Yesterday was the third day of Spring and the first full official day of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week ...
It was the day that we finally said fond goodbye to Gracia + Louise's charm of finches ...
... and the day that Ilia (a student of RMIT's Diploma of Visual Merchandising Course) came to install a new window display - with a little help from Ra the cat, and various passersby (who offered Ilia their advice, and me their commiseration for the graffiti I was painting over).
As you can see, Ilia devised a simple, elegant concept to introduce Spring - which, we have heard, looks very striking from across at the Post Office. As time goes by, the windows will reveal more of Milly Sleeping's Spring Summer 2012/13 collections arriving in store.
Right now, we have a few gorgeous pieces remaining by Romance Was Born, new tops and dresses by Livia Arena and Kuwaii, and the striking prints of High Tea with Mrs Woo.
Thank you Ilia!
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Pictured: High Tea 'The Lorax' dress (RRP $328);
High Tea 'Now Playing' skirt (RRP $238)
Kuwaii linen tees in natural and poppy (RRP $129)
Milly Sleeping is very excited to present this new project, which is our first exhibition dedicated to jewellery, and our first time working with several of the designers listed above. We hope you can make it to the 'launch' during Open Haus, this Saturday!
Turn, turn, turn...
In case you've just tuned in, every Friday and Saturday, Milly Sleeping opens in a second location - on the upper level of the beautiful Von Haus building, on Crossley Street in Melbourne town.
We share a tiny showroom with the S!X label, at the other end of the hall from Sarah Scout. Every month (to six weeks), there is a general shake-up and rearrangement on our floor - the gallery bumps out one exhibition and bumps in the next, while we whisk the remainder of one lot of garments back to Carlton, and set up a new selection in the space, often in tandem with our own exhibition of sorts.
Since we've been in the city, Milly Sleeping has presented a showcase of costumery by Alexi Freeman, and participated in the Look.Stop.Shop project in collaboration with Gracia + Louise. During September, we will be involved in Melbourne Spring Fashion Week fun-times, with a new project at Von Haus titled, Stringing Things Together (Friday August 31 - Saturday September 29).
Along with this special showcase of jewellery, our racks will hold the work of the ffiXXed label (with some Primoeza and High Tea 'thrown in' for good measure). We're starting with a selection of sale garments from past seasons, and will soon add some new bits and pieces from the latest ffiXXed collection, Home Away From Home - how fitting!
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Pictured: ffIxxed cube bag (l. blue) - was $201, now $161
ffIxxed wool cardigan - was $264, now $185 - with Primoeza merino fine grid scarf - was $149, now $127
ffiXXed oversized drawstring shirt - was $266, now $160
ffIxxed cube bag (ivory) - was $201, now $161
Primoeza landscape wrap - was $219, now $175
ffiXXed raglan dress shirt - was $197, now $147
ffiXXed wool/silk t-shirt/scarf dress - was $480, now $285
ffiXXed linen tassel scarf - was $87, now $69.50
High Tea escape-rope scarf - was $110, now $94
ffiXXed tailored jacket bag - was $233, now $140
Today it can be said with more conviction than wistfulness - Spring is in the air.
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Pictured: Romance Was Born silk Surreal Swirl dress (RRP $490) from the wonderfully titled 'The Miraculous Mundane' collection.
PS. Did you see The Two of Us in the Good Weekend, not last Saturday but the one before? 'Twas nice to read, in their words, a bit of the story of Anna and Luke.
A friend once said to me, "It seems to me that it's always fashion week"... which you could take to mean several different things (both romantic and cynical) including - 'gosh, there are so many things on in Melbourne, aren't there?' *scratch forehead* ...
Yes, but. In a couple of weeks time, the one and only Melbourne Spring Fashion Week of 2012 will be under way.
The program has been released and there are many events and shows of interest to contemplate. Milly Sleeping is excited to announce that we will be partaking in the affair - presenting a showcase of new jewellery, featuring the work of several fantastic designers new to MS.
We will also be amid the audience. Numerous of our associated labels are showing their Spring/Summer collections around town, as the garments simultaneously start to trickle into stores. Look out for...
Lui Hon in MSFW Designer Series Runway 1
Limedrop in Designer Series Runway 3
Kuwaii in Designer Series Runway 4
Livia Arena in the Tomorrow's Heroes Runway show
and Tettmann.Doust, who will be part of the Parallel Tensions Exhibition at fortyfivedownstairs.
Exquisite garments by Tettmann.Doust, a Melbourne-based label created by Naomi Tettmann and Elke Doust, will be housed at Milly Sleeping for the first time this September. (You may remember their beautiful submissions to our Nice Work project?) The duo have recently been announced the winners of the 2012 Stonnington Emerging Designer Award, which will be celebrated with a runway presentation on August 23rd at the Malvern Town Hall. Many congratulations to Elke, Naomi and all at Tettmann.Doust - we are very much looking forward to the opportunity to show the fine details of the work in store.
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All images above by Lauren Dunn, from the launch of the Corpus Ephemera collection by Tettmann.Doust.