No one does grown-up girly better, or more consistently, than Michelle Smith does with Milly. The films of French director Jean-Luc Godard inspired her for Fall, and she interpreted them in midnight blues, deep greens, rich aubergines and pops of bright, bright color.
The hemlines were a little longer, the designs were as feminine and pretty as ever. I’m almost tempted to describe Milly’s style as “cute”, but I can’t, because they’re so sophisticated, perfect for work if you want to break out of the gray-or-black-suit mold. They’re not wild, but they’re different. The deep blue suit pairs a skirt with a cape, not a jacket. A maxi skirt is paired with a thick wool sweater. A flouncy, ruffly dress is topped with a tailored blue blazer. It was a serious collection full of fun pieces, effortless and very chic.
This is Milly’s year, with a flagship shop set to open on Madison Avenue, a handbag and jewelry line about to launch, and even a kids line on the horizon. After ten years, Milly by Michelle Smith has arrived, in a big way.
photography: Anton Brookes
To see video of Milly’s runway at Mercedes-Benz Fall 2011 Fashion Week, click on Red Stiletto icon below.
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