Top: Chelsea Design
Skirt: Kelda Leigh
Shoes: Chie Mihara
What an exciting weekend that I spent with InnerCityChic up in Sydney!
First up, on reader Kristy’s recommendation, I visited the Finders Keepers Market, which afforded me the opportunity to see some Very Special Goodies in person – many of which I recognised from mooning over them in the pages of Frankie Magazine. Only the thought of the Paddington Markets the next day kept me frugal, but I picked up handfuls of business cards, so it’ll be all about Shopping Online for the next few months I think!
I love Melbourne, I do. The shops, the people, the food… but I’m going to be brutally honest here: Melbourne markets suck. They do. Apart from the monthly Shirt & Skirt Market and the adorable, but miniature Rose Street Markets most markets in Melbourne seem to be tourist traps full of mass-produced dross, soap stalls and polished stones with trams painted on them. There’s nothing that could compete with Sydney’s Paddington Markets, or if there is (ohplease, ohplease) I haven’t found it yet.
I have a real soft spot for the Paddington Markets. As a teenager and budding fashion tragic it used to be a regular treat to visit the markets with my Dad every time we went up to Sydney.
The market has evolved and grown dramatically since I last visited it a few years ago, but the quality of the products is as exceptional as ever, especially when it comes to the fashion stalls. There were lots of floaty silk tunic type things, lots of neutral palettes, lots of lace and lots of miniskirts. And – as usual – almost everything on offer stopped at a size 14 (and a small one at that).
I had a little wad of money burning a hole in my pocket, so imagine my delight when I found, tucked away near the food stalls (incidentally, is it possible to have a market in Australia that doesn’t have a Poffertjes Stall? And has anyone figured out how to pronounce it yet?) a gorgeous creature called Kelda Leigh with a riot of curls that I immediately coveted and a range of skirts that went up to a size 18.
I made a bee-line for a skirt that looked like it had walked off the set of The Education and lo, it fit beautifully.
The skirts at Kelda Leigh are very simple and classic shapes, she’s got a good eye for colours, and everything’s really well produced and finished. She also tells me she does custom sizes, and ships internationally from her online shop. Check out the “sale” section where you can search by size, which is a great timesaver.
Now, in other news, eagle eyed readers may have spotted me recently on the pages of theFrench Glamour magazine! Whoop! Whoop! It was such an honour to be included, alongside Gabi from YFF, J from Fatshionable, Sakina from Saks In The City, Stephenie from Le blog de Big Beauty, and Kylanita, who is a new favourite.
How wonderful to see a mainstream fashion mag doing a feature on “fatshion”, let’s hope the Australian media follows suit!