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... Wendy wears: Livia Arena cuffed short (RRP $220) with High Tea with Mrs Woo 'Lady Grey' top (RRP $209)

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27.11.2011

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#2

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Porcelain & silver stud earrings by Deirdre (RRP $50).

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26.11.2011

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On the first day...

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... Wendy wears: Mücke one-off shirt dress (RRP $210)

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25.11.2011

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The locals

Another excellent week for deliveries, as we prepare for a little end-of-year* surprise! 

Firstly, a tram-ride to the Mücke studio, to collect more wonderful one-off pieces, including signature shirt tops and shirt dresses, and two new styles that are also clever (and very different) adaptions of one or two shirts...

A box came from the workshop of Estelle Dévé... containing more boxes... containing pieces from Estelle's Fleurs du Regret collection. Excepting one set of rose gold 'Solis' rings, Milly Sleeping now has an array of deep dark strange beautiful necklaces, earrings and rings - flowers emerging from ambiguous rock-like clusters...

And a much-anticipated trip was made to Arnsdorf HQ, which has moved even closer by. We have more Arnsdorf denim now in store - including a great lightweight pair of the slim jean in black - plus a small but gorgeous selection of garments from Jade Sarita Arnott's current collection, The Circle. Sizes are very limited so do drop by to have a look soon. Don't forget that all of these pieces are available to Milly's followers (mailing list, Twitter, Facebook) at discounted prices - 15% off your first S/S 11/12 purchase, 20% off your second (and any subsequent) purchases!

While heading back from Arnsdorf, basically traversing the 10-15 minute walk from Brunswick Street to Lygon Street, it was very heartening to see the way our in-between area is developing. In just two big blocks, there are a lot of pretty cool businesses for food, goods and services these days. Many you'll know of - such as Zakkaya and Casa Iberica (those Portuguese tarts, sigh)... but did you know that Video Dogs has moved their amazing film selection down there? There's Salvage and Selvedge, there's Bezela Foodstore (which I love), La Latteria... and there are now five or six clothing stores including Chitra next door and Eimai up the road, Bottega shoes... Book Affair has a great selection, there's the old music Swop Shop and even a devoted ukulele store! Two very new favourites in the area are Spelt Quinoa and Baker D Chirico...

... I'm sure I've left things out, and I've obviously not mentioned any of the many restaurants, cafés and bars.

I bring this up because it's good news, and because there is a quiet movement happening in the online world called 'Occupy Christmas', which encourages people to shop locally at small independent stores (such as Milly Sleeping and those mentioned here), many of whom have probably had a patchy year! We won't preach to the converted (that's you) but will say, thank you, and keep up the good work, and come back to Carlton soon for your festive celebrations and shopping adventures. 

*Apologies to anyone who fell off their chair at reading, end-of-year. We know.

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Pictured: Mücke top (RRP $241 or $205 with subscribers' discount) with Arnsdorf black slim jean (RRP $245 or $208)
Mücke dress/vest (RRP $396 or $337);
Arnsdorf silk Imprint blouse ($418 or $355) with Livia Arena windmill skirt (RRP $175 or $149);
Estelle Dévé Orchidee pendant (RRP $155 or $132);
Arnsdorf Steve skirt ($345 or $293) with Alexi Freeman kite tee (RRP $135 or $115);
Estelle Dévé Solis ring set (RRP $110 or $94) and Estelle Dévé ring (RRP $165 or $140)
 

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24.11.2011

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CLOTH

I'm very pleased to be uncharacteristically reporting on an exhibition that isn't already over ... RMIT's student showcase, 'CLOTH', at the GPO.

It's a great setting and there are some exciting works to be seen, from students of different levels (years 1 - 4), completing different disciplines. As well as garments, there are shoes, illustrations, select photographs, a video and a few experimental anythings.

CLOTH will be open on Level One, on the Elizabeth Street side of the GPO, from 10am to 6pm this Saturday (Nov. 19) and 10am to 5pm this Sunday. Thank you to RMIT for giving me permission to take quick pictures of the following ...

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Clockwise from top left, pieces by:
Gracia Phang; Bernadette Francis;
Tianyi Sun; John Gosper;
Chris Ran Lin; Stephen Ward - Blake Barnes - Teegan Meade;
Carolina Barua; Lauren Cray

Congrats to all involved from Milly Sleeping!

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18.11.2011

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