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Now is its third year of frivolities, James Street played host to the Marie Claire Up Late event on April 3rd. As the sun set over the high fashion hub of boutiques, Brisbane’s fashion elite and style savvy shoppers filled the streets to meet and greet with designers, snap up an array of complimentary goodies, and enjoy in-store discounts.

Feeling very naughty stepping out on a school night, we started our evening at Sixes & Sevens with Marie Claire editor, Jackie Frank and the magazine’s talented team of fashion and beauty editors. Her career history made us appreciate her presence all the more; before Marie Claire, Jackie worked with the fashion department for Harpers Bazaar and had also graced pages as the Fashion Editor for both British Elle and American Elle magazines.

After snapping up our complimentary Marie Claire bag of treats, we freshened up our office-to-out look with a free express makeover at Lyla Clare. Owner Lyla Tuwhanhai has recently joined the James Street precinct after moving her salon from New Farm, bringing her creative team and loyal long time clients like Thelma Plum and Sam Cromack (Ball Park Music) with her. Her salon is a cut above the rest, always exceeding expectations. Lyla is highly regarded for her running involvement with Undress Runways and her prestigious ranking at #8 in the top 15 Australian Colourists by Harpers Bazaar.

On our way to Sans Peur to check out the fresh SS14 collection from Rick Owens, we were distracted by the Marie Claire photo booth and stopped to enjoy the limelight, pulling together the cover of next month’s issue amidst our busy fashion schedule.

We were rushed to catch Lydia Pearson and Pamela Easton, the creative duo behind Easton Pearson. How they find time to attend events like these on top of running their world-renowned label and being so amazing is beyond us, but it just goes to show how lovely these ladies are. Now in their 25th year and designing better than ever, the pair were also featured in last month’s documentary with Kirstie Clements, ‘Uncovering The Brisbane Look’, and were coined quintessential contributors to the unique aesthetic we don here in the Sunshine State.

Blonde Venus was another important stop for us, also approaching 25 years strong. From humble beginnings opening her first boutique in Elizabeth Arcade in the early 90’s, owner Thea Basiliou is an industry icon herself. Now all neighborhood friends based in James Street, Blonde Venus has helped launched the likes of Zimmerman and Gail Sorronda, as well as exclusively introducing international labels like House of Holland and Richard Nicoll to our shores.

On route to our final destination for a nightcap, we couldn’t make it past Calexico for their congregation on the street, so we followed the crowds in for their fashion ‘frat party’. Supported by a three-piece band, vodka slushies, a blow up doll and a ping-pong table, the staff at Calexico sure know how to create an atmosphere and entice new customers (retail 101). It made for a very interesting finish to our Up Late night out.

The Fashion Advocate x

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