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When our Editor-in-Chief, Jamila Rizvi, gave me the chance to visit Brisbane for the weekend, I couldn’t jump at the opportunity any faster. Being a Sydneysider my entire life, I was curious to discover what all the fuss was about up North. They couldn’t be the hosts of the G-20 Summit for nothing, right?
And after being looked after by the lovely people at the Brisbane Riverview Hotel, I’m completely sold that it is one of the best holiday destinations in Australia. (Sorry, not sorry Sydney).
The Riverview is the only place to stay if you’re looking for accommodation that is centrally located. It’s only a few minutes away from the Portside Precinct, Racecourse Road café and dining, Fortitude Valley and China Town. It’s also just a short walk from the Brett’s Wharf City Cat Ferry, which will drop you off anywhere along the City Cat River route. Too easy.
The Riverview has recently renovated, adding to its 90s charm and has expansive water side views. If you’re new to Brissy, ask their staff to draw you up a map of the local hotspots, they couldn’t be any more accommodating. Here are five things you have to check out while you’re there:
1. See the Future Beauty Exhibition at GOMA
Now I’m not an expert in Japanese fashion. But Akiko Fukai, curator of Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion is. Akiko is also the director of the renowned Kyoto Costume Institute in Japan. If you get the chance, do yourself a favour and listen to her speak.
Besides offering an interesting background to the innovation of Japanese fashion designers from the early 80s to today, she discusses the significance of each featured designer in great detail. So for newbies like me, I actually knew what I was looking at when I went into the exhibition.
And trust me, the exhibition is a party for your eyes. After seeing the works of designers such as Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons and Yohji Yamamoto just to name a few, I was ready to go out and purchase a kimono in every colour. And if you’re still not sold, Katy Perry even visited the exhibition during her time in Australia, so we all know it must be good.
Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion – Showing until the 15th of February 2015 at GOMA.
2. Buy exclusive Japanese fashion at Dogstar and Apartment
After seeing the Future Beauty Exhibition at GOMA, you’ll want to grab yourself a few pieces of ready to wear Japanese fashion. Trust me. Renowned Brisbane fashion designer Masayo Yasuki is the owner of Dogstar, which stocks one of a kind Japanese inspired pieces that are both wearable and affordable.