Last night was spent at the new Rue de Fleurus on Gertrude Street, for Rubellite - an evening of design and culinary delight. In turns with the courses of an extravagant meal, the lovely Dee and Pheobe presented the guests with platters of jewellery by local makers including Julia de Ville and Deirdre Hoban, all the while adorned in garments by Alexi Freeman, Arnsdorf, Lui Hon, Romance Was Born and S!X. They looked wonderful, as the preview pics above suggest.
The proceeds raised by the dinner's ticket sales will be going to Feed Melbourne. Rubellite also aims to draw attention to the 1 Billion Hungry Project. Congratulations to Tracy for organising the event, and many thanks to Dee and Pheobe, Mariam and Naoya at BIBA Clifton Hill (hair), and Samantha Patrickopoulos (make-up). You all did great...
'Wardrobe' was tucked upstairs and didn't actually see much of the event but managed to corner one guest in the hall before the bathroom and elicit a few words ... apparently she was having a good time and the food was "gorgeous". The atmosphere was very warm and cheerful and a lot of fun was had by all no doubt. If you're curious, the Rubellite exhibition opens tonight at 153 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy from 6 - 9pm.
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Pheobe (at left) wears Romance Was Born silk sleeveless tee dress (RRP $460), Lui Hon Hepburn soft jacket (RRP $580 now $522), Alexi Freeman merino Ziggy scarf (RRP $89 now $80); Dee wears Lui Hon Wolfscape wool jacket/dress (RRP $440 now $400)
Look what the cat brought carefully, quietly in ...
Milly Sleeping has fantastic new silk tees and dresses by Romance Was Born, and gorgeous separates by Livia Arena. More pictures and info will follow...
... Firstly, though, a quick nose through the State of Design event/workshops program. Our recommendations go something like this:
A different kind of 'open studios' event, whereby the invited practitioners set up a simulation of their working spaces within designated areas at the Design:Made:Trade fair. Elizabeth Yong of Primoeza will be one of the makers working from within the environment during the festival.
The Repair Workshops! An amazing crew of artists and technicians are taking appointments to fix or recreate your broken possessions inside Donkeywheel House (opening Friday July 29th, running Saturday 30th). There will also be a developing artwork/installation taking shape on site AND... Emma Grace, one of the organisers and the expert jeweller among the team, has also arranged for a Loved & Lost collection unit to be housed at the site during the workshop hours. Thank you Emma!
(I would also LOVE to go make a new head for myself during a pen workshop, with Ricarda Bigolin and Adele Varco ... how bizarre! Yay Craft Vic).
And, lastly, Rubellite: A Winter's Feast, presented by Tracy Quertier (featuring garments from Milly Sleeping), at Rue De Fleurus, on Wednesday July 27 and Thursday July 28.
In just a couple of days time, the State of Design Festival will launch in Melbourne.
Among the very excellent program of happenings, Tracy Quertier of Passion Victims is presenting Rubellite, a rare dining event and designer showcase. To be held at the new Rue de Fleurus on Gertrude Street (which opens in conjunction with the festival) on Wednesday July 27th, Rubellite invites guests to enjoys canapes and a three-course meal, with live music and entertainment, amid a display of objects, jewellery and artwork.
This is a unique ticketed event - the beautiful venue is not terrifically large, and there are not that many chairs, so book soon to secure one... All proceeds raised by the project will be donated to Feed Melbourne. Milly Sleeping is very pleased to be putting together the fashion component of the night's delights, and we hope to see a few familiar faces among the lucky attendees...
For those who can't make it to the dinner, the exhibition component of Rubellite will run on throughout S. O. D., with a free, public launch to be held at the venue on Thursday July 28th.
Every few weeks it seems, we receive a delightful email from the 'kitchen' of the ffiXXed studio, with a quick note about the progress of the production of a collection, or an anecdote from wherever their latest installation is taking place, or a photograph of Fiona with her feet in a trough, or something like that.
This week's update tells us that our selections from ffiXXed's fifth collection, 'Living Structures', will soon be on its way to Milly Sleeping... and feeds our anticipation with a video of the range, from the runway at Busan Fashion Week in Korea, where ffiXXed were invited to show for the first time, this May.
While waiting for its arrival, enjoy this great interview with studio snaps from To Love and Squalor ... (There are many other interviews at the ffiXXed Facebook page, though not all in English. Visit quickly and have the honour of becoming the 1,000th person to Like ffiXXed Facebook style).
And, of course, visit Milly Sleeping, where garments and accessories from 'Surviving Sustainability' are now available at discounted prices. There's just one remaining beautiful, large cotton scarf, featuring an original print by Ester Partegas. Someone really ought to whisk it away for their wall, before we decide to keep it for ours.
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Pictured above: ffiXXed Less World cotton scarf (was $165 now $146); top pictures taken from the ffiXXed Living Structures lookbook, with original photographs by Stephanie Kay Lc & ffiXXed.
The camera-wielding half of Milly Sleeping is going away for a few days, to where it is cold and pretty.
In the meantime, please keep the hard-working other half busy and happy, by dropping in where it is warmish and pretty (inside Milly) to check out more of our sale...
... or contact 03 9347 1333... or send your urgent letters to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Pictured: Limedrop wool singlet (RRP $143 now $113) with Limedrop wool capelet (RRP $130 now $104) and unique Mücke twoshirtskirt (RRP $265 now $218)