Chronicles of Livia

The finalists for the esteemed National Designer Award, to be presented by Tiffany & Co during VAMFF, were announced yesterday, and we are delighted that Livia Arena has been nominated (for the second year running), along with fantastic Australian labels Bul, Haryono Setiadi, Pageant, Strateas.Carlucci and Christina Exie.

We are proud of our association with Livia, whose studio is a stone's throw away (if you've got a pretty good arm, that is). I am almost sure that Milly Sleeping housed items from Livia's debut collection in 2011 and, when A/W 14 pieces drop in store (in a couple of months time), it will be our seventh consecutive season presenting her garments. We love that Livia Arena pieces are relaxed yet always elegant, and feminine without the frills.

Pictured above are just a few pieces of the story so far.

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The Fall shirt (RRP $220 now $99)

Olive Basket weave Tshirt (RRP $280 now $224) worn with satin half-slip (not available separately);

Black Peek a boo dress (RRP $309 now $150);

Mallard green Peek a boo blouse (RRP $220 now $120);

Full-length black Button down skirt (RRP $220 now $100);

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Today - a quick nose around a few recently relaunched websites, created for three very different labels... (clockwise from top left) Livia Arena, High Tea with Mrs Woo, and Jenny Kee.

Aren't these suitably reflective of each designer's work..? Livia's new interface is concise, sexy and serene... the High Tea site is full of detail, stories and inspiration, while subtle animation aims to capture the vivacity of each Jenny Kee print. 

We've also included a snippet (bottom left) from the homepage of &Attorney - a locally-made shoe label, which was written up in Broadsheet this week. It was exciting to see the faces of Lauren and Mitch, who are the creative partnership behind &Attorney - who live and work in Barwon Heads - and who are currently putting together a small order of beautiful boots for Milly Sleeping. Ooh.

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A little further reading: some notes about the rejuvenated Jenny Kee website at Oyster;

a candid conversation with Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales by Friend;

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Pictured above (clockwise from top left): photographs by Vien Tran for Livia Arena;

images from High Tea with Mrs Woo;

portrait of Anna Plunkett by Lyn and Tony, wearing Jenny Kee white opal scarves; portrait of Jenny Kee by Alexia Sinclair;

lookbook imagery by &Attorney; inspiration image - 'Pergola Pattern' (1931) by Harold Cazneaux



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Closed on Thursday!

Given this week's weather forecast, we are loathe for once to outright encourage visitors to head our way. We will be here - pottering around on Wednesday and Friday (and certainly the weekend) with the door ever so slightly ajar and ceiling fans a-go-go. Milly Sleeping will be shut on Thursday, however, with another >40 top expected. We sincerely hope that this will not mess up anybody's plans - please do email or call 9347 1333, if you'd like to arrange a time to visit.

Indoors with a spray bottle, laptop and a freezer full of very cold things is the way to go though, no? Yesterday was spent in such style, while we made a few updates and rearrangements to our online catalogue. There are now more light and lovely sale items available, perfect for the stifling days ahead.

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Pictured: High Tea with Mrs Woo Forever Halter reversible wrap top (now $150), worn with Raggatt Fold cullottes (now $234) and Sosume Little Boy Tshirt (now $64);

Tettmann.Doust cotton Double Nova crop top (now $128), worn with Kuwaii camisole dress (now $117);

Romance Was Born Crescent crop top (now $245);

Tettmann.Doust cotton Spectre top (now $154);

Romance Was Born Hero dress (now $220)



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Happy New Year!

Despite the quiet of Elgin Street, Milly Sleeping is open for 2014, and back to regular trading hours. A great deal of our stock is now marked down for sale, both in store and online: current Spring/Summer garments by 10 - 50%, and previous season items by as much as 80%. Above is just a tiny selection of the eclectic loveliness to be found.

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Livia Arena Broken top (RRP $180 now $144);

Romance Was Born Pleat dress (RRP $450 now $270);

Romance Was Born silk Lanterns tee dress (RRP $350 now $150);

Romance Was Born cotton Cheshire tee (RRP $180 now $90);

Romance Was Born silk Space Float dress (RRP $390 now $290);

Sosume silk modal Asy top (RRP $119 now $75);

Alexi Freeman Chain foil print tee (RRP $99 now $55);

Romance Was Born Pearl tuck top (RRP $430 now $150)



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Last words

How sneaky... We've kept a last visual treat up our sleeves - a sweet note to end the year on.

With much gratitude for your interest in Milly Sleeping, your many visits, your kind feedback and friendship, we offer you a slice (or a splash) of brilliance and beauty by Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison:

Afternoon naps in the heat of day yield peculiar dreams. Have your nets at the ready for summer's idea chase.

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See you in 2014. The store reopens on Thursday January 2nd, at 11am.



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