One of the highlights of Melissa’s new A/W ’15 collection, “Star Walker”, is the return of the collaboration with Alexandre Herchcovitch. It’s been a few years since he last designed something for the brand, but the Brazilian fashion designer is back with three amazing new styles: a cool brogue called Backless, his floral version of the Queen flat, and this stunning Flower Boot featured on today’s look.
One of my biggest fashion dilemmas is keeping things casual. It’s not something I do really well, ’cause I always seem to end up dressing up a little more than needed. For instance, take that time last year when my mum decided to celebrate her birthday at Chandon, a winery less than an hour away from Melbourne. The best laid-back look I could come up with involved a peplum top with beaded Peter Pan collar that was once featured on “The Carrie Diaries” TV series. Seriously.
I can’t believe I ended up forgetting to blog about my Christmas outfit, especially because it took me forever to decide what to wear. I went a little crazy with the whole “early Christmas gift to myself” thing and had about four different looks planned out for the festivities. Sadly, I didn’t have four Christmas parties to attend, so I had to pick one.
Lady Petrova Waterfalls dress
Topshop trench coat
Karl Lagerfeld for Melissa Shoes Incense heels
Topshop leather clutch
Jolie & Deen crystal ring
Swarovski crystal earrings
Yesterday the boyfriend and I finally went to see Les Miserábles. The book has been one of my all-time favourites ever since I first read it, many years ago, and I loved the movie too. Seeing it live has been on my bucket list for ages, so needless to say, I was really excited. The musical closes in Melbourne on the 20th, and then will tour Perth and Sydney in 2015. I’m really glad I got to see it, even though I left red-faced from crying so much. The story is as touching as ever, with great performances by the Australian cast and epic music that makes every hair on your body stand on end. If you have the chance to go see Les Mis, do it. It’s worth every cent.
To celebrate such a special occasion, I decided to wear my new Lady Petrova Waterfalls dress for the first time. By now you all probably already know that “being good to twirl around in” is totally one of my pre-requisites when buying new clothes, and this dress is perfect for it. The loose fit is quite different to what I usually wear, but the great thing about it is that it never made me feel big or shapeless. And to make it all even more fun, I paired it with my ice-cream heels from the Karl Lagerfeld collaboration with Melissa Shoes. I also appealed to my trusty trench coat from Topshop to keep me dry when it started pouring in the afternoon. Luckily it stopped raining just long enough for us to take a few pictures…
Ever since I moved to Australia in 2008 I have never gone back to Brazil. It’s crazy, and homesickness doesn’t even begin to describe what it feels like, but every now and then I find something that makes it more bearable. Walking into Melko for the first time was similar to what I imagine going home will be like. Located in bustling Fitzroy, the boutique is a slice of South America down under. I was welcomed by an array of colour, warmth and simple happiness as soon as I entered. It was as if the sun had decided to accompany me inside in an attempt to hide from the miserable weather on the street. I dropped my umbrella at the door and all of a sudden the colourful kaleidoscope had transported me back home.
The great team who works there had a lot to do with it, of course, making me feel very welcomed as they guided me through the store’s every offering. (A special thanks goes to the lovely Sarah who spent hours giving me a hand with everything. You’re a gem!) With a great selection of brands sourced directly from Brazil, it is no wonder that Melko has found a way to translate the Brazilian essence through clothes and accessories. From the very traditional Brazilian açaí beads, which are made into jewellery in a myriad different colours, to the clothes’ fabrics and shoe offerings, it all celebrates diversity and helps bring Melbourne fashion into a new international level.
Usually, I don’t identify with Brazilian fashion as much, even though I love it. I’m not a very colourful dresser, always prefer winter clothes to summer ones, and generally steer away from anything that looks handmade. Yet, I was still able to find things I loved and that complemented my wardrobe really well. I was already a fan of a few of the brands they stock, and the ones I discovered that day have become instant favourites. Some of them are: Totem, Farm, Uma, Mel by Melissa Shoes, Colcci, Arezzo and Tun.
That day I even learned how to wear my açaí beads necklace in ways I have never thought of before, and I am now finally able to incorporate them into looks that are more my style. My love of Mel Shoes is well-known, on the other hand, so it was also a lot of fun to be able to try on all of the new season’s styles, especially because unlike Melissa, Mel doesn’t have a physical store in Melbourne yet. And don’t even get me started on the jewellery, all made out of incredible materials such as rubber and recycled paper. I wanted to take them all home with me. In the next couple of weeks I plan of showing you different ways of styling the things I ended up choosing.
This family owned business has now expanded into four locations scattered throughout Melbourne. Wherever they are, their goal is to brighten the lives of locals by bringing them the best that South America’s designers have to offer. If you haven’t visited Melko yet, make sure you do, especially if you are after unique Christmas gifts. Here’s where you can find them:
18 Howey Place, Melbourne
3/232 Brunswick Road, Fitzroy
2/102 Gertrud Street, Fitzroy
2/599 Malvern Road, Hawksburn