Above, a little homage to the square format.
It's been a week of square times, with Milly hooked up, and hooked to, Instagram.
Pictured here are a couple of gorgeous new pieces from High Tea with Mrs Woo (including the reversible hooded wrap coat), two Tusler suede clutches, and a few other snaps from around the traps. This is roughly the way things will go at Instagram ... glimpses at new arrivals and favourite pieces, at the Carlton neighbourhood and the city at large, at magical moments of adventure and, sometimes, at mundane moments of coffee and stuff (for which we apologise in advance).
A quick message to mention that there may be a small interruption, or half-time interval, during tomorrow's trading (Sat. April 19). We have a very special first birthday party to attend! If you see this and had thought to visit the shop between 1.30 and 3ish, 'tis a good idea to call 9347 1333 in advance. Apologies for any inconvenience that eventuates...
With love and birthday cheer for little Liv,
PS. Speaking of firsts and fun and forms of communication, we are now using Instagram.
Penelope Durston's angora/lambswool fingerless gloves are back in store.
Long, mid-length and short varieties migrate in packs across the green plains of Carlton every Autumn, and they will stay for several months (although their numbers will certainly dwindle). The gloves are a welcome presence and always a colourful bunch - some years very bright, and this season arriving in seventeen sets of slightly more subdued or dusky shades.
The pairs looked on, and occasionally applauded, at this morning's brief photo shoot, featuring new pieces delivered by Ellie Mücke. They particularly liked the knit panelled tube scarves, and took to calling out, again!, again!, encouraging the stylist to loop the loop once more ... and once again... around the mannequin's neck. Things got very loopy indeed.
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Pictured: Mücke tube scarf, each one unique (RRP $110) with Kuwaii teal Jubilee dress (RRP $329);
Mücke check shirt dress (RRP $230) with tube scarf (RRP $110) over Sosume wool Asy top (RRP $143);
Mücke plain shirt dress (RRP $230) with tube scarf and Sosume wool Asy top (RRP $143);
Kuwaii teal Empress sweater (RRP $250) with Mücke tube scarf (RRP $110)
From top to bottom:
the littlest and the biggest of our beautiful new bag family, designed and made in Melbourne by Hanna of Tusler. We'll post more photos of these lovely pieces soon but if you duck into Milly this weekend, you'll see for yourself the overnight bag and sweet Caspian Pony shoulder bag (as pictured above), two midsize styles - a tote and the finhorse handbag - and a range of zip clutch purses... all hand-stitched using different coloured leathers and suede, with varying motifs, metallic gussets, clasps, buckles and stitch details. We love them!;
a nice snap featured in this month's Frankie magazine, of Kuwaii's Kristy B., with a wall of lilac dreaming;
a few among the last pairs of our current Kuwaii shoes... While we await the Winter boots and loafers, we're having a last hurrah with these sandals, particularly the Cicada platforms, which look very fine with a little pair of ankle socks;
Milly makes a small foray into the realm of scent via the unique parfum of this collaboration between Maison Balzac and Romance Was Born: a lovely, limited-edition candle with middle notes of fir needles and crushed cypress, base notes of peru balsam and patchouli and irresistible top notes of bitter orange zest and cedar leaf; handmade in Australia using natural oils, soy wax and cotton wicks... inside a jolie reusable glass... inside a delightful illustrated box... We have just a handful in store so please email us if you'd like one set aside;
finally, a tale of magical metamorphosis! One of the many great photos taken by Lucas Dawson (courtesy Little Hero) of the latest Romance Was Born runway show during Sydney's Mercedes Benz Fashion Week earlier this week. The collection is called Magic Mushrooms, and the garments (and set styling by Pip and Pop) have made waves of psychedelic bliss across the internet. We are very much looking forward to our appointment to view the pieces in person this week...
Oh, and speaking of wonderlands, I am finally off to Pieces of Eight this afternoon to see the work of another RWB collaborator, Kate Rhode, and her installation, Ornament Crimes. It ends today (Saturday, April 13)...
This (busy) week's activities have included ...
moments of universal admiration for High Tea's merino wool 'Tarkovsky' dress and its decadent draping top section, which can be worn like a capelet over the shoulders or as a cowling collar, curled up about the neck;
a visit to chez Kuwaii, to view the next exciting collection and to pick up the first of Miily's A/W pieces, which were hastily bundled over my willing arm as I ran out the door. Teal! So lovely. And black. So very perennially good;
plus, a refreshing window changeover, starring the RWB Pyjama dress, and the Livia Arena Side zip jumper, with two dozen decorated paper plates (inspired by Lil Lord Fauntleroy) making up the corps de ballet.
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Pictured: 100% wool 'Tarkovsky' dress by High Tea with Mrs Woo (RRP $348);
Kuwaii teal Jubilee dress (RRP $329);
Kuwaii black cropped Regent sweater (RRP $250), over Jubilee dress;
Kuwaii teal Empress sweater (RRP $250), over Kuwaii Dune midi dress (now $203).