The field is set but have you picked a winner? Will you choose for the colour, for the name, or for the connections?
October is over, which means Frocktober fundraising is also drawing to a close. Thirty-one sketches of thirty-one dresses are now on the front wall of Milly Sleeping. Several have been reserved but there are still many to choose from. I am collecting tax-deductible donations of any amount in exchange for the originals; all proceeds go to the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation. To see the finished sketches and find out more information, drop by or visit my blog.
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Pictured: Critter dress by Lonely Hearts;
Shirtdress by Mücke;
Rustling dress by St Clements;
Cotton Long dress by ESS Laboratory
Derby Day, Cup Day and Oaks Day are still ahead (along with many other smaller racing carnivals about the country), providing ample excuse for dressing up as you otherwise may hesitate to - something very feminine or fabulous, with oversized accessories? Milly Sleeping offers racegoers an array of both classic and unconventional options, including our beautiful new Kuwaii dresses, and gorgeous, versatile separates by St Clements. A new favourite is the St Clements Sumo skirt, pictured above with its long ties wrapped about the waist as well as up over the shoulder in an extravagant bow.
Another new favourite is the Alexi Freeman batwing dress, featuring his original Diamondiferous pastel print, digitally applied to lovely light slippery silk (the pictures above do not do really do the pieces justice today - let's pretend that's a crafty ploy to draw you in for a proper look). The AF matching silk scarves (in pastel and blacks/white) are two of several great offerings as far as accessories go, along with Problem Child's chunky chains and Romance Was Born's fanciful flourishes. WE HAVE NO HATS for your pretty heads, which is something of a shame although it's afforded a fun afternoon of internet raiding - you can find all of the above pictures of icons and their hats (as well as many more stunning photographs) by entering the following search terms into Google: Catherine Deneuve hat; Audrey Hepburn hat; Isabella Blow hat; Bianca Jagger hat; Yoko Ono hat; Camille Bidault-Waddington hat. Highly sophisticated? No. Highly recommended? Yes.
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Pictured: Kuwaii Undercover dress (RRP $337);
Kuwaii silk tie blouson dress (RRP $288);
St Clements Pump top (RRP $220);
St Clements Sumo skirt (RRP $230);
Problem Child Dynasty necklace - sml (RRP $120);
Lonely Hearts Deuce dress (RRP $302);
Romance Was Born frill (RRP $120);
Romance Was Born leather gloves (RRP $350);
Alexi Freeman silk diamond batwing dress with scrunch belt (RRP $396);
Alexi Freeman silk diamond scarf (RRP $114);
Limedrop vintage white Oxford pants (RRP $196);
Strange & Strange camisole (RRP $99);
Lui Hon white J. cardigan (RRP $308);
Lui Hon Emma sing-dress (RRP $248);
Romance Was Born Farthingale skirt (RRP $480);
Kuwaii silk T (RRP $209) worn with Limedrop Oxford pants;
Problem Child Dynasty necklace - lge (RRP $140)
Part-way through today's 'shoot' (now on standby: Milly goes to the races), I was stopped in my tracks by this unassuming Lui Hon singlet dress. I was going to use it as an under layer but, as soon as it was on the mannequin, it demanded a story of its own. I'd forgotten its asymmetry, and its general loveliness. The ties at the back obviously draw in the shoulder straps - the extent to which they're pulled alters the front of the dress as well -- the looser the ties, the more the front neckline relaxes and drapes.
We can guess that the Emma Sing was named for Emma who works with Lui, studies at RMIT, and occasionally drops in at Milly - Emma who is quite beautiful in an understated and very interesting way -- this must suit her to a tee.
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Lui Hon Emma Sing (RRP $254)
Following on from Places I've Never Been (S/S 09/10) comes Limedrop's second travel-inspired collection called, Far From Home.
If you are traversing borders and seas this Summer, Limedrop's garments will make excellent companions - they're generally cosmopolitan, comfortable, and don't take up too much room or demand too much attention ... plus they're always in a good mood, speak several languages and are non-judgmental about your croissant habit.
if you're homebound they'll be even more handy, inspiring mental day-trips to wherever it is that you would most like to be that very minute - half-awake in the stern of a Venetian gondola, lakeside in Berne with a stunning mountainscape view, or covered in powder at the Holi festival in Uttar Pradesh.
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Pictured: Limedrop Croissant dress - also available in plain black (RRP $198);
(Croissant dress worn open);
Limedrop Olé tail singlet (RRP $161);
Limedrop leatherette jersey skirt (RRP $110);
Limedrop Assam silk singlet - Summer Lake print - (RRP $169);
Limedrop Assam silk singlet - Colour Burst - (RRP $169)
The lovely Tam Hua has let us back into her stockroom - we've collected an array of (generally) light, delicate and subtly-toned samples and limited edition pieces from her ranges of the past. It was great fun to photograph these dresses; each one is a bit of a mystery on its hanger but really quite a wonder when worn. Sizes are limited (most being samples are a 10 or smaller) ... Prices are excellent ...
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Pictured: Hua Side drape dress (RRP $330 now $175);
Hua Puff-sleeve dress (RRP $396 now $183);
Hua Crunchy dress (RRP $363 now $220);
Hua Twist hem skirt/dress (RRP $374 now $150)