Lovely, light (even luminous) garments from two very successful S/S 13/14 collections - an untitled range of elegant pieces by Livia Arena (arriving in store steadily, style by style) and a series of versatile, layer-y (if you like) tops and tunic/dresses from the brilliant Tettmann.Doust collection, Nova Sequence.
I hope you can get a feel for the intricacy of the TD prints, which have a clear resemblance to astral landscapes but also to microscopic life ... Petal-like raw laser-cut sleeves and hemlines are balanced by perfect silk-bound seams. The soft cotton pieces in particular are so nice to just 'throw on' and, once worn, the cleverness of the cut becomes apparent.
Detail is also key for Livia Arena... This season, print is substituted for an irregular laser-cut grid that meanders down crepe silks. What appear to be pockets on the Broken shirt are actually cheeky slits. The crisp Layered jacket is lined with a double front and has a hidden "snack pocket"... It is also entirely liquid-repellant, which is my favourite detail of all, because it means those of us with a talent for spilling things need not worry about their fresh white jacket. Livia herself advised us that if anyone *was* worried about it, we could throw a glass of water at them and all stand about watching the liquid just bead and roll away...
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Pictured: Livia Arena Layered two-tone jacket (RRP $390);
Tettmann.Doust panelled silk Torus top - neutral nova print (RRP $320);
Livia Arena pale blue cotton Broken shirt (RRP $180);
Livia Arena white silk Dissolving pants (RRP $490);
Tettmann.Doust cotton Spectre top - electric nova print (RRP $220);
Tettmann.Doust cotton Spectre dresses - neutral nova and pink/green nova prints (RRP $300)
I think... that Dreaming the World Awake - an exhibition of the work of Walter Van Beirendonck - is open for the last time in Melbourne tomorrow, between 12 and 5pm, at RMIT Design Hub. In addition to a substantial collection of garments, you can see Walter's recreated atelier, a virtual sketchbook, and varied personal possesions (including dozens and dozens of wacky toys).
It's a very impressive display in an interesting, non-traditional gallery space. The scale of it is awesome. And the clothing is fantastical and funny and beautiful. The quality of the craft - the patterns and the tailoring - is exquisite (so many adjectives already, my apologies!). I learnt that the garments on display were not just incredible catwalk pieces but were all part of real, ready-to-wear collections... and the fact that they are constructed so well makes this seem really quite feasible. Some of it's OTT, I guess, but a lot of it is just great, covetable clothing.
It initially appears mad, perhaps, because of the myriad references and influences, themes, styles, techniques, colours, motifs, etc. The level of detail and the breadth of Walter's imagination and vision is exciting - something that I think of as 'relentless creativity'. Does it go without saying that my photos are a bit crappy? It's hard to take decent pics when the mannequins are revolving and when you forgot your camera.
Janette and I loved a lot of things but had we been able to walk out wearing part of the show, I would have chosen the quilted pants with the adorable fuzzy socks (bottom left); Janette would have chosen the embroidered wrap (bottom right) - although I suspect she would have had to wrestle many others to the ground for it.
I hope that you have seen Dreaming the World Awake. If you haven't, I hope that you can go tomorrow!
Thanks to RMIT for bringing the exhibition to Melbourne.
Highly anticipated anyway, the postal gods decided to add just a bit more suspense to the arrival of Milly Sleeping's S/S Kuwaii shoes, by taking six days to deliver them from North Fitzroy to Carlton!!! Well worth the wait, of course, are our new white and lilac Darby lace-ups, the popular Esperance cross-over sandal (in white and lilac, black and patent black, with white and gold still to come) and the beautiful three-tone (texture) white Cicada sandal.
These are ideal sensible + sensational shoes for knocking about town in. And there is so much knocking about to be done! In the week to come, we recommend a trip (even if it's your second or third) to the Walter Van Beirendonck exhibition, Dreaming the World Awake, which closes on October 5.
It's a bit left of field, perhaps, but we're also excited about the prospect of Suspended - an original, site-specific dance work created by Yahna Fookes - that will be performed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights next week, at the site of Rooftop Cinema!
And, although we haven't seen it yet either, pictures suggest that Anna Varendorff's interactive show at Craft Vic will be really quite special. Anna has been a contributor to a couple of recent Milly projects and (despite being in preparation mode for another exhibition at the Abbotsford Convent's c3 gallery) she was our delightful Thursday morning guest, to chit-chat about some potential new work...
It seems like years since we had such an overwhelming influx of beautiful stock in a very short space of time. We are not really keeping up with the old click-click, sorry... This is but a tiny selection of WOT'S NEW - recent arrivals from High Tea with Mrs Woo, OK OK, Romance Was Born, Tettmann.Doust, Kuwaii and ffiXXed. We've also had deliveries from Livia Arena and Timi Alaere... and there is more to come just around the corner, from around the corner, if you know what I mean.
Lay-by purchases are very welcome! Please ask about our terms.
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Pictured: High Tea Mary Mack tops in blue and peachy pink (RRP $228);
High Tea Now Playing skirt (RRP $238);
assorted OK OK socks and tights from $13;
Romance Was Born cotton Cheshire tee (RRP $180);
Romance Was Born quilted Crescent crop top (RRP $350);
Tettmann.Doust cotton Spectre dress (RRP $300);
Kuwaii 3D dress (RRP $159);
ffiXXed Relax Tshirt ($159)
Such a busy few days it has been, processing new arrivals... It is the time of year when the racks seem most like a garden (reminiscent of all those in the neighbourhood, with flourishing magnolias and camellias and I can't think what else). At first the arrangement looks a little sparse... and then, before we know it, fine pretty things are blooming and blossoming - a colourful bounty. This week, bags and boxes have arrived one after the other from OK OK, Romance Was Born, ffiXXed and - a new label to Milly - Timi Alaere (who was a contributor to our Nice Work project). All of these incoming pieces will be photographed for the site soon but, if you are keen for little previews, it must be admitted that one of us is a complete Instagramaholic (and we try to keep up with Facebook, too).
But... one of us is getting off track, again. It's already a week or more since I had the pleasure of attending one of the Designer Runways at Melbourne Spring Fashion Week. As a guest of Mr Alexi Freeman's, I was lucky enough to have a great seat for the show, next to the lovely Katie Somerville (Fashion and Textiles Curator for the NGV) who, prior to the main event, entertained me with facts about the incredible scope of the gallery's upcoming project, Melboourne Now (which has its own blog), as well as hinting at a few exciting future projects...
The Melbourne Town Hall is always a great setting, and the show began on a fairly unexpected and impressive note - a live vocalist and violinist duo, who continued to perform as the models took the runway. It was an interesting grouping of quite established labels including Akira, Nevenka and, of course, Alexi Freeman. Looking back via pictures now, I feel more of an appreciation for some of the beautiful work shown; admittedly, at the time, a lot of the garments (particularly the menswear) seemed very accessible to me and it is generally my preference to be blown high into the sky (to the clouds, to the stars) by the creative extravagance of a show. The upshot of the event feeling at times a bit 'flat' was that the first neon babe to snake down the runway wearing AF 'Python' lycra really did seem to send a ripple of pleasure through the audience. As Milly's representative, I was happy to see several garments from the AF collection that are currently available in store looking light and bright and strong... with a little bit of ATTITUDE, and a little bit of whimsy and romance, too.
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Above: some general snaps of the runway (and crowd), and a quick look at some of Alexi's pieces at Milly Sleeping, styled with our new Timi Alaere print garments.
PS. Did you see? Broadsheet photographed MSFW participants and Milly labels, Alexi Freeman, Kuwaii and Livia Arena inside their CBD stockists - links to all articles at page bottom.