– by Nick Morlet
Earlier this month the Good Shepherd hosted the latest in a series of parties run by the people responsible for Gala Apparel down in Leederville. Why? Because the hoards of beautiful people with sassy faces that have are drawn to everything Gala Apparel need a place to party. Named in memory of Salvador Dali, and seeking to “bring surrealistic and unique apparel to individuals worldwide,”Gala is young Perth-based boutique that provides monochrome streetwear for Perthlings all over.
The evening started relatively slow, scattered groups conversing under hectic mood-lighting that better fit the latter part of the night, which saw a major pickup in numbers just in time for the headlining act, local punk outfit Sly Withers.Drinks were cheap, with $5 Pimm’s cups & $6 IPAs, and surrealistic artworks by friends of the organisers were proudly displayed for the giveaway later in the evening. Gala DJs spun a hearty mix of 80’s & early 2000’s hits, giving way to Sly Withers who provided some rad garage tunes, working the restless crowd nicely. The vibe was laid-back and comfortable: everyone was in their element, but none more so than the Gala girls themselves, who seemed more interested in ensuring a killer night than shifting product. Most of all the night felt like a celebration of the scene; young, like-minded individuals brought together by one of Perth’s more interesting fashion labels. Be on the lookout for the next of these unique events.