Like a broken record, we sing out to Milly Sleeping's visitors that there are "more sizes and styles out the back". The stockroom's offerings fluctuate and diminish but there is always a treasure or two, or twenty-seven, behind the curtain ... great sale items and lots of lucky lasts.
As preparations for Melbourne's Spring race days peak, we have been spending as much time out the back as we have out the front, foraging for particular pieces for particular people for particular occasions. It's fun. So, if you have something specific/special in mind when browsing, please feel free to mention it to us.
Spotted - Milly Sleeping selections in online publications, Superior and Rever. Nice.
See the lovely Lui Hon Azy wrap skirt (at top), the Livia Arena white and black silkie jumper ... the CUTE Romance Was Born 'fish rug' cropped pants... the Romance Was Born 'red rug' silk tee with sherpa vest and Kuwaii Beyond The World midi skirt and, finally, the Romance Was Born 'tutti frutti' pea-coat and linen skirt.
Also, while we're posting images with people in them ... a great group shot of the famous and talented and handsome and kind Melbourne design delegates recently chosen to show their collections in Beijing during the local fashion festival. From far left, that's Kristy of Kuwaii, next to Clea of Limedrop, and the one and only Lui Hon.
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The first three of the above images are from Superior:
Photographer: Agnieszka Chabros
Stylist: Sinead Hargreaves
Hair and make-up: Victoria Martin
Model: Grace @ Giant MGR
Herein, there are eighteen nice images and fourteen horizontal spaces between them, which is just enough lines for a SONNET.
And surely the garments are that dreamy ... for dreamy dreamy days ahead - at the races, a wedding, an afternoon in the gardens ...
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Pictured: Kuwaii Drift silk dress (RRP $399) with Kuwaii Esperance sandals (RRP $280);
Limedrop Very Very Big shirt (RRP $220) worn with Inside Outside cotton collar (RRP $110);
Kuwaii Geo midi skirt (RRP $339) with Kuwaii Cicada platform sandals (RRP $365);
Alexi Freeman Palm Relic dress (RRP $399);
Alexi Freeman Relic tee (RRP $245) with AF Palm ballet skirt (RRP $225) & AF Palm jersey scarf (RRP $89);
Tettmann.Doust Vespula blouse (RRP $390) with T.D. Eos scarf (RRP $156) & Kuwaii Cosmic pants (NOW $188);
Lui Hon Rasije hanging strap dress (RRP $471);
Lui Hon Saturn cowl dress (RRP $471);
Romance Was Born Silver Surfer silk shirt dress (RRP $690) with Jenny Kee silk baby bias scarf (RRP $175) and Kuwaii Esperance sandals (RRP $280)
Happy Friday night everybody ...
We've been closely monitoring BOM, and this dreariness is promised to shortly end. With that in mind - a cheerful picture of today's new arrivals ... blue Kuwaii shoes! And blue and tan shoes, and black and shiny black shoes, and (also) chestnut-coloured platform sandals, which will have a picture all of their own some day soon.
These puppies are, as usual, made in limited quantities, in Brunswick, Victoria. If you'd like to reserve your size to try on (the sizing is normal to generous), please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 9347 1333.
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Pictured: Kuwaii leather Darby shoe (RRP $324);
Kuwaii two-tone leather Esperance sandal (RRP $280)
One of the nicest things about our Stringing Things Together exhibition has been the chance to work with some artists new to Milly Sleeping... Not that Anna Varendorff was exactly new to us, with many mutual Melbourne acquaintances between us (including associations to Cottage Industry and Kuwaii) but we had never had the chance to present Anna's beautiful and stylistically diverse work, nor have much of a chat with her about her ideas and plans...
Many thanks to Anna for being 3 x part of our showcase (particularly so quickly following her return from a solo show in QLD!) and for taking the time to answer a few questions from Milly:
MS: What does Stringing Things Together mean to you?
AV: Stringing things together allows the potential for a story to emerge from between different elements, which other people can recognise as being joined with intention. The deliberate nature of the collection encourages thought.
MS: What is the best thing about your work, or your favourite thing in your studio?
AV: I really love playing with construction and making little sculptures, and the opportunity it gives me to experiment with ideas about material values and weight and preciousness. And also working from the building where my studio is (the Nicholas Building) because it is such a special building, teeming with creativity.
MS: Is being a jeweller different to what you might have imagined before you started practising?
AV: Being a jeweller is a balancing act between sculpture and product for me, so it is always different.
MS: What was your show in Brisbane, and did you have a good time there..?
AV: My show in Brisbane was called Material Contrasts, and was at Ari Jewellery in New Farm. I had a lovely time - Ari is a close friend and so we hung out in the gallery for a few days and ate pastry... mmmm.
MS: What can you talk for hours about?
AV: Hahaha - I tell long stories all the time, about random adventures that happen to me. I should do less talking.
AV: No, but as I get older I feel like I need to plan a little more. Completing my Masters degree is my current milestone.
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Wooden artists' mannequins, brass
Studio cluster double pendant
sterling silver, onyx, Victorian bluestone, agate - things from my studio & silver tokens from former projects
Balloon cluster double pendant
sterling silver, dyed shell beads and Victorian bluestone
Stringing Things Together can now be viewed at Milly Sleeping Carlton, where the individual pieces can be tried on and purchased! Enquiries: email@example.com.