Let’s be honest, AFF is fantastic for many things – not withstanding the opportunity to see amazing South Australian fashion and enjoy a glass of bubbles with the girls – one of them being the opportunity to go shopping for a brand new street-style worthy outfit.
In Adelaide we’re lucky to have a one-stop-shop when it comes to Rundle Mall and Rundle Street, whose offerings combine independent retailers and boutiques, department stores and high fashion designers. Whatever your price point or style, you’re bound to find what you need within this neat little strip!
Not that any of us really need that much encouraging for a shopping trip, but here are 8 reasons you should be shopping Rundle for AFF.
Cnr Rundle Mall/Pultney Street
Despite BNKR being worn and stocked around the globe, we were the first privileged city in the world to have our very own dedicated BNKR store. Since its opening in 2014, BNKR has become one of the most frequented stores in Rundle Mall, stocking our favourites – Finders, Keepsake the Label, C/MEO Collective, Jaggar and The Fifth Label – as well as featuring guest appearances from other accessory labels.
Whether it’s a statement piece you’re after, or some affordable basics, BNKR is your gal!
10 James Place
Nestled on one of Rundle Mall’s many off-shooting lane ways, you’ll find your go-to when it comes to affordable shoes. We know how it is, you thrash a pair of heels you love and then quietly cry thinking about how much money you spent on them. Thankfully with Spendless, you can get the designer look for a fraction of the price, and then happily wear them to death.
There’s a huge variety of styles – for women, men and kids – so no matter how crazy your outfit is, there’s a shoe to match!
Harvey the Label
237 Rundle Street
We love SA designer success stories, especially those involving home-grown designers growing out of their home digs into brick and mortar stores. Mim Harvey – head designer of Harvey the Label – took her label to New York Fashion Week before settling in her beautiful store on Rundle Street, fitting right in with some of the high street designers featured a few doors down.
Harvey the Label nails prints like few others, and features plenty of easy-wear pieces that are a great South Australian addition to any wardrobe.
257 Rundle Street
Who of us isn’t guilty of walking into Bauhaus ‘just for a look’, but then coming out with one of their beautifully wrapped packages? Bauhaus is widely known as a treasure trove, with rotating designers and brands featured in this small but mighty store.
The majority of Bauhaus’s stock is incredibly ethical, featuring artists and makers from all over the globe, including many from right here in South Australia. With her famous prints, Tiff Manuell is consistently stocked in Bauhaus, so you can snap up one of her bags or accessories when you need a pop of colour for your AFF outfit!
100 Rundle Mall
You could spend hours in David Jones, browsing the many designers and brands featured throughout their beautiful department store, but a lot of us have probably headed straight to The Daily Edited on the ground level once or twice.
Co-founded by Adelaide’s Alyce Tran, it’s hard to look past a monogrammed leather accessory, especially when they’re as beautiful as The Daily Edited. You can get your new purchase monogrammed right on the spot, and walk straight down to the AFF X White Marquee Grounds with your name or initials on show.
If you’re looking to go extra – whether it’s for AFF or Spring Racing Day – David Jones now stocks one of Adelaide’s best success stories of the last few years in Sylvy Earl. Her millinery has been worn by some of Australia’s most influential in fashion and racing – Lindy Klim and Vogue Editor Edwina McCann just to name a couple – so you can head straight into DJ’s to buy your very own piece of Sylvy. Hey, anything goes when it comes to street style at AFF!
22 Rundle Mall
Rundle Mall’s Myer store is home to the much-loved Acler, which apart from being a premier South Australian label, is quickly becoming one of Australia’s most exciting designers.
You can find a selection of Acler’s collections featured on the Myer floor, especially if you happen to be heading to the Super Saturday: Acler & Aje event. Myer also stocks Finders, in case you already left the BNKR store and have something else in mind you just have to have.
BNKR/Corner Rundle Mall & Pultney Street
Nothing adds glamour to an outfit quite like Cinquante jewelry and accessories. There are big bold statement pieces, or more subtle styles, but either way you’re finishing off your outfit with a bit of SA. We especially love their big and bold styles – like the Never Be Alone . You can shop Cinquante while you’re in the BNKR store, so you won’t have a mismatched outfit ever again!
5 Ebenezer Place
Just a few steps away from Rundle Street you’ll find one of the CBD’s most eclectic precints, featuring some of the best kept secrets in town! One of these is Naomi Murrell‘s flagship store, stoking the Adelaide stores original and beautiful artwork, clothing and accessories.
Naomi has been a mainstay of the SA fashion scene for years now, popping up at markets around town, but we can always pop into her store if we ever need a bit of Naomi. We love her recent addition of her Naomi Murrell art, but for AFF, we’re definitely taking a look at her effortless cool styles of clothing and accessories.
Shop at these stores and many more during the Vogue Festival, with two days of fashion, pop-ups and parties throughout Rundle Mall and Rundle Street. The Vogue Festival launches on Friday 19 October at 12.00pm in Rundle Mall, with Vogue Australia editor-in-chief Edwina McCann, David Jones ambassador Jessica Gomes and City of Adelaide Lord Mayor Martin Haese. Find out more here.