Australia's fashion capital is bursting at the seams with emerging and established designers, and retailers. Here's our pick of the best places to shop in Melbourne.
If you’re looking for luxury
Chadstone is more like a shopping city than a mall (the biggest in Australia). The 500-plus stores offer international and local fashion, homewares, accessories and bling – think Prada, Burberry, Chanel, Gucci and Australian favourite Camilla. There’s also a cinema and 1300-seat food court and it’s just a 20-minute drive from the Melbourne CBD.
1341 Dandenong Rd, Chadstone
If you love boutique finds
The off-Broadway of Melbourne shopping, Flinders Lane is home to local label Alpha60, style icon Christine Barro’s star-studded accessories boutique Christine, edgy independent label Life with Bird and jeweller E.g.etal, which stocks the collectable Julia deVille. On Little Collins Street find the swoon-worthy home of edgy French couture, Marais, stockist of Céline, Balenciaga and Givenchy.
If you want Australian designers
High Street, in the genteel south-side suburb of Armadale, has become a mecca for all things at the cutting edge of fashion, including the party-friendly gear of Camilla and Marc, the directional tailoring of Scanlan Theodore, plus Carla Zampatti, Leona Edmiston, Ginger & Smart and Josh Goot – just to name a few. You’ll find it a 20-minute drive from the city.
If you like European labels
Melbourne’s latest luxury retail mall, the just-finished St Collins Lane, is a shopping haven between Collins and Little Collins streets. It features flagship boutiques from edgy fashionistas, including London-based Reiss, Sandro, Maje and high-end French label The Kooples. A little more than a block away, on Collins Street, you’ll find that other much-coveted French label, Louis Vuitton (139 Collins Street).
260 Collins Street, Melbourne