In-store now at Varga Girl, is a very special vintage collection – ‘ML Vintage’. Carefully curated by Celebrity Stylist Phillip Boon and Fashion Designer Sonia Audino, ‘ML Vintage’ features items from the late Melbourne fashion doyenne Mary Lipshut’s very own wardrobe. Boon and Audino have been asked by the Lipshut family to sell the incredible collection to collectors around the world. Each and every item is unworn and is in pristine condition. Among the treasures are designs by Missoni, Versace and Courrèges to name just a few; with many styles available in a full size run (a very rare occurrence in vintage clothing these days).
The story of how Mary came to acquire these items can best be described in her own words…
‘I had a fashion imports business and had exclusivity over the import of Courrèges and Missoni in Australia. But in the early 1970s, the French tested their first nuclear bombs in the Pacific, and Australia black-banned all French products for two years. The fashion changed very quickly and two years later, by the time I could sell my shipment – a shipment that was meant for the whole of Australia – the fashion was too far behind!’
On the advice of her dear friend, the infamous Italian fashion journalist Anna Piaggi, who advised her to hold on to her collection…’Pack it away, because all over the world museums are going to want to open fashion galleries and vintage fashion will come into its own.’
Boon and Audino will take ‘ML Vintage’ around the world, with their next stops being Los Angeles and New York; each with a carefully curated collection of their own. New selections will become available at Varga Girl in the future, with more ML Vintage pop-ups set to occur in-store.
Please visit Varga Girl to view this beautiful piece of fashion history. The garments in this unique collection are all so vibrant, colourful and full of character.
Varga Girl > 148 Oxford Street, Leederville WA 6007
Runway images by Stefan Gosatti
FLANNEL‘s solo show followed 3,300 Miles Apart last Thursday night. Fashion Paramount was transformed into a pretty, garden-esque space, filled with flower beds and hanging paper lanterns. True to FLANNEL style the looks were light, simple, feminine and romantic. Blurring the lines between pyjamas and ready-to-wear, it was often hard to distinguish which was which. Although FLANNEL doesn’t mesh completely with my style, I love attending their shows as their styling is always so on-point with their aesthetic.
3,300 MILES APART
Designers > Morrison, One Fell Swoop, NOM*D & Zambesi
The 3,300 Miles Apart show last Thursday was a first for both Perth Fashion Festival and New Zealand labels NOM*D and Zambesi, as the labels showed in Perth for the very first time. Aptly titled 3,300 Miles Apart; the 3,300 miles represents the distance between Perth and New Zealand. Having finished up the festival last night, I can honestly say this show was my favourite from the week!
Morrison’s floaty, feminine dresses were absolutely beautiful. The movement in them as the models walked down the runway was really captivating. My favourite piece; the long-sleeved white maxi gown (pictured).
After Morrison, was One Fell Swoop. Their selection of looks was strong. There was a balanced mix between dresses and separates, in a great range of bold block colours and soft florals. There is something for everyone in this Spring/Summer collection.
NOM*D followed. The label has been around since 1986 and has since become synonymous for creating a look that has been deemed ‘The New Zealand Look’. Margarhitas’ utilitarian designs are highly wearable and are unaffected by trends. Their current Spring/Summer ‘No Sense’ collection was shown; with bright bold oranges and reds mixed in with black (of course) and various graphic prints. I loved how the looks were styled with their checked socks and Dr. Martens shoes.
Elizabeth Findlay’s Zambesi concluded the show. Although there are some elements that make NOM*D and Zambesi quite similar in their contribution to ‘The New Zealand Look’, Zambesi differs in it’s offering of more dressy, feminine pieces; Zambesi combines the highly wearable with classic tailoring in more elaborate fabrics. My favourite look; the cream sleeveless sequinned dress paired with a matching collar (pictured).
My grainy photos don’t do the show much justice, but trust me, it was the best from the Festival…well in my opinion anyway!
What I wore: One Fell Swoop X Tané Andrews dress, Issey Miyake jacket, Comme des Garçons bag and Ann Demeulemeester shoes.