There’s no place like home

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On the global fashion map, Brisbane is often overlooked. Five years ago when I graduated university I couldn’t wait to leave the big-country-town for the bustling streets Sydney. But now having travelled far and wide, including to major fashion capitals of the world, I have to say “there’s no place like home”.

Over the weekend the city’s best retail precinct (cooler than the Grove in LA, I think!) came to life for RESORT, a celebration of James Street as a creative hub for fashion, lifestyle and design all influenced by Queensland’s tropical climate, presented by Elle Australia. There were outfit changes, plenty of air kisses, flutes filled with champagne and even a guerrilla fashion show.

I admit, Brisbane does play host to some absolute tack-a-rama events, yet RESORT was anything but. In fact, I RESORT’s After Dark is hands down one of the best events I’ve ever been to in this country. In conversation with the PR director of MAC Cosmetics, we concluded that an event like this, while needed in Sydney, might not be as well received by the fashion set further down south. But up here in Brisbane, we’ve come leaps and bounds in such a short amount of time, that the consumer here is open minded, adapts well to change and welcomes contemporary concepts with open arms.

Day One

Kicking things off early in the morning at my favourite boutique on the block, we sipped on smoothies and celebrated the launch of Molten Store‘s custom RESORT fragrance in collaboration with New York perfumery Demeter. Soon after I checked into my hotel NEXT Brisbane right in the heart of the city, and conveniently right on Queen Street Mall. After a few hours of emails I popped down for some shopping and grabbed a top to wear to the Optiko x Oliver People’s party later that night. My best friend stopped by for a glass or two of champagne at the incredible rooftop pool bar before we headed back to James Street. Thanks to Audi Centre Brisbane for the driver!

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Day Two

Up early with coffee in hand I headed straight to the girls at Sublime on James Street for a blow out. I’ve been obsessed with wearing my hair curly lately, so I asked for something a little 70s and let the girls do their magic. Then I raced across the road to the MAC Pro Store where Emma from the Melbourne team transformed me into a glowing golden dewy goddess, then I met my girlfriend and we headed for the Breezeblocks design forum where an incredible panel of architects, historians and designers talked all things Queensland architectural style, including the little fibro shacks I adore on the Gold Coast.

After a bite to eat at Fonzie’s and a quick outfit change later back at my hotel, we returned to James Street for After Dark.

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Day Three

Bright and early on one of the most beautiful spring mornings I’ve seen in a long time we had a light breakfast at Harvey’s with MAC before heading to the MAC Pro Store to play with the custom RESORT range. Then it was time for what I’d been waiting for the most – the MAC Masterclass which for a makeup newbie like myself was an absolute dream!

After breaking for lunch across the street at King Arthur, I stopped in at St Bart’s to view the Slim Aarons prints (obsessed!) and took part in a turban tying workshop at Eastern Pearson. The afternoon was spent listening Margaret Zhang, Holly Ryan, Lisa Gorman and the editor of L’Officiel talk all things technology, social media and, you guessed it, resort!

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Special thanks to:
NEXT Hotel

James Street
The F & S Group
Audi Centre Brisbane