Le Voyage

 

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As many of you will already know, Sian – owner and head of rpmmelbourne women’s department  – made a mad dash for Paris a few weeks back to find new labels from the style capital to bring back for our devoted fashionistas here in Melbourne.

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Images of embellished, whimsical, dreamy fashion came filtering through our shop phone as Sian kept us updated on her buys. Swooning, (shrieking occasionally) we got VERY excited about what’s in store for us next year.

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Hot on our list of questions upon her return were – what were the French girls wearing? Well, the word is, they are still mainly rocking classic combinations centered around denim, with bombers, trenches and blazers the jackets du jour.

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(One style hack Sian spotted and is ready to test is the scarf worn as shawl over a simple t-shirt – come in store for a demo!)

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As we’ve had a new drop of denim and tops from Etienne Marcel, Rich & Royal and  Chaser, we’ve been thinking about that timeless French combination of a Breton tee (as pioneered by Coco Chanel back in 1917) with denim and what it is that makes French style so fascinating.

“The real French style is not only about clothes, it’s more about a behavior,” says Parisian street style photographer Frédéric Vielcanet. “Having a personal look is only one of the aspects besides a certain kind of easygoing [attitude] toward life in general. I would say that French girls dare things and they assume to be free. I wonder if, besides fashion stuff, it’s not the reason why they are like a mystery and object of fascination for so many people.”

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“The idea is to find the real you, and to not be a product of what society wants you to be,” says Caroline de Maigret co-author of the bestselling How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are.

 This is exactly the kind of fashion philosophy we live by here at rpm. Real lives, real women, real personal style. There’s a French concept that describes true beauty as “cooler that perfect” and we couldn’t agree more. Take a French lesson here with us!
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Outfit: Black long line blazer By Malene Birger $865, Breton stripe tee Rich & Royal $135, denim shorts BA&SH (last pair now on sale) $245, suede sandals Rabens Saloner $420.

Take Flight in Black & White

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It’s the end of winter – hooray! School holidays are a mere two weeks away but it couldn’t be sooner for those of us who have weathered the months of wind and grey in Melbourne.

We want an escape NOW! Why not grab the chance offered by that under-played celebration, Father’s Day, and head to your favourite mini break destination? Taking cue from the monochrome palette of By Malene Birger’s interiors (see image above!), we have devised two bags, one for her and one for him, that will see you through the weekend in Nordic-inspired style.

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For her: (from top left) By Malene Birger weekender bag $420, By Malene Birger boucle knit $545, Miu Miu sunglasses $440, AG Legging Ankle jeans $369, By Malene Birger neo-preen trainers $480, By Malene Birger monogrammed scarf $200, By Malene Birger wallet $320

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For him: (from top left) nanamica bag $899, Fred Perry Italian made knit $310, TLC high-tops $580, Gran Sasso knitted shirt $339, Persol sunglasses $430,  Eight & Bob cologne $264, Anderson belt $139, Haikure textured chino $369

Check out the Spring/Summer collection from By Malene Birger in store now and be sure to follow our new page devoted to our menswear department @rpmmelbournemen as new deliveries are arriving daily. This week? Quality summer knits from Italian heritage brand Gran Sasso.

 

Raben’s Universe

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Rabens Saloner is a label that has an elusive emotional power. It speaks to those who love it in a way that extends beyond fashion into the interior landscape of a person, reminding us of wild, wonderful things: bonfire nights on moonlit beaches, Led Zeppelin songs, the freedom feeling of an epic road trip, of speeding down a desert highway with our hand out the window.

Beauty, integrity and and artisinal traditions merge, creating an instant connection to the clothes that continues and grows with the wearing.

Shapes and fabrics are recognisable yet while Rabens Saloner will mix and match and play with contrasts it stays true to its essence every season.

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The current collection is inspired by the Japanese word ‘Kintsukuroi’ – meaning the art of repairing what is broken with gold or silver and the understanding that sometimes being broken only makes things more beautiful.

Accents of gold are used throughout the entire collection to fuse disparate ‘broken pieces’ together. Elements of high end 70’s mix with formal silhouettes in casual fabrics. Suede as a dominating material adds a soft structure and raw appeal. Oriental motifs are never far away in Raben’s universe, and prints from different eras and countries are reworked and recoloured and given harmony and sophistication.

Intricate patterned fabrics are made in Bali by artisans using wooden colour screens. The blocks must be placed with exact precision so that the dyeing is just within the fine lines of the detailed patterns. For each colour that needs to be added, the process is repeated. As the colour must dry before the next is added it can take days before the finished item is ready.

To see the current collection’s fabrics being made in their dye house in Bali, click here

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Fall in love with Raben’s universe at rpmmelbourne now.

One Ocean, All Lands

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One Ocean, All Lands (the ocean is one and the world is connected) is the mantra at the heart of Japanese label nanamica.

For their latest collection now at rpm menswear, nanamica have envisioned the travel style of creators who work in the city but are always on the move – the global citizen – and the whole array of scenes they meet in their travels.

From freezing temperatures outdoors to the sudden warmth of an office, from the confinement of long hours of transportation to relaxation or an important meeting when good manners are required.

The result? Multifunctional items, beyond trends but always in style, with smart features and fabric technology that will make you more comfortable wherever you go.

Tune in to nanamica’s rhythm of the ocean.

Le Tee Shirt

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Get the basics right and everything else falls into place.

You know what you need to go with that amazing pleated Malene Birger midi-skirt you bought last season? Those AG frayed hem crop flares we sold you a month ago? The chocolate leather flippy skirt from Rabens?

Yep, a perfectly cut, luxuriously fabricated t-shirt.

A great t-shirt turns a sophisticated outfit into something a bit cooler, edgier. In contrast, casual denim is elevated by the integrity of a luxury tee.

Good news is we have taken the guess-work out and found found the best basics for your wardrobe – they come from heritage French brand Majestic Filatures and a new drop has arrived to our women’s department.

For 25 years Majestic has developed deluxe t-shirts handcrafted in Paris and made in Europe. Their philosophy is to treat the basic item of clothing with luxury, simplicity and timelessness.

All their materials are hand-washed and the design process meticulously considered as in the tradition of a great fashion house.

Need some street style/celebrity inspiration? Here’s a pick of some of our favourite looks:

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Folk Like Us

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Call us naive, but we love folk-inspired fashion and our current collection from ba&sh has created beautiful examples of this indiginous style.

Like the art of its namesake, folk fashion has its roots in traditional culture and the craftsmanship of peasants. Decorative embroidery and fluid shapes take precedence over minimalism and tailoring. Fashion and art are fused in a humble way.

Every spring and summer the folk trend emerges with its own updates and modern muses. We like how this year we see it parred-back, with the flourishes of folk standing alone against frayed denim and simple accessories. Also from our current collection, this Intropia jacket (below) channels fashion-editor cool with folk-inspired fabric.

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Off-the-shoulder tops and dresses have become a major trend, after a slow burn for the past couple of years. This summer everyone will be showing their pretty collar bones and freckles will be see on the best of shoulders. Fusing both folk AND flattering, we love how this style says sexy without the usual flesh on show. Again, team a flouncy top with denim, from washed blue shorts to a pencil skirt or distressed jeans. We have denim from ba&sh and AG to fit the bill.

Ready, set, summer!