Spring, the Milliners busiest season of the year. Beginning by restocking any dwindling supplies from previous months and choosing materials for current designs, a Millinery studio begins bursting with deliveries of vintage flowers, lacy netting and unshaped straw.
For the start of the season, I find it the best time to pull together your best daywear ensembles and mark the months ahead with Carla Murley, Owner and Milliner at Murley & Co. Millinery. In her bayside suburb studio of Beaumaris, Carla annually produces one of the largest ranges of ready-to-wear and hire millinery available in Melbourne. I encourage you to view her premier designs on Instagram (here) consisting of six years within the industry, editorial features in both Vogue Australia and The Age, not to mention she has been named one of Melbourne’s “Top Ten Milliners” by the Herald Sun.
Through a successful career as a Milliner her aesthetic carries a strong graphic design, mixed with playful organic shapes and textures as seen in today’s design “Miss Tatiana”. From the large vintage hand crocheted brim to it’s satin center base, Carla focuses on using sustainable and man-made materials. While other designs tend to exude bright colors, floral crowns and sculpted bows.
From the moment I discovered Carla’s Millinery talent and design portfolio, I envisioned how I might garnish such beauty. I started with a 1950s-inspired Wiggle dress by Muxxn in the royal hue of blue and found it to complement the unique style of Murley & Co. A pearl floral brooch, rhinestone earrings and satin Lewisette evening bag with matching gloves keeps such an ensemble elegant, yet timeless. You may also notice my eye to detail as the brooch design clearly marries the pattern on the millinery design and the pear tree blossoms. It’s the simplest details that create a world of timeless elegance to spring millinery.
‘Miss Tatiana’ Vintage Lace Brim Hat c/o Murley & Co Millinery
1950’s Inspired Wiggle Dress, Muxxn (Similar here & here)
Pearl Brooch & Earrings (Similar Styles Sold on Etsy)
Donna Karan Hosiery, Sold at Bloomingdales
Marble Gloss in ‘Eartha’ c/o Ultra-Vixen Cosmetics
Kate Spade New York D’Orsay Pump (similar here & here)