Babyology exclusive – Heavenly Creatures does Picnic at Hanging Rock for Spring Summer 2011

Jones shirt

Experts have a fancy name for the winter blues – you know, that horrible slump that hits when the bitter cold weather marches in. They call it seasonal affective disorder, or SAD for short. But we’re about to turn those winter frowns upside down with an even fancier cure.

Yes, the one thing guaranteed to banish the winter blues, however depressive they may be, is an exclusive look at what Heavenly Creatures has in store for next summer. So here it is, Babyologists! And don’t you just love it!

picnic at Hanging Rock

Edith playsuit, Irma bloomers, Appleyard tutu

All vintage lace, linen and voile, the new collection from Melbourne hipsters Heidi Weber and Kelly Duckworth is so dreamily ethereal, so absolutely hauntingly beautiful, that it’s impossible to feel anything but the most delightful joie de vivre as you drink it in.

Picnic at hanging rock

Heavenly Creatures has an appealing habit of drawing inspiration from classic literature, with Narnia, Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland appearing in previous collections. This time the clever duo take cult classic Picnic at Hanging Rock for a fashion spin.

Picnic at Hanging Rock

Victorian sensibilities are very much at work with bloomers, boat shorts and old-fashioned fabric prints, including some genuine vintage pieces. Look closely and you’ll spot the label’s signature pieces  – sweetly frilled leggings and striped grandpa tees – but in muted colours to fit this coming season’s turn-of-the-century ethos. The colours aren’t as bold as what we’ve become used to with Heavenly Creatures – but for me, that’s part of the charm. In fact, hand on my heart, this is my favourite HC collection ever.

Tom stripe shorts, Picnic at Hanging Rock

Minnie Liberty skirt, Picnic at Hanging Rock

I can’t tell you how much I adore the Minnie Liberty skirt (above), paired here with the Lydia Gypsy top in red stripes, and must have one for my daughter when summer comes or collapse on the sofa in a Victorian-style malaise. Also breathtaking are the Marion lace top and Appleyard tulle tutu (below), and the Irma vintage bloomers.

Marion calico and lace top, Picnic at Hanging Rock

And the Edith playsuit you see below? It’s so delightful, I may in fact actually swoon. I also adore the quirky trail of ants (it is a picnic theme, after all) that cheekily march across some of the pieces in this collection.

Edith playsuit

Michael cardigan

For the boys, the Michael cardigan (above) is something else. Team it with the adorably old-fashioned Bertie shorts in linen or chambray and go boating. Or just have your boy wear them around town and know he’ll be the most dapper kid on the block.

Jones chambray shirt

Jones shirt

A word of warning – don’t be fooled by the delicate appearance of some of these garments. This label’s been a favourite in my house for quite a while – my daughter’s drawers are bursting with Lulu leggings and Heavenly Creatures’ skirts of all varieties – and they’ve survived all sorts of rough and tumble play. They’ve even survived multiple kinder visits and being washed dozens of times in my front-loader, in complete defiance of what it says on the care tag!

Heavenly Creatures spring summer collection will be in stores later this year. Want more divine inspiration from Heavenly Creatures? Then be sure to take a look at our previous posts.

McKenzie stripe tank, Bertie shorts

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