Details from a great exhibition by the Ex[ie]perimental Collective - Emma Boseley, Katia Di Crescenzo, Christina Exie, Kara Liu and Helen Pappas. Tomorrow (Wednesday March 28) is the last day to have a proper look ... at Von Haus on Crossley Street, between 10am and 7pm. Go to!
There will no doubt have to be a book-end post to this one, where we feature these pieces again all layered up - under and over tights + boots, skivvies + coats + scarves ... but, for now, let's just enjoy them with no accessory but the afternoon shadows, cast across wall and fabric.
Also today, a piece that is dress + accessory + gorgeous in one - the Romance Was Born silk jewel print tuck dress. This, for obvious reason, was just a big big big hit (well, as big as small production runs allow) from the Oracle collection for S/S 11/12... and, due to much demand, it was reprinted and recut. Another small delivery of these dresses is now on its way to Milly Sleeping. 'Tis a good idea to call 03 9347 1333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to have one set aside for you to try.
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Pictured: Limedrop Silk Road drop tail dress (RRP $220 or $187 with subscribers' discount);
ffiXXed Simplified Enjoyment t-shirt (RRP $135 or $115) with Romance Was Born Owl skirt (RRP $290 or $247);
Romance Was Born Owl dress (RRP $290 or $247);
Romance Was Born silk jewel print tuck dress (RRP $395, also available at a discounted price for subscribers)
Just one left in store...
Have you been taking the occasional dawdle across to our Nice Work project? We decided to extend its duration, and thus it will continue to grow over the coming days - both in store and online - wrapping up (for now) on March 31st.
It has been a genuine pleasure to put together this simple project, gleaning little snippets of information and inspiration from the designers involved, to assemble a sort of colourful and abstract picture of their work - as well as their interests, aims, personalities and lifestyles.
It seems like a nice afternoon (quiet, sunny and breezy outside) to add a little more to the picture, and present the third in our series of accompanying interviews... We sent the lovely Jolet Ucchino, of the label Jolet, about ten thousand questions relating to the project's themes, and asked her to respond to the ones that meant something to her. Many thanks JU!
[MS] Who makes your clothes?
[JU] All garments are made in Melbourne.
Can you sew well?
Yes, I actually make most of my samples.
Do you design/make anything other than clothes?
I used to love to draw and paint. I come from a long line of artists, so making things has always been part of my life. My mother used to sew a lot and hand embroider when she was younger living in Italy.
What do you think of the lifestyle that is created by having your own business?
There are definitely pros and cons related to that lifestyle. The pros are you can choose your own hours and have no one to boss you around. The cons are that work is pretty much your life when you have your own business, especially at the beginning. Even when you’re not working, it’s hard to stop thinking about work. You really have to train yourself to take time away from work, both physically and mentally.
Do you think there are characteristics/personality traits that independent designers share?
Yes. I think to be successful as a designer you have to be a little obsessive and stubborn. The obsessiveness allows you to strive to out do yourself creatively and the stubbornness will stop you from giving up during the hard times. It also helps if you enjoy what you do.
Does anything deter you from being in the industry for the long term?
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Pictured above: snippets of press featuring Jolet garments; the Jolet label has captured the attention of many local fashion editors and publications in a short(ish) space of time.
A little look at some of the new garments from Livia Arena and Jolet.
Notes: the Livia Arena jumper is fluffy on one side and not fluffy on the other; you can have your fluff at the front or your fluff at the back, and you can choose from white + black, or black + black... the dress is longer and fuller on one side, it is a deep sea green (called mallard by LA) and it is very beautiful... the Jolet silk top does feature a view from the Eiffel Tower and those are wonderful drapey culottes with pockets, and it is like walking in Paris when you put them together.
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Pictured: Livia Arena Fall dress (RRP $329 or $280 with subscribers' discount) and Livia Arena silkie jumper (RRP $329 or $280);
Jolet Artificial Elements silk top (RRP $190 or $162) and Jolet Birkin culottes (RRP $275 or $234)
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PS. More deliveries have happened in the last couple of days, including a selection of Limedrop tops, leggings and dresses, and more Romance Was Born. All of these pieces are available now for at least 15% off...