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The sales whisperer: Sydney’s best shopping October 20-27

First up in fashion news, Melbourne-based cult jewellery designer Emma Abrahams has launched a Sydney-exclusive collection with luxury retailer Harrolds’ entitled True Love as part of her Heart of Bone label. Working alongside the store’s womenswear buyer, Kathleen Buscema, the 13-piece collection is inspired by contemporary symbols of love and tattoos that have become Abrahams’ signature style over the years.

With couture and bespoke pieces now making a revival in the industry, Abrahams’ latest designs are an evolution of the gothic romance she does best, including motifs of roses, lightning bolts, skulls, daggers and pieces with the word ‘love’ inscribed. The collaboration also features hand-carved bracelets and necklaces with unique motifs, charm bracelets and signet rings.

Abrahams, who founded the business in 2013, sculpts each design in wax before casting into precious metals.  Available in both solid sterling silver and 18K gold plated brass, the pieces range from $220 up to $2,200.  This exclusive collaboration joins others that Harrolds, which has fostered strong relationships with Australian designers, has supported.

Westfield Sydney, 188 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000.

Australian denim specialists Jeanswest are offering 50 per cent off all jeans, including maternity, instore and online until Sunday. This rare sale comes weeks after the brand launched their collaboration with Cotton Australia, with the largest all-Australian cotton woven womenswear collection.

Instore and Online. Until October 22.

Worn by the likes of Chrissy Teigen, Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski, Nookie is holding a big three-day sale in Chippendale. The Australian brand, renowned for party dresses and swimwear, will have samples and exclusive one-off tops, playsuits, skirts and more starting at $10. 

16-22 Dick St Chippendale. Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 8am-8pm, Thursday 27 8am-5pm.

Nookie is holding their biggest sale over three days. Photo: Adam Flipp

Ever left an Opera Australia performance wishing you could get your hands on one of the period garments or props? Need a last-minute Halloween costume? Well it is time for you to enter centre stage, because the company is holding a two-day sale to sell the last of its retired stock to the public. The sale will feature more than 2000 pieces from the past – from fancy hats to fake-blood-splattered costumes, colourful chorus attire and casual wear. Prices start at $2.

66 Euston Road,Alexandria. Saturday 21-Sunday 22 10am-4pm.

If you’re more in the market to buy a dress this spring, why not get on-board with Frocktober, the annual charity drive that raises money for ovarian cancer research? There are some great stories of regular women embracing the cause, such as Andrea Smith, who is raising money by wearing the same dress, by designer Leina Broughton, for the whole of October, styled differently each day. 

To participate, register at the website and post photos of yourself wearing a frock using the hashtags #frocktober2017 and #frockonaustralia. Or, you can attend the charity gala dinner at the Sheraton Melbourne this Saturday, so you’d better be quick. See the website for details. -Melissa Singer

Still on the topic of fashion for good, Country Road has again teamed with the Red Cross to raise awareness about the volume of textiles sent each year to landfill. For every pre-loved Country Road item customers take to participating stores or Red Cross shops, the company is giving $10 to spend in store. Plus, the donated items have the chance to go to a new home. – Melissa Singer

Until October 22. Check website for details.

Country Road has partnered with the Red Cross to raise awareness about fashion wastage.

Just in time for spring racing, rental boutique Your Closet is holding their annual clearance sale with up to 90 per cent off gently used local designer brands. Expect to find pieces from Alex Perry, Camilla, Josh Goot, Thurley, Rebecca Vallance and more. 

Unit 18, 10-18 Orchard Road, Brookvale.Friday 20 1pm-7pm, Saturday 9am-4pm.

Beauty students at Ultimo Tafe this weekend are attempting to break a world record by applying makeup to 1000 faces in 24 hours. While it is free to have your make-up done and a gold coin for a manicure, donations for the Exodus Foundation, which supports Sydney’s homeless, are encouraged. Women are also being asked to bring any unwanted work wear, which will be donated to Dress for Success, a charity that provides disadvantaged women with work attire and professional development opportunities. 

TAFE NSW, Building W, Level 4, Marcus Clarke Building, 827-837 George Street, Ultimo. Saturday 21 from 7am. 

Melbourne-based manchester brand Siesta Home, created by Olympian Johanna Lyle has just released its latest collection, Nomad. All is bright in the collection, evoking a sense of nature or European adventure. Think countryside green grass and vibrant hues of native flowers, peach sunsets and dusty brown soils. The materials are also naturally sourced including cotton linen, cotton velvet and cotton percale.

“Siesta Home has been a postcard of my former life as an Olympian – using a mix and match approach to bedding, and making a house into a home,” says Lyle. 

“I have always been drawn to colour and experimenting with mixing and matching different tones. Every design has been carefully chosen to complement each other – which is why some are reversible! The concoction of colour and play on patterns is something that gives Nomad its unique personality.”

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“All these little elements worked together beautifully when designing Nomad, and I hope they spark a feeling of joy in nature and appreciation of its beautiful creations every

Since it launched on October 11, we’ve have been a wee bit obsessed with Gucci’s collaboration with the UK artist known as Unskilled Worker (real name Helen Downie). Spotted by Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele in 2015, their relationship has sprouted a 40-piece collection ranging from T-shirts to bags, all featuring Unskilled Worker’s signature floral and faces designs. A number of Australian brands have collaborated with artists recently, including Aje, which used prints from the archive of the late indigenous artist Minnie Pwerle in its recent collections, and Gorman, which has teamed with Mirka Mora and, more recently, Spanish artist Moreia Ruiz. -Melissa Singer

Source: http://www.theage.com.au/lifestyle/fashion/the-sales-whisperer-sydneys-best-shopping-october-2027-20171017-gz30aq.html

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