ESTABLISHED DESIGNERS

BALENCIAGA

CREATIVE DIRECTOR – Demna Gvasalia “the hottest thing in Paris fashion” has been appointed in October 2015 as Artistic Director, taking the reigns from Alexander Wang. OWNED by Kering company FOUNDED 1919, by Spanish couturier Cristobal Balenciaga Balenciaga is a French fashion house founded by Spanish designer Cristóbal Balenciaga. Cristóbal Balenciaga had a reputation as a couturier of uncompromising standards and was referred to as "the master of us all" by Christian Dior. His bubble skirts and odd, feminine, yet ultra-modern shapes were trademarks of the house and worn by Spanish aristocracy. Balenciaga’s first runway show featured designs heavily influenced by the Spanish Renaissance, transforming the female silhouette and empowering women of the 20th century by removing the waist and corseted figures and focusing on straight cuts. This new silhouette for women is one of the most significant contributions to the world of fashion to date, redefining the standard of luxury fashions for the last century. The House of Balenciaga is now owned by the French multinational company Kering. Parlour X is has traditionally and respectively represented the first Balenciaga collections from it past three creative directors; the prolific Nicholas Ghesquiere, sensationalist Alexander Wang and now, boy-wonder Demna Gvasalia – whose own label VETEMENTS will also be represented by Parlour X for the first time in 2016. The label continues to be a favourite of Parlour X clients, and with the new appointment of Demna Gvasalia, a powerful and avant-garde force, will embody a unique and exciting voice and approach to the silhouettes we know the brand for.  

CÉLINE

FOUNDED in 1945 by Céline Vipiana CREATIVE DIRECTOR Phoebe Philo Céline is a French ready-to-wear and leather luxury goods brand that has been owned by LVMH group since 1996. This luxury women’s wear brand has been transformed by creative director Phoebe Philo's understated refinement. She has “reinvented the way women dress and transformed a mere house into a fashion cult.” Originally launched in 1945, the French luxury house expanded during the 60’s with women’s footwear, handbags, and a RTW collection of couture sportswear. Celine was one of the first luxury brands to open up distribution internationally, and their focus on global expansion continued over the next decades. Helmed for over forty years by Céline Vipiana, Michael Kors took the reins in 1997 to 2004. After Kors, ex-Burberry designer Roberto Menichetti helmed as head designer but within one year was succeeded by Ivana Omazic. In September 2008 the label announced that ex-Chloe visionary Phoebe Philo would step in to take the reins. Today, the label is one of the most influential and powerful luxury houses in the world, with a fervent following of which the demand shows no signs of slowing. The house of Celine has redefined what women want to wear, with a minimalist, clean aesthetic and understated approach. It’s unintentional creation of cult hand bags and footwear, make the label that much more desirable. Parlour X is thrilled to exclusively select iconic Celine hand bags, RTW ensembles and elegant footwear from Paris to Australia, ensuring clients have a curated offering on par with the leading boutiques of the world.  

CHLOÉ

FOUNDED in 1952 CREATIVE DIRECTOR Clare Waight Keller Gaby Aghion created Chloé with a vision she called “luxury prêt-à-porter.” Naming the brand after her friend Chloe who she felt personified the essence of the brand, Chloé was Aghion’s answer to the demand for a label that combined the high quality of haute couture with the accessibility of ready-to-wear, during a time when the luxury fashion houses only offered haute couture. In the 70s, its bohemian, feminine details made it a favorite of icons like Grace Kelly, Brigitte Bardot, and Jackie O. Chloé is known for launching the careers of young designers, including a 28-year-old Karl Lagerfeld in 1966, 26-year-old Stella McCartney in 1997 and Celine’s Phoebe Philo. Today, the label is helmed by London native Clare Waight Keller since 2011. Bags and shoes continue to rank among Chloé’s most coveted wares. The brand’s romantic Parisian nonchalance burns brightly, the signature style embodying the carefree attitude of the modern Chloé woman. The label has maintained a romantic yet mature elegance while still remaining current, and recent heightened success stems from Clare Waight Keller’s understanding of what makes the Chloe brand resonate with women, stating “I love the fact that Chloe was started by a woman, and I love the fact that it speaks to women, it’s not a conceptual brand It’s much more sensitive. It’s intuitive to women.” As one of our most prevalent brands for four years, Parlour X caters to the Chloe woman looking for sophisticated and feminine pieces with a light and youthful essence. Our amazing hand bag selection from the iconic ‘Faye’ and ‘Drew’ continue to draw attention, amongst our selection of shoes, dresses and brass and silver jewels.  

ISABEL MARANT

FOUNDED in 1994, Paris CREATIVE DIRECTOR Isabel Marant Paris-based designer Isabel Marant is renowned for her ability to create a uniform of effortless pieces that exude feminine elegance and that create an immediate desire of necessity. Known for her bohemian aesthetic and fervently coveted creations, the designer has captivated a worldwide audience embodying a casual, perfectly tousled but never over-thought look. Her clothes are worn by some of the world's most fashionable stars including Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, Kate Bosworth and Alexa Chung. The Isabel Marant Etoile line, established in 2000 continues to set new standards for sports luxe and sophisticated casual wear, as do the infamous Isabel Marant sneakers and boots that have a gained a cult following around the world for their unique, trend setting attributes. Parlour X was the first and largest stockist in the Southern Hemisphere of the label. Clients have come to know the boutique for it’s wide-ranging, yet hand-selected offering. No one knows the collection and seasons past more intimately than Director and Buyer Eva Galambos, having bought the brand for over 10 years and who has built a strong following of Australian fans.  

JUNYA WATANABE

FOUNDED in 1993 CREATIVE DIRECTOR Junya Watanabe Japan based designer Junya Watanabe, who is the protégé of Comme des Garcons’ Rei Kawakubo, has become renowned for his complexity, thought and creativity ultimately expressed in the simplest ways. Beginning his apprenticeship at Comme des Garçons as a patternmaker, he was promoted to chief designer of Tricot knitwear line and then moved on to design for the Comme Des Garçons Homme line. In 1993, he has worked under his own name as part of Comme des Garçons, aptly titled 'Junya Watanabe Comme Des Garçons’, showing in Paris that same year. Watanabe, like his mentor Rei Kawakubo, is renowned for designing innovative and distinctive clothing. He is particularly interested in synthetic and technologically advanced textiles and fabrics as but also uses more traditional materials. Watanabe is often considered a "techno couture" designer, creating unusually structured clothes out of modern, technical materials. Much like Comme des Garcons, Parlour X’s affinity with the brand is an appreciation for the pure art form of each design. The boutique has become a destination for all clients who coveted the Comme des Garcons label, from PLAY to Junya Watanabe.  

PROENZA SCHOULER

FOUNDED in 2002, NYC CREATIVE DIRECTORS Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez Proenza Schouler is a New York based womenswear and accessories brand founded by designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez who met while studying at Parson’s School of Design. The duo eventually collaborated which became their first collection as Proenza Schouler. Named after the designers' mothers' maiden names, Proenza Schouler is defined by its fusion of craftsmanship and attention to detail with a sense of refined ease. Inspiration drawn from contemporary art and youth culture is combined with an emphasis on tailoring and the use of custom developed fabrics. Proenza Schouler has played an important role in reinvigorating American fashion. Awarded with the inaugural CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund award in 2004, the emerging brand was established as a leading talent in the industry. Proenza Schouler has won five CFDA awards including the 2003 Swarovski award for Ready to Wear, the 2009 Accessory Designer of the Year award, and the Womenswear Designer of the Year award in 2007, 2011 and 2013. Proenza Schouler launched its first handbag collection in 2008, including the PS1, a classic satchel that embodies a sense of wearable luxury that has become the brand's signature. Proenza Schouler is sold in over 100 of the most exclusive retail outlets worldwide, including Parlour X.  

SAINT LAURENT

FOUNDED in 1966, Paris CREATIVE DIRECTOR Heidi Slimane Yves Saint Laurent was best known as an influential European fashion designer who impacted the fashion world in the 1960s to the present day. Under Christian Dior's tutelage in Paris, Yves Saint Laurent’s designs gained notoriety and led to the launch of his namesake label. Saint Laurent outfitted women in what has become iconic blazers and smoking jackets and signature pieces including the sheer blouse and the jumpsuit. A true icon, Yves Saint Laurent became the first designer to have a retrospective on his work at the Metropolitan Museum in New York City. In January 2002, Saint Laurent participated in his final show and then retired in Marrakech. Since 2012, under the creative direction of French born Hedi Slimane, who held the position of creative director for Dior Home for seven years, the label has been re-imagined with a grunge-bohemian aesthetic. By Slimane’s request, the ready-to-wear lines were rebranded as Saint Laurent, and the design studio was partially relocated to LA. The contemporary Saint Laurent adopts a youthful and cultural driven approach, with influences closely tied to the music scene. Whilst this has proved to be extremely commercially successful, the designs are created without refraining from the sophistication and classicality ingrained in the iconic label by its founder. We are honoured to provide an exclusive selection of Saint Laurent RTW clothing, shoes and bags, featuring the statement YSL monogramme.  

STELLA MCCARTNEY

FOUNDED in 2001, London CREATIVE DIRECTOR Stella McCartney Born and raised in London and the English countryside, Stella McCartney graduated from Central St Martins in 1995. A signature style of sharp tailoring, natural confidence and sexy femininity was immediately apparent in her first collection and after only two collections, in 1997, she was appointed the Creative Director of Chloe in Paris and enjoyed great success during her tenure. Stella McCartney launched her eponymous fashion house in a partnership with Kering as a 50/50 joint venture and showed her first collection in Paris in October 2001. A lifelong vegetarian, Stella McCartney does not use any leather or fur in her designs.  Stella McCartney’s commitment to sustainability is evident throughout all her collections and is part of the brand’s ethos to being a responsible, honest, and modern company. Stella McCartney’s achievement in fashion and social awareness has been recognized on numerous occasions, and her balance of exuberant creativity is showcased at Parlour X as one of Director, Eva Galambos’ personal favourite's.  

VALENTINO

FOUNDED in 1960 CREATIVE DIRECTOR Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli Established by legendary fashion designer Valentino Garavani and his business partner Giancarlo Giammetti, Valentino continues to move its storied legacy forward with the design aesthetic of designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli. Valentino offers a wide range of luxury products from Haute Couture and Prêt-à-Porter to an extensive accessories collection that includes bags, shoes, small leather goods, belts, eyewear, silks and perfumes. In October 2008, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli were named Valentino Creative Directors, following Monsieur Valentino’s decision to retire. A choice that proved to be fruitful and demonstrating the ability to fully understand and interpret the Valentino world, a vision that was applauded unanimously. Hollywood stars, socialites and fashion leaders were immediately wooed by their creations. The fashion house took a new path. Backed by technical expertise jealously protected in the ateliers, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli began writing a new page in the history of the company. The perspective changed and Valentino’s ideal woman evolved. Condensed and simplified, the grace and precious delicacy that have always been a part of Valentino’s DNA are now contemporary and full of contrasts. Parlour X is proud to have become Australia’s first and exclusive stockist of RTW in Australia. Everything, without distinction, expresses Valentino style.  

VICTORIA BECKHAM

FOUNDED in 2008, Australia CREATIVE DIRECTOR Victoria Beckham Since launching her womenswear line in 2008 with a range of easy dresses and slim separates, the former pop-star has continued to impress critics with her expanding aesthetic, growing her brand into a global fashion label that now includes handbags, sunglasses and shoes. Unlike most other celebrity-designed products, Beckham oversees all production and design aspects herself and has successfully parlayed her personal profile into a high quality fashion brand. “I want to get bigger and bigger,” she told T magazine. “I absolutely want an empire.” In the years since, Beckham has expanded her brand into handbags, sunglasses and shoes. Initially renowned for her contemporary body-con dresses, Victoria Beckham continues to expand her repertoire with stunning evening wear, separates and clothing for all occasions being present in the mix. Parlour X offers a curated selection of evening wear and classic tailored gowns for the Parlour X clientele.
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