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The State of Perth’s Fashion Right Now

Perth’s CBD stores are keeping their doors open later than ever, so you can run-a-muk through-out the shops lined up on Perth’s Hay Street and Murray Street after work more than ever.

– by Olivia Senior

 

It’s cold, I’ve just finished work, I park my car with the willingness to pay for overpriced parking. I’m walking at a good pace determined to get in and out as soon as possible, hoping I’ll find something new to wear for Saturday night. With my flat combat work boots, I get closer and closer with each step sounding like high heel shoes as I stride on the damp pavement.

But it seems Perth’s wardrobe is as confusing as a girl trying to find something to wear last minute on a night out.

Store windows and clothing racks weren’t up to the usual standard. No doubt there are lots on offer, however nothing striking or eye-catching enough that would usually have you wanting to fork-out the remnants of last weeks’ pay.

The fact is Perth’s fashion is plain and simply not good enough right now, and is it acceptable to just see these stores become copycat designers.

After a few hours of shopping I realised I would have only purchased something if I became really desperate or had money to fling.

To be fair, when a new season approaches these stores are pretty on top of refreshing stock and presenting it in a way that makes it appetising to the public. They are trying, in collaborative competition, to give us the consumer what we want, the newest trend coming down the catwalks or as seen on Instagram. It is inevitable we are going to see the same designs circulate. But what happened to originality?

The fact is Perth’s fashion is plain and simply not good enough right now, and is it acceptable to just see these stores become copycat designers.

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The upcoming WA Born fashion event and the Telstra Perth Fashion Festival are almost on our doorstep and they will hopefully aspire to offer new designs, ideas and concepts to the local people. I am hoping it will help inspire people to think differently about how they spend their money and not merely buying something just because there is nothing else on offer.

The question is when will we see more originality in big retail stores? Why is it we have to rely on upcoming fashion events and student graduates to help bring something new. It is time the fast fashion industry stood up and stopped copying and started creating.

 

Photo credits: www.experienceperth.com, model.com

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