The LILYA Utopia AW16 collection welcomes a season with the nonchalant and nomadic charm of the 70’s paired with classic sensibilities.

Inspired by the spirit of the 70’s, referencing music from Fleetwood Mac and folkloric muses like Joni Mitchell. With the ease of fit and form, the collection features fluid silhouette with finishing’s of lace, ties and frills. We welcome relaxed tailoring, luxe bohemian touches and romantic feminine detailing’s.

Welcome to Utopia….


photographer – nick hudson
stylist – adeline conti
model – nicola clarke @ jaz daly mangement
hair & make up  – veronika moreira

MOOD | LILYA Utopia FW16

utopia mood baord

Welcome to Utopia, a collection inspired by the nomadic charm of the 1970’s and luxe boheme. This collection is designed to be worn with free spirited sensibilities, with relaxed and feminine pieces worn with our luxe woolen pieces, fringed suede’s and best selling knitwear.

The colour palette bases itself on a neutral base with highlights of rich gem hues of emerald, navy, ruby and mustard. Vintage furnishings and the works of artist William Morris have inspired the collections key prints. Here are some of musings and inspirations for the collection which is will be available next week.


Sophia Ahrens Sophia Ahrens Sophia Ahrens Sophia Ahrens Sophia Ahrens Sophia Ahrens Sophia Ahrens Sophia Ahrens Sophia Ahrens Sophia Ahrens Sophia Ahrens Sophia Ahrens

Model Sophia Ahrens gives us Summer time nostalgia in an editorial by Angelo Pennetta for WSJ Magazine. The bare-faced beauty features in a sequences of looks against backdrops of tropical bush land, lakes and sea shacks wearing an array of colourful knitwear pared back with denim.


WSJ Magazine February 2016
Photographer: Angelo Pennetta
Stylist: Geraldine Saglio
Hair: Rudi Lewis
Makeup: Lisa Houghton
Model: Sophia Ahrens

Stockist File | Alterior Motif


Our good friend Penny Lane, director of Sunshine Coast boutiques Alterior Motif is one of our longest standing stockists of LILYA and has been delivery the fashion goods to the Coast for over 10 years.

We sat down with Penny to get some insight into what her and her stores are all about and some of her summer essentials.

If you are headed to the Sunshine Coast, you can find the stores in Cotton Tree and Noosa Heads or check out their instagram

Hello Penny Lane! Tell us a little about yourself and Alterior Motif?

I was born in Byron Bay but we moved to the Sunshine Coast when I was 5. I have a bit of a dream life. Living on the Sunshine Coast is like living in paradise and my friends, family and work life top it all off!

Alterior Motif is an extension of myself and my amazing staff. We all have input and treat it like our baby. It’s a life style store, a meeting place and above all else somewhere awesome to shop for Australian designers, emerging designers and home décor.

What are three words to describe the aesthetics of your stores?
Coastal . Luxe . Chic

What is your personal style philosophy?

Keep it casual but incorporate accessories that you are feeling at that time. I tend to lean towards quality denim and good fabrications, particularly organics. I don’t have an overly defined aesthetic as I am exposed to so many different trends through our brand list. I like to “sample” from all of our ranges but being in a coastal area I tend to dress down.

Can you list 5 of your summer essentials?

  • Boyfriend fit white shirt
  • Blush nail polish
  • A statement hat
  • Denim Shorts
  • One piece swimsuit

Tell us about what your perfect day looks like for you?
A morning surf then coffee with friends, chill with the family at home, watch the Sunset then party all night long.. Ha ha no just joking, early to bed for me these days!

You are a fellow Sunshine Coast local, can you tell us a must do for anyone visiting the coast over the summer?

Walk around to Granite Bay through the national park in Noosa at first light. Its just got that feeling of untouched beauty and you truly feel like you could be anywhere in the world.

What’s on the cards next for Alterior Motif?
Gosh we have done so much in the last 2 years! I’ll chat to the universe and let you know ☺

HOME |Rony Vardi’s

Rony-Vardi--1 Rony-Vardi-2 Rony-Vardi-3 Rony-Vardi-4 Rony-Vardi-5 Rony-Vardi-6 Rony-Vardi-7

Catbird is one of our favourite jewelry haunts and an essential stop anytime we are in NYC. So when we saw owner and founder of the Brooklyn jewel mecca Rony Vardi’s home, we couldn’t help but fall completely in love. The Brownstone home has just the right amount Brooklyn charm, mixed in with clean Scandinavian features and of course some gold finishing’s.


MOOD | Summer Time


Happy 2016! While we bring in the New Year with a good dose of summer holidays these are the things we are doing, wearing and indulging in….

Indulging in an afternoon white peach gin fizz

Watching (and channeling Liv Tyler) in Stealing Beauty (1996)

Inspired by textures of seashores and palm trees

Wearing, our Tutti Maxi Dress 

Reading, M Train by Patti Smith

Burning a Lumira candle in Tuscan Fig

Applying Kester nail polish in Petra

Moroccan Rose Otto Ultra-Moisture Body Oil by Ren Skincare

EDITORIAL | A summer seaside


Hello summer! Welcome to days spent between sand and surf, enjoying a well-deserved vacation. This is our ode to the notorious Australian Summer with the perfect resort wear essentials from our ‘Drifter’ collection available now here. Happy Holidays!


Photography @madalynrosephotography

Muse @abbey_ginns

Creative @adelineconti

Interview | Kirsten Sikiotis of Maidenlove


Trading in a cold and grey Melbourne winter for balmy Bali, Indonesia sounds like a pretty great idea right? Well thats exactly what our good friend and collaborator Kirsten Sikiotis, captain of Maidenlove has done since launching her brand in 2010. Kirsten has been creating some of our favourite bikinis as well as a range of clothing and accessories and we are lucky enough to work with her every Summer on a range of LILYA X Maidenlove swimwear. So to gain more insight we chatted to Kirsten a little about Maidenlove, her Bikini muses and summer must haves.

Tell us a little about yourself and your brand Maidenlove?

Maidenlove was born in Bali, 5 years ago, where I made my first swimwear range. It was a labour of love, hence the name Maidenlove, playing on Made in Love and being a made up name I like to call my ship / vessel / means for me to be creative and to do what I am passionate about in this life. As maiden also means first, the brand ethos is always about following my heart, my first love, being creative and designing. I am so grateful to be doing what I love each day, collaborating with great people like Lisa of Lilya, producing in Bali and working with genuine, hard working, creative, passionate people. All the people I work with become my friends so I enjoy the process everyday.

What influences your designs?

I always begin making something I want to wear. Being a Gemini the styling is always eclectic and spontaneous between ranges and even within one collection, and are positively driven by my emotional state when it comes to designing the range. There are often vintage references with something a little bit nautical and a little bit cowgirl and a always a wild animal print. I value a point of difference so developed our own hardware too with my husband who is a jewellery designer / art director.

What is your favourite swimsuit from the latest Lilya x Maidenlove Collaboration?

I LOVE the paisley print (channeling the cowgirl in me) in the classic underwire Sala Swimsuit. I love to wear a one piece as a bodysuit with shorts or jeans and since having my beautiful son, I feel one pieces are much more flattering for me this summer.

Who would you love to see wearing one of your designs?

Oooohhh this changes all the time but I would LOVE Georgia May Jagger to do a campaign for us. I love Emily Blunt’s look and Charlotte Gainsbourg’s style. As far as Aussie girls go, I would love to see Emma Booth, Bella Heathcote and Pania Rose in a Maidenlove campaign. Gorgeous, striking, natural beauties. Our latest campaign shot by the super talented and down to earth Jennifer Stenglein of Ilona Novacek really captured our brand perfectly, with these strong, womanly, graceful, energetic, positive and powerful images. They were electric and the energy was really captured in the imagery.

What would we find in your beach bag?

In my Maidenlove Wild Thing print beach bag, you will find my Sala Swimsuit, a Navy double sized anchor towel, Lucy Folk Azul blue mirror lensed sunglasses, Dermaclear Organic 30+ sunscreen, Bali Pura Pure Love Auric Spray, a trucker cap, a stainless steel water bottle and my Kundalini Yoga teacher’s manual.

Favourite Summer holiday location?

Ithaca, the Greek island where my husband’s family is from.

Shop the LILYA x Maidenlove swim range here.


Maidenlove-1 Maidenlove-2 Maidenlove-3 Maidenlove-4 Maidenlove-5 Maidenlove-6

EDITORIAL | Morning Glory

Josh-Olins-Morning-Glory-1 Josh-Olins-Morning-Glory Josh-Olins-Morning-Glory Josh-Olins-Morning-Glory Josh-Olins-Morning-Glory Josh-Olins-Morning-Glory Josh-Olins-Morning-Glory

Another beautiful editorial by Josh Olins for WSJ magazine. The sequence of black and white images focuses on pajamas dressing with slouchy two pieces and slinky slip dresses. A sleek and sophisticated shoot that is giving us more and more reasons to sleep in, lounge around home and relax in our robes.