Turn, turn, turn...
In case you've just tuned in, every Friday and Saturday, Milly Sleeping opens in a second location - on the upper level of the beautiful Von Haus building, on Crossley Street in Melbourne town.
We share a tiny showroom with the S!X label, at the other end of the hall from Sarah Scout. Every month (to six weeks), there is a general shake-up and rearrangement on our floor - the gallery bumps out one exhibition and bumps in the next, while we whisk the remainder of one lot of garments back to Carlton, and set up a new selection in the space, often in tandem with our own exhibition of sorts.
Since we've been in the city, Milly Sleeping has presented a showcase of costumery by Alexi Freeman, and participated in the Look.Stop.Shop project in collaboration with Gracia + Louise. During September, we will be involved in Melbourne Spring Fashion Week fun-times, with a new project at Von Haus titled, Stringing Things Together (Friday August 31 - Saturday September 29).
Along with this special showcase of jewellery, our racks will hold the work of the ffiXXed label (with some Primoeza and High Tea 'thrown in' for good measure). We're starting with a selection of sale garments from past seasons, and will soon add some new bits and pieces from the latest ffiXXed collection, Home Away From Home - how fitting!
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Pictured: ffIxxed cube bag (l. blue) - was $201, now $161
ffIxxed wool cardigan - was $264, now $185 - with Primoeza merino fine grid scarf - was $149, now $127
ffiXXed oversized drawstring shirt - was $266, now $160
ffIxxed cube bag (ivory) - was $201, now $161
Primoeza landscape wrap - was $219, now $175
ffiXXed raglan dress shirt - was $197, now $147
ffiXXed wool/silk t-shirt/scarf dress - was $480, now $285
ffiXXed linen tassel scarf - was $87, now $69.50
High Tea escape-rope scarf - was $110, now $94
ffiXXed tailored jacket bag - was $233, now $140
Today it can be said with more conviction than wistfulness - Spring is in the air.
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Pictured: Romance Was Born silk Surreal Swirl dress (RRP $490) from the wonderfully titled 'The Miraculous Mundane' collection.
PS. Did you see The Two of Us in the Good Weekend, not last Saturday but the one before? 'Twas nice to read, in their words, a bit of the story of Anna and Luke.
A friend once said to me, "It seems to me that it's always fashion week"... which you could take to mean several different things (both romantic and cynical) including - 'gosh, there are so many things on in Melbourne, aren't there?' *scratch forehead* ...
Yes, but. In a couple of weeks time, the one and only Melbourne Spring Fashion Week of 2012 will be under way.
The program has been released and there are many events and shows of interest to contemplate. Milly Sleeping is excited to announce that we will be partaking in the affair - presenting a showcase of new jewellery, featuring the work of several fantastic designers new to MS.
We will also be amid the audience. Numerous of our associated labels are showing their Spring/Summer collections around town, as the garments simultaneously start to trickle into stores. Look out for...
Lui Hon in MSFW Designer Series Runway 1
Limedrop in Designer Series Runway 3
Kuwaii in Designer Series Runway 4
Livia Arena in the Tomorrow's Heroes Runway show
and Tettmann.Doust, who will be part of the Parallel Tensions Exhibition at fortyfivedownstairs.
Exquisite garments by Tettmann.Doust, a Melbourne-based label created by Naomi Tettmann and Elke Doust, will be housed at Milly Sleeping for the first time this September. (You may remember their beautiful submissions to our Nice Work project?) The duo have recently been announced the winners of the 2012 Stonnington Emerging Designer Award, which will be celebrated with a runway presentation on August 23rd at the Malvern Town Hall. Many congratulations to Elke, Naomi and all at Tettmann.Doust - we are very much looking forward to the opportunity to show the fine details of the work in store.
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All images above by Lauren Dunn, from the launch of the Corpus Ephemera collection by Tettmann.Doust.
This post was originally about the general excellence of our current sale, until I was reminded that today is National Bookshop Day and realised that - in a way - the images I'd compiled fit right in.
I mean, don't you think these are great looks for gals with books? Studious shirts, capacious totes for copious notes, and the sensibly-heeled Morris boots (re-ordered cherry and chestnut styles are now in store).
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Pictured: Morris Boot in cherry and chestnut (RRP $335 now $285);
Lui Hon De Ville bolero tux jacket (RRP $425 now $298) with Kuwaii Beyond the World skirt (RRP $289 now $231) and Livia Arena silkie jumper (RRP $329 now $280);
Strange & Strange pure wool manstyle sweater (RRP $398 now $338 ) with Strange & Strange merino slouch pant (RRP $198 or $168);
Romance Was Born Vase tote (RRP $242 now $168);
ffiXXed shirt top with blazer ends (RRP $252 now $176);
ffiXXed Louis sheer shirt dress (RRP $220 now $176)
'Over the years', Romance Was Born have worked with numerous excellent Australian artists, of varying notoriety and very varying aesthetic. With another successful collaboration currently capturing hearts in store, we've been reflecting a little on past love stories... and thought it would be interesting to see what some of the involved artists have been doing recently:
(From top left) Kate Rohde, whose work was integral to the Renaissance Dinosaur collection, has had a busy 2012, with new work created for a solo show at Pieces of Eight gallery, and for Karen Woodbury (above) at the very recent Melbourne Art Fair. Several stunning KR works are also now on display amid the Johnston Collection's current configuration, curated by Romance Was Born.
Stephen Gibblet, who painted that amazing photo-real image of scary sunflowers for the Fruits and Flowers collection, had a rather fascinating solo show called Plume earlier this year at the Gippsland Art Gallery...
... while Patrick Doherty, creator of the whimsically wild 'Patrick print' for Doilies and Pearls, Oysters and Shells, also just had a solo show in his hometown - Tales of Heirarchy at Venn Gallery ...
... Del Kathryn Barton was (it probably goes without saying) Romance's first major collaborator on unforgettable prints for four consecutive collections - Regional Australia, Nocturnal, Weird Science and Namaste. Research reveals that DKB will be showing towards the end of this year (hurrah, we haven't missed it) at Heide Gallery... a series of paintings called The Rose and the Nightingale that were originally created for an illustrated book, inspired by the Oscar Wilde story.
And to think, the next RWB chapter is already in production...