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...
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.