Monday, July 23, 2012

A little Italian Summer on Coventry St showcasing colour and texture

Well we were blessed with the most beautiful day in South Melbourne yesterday!
It was just like a little Italian summer. One of those days where the sunlight warms you and takes you back to a nostalgic sunny day in another lifetime...
Through the windows inspired by Louise's inspirational shots from Venice, the light was catching the 3 dimensional textured daisies on the new Mirabelle Lace Jacket and Skirt with so much love!
This divine Austrian 100% cotton guipure lace has been sitting locked up since the late sixties and yesterday it was certainly having it's "moment in the sun"...

Mirabelle Lace Jacket (size 10) $770 (10) , Mirabelle Lace & Cotton Pique Skirt (size 11) $440
Can be made to order in other colours and sizes. Limited lace available.

We now have a range of styles in store which utilize this gorgeous vintage textured guipure lace in hand-picked colours from sizes 8 - 16. The Multi-coloured Mirabelle Dress (Size 14) (below left) with it's block colours of pistachio, cornflour and lilac pink is a fresh take for spring whether it be racing spring carnival or a special wedding occasion.

Left on wall - Dusty Lilac Mosaic Guipure Lace Dress (Size 12) $950, Right on mannequin - Multi-coloured Mirabelle Lace Dress (size 14) $1320
Mauve and Tearose Mirabella Dress (Size 8) $990 (As seen in first top photo on right mannequin)
Styles may be made to order in other colours and sizes. Limited lace available.

We all need a little Italian summer break in the heart of Melbourne winter!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Postcards from LuLu - A Designer's Pilgrimage Part 3 - The Colour of Venice

On arrival in Venice, Louise was met with majestic storm clouds and stunning lightening that lit up the city with bold hues of ultraviolet blues complimenting the worn ochre limestone and rustic painted walls.The photos below 'strike' you with rich authentic colour and texture, making Venice the generous source of inspiration that it is.

The morning sunlight brought to light the rustic weathered walls and Venitian traditions...

(Above) Taken through the window of the Peggy Guggenheim Gallery

(Above Left) Galleria Della Academia, (Above Right) The ceiling of the gallery

(Above) Blue Dancer by Gino Severini (1883 - 1966) in the Peggy Guggenheim Gallery

Harmony of texture, tonal colour, line, repetition...

Simple Venetian romance.

With so many inspiring pictures "The Colour of Venice" is;

To be continued....

Repetition and fine detail back at Coventry Street...

Meanwhile... back at the boutique, the other half of the design team, Kristie Coakley, is holding the fort, dressing the Coventry St window with Louise and Kristie's pure and perfect White Silk Organza Peplum Bride. A meeting of clean modern lines, with layers of silk organza and beautiful hand-sewn binding.

A flounced double layer asymetric peplum sits at the waist over a full length A-line shape skirt sweeps into a godet train with double layer organza flounce. Most evident are the architectural design lines of the 1 centimetre wide binding that have been carefully placed on the sheer forms to emphasize correct proportion and subtle definition of the shapes.

The beautiful scoop neck and carefully sculptured double layer cap sleeve are simple perfection for a modern bride. All the bound edges are skillfully sewn by hand, some 8 meters of silk organza bias cut binding for the consummate couture finish. This limited edition piece can be made to measure and may be ordered in other colours.

Other unique bridal accessories available include a Rare Vintage Wax Flower Veil , Unworn Vintage kid leather gloves (both pictured above left), House of Snowball Clarabelle Bridal Cuffs (above right),

Alencon Lace Hand-crafted headpieces by Fleur Coakley (above left), Abbie Walsh Wedding Garters, and hand-embroidered Abbie Walsh Good Luck Hankies (both above right).

"something old....something new......something blue..."

By the way, the Vintage beaded shoes are a size 36 - so let us know if you are Cinderella...

Contact us for enquires
or visit for more wedding accessories, couture cuffs and bridal headpieces.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Postcards from LuLu - A Designer's Pilgrimage Part 2 - Italy Inspires

Ah Italy.
Florence is the starting point in the Italian tour and elegant design is everywhere you turn.
There is an undenying and long history of taking pride in visual expression.
Repetition and fine detail seem to be a re-occurring theme...

Pictured above left; La Cerchiata( Latticework) where a long line of holm oaks have been pruned to form a continuous tunnel. This was cultivated between 1612 and 1614.
Above Right - Street lamp Pestoia Train Station, Florence

Vasca dell'Isola (Island Pond) , Florence

Chandelier and view of Florence at Knight's Lodge, Boboli Gardens

Boboli Gardens, Florence

Boboli Gardens Ceiling Amphitheatre M.Buontalenti's Grotto

Obika Mozzarella Bar (Above) is located inside the historic Palazzo Tornabuoni, in the elegant Via Tornabuoni, a famous street which is very well known by fashion lovers, looks like Louise loved this cafe spot too...

Florentine Artisan's hand-made cotton Guipure lace.
A souvenir from Florence to take back for a one-off House of Snowball design for next season.
Repetition and fine detail...
Ah Firenze.

Day to Day Creative Happenings at HOS Coventry St

While daughter and other half to the design team, Kristie Coakley is holding the fort at Coventry St boutique in South Melbourne and finding inspiration in the day to day happenings and creations...

Winter Solace; Dressing with Peplums, Belts, Collars, Cuffs and Hats.

To get this look:

Lemon Mairzy Doats Collar

Lemon Roll Iced Cuffs

Classic Wool/ Silk Detatchable Peplum

worn on the shoulders as a draped collar
over Classic Stone Midi Wool Dress with
Silk Navy Self-Covered Belt.

To see more on our e-boutique click here

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Postcards from LuLu - A Designer's Pilgrimage Part 1 - Ireland

One of House of Snowball's designers, Louise Coakley, is currently on a designer's pilgrimage around Europe collecting fabrics and inspiration for the next House of Snowball collection.
Join this blog to get "hot off the iphone" updates of what she is being inspired by and maybe you might get some clues about the unborn House of Snowball collection...

First stop IRELAND!


Ballynahinch Castle - View from our room.
Beautiful filigree wrought iron church gate in Dublin laneway 

Gaiety Theatre. Dublin - some 'old worlde' charm...

A beautiful cotton floral toile, first souvenir to take home...