Well-positioned on Melbourne’s most famous fashion strip – Chapel Street – Scanlan & Theodore has long been winning accolades in the style-stakes, always managing to keep one polished stiletto ahead of their competitors.
According to all reports, retail is doing it tough right now – but judging by the number of customers brushing shoulders in the store yesterday, Scanlan & Theodore isn’t feeling the pain. That’s probably because there aren’t many Australian designers who can match them for quality and unique styling.
I was also impressed by the number of sales staff in store yesterday, making sure no customer was left unattended. Now that’s rare. And while they’re all blessed with model-perfect looks and legs that go forever – which is a tad intimidating – they’re all very friendly and helpful – another big tick.
But pricing? Wow. I guess that’s why some people call fashion at this level ‘art’ as opposed to the mass-produced, high-turnover, land-fill fashion from the global franchises.
And there are definitely some pieces worthy of that title. Such as this amazing red lace dress, which hugs the silhouette like a classic Valentino. Pure art.
But before you get too excited, only two were made and even though they carry a price-tag of $2000, both have been snapped up.
Keeping with the red theme, I was also impressed with the long red jersey dress, layered with a sleeveless red leather jacket. Not something that would suit anyone bigger than a size eight, and I’m not sure exactly where I’d wear it – but I still fancied it anyway. I reckon Cate Blanchett could carry it off.
For race-goers wanting to lock in their Spring Carnival wardrobes early, I found two dresses that might appeal. The first, being more structured, would work well for Derby Day, while the floaty mix of aqua, pink and purple would be perfect for Oaks.
Personally, I really wanted to take home the black leather peplum top, which turns a prim trend funky. The urban weave bomber jacket could also have found a home in my wardrobe – hypothetically.
And in case your eye was drawn to the necklace decorating the peplum top, take a closer look. Indeed, a lovely pendant on a metal rope – yours for just $600…
Scanlan & Theodore also showcase a fab range of shoes and handbags. I’m very partial to rose gold right now so loved the black bag, which looks far more attractive than the photo gives it credit. And the camel Alaia studded wedge would be perfect with just about anything – if only they could off take a zero…
Okay, I should stop going on about the price-tags. I’m probably just bitter and twisted that I’m still paying off a big holiday and can’t afford them. But if you can, get on in there and happy shopping.
Scanlan & Theodore is located at 566 Chapel Street, South Yarra.
Ph: (03) 9824 1800
They also have stores at 1061 High Street, Armadale and in Little Collins Street in Melbourne.