Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Christensen Copenhagen

So as you all know by now I am somewhat consumed by fashion, Shopping truly takes my mind off things, makes me feel great, makes me unable to eat but I look good starving. So as I trump my way around the city of Melbourne, Gold Amex in hand, I will attempt to give you an insight to the places I love, starting today with Christensen Copenhagen. One of the original Melbourne boutiques alongside Miss Louise and Cose Ipanema that have stocked a wide variety of European Luxury labels since the 60's and 70's respectively.

So the jewel in Christensen Copenhagen's crown would have to be Missoni and Pucci. They stock a serious amount of both across Dresses, Scarves, Skirts, Hats, Sunglasses, Bikinis, Skirts and Tops. The pricing is high but no worse than buying online, in these economic times its probably less. Some of the Cotton Jersey Pucci dresses go for $600 when online they can be $600 US and when you consider that a higher end Zimmermann dress is $750+ they are not that unreasonable. Well when you live in Sophie's delusional world they're not.

The Italian heavyweights are supported by Matthew Williamson, who spent three years as Head Designer at Pucci, sent Models down the 2006 NY Catwalk to MIA's Sunshowers and designed Kelis' Wedding Dress.

As well as By Malene Birger, which is fast becoming one of my favourite labels, started in 2003 by Malene Birger of Day Birger et Mikkelsen it draws inspiration from the 50's and 60's. The Danish designer also keeps the price to a much lower minimum for the Ready to Wear line, which means her stuff on Sale (particularly on the Sale Racks of Christensen) is quite reasonable. Again I mean reasonable in my understanding of the word.

The selection is rounded off with See by Chloe, Diane Von Furstenberg, Philosophy Di Alberta Ferretti and Hoss Intropia, amongst some less known others, which for Melbourne, whilst more and more labels are showing up on our shores, is still a pretty stellar collection of labels at the Mid-Low Level Luxury pricepoint.

Finally the service, the real clincher in choosing between Online Cheap shopping and having to deal with Rude, Obnoxious, Arrogant Sales bitches, was fantastic. Even though I was spending probably the minimum possible amount in the store, shopping generally from the Sale rack and wasn't really oozing wealth in a Zimmermann Tank and some hipster jeans, the Sales Assistant was lovely, taking my clothes whilst I shopped to the change room, putting me on the Sale mailing list and initiating conversations about the designers, the drops they are expecting and the best times to come in for bargains.

Overall Christensen Copenhagen has my vote, check it out in Albert Coates Lane (QV) or Double Bay if you are a Sydneysider.

1 comment:

Community College said...

i also look in their window and want everything but never go in. I want this missoni bikini in there soooo bad. I want their missoni everything in there but the bikini is probably the cheapest item. Plus i intend on living in bikinis this summer (er fitzroy public pool i guess?) so it's worth while. but not on my paycheck alas.