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Heel the world
Let's be honest: finding great shoes in Perth is no
easy task. There are our favourite fail-safes and
some designer options, and while their offerings are
always excellent, sometimes a few stores alone can't
satiate a girl's shoe appetite. Which is why we're
always pleased to see new players with different la-
bels come to the fore (bank account not so pleased)
-- and why Hunter Store will make it on to our hit list
when we're craving footwear. The sleek, cool fit-out
designed by emerging interior designer Lance
McLeod showcases a well-curated range of flats and
heels with great aplomb, as well as highlighting their
select handbags and jewellery. Shoes have been
sourced nationally and internationally -- including
offerings from Perth's Tristan Blair, Beau Coops, Alex
& Alex and Sempre Di Mogil; with bags and jewel-
lery by names like Marc by Marc Jacobs and Erica
Weiner. Get your heels on at Shop 1/266
Carr Place, Leederville, (08) 9328 7300.
Inject some Hollywood glamour into your
party wardrobe with Zac Posen s famously
sultry designs, stocked for the first time in
Perth at Subiaco s Xile.
Stars such as Natalie Portman, and the sparkly
downtown girls of Manhattan flock to Zac
for his flirty 30s-and-40s-inspired dresses,
and now Perth girls can join in on the fun.
He seeks to fulfil fashion fantasy; he says: "I
think you buy fashion to dream... It s my job to
facilitate the image of that dream." Established
as one of the hottest designers in the US, Zac
makes an undeniably sophisticated debut at
Xile, showing garments with stunning necklines
and cut-out detail, ruching, block-colouring,
and of course, show-stopping party frocks.
Also here is ultimate Parisian label,
Balmain. Renowned for spawning the highly
padded and decorated shoulder silhouette,
and the "sequins-during-the-day" phenom-
enon, Balmain is taking the fashion world
by storm. Conceptualising "disco cavewoman
goes to the front", Balmain s latest collection is
set to sizzle with huge-shouldered, metal-em-
broidered military tailcoats, tattered T-shirts,
and artfully destroyed jeans.
Xile has also imported Herve Leger band-
age dresses (said to sculpt a woman s body to
perfection), and exquisite leather jackets by
fashion favourite Rick Owens.
All available at Xile at The Colonnade,
388 Hay St, Subiaco; (08) 9382 4119.
This year marks the 35th anniversary of Liz Daven-
port, one of WA s most celebrated fashion designers.
Renowned for colourful collections and innovative
co-ordinates, Liz s inspirational career and memo-
rable designs will be showcased in two retrospec-
tive exhibitions in Perth and Fremantle museums.
Beginning her fashion career in Perth in 1972,
Liz was quickly flushed with customers; making
so many garments she ran out of coat hangers to
hang them on. Her first collection was released in
1975, paving the way for the opening of her first
signature store in Murray Street, Perth.
Further stores followed in Australia, New
Zealand, and Singapore. Opening on salubrious
Bond Street in London was an exciting moment,
as was being named Australia s top fashion designer
in 1980 and receiving the Grand Award from the
Fashion Industry of Australia.
With an international recognition for mak-
ing stylish and elegant clothes, Liz Davenport has
amassed a plethora of A-list customers over the
past 35 years, dressing Hollywood stars, royalty,
judges, musicians, television presenters and politi-
cians. She remains very discreet about her famous
clientele, focusing instead on her unrelenting quest
to design intelligent clothes for intelligent women.
"Miracle-in-a-suitcase" is one of her most origi-
nal fashion concepts, and comprises 22 pieces that
can be worn an astonishing 300 different ways.
She also thought of the "four-piece principle",
where four garments: a sleeveless top, skirt, jacket
and pants are all worn monochromatically to give
the illusion of height and slimness.
Over the past decade daughters Katie and Jane
have brought a new generational perspective to
the label, and there are exciting future develop-
ments for the Liz Davenport empire to extend into
colour co-ordinated lingerie, luxurious sleepwear,
stylish travel luggage and a homewares collection.
Liz is personally looking forward to releas-
ing her first book, which will reveal her designer
secrets for special-occasion wear, figure fixers and
Liz Davenport is at the Bay View Centre, Claremont;
(08) 9383 1877, and the corner of Canning Highway
and Risely Street, Applecross; (08) 9315 2522.
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