Our online store has been cleaned out and topped up. We are looking forward (as our mannequin does perennially) to Spring ...
Estelle Dévé is a young French woman, residing in Melbourne - a maker of very idiosyncratic jewellery, and the writer of a very interesting blog. Her first collection caught our attention by taking its title from a beloved book of short stories; her second collection was named after the moon's landscape - and it really did seem like something out of this world. By the time we'd wrapped our heads around it, Estelle had finished her third collection - A Fall to Earth - pieces of which have just landed lightly at Milly Sleeping. We are very excited.
All pieces are made by Estelle herself, from leather, silver (thick, shiny and a bit rough-hewn), and crystals.
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Worn here, by some of my favourite cover girls:
Aestuum silver & crystal earrings (RRP $110);
Gaudii leather, silver & crystal bracelet (RRP $139);
Smythii leather, silver & crystal necklace (RRP $209);
Temporis silver ear piece - sold as pair (RRP $110);
infinity leather & silver bracelet - can be worn as necklace (RRP $154);
Marginis silver earrings (RRP $77)
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Coming soon - watch this space for news of a special collaboration between Estelle Dévé and Jade Sarita Arnott of Arnsdorf.
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Cover notes - clockwise from top left: Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia; Gen Kay for No. Magazine; Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia; Max Vadukul for ID.
Two new MATERIALBYPRODUCT styles are now in store - gorgeous mid-weight grey cotton pieces, printed with the studio's current chandelier-inspired pattern marks, and finished with ivory silk binding. Each comes with its own version of an optional scarf - ideal for the variable weather that is surely ahead.
Here is the pocket slip, with and without the 'remnant' neckpiece:
Here is the pocket soft jacket, with long generous lapels worn open, or wound about the neck:
MATERIALBYPRODUCT will be appearing tomorrow at the National Gallery of Victoria, with a performance entitled Lace By Design, demonstrating the studio's latest stage of development. From 3.00 to 3.30pm in the European Painting galleries at NGV international; make MBP part of your State of Design Festival tour...
Fiona and Kain from ffiXXed are in Melbourne - so to good to meet them. They've been involved in a series of activities during State of Design. You can see their work at Y3K gallery, in Fat's window, or watch them working hard in a temporary studio/showroom at Melbourne Central's West Wing (run by West Space gallery). Join ffiXXed and their collaborators there tomorrow at 4pm, for an opening/closing party and sample sale.
On the way to or fro, check out some excellent RMIT student work at Swensk before heading to La Chambre de Bonne at Von Haus, to see S!X's showroom and collection of vintage flags, and don't forget to say bonjour to the pink bear.
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Pictured: MATERIALBYPRODUCT cotton pocket slip (RRP $390);
MATERIALBYPRODUCT cotton pocket soft jacket (RRP $420)
A couple of times a year at least, Milly Sleeping is lucky enough to be invited into various studios and showrooms, scattered around the country, to view new garments or simply have a cup of tea and a chat.
One tries to be good and decorous but it's impossible not to want to have a nose around - often, these spaces are workroom, storage, office, library, memory bank and kitchen sink all in one. The best part is knowing that there is an order to the madness, which is personal to the creative person or people who spend enormous amounts of time there.
We thought you might like to have a look around, too, and from now on we will be doing our best to remember the camera.
Today, we're visiting a studio and new retail space, inhabited and run by Kristy B of Kuwaii. Thanks for your hospitality, Kristy!
For a while now, Kristy's been putting together her seasonal colllections from inside a converted Milkbar, with street frontage to Glenlyon Road in Brunswick. If you've been past and wondered, is it or isn't it - we can tell you it is. Open, that is. Kristy has a selection of her own beautiful pieces now in stock, along side some vintage treasures that she has personally sourced. Her door is open on weekends, and she'd love to see you there.