Some of our favourites (today)...
The ingenious ffiXXed studio created this lovely unassuming cardigan, and the whimsical shawl-like, trench-like layering piece. It's made from soft but sturdy cottons, with draping panels at the front and an unexpected cropped back; the full sleeves and collar keep the piece perfectly balanced (and in place).
Merino magic by Strange & Strange...
Livia Arena's adorable tails top with gold buttons has sleeves twice the length of ordinary sleeves (meaning twice the fun, no doubt). The fabric is so fine that, when worn, the sleeves create volume that's more scrunchy than bunchy.
Alexi Freeman's seasonal print is 'Ziggy' - a simple and striking diagonal stripe. Throughout the collection, the points of convergence vary to great effect, inferring non-existent seam lines and creating flattering shapes. Here it's handprinted onto fine ivory merino wool.
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Pictured: Arnsdorf wool Man trousers (RRP $385) and Arnsdorf Indigo slim jean (RRP $245) worn with:
ffiXXed wool cardigan (RRP $264);
ffiXXed trench scarf w sleeves (RRP $360);
Strange & Strange striped merino knit (RRP $134);
Strange & Strange silver merino batwing cardigan (RRP $260);
Livia Arena tails top - fr. & bk. -(RRP $169);
Alexi Freeman Ziggy hanprinted merino batwing sweater - fr. & bk. (RRP $260)
The mannequins are looking particularly fine as a pair, are they not?
They were also planning to head to a new production of Anna Karenina, which they read about in the paper but it appears that many others may have read about it, too... Tickets are selling very quickly, and they will now have to go during the week some time.
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Mannequin one wears ffiXXed wool silk Tshirt scarf dress (RRP $480) with her own MBP belt; mannequin two wears Arnsdorf wool 'man' trouser (RRP $385), High Tea Secret Messenger cape top (RRP $176) and Kuwaii cape sleeve jacket (RRP $545)
Milly Sleeping's online store has been updated, with some handy Wintery things to keep you warm and woolly and happy and light.
To be exact, nine more garments and accessories are now available for purchase, using credit card or Paypal. Many of the pieces are discounted (up to 50% off) and several of them are the last of their kind.
Express postage is just $10 within Australia, or $20 OS. If you have any questions about the items, or would like further information re sizing, please call +61 3 9347 1333 (or write to us).
Many thanks to funny Ishu for being our excellent model for the shoot. In addition to the pieces in the mini-shop, Ishu wore Lui Hon merino swirl tunic (RRP $380), Livia Arena tails top - with the gorgeous row of gold buttons on the back (RRP $169) - and Penelope Durston's angora lambswool gloves (from RRP $45), which are all currently available at Milly Sleeping.
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Don't forget, anything seen here at the site can be easily uploaded into our online store, packaged and sent, at your request.
We are onto you...
Our staples have arrived, and not a moment too soon.
Angora/lambswool fingerless gloves by Penelope Durston, in three lengths, in a new array of colours (If you're wondering, what colours?, Pen says there are more than 30 - not in every length, and Milly doesn't have them all, but we currently have plenty). The shorties are now $45, the middies are $55, and the longuns are $60. Melbourne's cold months would simply not be the same without them.
And new OK OK legwear - flat wool tights (RRP $35), fine cotton rib tights (RRP $30), new nylon tights (RRP $23), and cotton knee-highs (RRP $17). This season, Emina has limited her colour range to black, charcoal, navy, khaki, burnt orange and mustard, but the different fabrications take the dye in different ways creating a very pleasing amount of tonal variability.
Dear Winter, who says that you are only grey?
Very unfortunately, Milly did not make it to Sydney last week, for Rosemount Australian Fashion Week. As such, it's a bit hard to report upon events with much credibility but here are a few things that online reflection reveals:
Fact One: We have missed parades by, among many, Arnsdorf, Romance Was Born and Limedrop - but have reason to believe that all went very well.
Fact Two: The Daily Telegraph unexpectedly gets my ribbon for Second Best coverage of the Romance Was Born show and their new (gorgeous, multi-part) collection, The Oracle - please see the Telegraph's brief report with very cute title, and a reasonable quality video. Everyone looks so casual in the front rows at the library! Susie Bubble receives my first prize for reportage, for the proximity of her photographs, and for the list of influences informing the collection (and for the fact that she posts so frequently, and writes so much - I don't know how she does it).
Fact Three: Everybody loves the mint strips that run through the beautiful new Arnsdorf collection, The Circle. In general, everybody (including SB) admires the way Jade Sarita Arnott handles colour. It is, in a way, a shame to get stuck on that aspect of the Arnsdorf collections when there is so much else to admire BUT the tones are remarkable - both bright and muted, risky and often grouped in unorthodox clusters. They are quite different from season to season but always seem very Arnsdorf - both contemporary, and 'retro', (and easy to wear).
Fact Four: Limedrop's showing of their new collection, Calypso, constituted their first solo show at RAFW, and there was a cat on the runway! The pieces continue Limedrop's explorations in volume - with new adaptions of styles such as the tail shirt and singlets, and the croissant dress - and this season's 'separate' cape styles incorporated into next season's garments, resulting in clever cape-backed dresses and tops. There was plenty of variation in fabrics, new prints and textures, pretty (even sparkly) sheers mixed in with bright blocks of blue and black, an adorable big check and a subtle but sensational pineapple burn-out fabric. Congratulations Clea and Nathan - great reviews all round!
Fact Five: We have had the privilege of seeing all of these collections in Melbourne, during our recent buying rounds, and pieces from each will find their way to Milly Sleeping during August? September? Soon enough...
In the meantime, we are stuck on our Autumn/Winter collections. New pieces are still arriving including Romance Was Born's wonderful sequined Opera Mask fringe dress, which is a show in itself.
P. S. Fact Six: There were obviously many other events and excellent collections shown during the week in Sydney, and there are an inordinate number of blog writers who do a great job of seeing a lot, all at once. Should you care to do more reading and looking, here is a little (certainly not comprehensive) list of places you might go:
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Pictured: RWB fringe dress (RRP $450)