouraging women to run their own race with confidence. With heavy accents of dark romantic florals mixed with pastels, as well as camo, the label has incorporated it’s signature performance technology with fashion-driven cuts and silhouettes. With prices mainly around the $69.95- $119.,95 mark, it’s the perfect time to revamp your weekend adventure and work-out gear before the cooler months ahead.
#Inthecart: Sustainable and community-focused beauty
With the end of summer *sigh* comes a perfect opportunity to think about replacing beauty products that have gone past their use-by date (many expire with six to 18 months). We currently have our eyes on several newly-launched beauty and lifestyle products including Ecoya’s first collaboration with Australasian florists Mr Cook, Blush and Jardine Botanic.
On the beauty front, Sante by Enjo has just released its latest innovative Seamless Make-up Remover set, with fibres that cleanse the face and maintain the skin’s natural oils just with water to prevent any irritation or need for chemical cleaners. Coming with seven discs in a pack ($89.95), it is also environmentally friendly, with the products reusable once washed for up to three years; in our mind that’s a lot of make-up wipes not going into landfill.
Cult vegan favourite The Body Shop has just released a new Youth Enhancing superstars range. The ranges, which are sourced from the brand’s community-trade projects overseas, include the Drops of Youth, Roots of Strength and Spa of the World collections.