As it so happens, Milly Sleeping has an array of absolute perfect pieces for those going to the races this season. A selection of colourful dresses by Romance Was Born and Kuwaii, with scarves by Jenny Kee, are shown above on some very obliging and pretty ladies of yesteryear! (Doesn't Miss Jean Shrimpton look as elegant and carefree as ever?) ...
These are now available in the online store, beside a few quite classic monochrome options. And while we've focused, for the moment, on frocks - we also have one thousand and seven beautiful blouses, tees, tops and assorted separates at Elgin St HQ, for mixing and matching... and for wearing again (and again) to your various Spring and Summer occasions - weddings, parties, picnics, a country frolic, and so on.
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Please note! Some artistic license has been taken with the garments to fit each to its model. The pictures above are not an absolute guide (see the online store for more accurate representation). And, unfortunately, the names of the original photographers are generally not available so I can't credit anybody - except Fairfax, who would probably be a bit grumpy with me... A fairly unimaginative Google search reveals many of the pictures (as well as quite a few eyebrow-raising images of race day patrons conducting themselves a little less beautifully than our muses above). I can recommend looking up 'vintage racegoers', 'race fashions yesteryear', 'fashions on the field history', as well as 50 Years of Fashions on the Field and 'Pictures from an all-female-jockeys horse race in 1940'. LM
A quick glance around the traps ...
... at gorgeous new tangle jewellery pieces (in sterling silver and oxidised silver, priced from $55 for rings to $165 for hoop earrings) by Anny of Mavro jewellery (who we spotted at the lovely Babes In The Woods blog);
... at the very last Now Playing patterned skirt by High Tea with Mrs Woo, with matching Secret Messenger top (an adorable party outfit if ever we saw one)...
... at the new Blue Sugar silk tee by Romance Was Born (a sweet treat from the incoming Magic Mushrooms collection)
... at the Stereogram print top and its gorgeous cousin, the little black dress, recently arrived from Kuwaii...
... and, lastly, at a couple of pairs of Kuwaii shoes. All of Milly Sleeping's locally-made shoes are now available online - new styles as well as a great selection of sale items.
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Lovely, light (even luminous) garments from two very successful S/S 13/14 collections - an untitled range of elegant pieces by Livia Arena (arriving in store steadily, style by style) and a series of versatile, layer-y (if you like) tops and tunic/dresses from the brilliant Tettmann.Doust collection, Nova Sequence.
I hope you can get a feel for the intricacy of the TD prints, which have a clear resemblance to astral landscapes but also to microscopic life ... Petal-like raw laser-cut sleeves and hemlines are balanced by perfect silk-bound seams. The soft cotton pieces in particular are so nice to just 'throw on' and, once worn, the cleverness of the cut becomes apparent.
Detail is also key for Livia Arena... This season, print is substituted for an irregular laser-cut grid that meanders down crepe silks. What appear to be pockets on the Broken shirt are actually cheeky slits. The crisp Layered jacket is lined with a double front and has a hidden "snack pocket"... It is also entirely liquid-repellant, which is my favourite detail of all, because it means those of us with a talent for spilling things need not worry about their fresh white jacket. Livia herself advised us that if anyone *was* worried about it, we could throw a glass of water at them and all stand about watching the liquid just bead and roll away...
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Pictured: Livia Arena Layered two-tone jacket (RRP $390);
Tettmann.Doust panelled silk Torus top - neutral nova print (RRP $320);
Livia Arena pale blue cotton Broken shirt (RRP $180);
Livia Arena white silk Dissolving pants (RRP $490);
Tettmann.Doust cotton Spectre top - electric nova print (RRP $220);
Tettmann.Doust cotton Spectre dresses - neutral nova and pink/green nova prints (RRP $300)
I think... that Dreaming the World Awake - an exhibition of the work of Walter Van Beirendonck - is open for the last time in Melbourne tomorrow, between 12 and 5pm, at RMIT Design Hub. In addition to a substantial collection of garments, you can see Walter's recreated atelier, a virtual sketchbook, and varied personal possesions (including dozens and dozens of wacky toys).
It's a very impressive display in an interesting, non-traditional gallery space. The scale of it is awesome. And the clothing is fantastical and funny and beautiful. The quality of the craft - the patterns and the tailoring - is exquisite (so many adjectives already, my apologies!). I learnt that the garments on display were not just incredible catwalk pieces but were all part of real, ready-to-wear collections... and the fact that they are constructed so well makes this seem really quite feasible. Some of it's OTT, I guess, but a lot of it is just great, covetable clothing.
It initially appears mad, perhaps, because of the myriad references and influences, themes, styles, techniques, colours, motifs, etc. The level of detail and the breadth of Walter's imagination and vision is exciting - something that I think of as 'relentless creativity'. Does it go without saying that my photos are a bit crappy? It's hard to take decent pics when the mannequins are revolving and when you forgot your camera.
Janette and I loved a lot of things but had we been able to walk out wearing part of the show, I would have chosen the quilted pants with the adorable fuzzy socks (bottom left); Janette would have chosen the embroidered wrap (bottom right) - although I suspect she would have had to wrestle many others to the ground for it.
I hope that you have seen Dreaming the World Awake. If you haven't, I hope that you can go tomorrow!
Thanks to RMIT for bringing the exhibition to Melbourne.
Highly anticipated anyway, the postal gods decided to add just a bit more suspense to the arrival of Milly Sleeping's S/S Kuwaii shoes, by taking six days to deliver them from North Fitzroy to Carlton!!! Well worth the wait, of course, are our new white and lilac Darby lace-ups, the popular Esperance cross-over sandal (in white and lilac, black and patent black, with white and gold still to come) and the beautiful three-tone (texture) white Cicada sandal.
These are ideal sensible + sensational shoes for knocking about town in. And there is so much knocking about to be done! In the week to come, we recommend a trip (even if it's your second or third) to the Walter Van Beirendonck exhibition, Dreaming the World Awake, which closes on October 5.
It's a bit left of field, perhaps, but we're also excited about the prospect of Suspended - an original, site-specific dance work created by Yahna Fookes - that will be performed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights next week, at the site of Rooftop Cinema!
And, although we haven't seen it yet either, pictures suggest that Anna Varendorff's interactive show at Craft Vic will be really quite special. Anna has been a contributor to a couple of recent Milly projects and (despite being in preparation mode for another exhibition at the Abbotsford Convent's c3 gallery) she was our delightful Thursday morning guest, to chit-chat about some potential new work...