Just another day at Von Haus is never really just another day. Today there is Art Fair excitement flowing into Sarah Scout, corks flying, and garments in the works in the S!X studio. Visitors are infected by the prelude to Spring in the skies, and in the colours of our new Romance Was Born pieces - a jacket, a dress and a cotton top, each one called 'Kapock', after the gorgeous, otherworldly landscape by Australian painter, Stephen Bush.
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Pictured: Romance Was Born Kapock kite dress (RRP $390);
Romance Was Born Kapock jacket (RRP $460);
Romance Was Born Kapock top (RRP $190)
For the past fortnight, one of our mannequins has been dressed in this gorgeous (though annoyingly un-photogenic) combination of ffiXXed 'Directional Developments' shirt and Lui Hon wrap pants. I have thought many admiring things when walking by each day, and would have purchased the shirt on the basis of the outfit, except that I already own it. It is a fully buttoning cotton shirt with an attached 'swathe', which can be wrapped, twisted or just kind of plonked, scarf or wrap-like, about the shoulders. The shirt can be very casual or kind of scrupulous and Japanese looking. It is now just $149 on sale!, along with the Lui Hon 'Azy' pants (were $444 now $354) and the mannequin's new outfit - the Romance Was Born 'Owl' skirt (was $290 now $203) and High Tea with Mrs Woo 'Crossjack' top (was $168 now $134).
Also pictured (and much admired), peeping out from behind the figures, our LookStopShop collage series by Gracia + Louise. Although the program has officially ended, and we have taken down the lovely Von Haus display, we couldn't resist, with G + L's blessing, hanging on to the Whose Lights Were Now Seen Glittering prints, as well as the indefatigable charm... These pieces, as well as the beautiful new accompanying zine, will be available from Milly for another week or so only - $40 for a print or just $15 for the full colour zine featuring all of the works in the series.
Clockwise from top left:
'Blue skies', from the mesmerising new Lisa Young show, Cabriole Leg, opening this week at Sarah Scout;
two collages from the Whose Lights Were Now Seen Glittering series by Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison for Milly Sleeping and LookStopShop - last chance to see these works at Von Haus tomorrow;
'The 'Stratfield J series', 2011-2012 - curious works by Stephen Bush, the latest Australian artist to work with Romance Was Born;
weird and wonderful 'Kapock' jacket back by Romance Was Born (in collaboration with Stephen Bush), now in store.
PS - We almost forgot, it's Open House weekend.
Leap off the sunny street into the Von Haus foyer today and you'll be greeted by, right now, the unexpected blaring of INXS, and (if you lean in very close) the sweet whispers of our LookStopShop display.
Six stunning collages by Gracia + Louise (from the Whose Lights Were Now Seen Glittering set) sit among redesigned 'retro' signage, all of which is a little window to the building's past... a time when Eugene Von Guérard resided at Von Haus, having come to Australia in search of gold! The story goes that he had better luck with his paintbrushes than his sieving pan...
Now, take your time, tip your hat to the nilgae, and head upstairs to Milly sleeping in the maid's room. For the duration of the LookStopShop program, we've put together a bright array of pieces, including a selection of garments by Romance Was Born, MüCKE, and silk crepe de chine scarves by Jenny Kee. These latter come in three sizes/lengths - a long bias strip, a 'baby square' for neckerchiefing and a large, sumptuous 1m square. The designs are new and old and new again, with evocative names like Flamingo Waratah, Mali Oz and Monet Opal...
We also have a range of limited edition zines and cards by Gracia & Louise available for purchase... and, sitting inside Bibi (the red jewellery cabinet), a slight diversion from our usual product range - to furniture.
This a little secret we've been eagerly awaiting the chance to share. Melbourne-based artist Melanie Paul has created a suite of tiny, tiny exquisite chairs, especially for Milly Sleeping for the LookStopShop period. This means that these intricate, whimsical pieces are on display for a very short time only (and they really must be seen to be believed or, at least, fully appreciated).
If you can't make it by today, please do drop into Von Haus next weekend - Friday and Saturday, between 12 and 6pm.
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Every time we partake in a new project, we learn things. In the past week or so, I have learnt many things from Gracia & Louise, including the fact that charm is the collective noun for finches.
This leads me to wondering what the group name for gloves is. I like P. Durston's suggestion - a flap.
A crowd, a wave, a handful... an ovation..?
And what about scarves? A series, a whirl or a swirl?
In this case, it must be a sale of scarves, for these (and more, by Alexi Freeman, Kyoko, High Tea, MüCKE and Primoeza) have all had their prices marked down... Our silly signs have come down temporarily from the front window to make way for our lovely LookStopShop installation but the sale is certainly still running.
Flock in, there's a whole lot to see.