You may have heard ... Milly Sleeping is turning FIVE this week. Gosh.
To thank the designers and their supporters, our friends and clients, we are having a casual celebration this Saturday evening (November 27). Our door at 157 Elgin Street will be open between 6 & 8pm - there will be drinks and nibbles and lots of good things to see - Janette and I would love you to drop in to say HI, so that we can thank you properly for being so nice.
On that note, we also invite you to partake in our birthday competition. With the assistance of generous friends*, we are putting together two packages to give away, hopefully to YOU.
Each package will comprise a $100 Milly Sleeping gift voucher (which can be used at our online store or in person, of course), some handmade treats including Janette's lovely lavender pouches and a rosette brooch, and a genuine bundle of beautiful books: What On earth are you wearing? A Michipedia of Fashion by Michi, Timeframe by High Tea with Mrs Woo, The Sartorialist by Scott Schuman, a signed copy of Homelove by Megan Morton, The Melbourne Design Guide (the second edition) edited by Viviane Stappmanns, Penguin 75: Designers, Authors, Commentary by Paul Buckley, and Vintage Shoes by Caroline Cox. There will also be a big tote bag to cart it all around in.
To win the first package, all you need to do is send a little loveletter to firstname.lastname@example.org (or email@example.com) ... Perhaps write BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY in the subject line; simply say hi, or tell us a Milly-related story - of your favourite designer, how you found us, the garment you've worn ten thousand times etc. A winner will be selected randomly from the respondents on Friday at around 6pm, and announced here at the site on Saturday morning.
Everyone else will have another chance to win, when our second package goes up for grabs tomorrow at The (amazing) Design Files.
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Nota Bene - the items pictured above are indicative of the prizes on offer but not entirely accurate ie. there will be more books and the rosette will be different.
Romance Was Born's third print for their Renaissance Dinosaur collection is now available in store, in the form of a zip-up denim mini and the silk crepe de chine unisex tee style. Called Fluoro Fossil, and developed with Melbourne artist Kate Rohde, the print features wild birds and other more ambiguous signs of (prehistoric) life. Both pieces have arrived with the slightly more civilised but no less fantastic RWB silk Violin singlet and Farthingale Cloak.
Arnsdorf makes a petite but very welcome entry to Milly Sleeping this Spring. Jade Sarita Arnott's startling Crystal dress with neoprene panelling is made from digitally-printed canvas, designed in collaboration with New York's Roanne Adams. It's a classic piece from the Arnsdorf Opticks collection for S/S 10/11; a great selection of popular Arnsdorf denim styles have also just arrived - if we can just find a mannequin with legs, we will photograph our new jeans soon.
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Pictured: Romance Was Born silk crepe de chine basic tee (RRP $260);
Romance Was Born denim skirt (RRP $310);
Romance Was Born silk Violin print singlet (RRP $280);
worn with Strange & Strange cupro genie pants (RRP $165);
Romance Was Born Farthingale Cloak (RRP $480);
worn over Strange & Strange cupro swing dress (RRP $220);
Arnsdorf Granite Crystal Print dress (RRP $900)
Two of the busiest bees in the bizness - Limedrop's Clea and Nathan - have opened their second concept store, this time on the Melbourne Central linkbridge! It all happened in a mere matter of weeks but you can bet it looks fantastic - we don't know how they do it.
On a recent trip to Alexi Freeman's Collingwood studio (to pick up materials for our November windows), the camera was finally remembered and this is what it saw.
It is hard not to feel like a snoop in the designers' work spaces but there is always so much calling for a closer look - in Alexi's studio there are dozens and dozens of photographs and charming illustrations (his own), swatches and samples, tools and tape and all manner of nice unnameable miscellaneous things.
If you're wondering about the absence of long shots, that's because there are none to be had. Alexi's studio is bigger than a shoebox, and bigger than cupboard but not much bigger than a walk-in wardrobe - carefully organised but for sweet sections of decorative disorder. It is dominated by a large, white cutting table; the left wall is entirely obscured by fabric rolls and cylinders, bags and a hundred or more cardboard patterns...
... And then there are the tantalising racks of clothing - a catalogue of works past, present and future.
One of Alexi's talents is to put on a spot of spontaneous show-and-tell; visits of late have afforded a preview of the AF A/W 11 collection, as well as jewellery pieces being designed in collaboration with Tessa Blazey. (Alexi and Tessa have recently been selected as finalists in the Powerhouse Museum International Lace Award).
(Another of Alexi' talents - respect for the lining!)
Many thanks to Alexi for being so amenable to amateur photographers, and for lending us our lovely Diamondiferous window banners. Another online show-and-tell is due any day re the latest AF pieces to arrive at Milly Sleeping - be sure to come back soon...
The field is set but have you picked a winner? Will you choose for the colour, for the name, or for the connections?
October is over, which means Frocktober fundraising is also drawing to a close. Thirty-one sketches of thirty-one dresses are now on the front wall of Milly Sleeping. Several have been reserved but there are still many to choose from. I am collecting tax-deductible donations of any amount in exchange for the originals; all proceeds go to the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation. To see the finished sketches and find out more information, drop by or visit my blog.
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Pictured: Critter dress by Lonely Hearts;
Shirtdress by Mücke;
Rustling dress by St Clements;
Cotton Long dress by ESS Laboratory