I was going to say that my love affair with capes started a few years ago but truth be told it can probably be traced all the way back to my childhood love of princesses. The only thing that fascinated me more than their gorgeous dresses was the cape that went with it. For example, my favourite Belle outfit in Beauty and the Beast was the one she wears out in the snow. Iconic!
My favourite season is finally here! There’s nothing better than wearing boots and knits and there’s no prettier time of the year, so it’s no wonder I’m excited to start coming up with cosy autumn outfits. The only problem is that here in Melbourne it can get pretty chilly all of a sudden, even though it’s not winter yet, so sometimes it’s hard to resist the urge to start bundling up early. After all, knee-high boots and skirts are a cute combination, but they don’t really keep you warm.
The best thing about living in the Southern Hemisphere is being able to know what the main hits will be next season just by checking out what’s currently trending on the other side of the globe. One of the things I’ve been watching out for is the white shirt with blue pinstripes. There’s been a few of them around this summer, but by the time autumn comes around they will probably be everywhere. Sleeveless or with long sleeves, with extra ruffles or some embroidery… You pick!
It’s probably obvious by now that I can’t wait for summer to be over. As much as I love wearing dresses, having to hide from the sun and feeling hot all the time gets old really fast. Though Melbourne weather is generally pretty terrible, with extremely hot summers, there’s one thing I usually hate about it that actually ends up working in my favour: how unreliable it is.
Ever since I moved to Australia in 2008 I have never gone back to Brazil. It’s crazy, and homesickness doesn’t even begin to describe what it feels like, but every now and then I find something that makes it more bearable. Walking into Melko for the first time was similar to what I imagine going home will be like. Located in bustling Fitzroy, the boutique is a slice of South America down under. I was welcomed by an array of colour, warmth and simple happiness as soon as I entered. It was as if the sun had decided to accompany me inside in an attempt to hide from the miserable weather on the street. I dropped my umbrella at the door and all of a sudden the colourful kaleidoscope had transported me back home.
The great team who works there had a lot to do with it, of course, making me feel very welcomed as they guided me through the store’s every offering. (A special thanks goes to the lovely Sarah who spent hours giving me a hand with everything. You’re a gem!) With a great selection of brands sourced directly from Brazil, it is no wonder that Melko has found a way to translate the Brazilian essence through clothes and accessories. From the very traditional Brazilian açaí beads, which are made into jewellery in a myriad different colours, to the clothes’ fabrics and shoe offerings, it all celebrates diversity and helps bring Melbourne fashion into a new international level.
Usually, I don’t identify with Brazilian fashion as much, even though I love it. I’m not a very colourful dresser, always prefer winter clothes to summer ones, and generally steer away from anything that looks handmade. Yet, I was still able to find things I loved and that complemented my wardrobe really well. I was already a fan of a few of the brands they stock, and the ones I discovered that day have become instant favourites. Some of them are: Totem, Farm, Uma, Mel by Melissa Shoes, Colcci, Arezzo and Tun.
That day I even learned how to wear my açaí beads necklace in ways I have never thought of before, and I am now finally able to incorporate them into looks that are more my style. My love of Mel Shoes is well-known, on the other hand, so it was also a lot of fun to be able to try on all of the new season’s styles, especially because unlike Melissa, Mel doesn’t have a physical store in Melbourne yet. And don’t even get me started on the jewellery, all made out of incredible materials such as rubber and recycled paper. I wanted to take them all home with me. In the next couple of weeks I plan of showing you different ways of styling the things I ended up choosing.
This family owned business has now expanded into four locations scattered throughout Melbourne. Wherever they are, their goal is to brighten the lives of locals by bringing them the best that South America’s designers have to offer. If you haven’t visited Melko yet, make sure you do, especially if you are after unique Christmas gifts. Here’s where you can find them:
18 Howey Place, Melbourne
3/232 Brunswick Road, Fitzroy
2/102 Gertrud Street, Fitzroy
2/599 Malvern Road, Hawksburn