My particular sartorial weakness is, undoubtedly, (soft jackets and) cardigans – so much so that while taking these quick pics, I had a sweet little daydream about opening another store, called Cardigania (pronounced "Cardi-garnia"), selling only cardigans, soft jackets, and perhaps floppy bookbags and plates of honey joys.
What do you think?
In the meantime, these lovely things are all available from Milly Sleeping:
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Kuwaii Hole cardigan (RRP $349 or $297 for subscribers);
Alexi Freeman merino kite zip cardigan (RRP $375/$319);
Strange & Strange longline knit (RRP $150/$128) with S&S cardigan (RRP $165 or $140);
ffiXXed Horizontal Knit cardigan (RRP $264 or $225)
If you can bring yourself to leave home in the first place, this rainy rainy rain is actually a good companion to a bit of seeing and doing. I can vouch for this because I am sitting just outside of Andrea Tu's solo show at Sarah Scout gallery, in the Von Haus upstairs hallway, and the downpour seems to encase the works in their setting, and makes me contemplate their ambiguity afresh (simply, what kinds of landscapes are these?) ...
I can confidently recommend a visit to our space today - for tea, for art, for a little browse at Milly sleeping in the maid's room...
... We're also just a short walk from Pieces of Eight gallery, where there is a delightful new exhibition on showcasing the work of Krista McRae... which is but another big leap over a puddle to the Ian Potter Centre, where you might visit the stunning Living Water exhibition on the Ground Floor. I'm also really hoping to make it to see Linda Tegg's Goat Study at Utopian Slumps - I don't really know anything about this except that tomorrow is the last day to watch videos of goats in the gallery's Project space.
Not that our mannequins don't do a fine job (love to them, they are 6 and 1/2 years old!)... but some days it's good to get an alternative perspective.
These three new lovely long-sleeved dresses look appealing on the rack, and good enough on the mannequins but gorgeous on the body. Although obviously quite different, they have their similarities ... in that they could be dressed up for night but also look great all day worn tunic-style, with tights or leggings and boots or brogues (a scarf, a coat, etc.). They are all about the same length, too, which is pretty short if you are extremely tall and not so short if you are not quite so tall...
FYI - if you can't quite make them out, the original print featured on the top Jolet dress is a photograph of a rather beloved cityscape, taken from the Eiffel Tower... and this season's original Alexi Freeman print is composed from clusters of varying sized gold orbs - in total, a radiant galaxy.
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Pictured: Jolet Artificial Elements dress - (RRP $395 or $336 for subscribers);
Alexi Freeman Galaxy Kite mini dress (RRP $295/$251) worn with Estelle Dévé Flint necklace (RRP $225 or $191);
Kuwaii Nature Twist dress (RRP $299/$254)
Milly sleeping is rugging up in the maid's room... today until 6, and tomorrow (Saturday) from 12 to 6. Pictured above is a rather extraordinary S!X jacket from their collection of fantastic samples and one-off pieces. Across the way, Milly has some less furry jackets for sale, by ffiXXed and Alexi Freeman, unique accessories by MüCKE, and many other assorted treasures...
Milly Carlton is open, too – boasting new dresses, scarves, coats and tops by AF from Rock Star AW12; new trousers, skirts, dresses and coats from Jolet's AW12 collection, plus blouses and tunics from Near the Light AW12 by Kuwaii – today until 6, and Saturday from 10 to 5.
One of Milly's staff enjoyed the first wear of her new Jolet Idealist trousers so much today that she decided to make them the feature garment here at the blog (along with a few other pieces that she owns or covets)... But didn't she feel a bit sheepish, as she stood next to the mannequin to dress it in the same pants, adjusting the mannequin's height to match hers, turning up the mannequin's hems the same number of times as her own cuffs, playing with tucking in and leaving tops free as she had that morning, and even lending the mannequin her belt...
But, well, what can she say?
It's a good look...
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Pictured: Jolet Idealist trouser (RRP $240 or $204 for subscribers) with Strange & Strange charcoal merino shortline knit (RRP $134/$114) with High Tea with Mrs Woo merino East of Eden cardigan (RRP $338/$287);
Jolet trousers with Livia Arena silkie jumper (RRP $329/$280) and Romance Was Born 'Fish Rug' canvas tote bag (RRP $240/$204);
Jolet trousers with Kuwaii Hobby Horse shirt (RRP $260/$221) and Alexi Freeman mini wool stud trench (RRP $645/$548);
Jolet trouser with ffiXXed Simplified Enjoyment Tshirt ($135/$115) with ffiXXed Directional Developments shirt ($213/$181)