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:: Spotlight :: Recoleta Fashion Parade

By: Meaghan Butler

It’s Thursday, December 10 and the heavens are teasing a downpour of rain. I have come to witness Recoleta Boutique’s fabulous new summer collection. The parade is being held outside a new little eclectic art gallery called Brood Box in Rankins Lane, Melbourne. As I enter the party I am greeted with a glass of fine champagne, some smooth tunes and a host of Melbourne’s finest fashionistas.

Top shelf models have been hand-picked from elite modelling agencies including Academy For Men. As the laneway parade begins and the models are revealed, it is obvious that each have been selected to reflect the ‘bohemian, eclectic and carnivalesque’ style that is Recoleta. Leading the contingent of models is Australia’s Next Top Model beauty Samantha Downie. The guys and girls of the parade are strutting the alley, reflecting ease and confidence in the fresh, stylish garments they sport. .

The order of the day are soft, flowing shifts and maxi dresses for the girls and a collection of denim, shorts and tees in structured yet relaxed cuts for the boys. Each print is not only unique in design but a creative expression of it Argentinian designer. And just as the models make their final lap, sprinkles of light rain tickle the guests’ noses. Recoleta Boutique owners Anthony and Rosalyn Magnacca thank the heavens!

After the show I speak with Samantha Downie who is clearly impressed by the quality of garments, “The fabrics were soft silks and cottons and were very light weight, of hiqh quality and something I would definitely consider wearing again. Lots of bright colours - perfect for an Australian summer!”

Recoleta Boutique’s front woman, Rosalyn, is thrilled: “We thought the show was very successful, we have a great crowd, very understated and a relaxed mood. The show itself worked perfectly (thanks to some luck of the rain holding off) down the laneway… everyone seems to be having a great time based on the feedback”.

Anthony and Rosalyn opened their flagship store in Sydney Road, Brunswick some time ago. After having experienced considerable success in the retail business, they have recently expanded their empire with the extension of their new store located in Anderson Street, Yarraville.

They are very proud of their Boutique as Rosalyn explained, “As you may know, we exclusively import Argentinean designer labels, Tascani for men, and Desiderata and Rapsodia for women. The overall feel of the clothing is relaxed, bohemian, romantic and incorporates spirited designs. Flowing and colourful fabrics, high quality including many of our tees, jeans and tunics made from Pima Cotton, which is only derived from Peru all over the world, and it is the highest quality cotton you can get. We also have all our accessories, including leather shoes, leather handbags and belts, and jewellery - all handpicked and handmade from Argentina. We believe in high quality products without the high price tags. Our stock is not only exclusive but limited, as we only order very minimal amounts to keep it individual and special for our customers. Mainstream is definitely not our thing.”

Labels include Rapsodia, Tascani, Desiderata and Katherine.

You can catch their stellar one-offs here

Recoleta Boutique co-owner Rosalyn Magnacca
Amber Renae & Phil Bucknell Miss World Victoria Mietta Gornall & Rian Uygun
Rhys Ripper (second from left) and friends from Academy For Men
singer Renee Cassar & friend