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Emma Mulholland FW17 is a Serious (Trick or) Treat

Australian designer Emma Mulholland makes clothes that are viscerally vibrant, playful, and uplifting. Success, as Mulholland’s motto seems to go, is not contingent on taking yourself too seriously—and this mantra seems to permeate all of her collections, from “Cry Birdy” (FW15) and “As Bad As I Guana Be” (FW12), to “Poison Paradise” (FW14), “Risque Business” (SS14), and her latest FW17 collection, “Chills and Thrills.”

Inspired by, as Mulholland put it, “superstition, haunted houses, and ‘90s slasher movies,” “Chills and Thrills” is a splendid display of what happens when you both woke and work. In it, you’ll find the usual, ample display of sequin embellishments (if not pieces made entirely of sequins), cute patches, funky denim, and prints that would grab the attention of many an ex. It’s a collection we’d pay good money to own—and one we’d stand behind any day. But one that also feels particularly apt today, on Halloween; in addition to the above, Mulholland’s FW17 collection is also conspicuously darker than some of her others—both in palette and in tone. It’s black heavy—think gorgeously embroidered black suede dresses and jackets, black tulle, black sequins, and some black leather thrown in for good measure. And it’s tricked out in Halloween-esque, spooky embellishments that include Carrie-themed patches; scary, sequined clowns; rhinestone cats, cobwebs, and bats; and a black shaggy faux fur jacket made in collaboration with Melbourne designer Gun Shy.

But enough out of us—as always, Byron Spencer’s photos (which we’re releasing exclusively on Milk) capture the essence of Mulholland’s clothes, and of this particular collection, impeccably. Have a look at the photos above—hopefully, these should hold you over until the collection is available to own. And look out for a new tee of hers that’s going to be released exclusively with MADE this Sunday, to coincide with the launch of MADE Sydney.

All photos shot exclusively for Milk by Byron Spencer.

Stylist: Sarah Starkey

Makeup: Claire Thomson

Hair: Elyston Hayden

Model: Tess Angel (at Priscillas)

Stay tuned to Milk for more from our favorite Australian creatives.

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