This lovely, perhaps motley, group of items represents a glimpse at what's coming...
Just in case you should happen to have occasion to give a special gift or two in, oh, just over six weeks time... Milly Sleeping is getting a bit prepared. Fine jewellery by Mavro, stunning scarves by Jenny Kee and Tettmann.Doust, and bags/pouches AKA OOMFs - Objects of Multiple Function - by Inside Outside, will be among the store's offerings.
We are also truly excited to announce that we are about to launch a showcase of new jewellery by Anna Varendorff - 'wire drawing' necklaces and earrings that will be on display (and available for purchase) as of next week. Anna created a most beautiful show for Craft last month and is also currently working on a show for c3 Gallery (we may have already mentioned)... It's been a delight to be in touch with Anna about these unique pieces and we can't wait to reveal more.
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Images above may be indicative of incoming pieces only. Pictured:
Tangle rings by Mavro ( $55 each for sterling silver and oxidised silver);
OOMFS by Inside Outside (from $33);
giant silk scarves by Tettmann.Doust - 'pink & green nova' and 'yellow nova' prints shown (RRP $280);
various silk scarves by Jenny Kee - Wara-Tara and Waratah prints shown (from $155)
unique Anna Varendorff necklaces will be priced individually - more info. coming soon
Strangely, one of the most anticipated deliveries this season is for just about the simplest item Milly Sleeping is ever likely to stock - the plain pure cotton Maiike Lovely tee, in five shades of grey. Aly of Maiike developed the design quite some time ago and spent ages refining the style. I can hear an echo as I write, as this is certainly not the first time we've raved about the Lovely... It's just a great easy cut, that wears and washes very well...
Yesterday Aly delivered a fair bundles of Tshirts, sized 1 through 5 and now priced at $60. There's white for Monday, mid grey marle for Tuesday, vintage black (a subtle washed-out black) for Wednesday, a different 'ocean' grey for Thursday and black black for Friday.
For weekends, we have all kinds of wild and crazy Tshirts, many of which have recently become available in our online store.
Yesterday was Halloween and I was thinking that I would do a dress-ups story... But the theme that has held my mind is, simply, "modern bride" (which can be scary but isn't intended to be here). 'Tis the season for weddings, and we've recently been helping lots of lovely visitors put together varied special occasion outfits...
Bridal ensembles are certainly a far less common request for Milly than beautiful pieces for other people's weddings but, over the years, we have had the pleasure and privilege of dressing (or advising) quite a few bride-to-bes. As I told our most recent BTB, this is one of the nicest compliments for the store.
Perhaps these pictures require some imagination - the addition of great shoes, and posy of freesias or some such, not to mention a splendid-looking partner. But I hope you get the idea! Many of these garments are available on line, and/or take up part of the sale rack that I put out last weekend - and will put out again this weekend - filled with dresses, marked down to half price or less.
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Pictured: Lui Hon Rasije dress (RRP $471, now $210);
ffiXXed Hangers In dress (RRP $576, now $230);
Lui Hon Saturn cowl shirt dress (RRP $471, now $230);
ffiXXed Scarf dress (RRP $480 now $175)
Arnsdorf Stevie skirt (RRP $380, now $150) with Livia Arena Negative Space top (RRP $260, now $195);
Livia Arena Basket Weave jacket (available by special order) and Livia Arena Dissolving trousers (RRP $490);
Materialbyproduct Nouveau slip (RRP $890, now $356)
Some time last week or the week before, we received a dazzling delivery of new Romance Was Born
Magic Mushrooms pieces. These included a couple of simple, dreamy styles that are now in store...
... And it included a selection of unique and generally more elaborate garments that we'd received for
specific people by special order. I was sneaky enough (or, rather, besotted enough) to take a few pictures
of some of them, before putting them aside or sending them on their way good way...
Pre-orders, as some people call them (although I don't get that, aren't all orders 'pre'?), are an excellent option if you can bear to wait several months for your selections. It gives you a chance to view the whole collection and potentially secure something spectacular. It probably doesn't surprise anybody to know that a portion of the stunning pieces viewed at our buying appointments are ... sometimes... possibly... too 'particular', too delicate or too expensive to comfortably choose for the shop. As personal orders alleviate that degree of concern for us (not to mention that it pleases us immensely to have your pre-feedback), we offer a 20% discount on all special orders!
The latest Romance Was Born lookbook is now available for viewing (a great collection called, Dream On, seen in very small part below), and it's also the case that several other Milly labels, such as Kuwaii, are generally very accommodating of personal orders. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a no-obligations peek at the collections of your choice.
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Pictured at top: new Romance Was Born Aurora silk tee dress (RRP $360) and RWB cotton Ferntasy tee (RRP $180)
As it so happens, Milly Sleeping has an array of absolute perfect pieces for those going to the races this season. A selection of colourful dresses by Romance Was Born and Kuwaii, with scarves by Jenny Kee, are shown above on some very obliging and pretty ladies of yesteryear! (Doesn't Miss Jean Shrimpton look as elegant and carefree as ever?) ...
These are now available in the online store, beside a few quite classic monochrome options. And while we've focused, for the moment, on frocks - we also have one thousand and seven beautiful blouses, tees, tops and assorted separates at Elgin St HQ, for mixing and matching... and for wearing again (and again) to your various Spring and Summer occasions - weddings, parties, picnics, a country frolic, and so on.
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Please note! Some artistic license has been taken with the garments to fit each to its model. The pictures above are not an absolute guide (see the online store for more accurate representation). And, unfortunately, the names of the original photographers are generally not available so I can't credit anybody - except Fairfax, who would probably be a bit grumpy with me... A fairly unimaginative Google search reveals many of the pictures (as well as quite a few eyebrow-raising images of race day patrons conducting themselves a little less beautifully than our muses above). I can recommend looking up 'vintage racegoers', 'race fashions yesteryear', 'fashions on the field history', as well as 50 Years of Fashions on the Field and 'Pictures from an all-female-jockeys horse race in 1940'. LM