What better place to replenish a worn out wardrobe from traveling through Cambodia and Bali for the last two months, than Seminyak? This corner of Bali is where cool fashion brands who really know what they are doing have opened stores, creating a whole new Bali look fit for any St Tropez or Ibiza. Designer Peter Woodward is one of various Australians who have honed their craft on the island. And, among the various boutiques that come and go, his has been thriving for 7 years now. I'm not surprised.
His tiny emporium on Jalan Laksmana (or Kayu Aya) is a colour explosion of signature printed dresses, jumpsuits, accessories and travel finds. Your eyes do not know what to take in first: colours, fashion or witty details. Long flowy maxi dresses are a fab blend of seventies cool and kitschy print with a Bali batik flavour.
Prints are large geos, keys, letters or symbols in large mono batik panels in dusted tones as well as bright violet or royal blue. Kaftans and shorts as well as wacky men's T shirts fill racks, while metallic leather totes fill shelves overhead. An Indian vibe enters stage left via patchwork clutches, cushions, throws and the pelanquin changing room. A collection of uber cool sunglasses rounds out the selection, providing something for everyone.
I tried on a dusty terracotta strapless jumpsuit with great detailing including keyholes at the waist, fab for a tanned figure. Unfortunately that didn't work too well on me so I opted for a similar style in a plummy tone with beige panel print. I feel as though I need to go back again though....