A lot of people that live in Brisbane tend to think it’s not a great place to live and that there isn’t much on offer. But I don’t think that’s true. I’ve just returned home after travelling to London, Mykonos, LA and Las Vegas (and I’ve been to many other cities previously) and I couldn’t be happier to be home. Whilst I loved many of the places I visited, each place only offered one or two things that I think are important to making somewhere a great place to live, whereas Brisbane truly offers a bit of everything, the things that are really important (well to me anyway).
A good selection of restaurants, bars, shops, markets, nightlife, galleries (we do have them here, you just have to know where to look), nice weather (where it’s not too cold in winter and not too hot in summer), close proximity to some of the best places in the world (beaches, rainforests, cities etc), a relaxed lifestyle (where it’s not a day to day struggle to do simple things), space (we are really spoilt and should cherish it more), choices (where we aren’t restricted to too few or too many options – yeah we don’t have a Zara on every corner but is that really a bad thing – we don’t want to all dress the same do we? But we have so many choices for crucial things, like coffee!), a unique culture (where we have our own style that isn’t mass produced), and we have freedom (the most important thing).
We really have it good here everyone, and we can make it an even better place by embracing it. Let me know what you love about Brisbane?
I hope these images inspire you …
Local designer Miss Unkon
Winter sky in Brisbane
Locally owned store Garnsis @ Elizabeth Arcade
Bessie Head, Broadway on the Mall – one of the all time favourites
Saw this on The Loft’s blog – how sweet
The Bunker Boutique – just opened on George Street
Local designer Soot
It may not be ‘fashion’ but how cool does Organic Char @ Eagle Street look. It just opened in June
Rosemount Australian Fashion Week made us a little stir crazy last week, and for good reason, the spring/summer 2011/12 collections were some of the best yet! And you should all be pleased to know that most of the designers on show are available in Brisbane City. Here’s a rundown of the designers and where to get them. Start saving your pennies!
Bec & Bridge
Alice McCall – Violent Green, Elizabeth Arcade and David Jones, QueensPlaza
Arnsdorf – The Loft, Broadway on the Mall
Bec & Bridge – City Dweller, Broadway on the Mall and David Jones, QueensPlaza
Bianca Spender – David Jones, QueensPlaza
Camilla & Marc – David Jones, QueensPlaza
Ellery – Bessie Head, Broadway on the Mall
Gail Sorronda – Bessie Head, Broadway on the Mall
Gary Bigeni – The Loft, Broadway on the Mall
Karla Spetic – The Loft, Broadway on the Mall
Kirrily Johnston – David Jones, QueensPlaza
Lisa Ho – Lisa Ho, Wintergarden
Lover – The Loft, Broadway on the Mall and Violent Green, Elizabeth Arcade
Manning Cartell – Myer Brisbane City, The Myer Centre and Little Lace, Elizabeth Arcade
Miss Unkon – Princess Polly, Adelaide St
Rachel Gilbert – Bessie Head, Broadway on the Mall
Shakuhachi – David Jones, QueensPlaza
Stolen Girlfriends Club – Violent Green, Elizabeth Arcade
Therese Rawsthorne – Bessie Head, Broadway on the Mall
White Suede – David Jones, QueensPlaza
Zimmermann – Zimmermann and David Jones, QueensPlaza
… a girl that loves fashion to dance, laugh, cry and play in. She loves to create her own style and is influenced by the underground and pop fashion icons and where she is at with her love, life and career. She is passionate about life and making a difference to her world and the environment that we live in. Fashion is her LOVE that never leaves. PASSION is what she puts into her dreams and her world.
Are you a Miss Unkon girl?
Day three of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival saw some of our best local talent showcase their latest collections. One of our favourites is Brisbane’s Neon Heartache, with a range featuring edgy designs in a muted colour palette -we want so many of these innovative pieces! Lilya produced yet another totally wearable collection that will see many gals through the warmer months (featuring great beach inspired jewellery by coast label Cool Baby Cool). We couldn’t go past Alexandra Harper’s amazing creations – perfect headware for the upcoming races. And finally we just have to mention Miss Unkon with it’s sweet-as-pie range as part of beginningboutique’s parade.
One Teaspoon at Little Lace
Maurie & Eve at Garnsis
Miss Unkon at Little Lace – preorder now
It’s hard not to get excited when new season fashion starts arriving! And thanks to our friends at Garnsis and Little Lace, both at Elizabeth Arcade, we can now get our hands on winter collections from some of Australia’s faves – Maurie & Eve, Miss Unkon and One Teaspoon. But be quick ladies as these ever-popular designers will go fast!
Well we might be a bit biased, but once again we are amazed by a Brisbane designer’s spring/summer collection at this year’s Rosemount Australian Fashion Week! Last night it was Gail Sorronda, and today Miss Unkon has totally impressed us.
With a collection that is a bit edgier than her ultra-feminine collections of the past, designer Courtney Meyer showcased her 70’s inspired range just this morning, featuring pastels and nudes (a very popular colour pallette this rafw) in short shorts, flowing pants and cute dresses, all topped off with florals and frills. We can already see Brisbane gals walking the streets in these ensembles.
Miss Unkon’s Autumn/Winter range is available now at Princess Polly, Adelaide Street, Brisbane City.
Image credit: thevine.com.au
RAFW kicks off soon on 3 May, so over the next few weeks we will profile the fab Brisbane designers that are part of this week long festival of fashion. First cab off the rank is the gorgeous Miss Unkon, designed by Courtney Meyer.
Last year named as the ‘New Gen standout’ at the New Generation Group Show, Miss Unkon is again returning to the coveted catwalks with its first individual show. The much awaited Summer collection ‘Love Is Like a Dreamland – A Journey of Young Love’ with be showcased and will feature 1960s inspired girly romantic pieces with hand painted print fabric. “This is a collection to take you down memory lane of young love. Love doesn’t have to be about falling in love, it can be a story of self discovery, adventure and the playfulness of youth,” – Courtney Meyer.
With the show promising to be bigger and even more theatrical than last year, including a team consisting of So You Think You Can Dance choreographer Anthony Ikin, renowned hair stylist Alex Grahl and body artist Becca Gilmartin, the Miss Unkon show is sure to rival the shows of some of the biggest names in Australian fashion.
Miss Unkon will showcase on 7 May at 11am at the Cargo Hall in Sydney. Go Miss Unkon! We can’t wait to see the parade!
If you need to get your hands on Miss Unkon now – the label is stocked at Princess Polly, Adelaide St, Brisbane City.
Miss Unkon is a fun filled label for the world of fashion, lifestyle and youth and lovers of all things creative and sparkling. Created by the designer Courtney, who wanted to see the world a bit brighter, colourful and creative and a little bit unconventional. Miss Unkon recently showed at Rosemount Australian Fashion Week and has been picked up and loved by national stockists and media such as Yen, Girlfriend and Dolly.
Limedrop is a fashion forward label that captures the spirit of possibilities known for its use of clean lines, bold colours, and curious proportions. Clea and Nathan started Limedrop in 2006 while studying at QUT in Brisbane and moved to Melbourne in 2007. Their clothing and jewellery have gained popularity in Australia and internationally including bespoke Boutique. Recently they have been involved in L’Oreal Festival and Melbourne Fashion Week and been published in Nylon Harpers and Frankie.
Vote for them online now http://www.followthefashion.com.au