Recently Ruby Assembly introduced you to Melbourne’s forgotten vintage treasure trove – Lady Phillips. We were so excited by the sweeping, romantic history of the business, and so charmed by the shamelessly decorative archives of immaculate clothing – we felt compelled to some back to the Ruby Assembly office to style and present to our readers.

Today’s blog features a range of Lady Phillips items which are available by clicking here. (Inset above: Lady Phillips Liberty print shirt in classic archival print Glencot House.)

The men’s shirt modelled is in Liberty’s delicate Glencot House print, a gothic fairytale of cottages and classic English garden plantings in brooding charcoals and wine-stained magentas. The shirt’s large shoulders aren’t for the female form, but a belt to cinch the waist and a knitted maxi-skirt in rich maroon make for avant-garde power dressing. Glittering hardware in the equestrian-style belt and large burnished bronze deco earrings create extra drama – an outfit that Grace Jones or a modern-day Cersei would appreciate.

Winter in Melbourne seems to be suited to shimmering dark silvers, rich wine colors and charcoals. They’re the very colors of the wet streets and laneways of the town we love best. Do you like the counter-pattern on the shirt’s sleeves, in a neat dark red and black cross hatch?

Lady Phillips vintage Italian men’s ‘L’Uomo of Roma’ velour sweater.

Lady Phillips Peter Pan collar, pirate skirt by Ruby Assembly. Lady Phillips do a beautiful range of collars using their vintage materials – a little bit of cheekiness to brighten up your winter wardrobe.

Shot on location with thanks to Carlton’s finest flirts and purveyors of pasta, Carlton Espresso.

My very favorite Lady Phillips collar which we’ve dubbed ‘The Pollock’ thanks to its spattered, pointy modish look. Taken at the opening of Shu Restaurant with Kyra Pybus of Pybus PR.

Which look do you like best?