Milly Sleeping is open today (Thursday December 23) until 6.30pm.
On Christmas Eve, the store will be open from 11am until 6.30pm.
We will be closed for a few days, re-opening on Thursday December 30 and Friday December 31 (from 11am to 6.30pm both days), and will re-re-open in the new year, on Tuesday January 4 at 11am.
Janette and I send a thousand thanks to Ishu for her help this year, and a thousand more to beautiful Alice for her time and patience, and many funny moments. I would like to sneak in my own thanks to Mum, for being so lovely and resilient (and so forgiving). We are both very grateful to you all for your interest and kindness, and wish you a very safe and happy holiday period.
It's almost too late for our annual wish-list ...
... but we're clinging onto that almost, for those of you who are clinging onto the idea of still having 36 or so hours in which to get organised.
Presenting, Milly Sleeping's ten gift ideas for under $100 ...
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1. My Very Button hairpins - assorted shapes and sweet fabrics - from $12
2. OK OK socks - stripes, spots and anchors - RRP $20
3. Strange & Strange cotton crop vest - grey marle, gold and black - RRP $39.50
4. Wah-Wah Wears porcelain heart brooches - RRP $44
5. Limedrop enamel pendants - fox, cat and owl - RRP $59
6. High Tea with Mrs Woo Camelia clutch - olive and crimson - RRP $70
7. Estelle Dévé silver Marginis earrings (cylinders) - RRP $77
8. Strange & Strange cotton slouch tanks - various colours - RRP $79
9. Problem Child Nile and Delta earrings - green, gold and pink - RRP $80
10. Emma Grace silver drop earrings - RRP $85
and, er, 11. ffiXXed linen cotton pocket scarf - RRP $93
Emma Grace is a very nice and very busy person, who works from one of the dozens of intriguing studio spaces inside Melbourne's warren-like Nicholas Building.
There, she hand-crafts fine metal jewellery for local stores/galleries and exhibitions, as well as running workshops, preparing for markets, and whatever else she may do that we don't know about. Actually, I wouldn't be surprised if it turned out that Emma was an engineer on the weekends ...
... When laid out together - a cluster of shiny circles, half-circles, wings, links, knots and propellors - her new collection of necklaces and earrings (and cufflinks) look a little bit like the parts of a tiny silver plane. Or perhaps a little boat.
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Pictured: all jewellery by Emma Grace ...
silver circle necklace (RRP $120);
silver drop necklace with coloured chain (RRP $160);
silver drop necklaces with coloured ties (RRP $95 each);
silver three-drop necklace (RRP $140);
silver Deco necklace with moveable parts (RRP $220);
silver circle cufflinks (RRP $140);
silver circle earrings (RRP $120);
silver half-round earrings (RRP $120)
The latest, and some of the last, arrivals for 2010 are new pieces by MATERIALBYPRODUCT - slips and bodices of tangerine silk. We've been exclaiming over the amount of colour in store all Spring but the tangerine may just take the cake - for Most Vivid, at least.
There's nothing overpowering about it though, the garments are too light and fine and floaty. Each bears only subtle touches of the label's cloth-marking dots, and comes with a lovely, long fly-away anti.
There are necklaces, too, made from the unlikely combination of industrial ball chain and silk-binding - one running through the other to resemble strings of pearls.
Lying flat, this pair actually makes me think of tentacles and beachcombing...
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Pictured: MATERIALBYPRODUCT silk Kite slip (RRP $440);
MATERIALBYPRODUCT silk Kite bodice (RRP $363), worn with Alexi Freeman gather skirt/cape (RRP $199);
MATERIALBYPRODUCT 'pearl' necklaces - black and ivory (RRP $242);
Nevada Duffy silk top (RRP $220);
Mücke tangerine tee-lace (RRP $39)
We recently had the pleasure of attending a runway show and exhibition put on by RMIT's Third Year Fashion students at Melbourne's GPO. Among the highlights was the collection of Alison Cosson... In fact, we were so impressed by the relaxed elegance and mature refinement of AC's garments, we've had them on display at Milly Sleeping for the past few weeks, gathering your (very positive) feedback.
THIS is Alison's graduate collection - in her words, "uncomplicated sleepwear and casual clothing for Winter 2011. The garments are practical enough to be worn and precious enough to be [respectfully] cared for".
What's most impressive to us (and to you) is the fact that achieving simple just isn't that simple. A great deal of time and care has been taken to create shapes that are soft but not slouchy, with precise and charming details.
We are looking forward to badgering AC for some garments to sell... For now, she currently knits adorable pieces for Milly Sleeping and private clients under the name, Aldis Kossdottir, and was last seen taking orders for woollen jumpers and things at Craft Hatch. You can talk to her here.
P. S. These soft house shoes were made by AC for a brief developed by Svensk clothing store, where they were originally displayed.