After taking my girlfriend Rochelle, to a hospital appointment in the city the other day, we needed something to lighten the mood. The consultation went well, but any length of time spent in a medical establishment can only serve to spark a carpe diem shopping spree.
Brunswick Street was only a whisker out of our way so we decided it was worth exploring. It’s one of the few-strip shopping locations in Melbourne that still feature niche boutiques instead of major franchise stores. It didn’t disappoint. The hours evaporated rapidly. And just when we thought we were done, we came across a store perfectly suited to Rochelle who is famous for her obsession with cats.
Lion in Love. I was thrilled for Rochy, and also for myself, because I instantly had a willing model. The store does mainstream chic with a touch of the bohemian, plus a few pieces that tastefully incorporate feline into fashion.
Okay, so there are about three trillion t-shirts out there featuring lions and cats, but this sequined number stands out from the jungle because of it’s particular attention to detail. This is taking bling to a whole new art form. And we love those hypnotic red eyes… the lion that is, not glamour model Rochelle.
Being more of a dog lover myself, I was pleased to find the boutique also caters to those with a penchant for pooches. Or wolves…
Leopard print has made a big comeback this winter (again…) and because we know it will always be in fashion, it’s a worthwhile investment. We loved this dress because it also gave us a chance to experiment with the many very reasonably priced accessories in the store.
But just to prove Lion In Love does have pieces without a feline flavour, here’s a dress that’s a bit Jackie O and a bit Chanel-ish. The ring is also from the store’s accessories collection and is just $29.
Rochelle did such a great job as a model, I’m going to have to ask her to come with me on my next fashion foray. And just for the record, (because someone asked after the last fashion post) no, I am not paid by stores to write this. I just focus on shops I come across that appeal to me and hope will also be of interest to you.
Lion in Love is located at 329 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. (Ph – 03 9415 14660