If you haven't yet made it to an LMFF event, there is still plenty to do ... but get your hurry on this weekend to see the following shows and exhibits:
L'Oréal Paris Runway 6 will take place TONIGHT at 9pm at the Dockland's Central Pier, featuring Limedrop, who just made their first delivery to Milly Sleeping of A/W garments from their new collection, The Lake House.
Wearit begins today - an exhibition and series of workshops by Emma Grace and Ellie Mücke, encouraging a 'positive shift in the way that we consume fashion'. Take your old bits of jewellery or a worn-out shirt (by train or car) to the Stockroom in Kyneton, and let these expert makers help you transform them into something useful and beautiful. For full details ... http://wearitlmff.blogspot.com/
Pop Up Knits is a temporary store (which I spotted while on a tram last night and thought, 'oh what is that? That looks great...'), created by Melbourne-based knit-person, Wendy Voon.
Garments for listening is a concept store for 'wearable architecture and sound fashion', open only until March 21 at AURA Projects (The Underground) in Collingwood.
Milly Sleeping is turning over its leaves - receiving Autumn/Winter garments every few days at the moment. New things now in store include: printed scarves, tees and shirts by ffiXXed (in collaboration with Ester Partegàs from New York); a handful of unique knitted vests by Aldis Kossdottir; merino cardigans, long-sleeved tops and dresses from Strange & Strange; versatile wool jackets and jacket-like pieces by Woolmark Designer Award finalist Lui Hon; and the first bunch of 'Fruits & Flowers' (vibrant shirts and shirt-dresses) by Romance Was Born.
Oh, and we have a new designer to announce, too - she who is very, very famous for her exquisite taste and glamorous ways... Michigirl dropped by the other day to bestow some gorgeous notebooks and postcard sets upon us (RRP $20), featuring the wonderful illustrations of Kat Macleod.
More deliveries are expected pretty imminently, from Alexi Freeman and Milly Sleeping's new garment label for the season - Livia Arena (who will both feature in Saturday night's LMFF off-site runway, along with Kuwaii).
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Pictured on mannequin: ffiXXed Less World silk top ($312) with ffiXXed Less World silk scarf ($183) and Georgina Thomas Naked Pant (RRP $250)
Elizabeth from Primoeza has come up with a lovely idea to raise funds for the Red Cross, raffling one of her very beautiful button pocket sweaters. All proceeds will be sent to contribute to relief efforts in Japan.
We are pleased to finally introduce our little project (that is actually a rather large project), conceived for this year's Cultural Program/LMFF 11 ... It's name is Loved & Lost.
There are two components to the project and the first one can be viewed simply by following this link ...
... to what is an online noticeboard for lost and found single items. Have you lost an earring, or mitten (or perhaps you saw a single glove at lunch today that was missing its owner)? Loved & Lost can help. With any luck, a visit to the site will explain how but, if it's at all confusing, please do let us know as we are still testing the waters. We would love your comments and contributions.
The second component of the project is a sort of travelling exhibition. In order to stimulate a steady flow of Found Items, Loved & Lost will be establishing several 'collection sites' around town - so that if you do find a glove, you can potentially drop it off at a place nearby. As an added incentive, the drop boxes at each collection site will double as display units for new works by some of your/our favourite designers. Milly Sleeping is the primary collection site but we'll be setting up at a couple more places soon - all of the updates will be posted at the Loved & Lost site.
Many thanks to Reuben at absent design for all his hard hard fun work.
Next Monday, the L'Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival will officially start (running from the 14th to the 20th of March) and, as in previous years, there is a great deal to take in. The full program - including the parades and all of the interesting exhibitions, workshops and events that make up the Cultural Program - is listed at the site. Many such events spill over from the main week, including the following, which will be over before the Festival has technically even begun!
No Home TONIGHT! (Monday March 07) at ACMI, from 6.30pm - a series of new short films made by local fashion labels and their various collaborators, including Alexi Freeman, Limedrop, Above and Upper Left Arm.
Circa Noturna - an alternative fashion parade, this Saturday March 12 at the Fitzroy Town Hall.
Fashion Film Festival - a series of screenings at the Rooftop Cinema, positing interpretations of 'what a fashion film is', this Thursday March 10 atop Curtin House.
Rebirth (presented by Mana Couture and The Social Studio) TOMORROW NIGHT (Tuesday March 08) - a showcase of the latest collection by The Social Studio, which features artworks by Maryann Talia Pau of Mana Couture - at the Collingwood Underground Arts Park between 6 and 9pm; the invitations promises dancing, music and food!
Remixed jewellery workshop (presented by The Social Studio) - a 'how to' session, making jewellery from recycled materials, at The Social Studio's POP UP at Melbourne Central, this Friday March 11.
(More 'festival highlights' will be listed here in the days to come).
Speaking of imminent endings and beginnings, this is the last week of the Summer sale at Milly Sleeping, including our open stockroom sale. New Autumn/Winter collections are arriving and we want to show you what we've got!