Born through the vision of the inimitable Wendy Marshall, Elle is an endearing icon of the Western Australian fashion landscape. Since 1969 Elle has been the local destination for international labels, reminding us that Perth and Paris exist in the same sphere - so there's no reason not to dress accordingly. Under the well-trained eyes of buyers Natasha and Corey the racks are filled with a sometimes-unexpected-but-always-chic selection that spans daywear to black tie (plus, of course, shoes, bags and jewellery. And a dedicated bridal suite!). Designer heavyweights including Lanvin, Stella McCartney and Givenchy give way to subtle tones from Rick Owens and Marithé + François Girbaud, while Romance Was Born, Bassike and Ksubi punctuate international street favourites including Acne, MSGM and Alexander Wang. Local talent doesn't get overlooked - you'll find Jamie Lee's opulent concoctions there next season!
The grand (and admittedly somewhat intimidating - but I promise they don't bite) exterior houses a celebration of art, design and style that proved itself an invaluable link to the runways long before next-day-delivery and style.com. Though the ladies in store will happily assist in outfitting you for any occasion you don't need an occasion to visit - take the time to be inspired by the detailed embellishment on a Peter Pilotto frock, the vibrant leather on Sophia Webster's heels, the perfect cut of a Helmut Lang jacket and discover why high end fashion is a beautiful thing.
56 Weld Street (cnr Stirling Hwy)
(08) 9386 6868