Hit the ground late-night shopping at multi-level retail mecca Emporium, home to a stable of fashion goliaths and food outlets that will leave you wanting for nothing. Unless of course you're after a rooftop drink to go with your shopping show-and-tell, which can be easily arranged at Swanston Street's Goldlilocks. Like a fairytale.
Fuel the day's fashion hunt with coffee and bagels from Bowery to Williamsburg and map out your morning.
If you're after serious sartorial splendour, take a promenade among the designer stores in heritage buildings at the top of Collins Street. Here you'll find the flagship stores of Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Giorgio Armani. One block over, little sibling Little Collins Street is great for finding local designer labels tucked away in tiny boutiques. For exquisite contemporary jewellery design, browse the boutiques on and around Flinders Lane: e.g. etal, Pieces of Eight and Lord Coconut (for the gents).
For lunch, meet the modern Mexican that started the wave, Collins Street's Mamasita, or wind your way back down to Flinders Lane for a pan-Asian flavours at Chin Chin.
If a little post-lunch nostalgia appeals, let the elevators in the historic Nicholas Building take you back in time to Retrostar, a vintage bazaar with outfits for almost any occasion. Back in the here and now on street level, the boutiques around Flinders Quarter stock gorgeous contemporary lines from independent designers. Don't miss local favourites Lady Petrova, Limedrop, Kuwaii and LIFEwithBIRD.
From Flinders Street, head down to Campbell Arcade beneath Degraves Street, for quirky jewellery at Corky Saint Clair and more local fashion from Subject to Change and The Cats Meow. Come up for air at Manchester Lane to find one-off pieces at creative concept store Design a Space and some serious Melbourne black at Claude Maus.