A new, totally fab boutique called La Luna opened up near me recently. It’s the girliest place I’ve been in in quite a while…which is lovely except that every time I pop in or happen by, I’m either on the way to the gym in my Glock baseball hat and gym gear, or I’m on the way home in my Glock hat (thanks again, Big B) and my now-sweaty gym gear. Makes me feel a like a big ol’ bull in a china shop. But anyway.
Despite the fact that I looked like a total dag (as they say here in Oz), I still had the cojones to wander in one day and was duly impressed. First, this is hands-down the best boutique in little Cronulla; all elements have been well-contemplated, from the storefront, to the bags and biz cards, to the Web site (a rarity in Oz, frankly). Second, the stock is extremely well-edited. The buyer/owner has a brilliant eye…I’d wear almost everything in the store. Third, I discovered the magic that is a Lisa Brown creation. Part of what drew me in were these ahmazing dresses I saw in the windows that were airy and bedecked with braided silk…turns out they are all by Lisa Brown.
Lisa Brown is an relatively new Aussie designer (and working mother) who hails from the Gold Coast. Her design style is Grecian goddess meets bohemian trust-funder—think 70s silhouettes and maxi-dresses in sumptuous, lightweight silk. What I love about her pieces, other than the fact that they are somehow sweet and sexy at the same time, is that they have a very distinct look and personality. (Brown will become famous for her clever use of braided, corded silk, kind of like how Kokosalaki became known for her draping.) By the time I flipped through the final rack at La Luna, I could already spot the Lisa Brown frocks before I got to them.
I sincerely hope Lisa Brown continues growing her business and cultivating her unique look. I also hope her designs eventually make it to the States, because the dresses are truly gorgeous and a delight to see and touch. Her work is just beautiful and I think many a woman would absolutely relish the idea of getting her hands on and her body in a Lisa Brown dress.