MILLY founder and designer Michelle Smith reports on her recent trip to the remote island of Petit St. Vincent. You may just need to book a trip…
A vacation in Petit St. Vincent is a (much-needed) escape I take with my husband, Andy, and my two children, Sophia and Will. It’s a week for playing in the sun and sand and family time, away from the city.
After two flights and a boat ride, we arrive at our destination—Petit St. Vincent, located directly below St. Vincent. Not easy to get to, but totally worth it.
Known for its rolling hills and gorgeous beach, surrounded by coral reefs, but what I love most is the privacy—no Internet, TV, or phones. Talk about seclusion!
As soon as we arrive at our airy cottage, the kids can’t wait to change into their swimsuits. We run to the water and enjoy the pristine white sand under our feet. (My daughter Sophia, as the inspiration for my children’s line, MILLY Minis, is wearing her favorite new cover-up while I grab my MILLY Fiji bikini and MILLY Guadas tunic. Meanwhile, my colorblock handbag, which doubles as a beach tote is fully loaded with Kiehl’s SPF 30 and beach toys.) We all head to the water immediately to spend what’s left of the day enjoying the water.
I’m a big believer that some sun, sand, relaxation, and rum punch can cure all winter doldrums. After just a short while in the sun, taking in the salty air and the gentle breeze, I’m already feeling completely relaxed.
The nearby hammock is perfect for lounging. I can’t wait for the snorkeling, excursions, island dinners, and dancing-by-moonlight to come.
Jennifer Lopez is looking fresh in MILLY SS ‘14 parrot print micro shorts on set shooting the music video for her song, “We Are One” (Ole Ola) which will be the official song of the Fifa World Cup 2014 in Brazil.
Backstage, the beauty at the MILLY FW ‘14 show was focused on natural, sheer makeup and nails.
Romy Soleimani created a sheer, opulent makeup look with the idea of a “ballerina off duty” as inspiration letting the models’ natural beauty stand out with the help of Kevyn Aucoin makeup and Arcona skincare.
Meanwhile, in the nail department, Essie followed suit, with two colors we like to think of as an updated version of ‘Ballet Slippers’ - with ‘Mademoiselle’ and ‘Cocktails and Coconuts’ the inspiration was polished and sheer.
The MILLY FW ‘14 show was held yesterday at Lincoln Center. Michelle Smith, founder and designer of MILLY divulges her inspiration here:
What was your inspiration for the MILLY Fall/Winter 2014 collection?
My collection, named “DUSK” focuses on movement, texture and drama. The color palette was inspired by the stages of nightfall, from blush to onyx and including reflective metallic that remind me of moonlight. For the silhouettes, I was inspired by classical dance—I like the idea of the paradox of discipline and beauty and played with both fluidity and structure.
How do you begin your design process?
I love color and pattern so I always begin with fabric. This season, I was very interested in contrasting textures—the juxtaposition of light and dark vs. weightlessness and volume.
Tell us more about the fabrics.
I wanted the fabrics to incorporate movement and drama,. I love to use really luxurious European fabrics - beaded fringe, sheer tulle with intricate pleating, Mongolian fur and reflective foil leather, and ultra-sonic welded leather.
MILLY founder and designer Michelle Smith (aka “DJ MILLY”) is constantly creating playlists to get the MILLY staff amped up. Fashion Week is no exception. With long nights and lots to do to get ready for the big day (today!), she’s mapped out your perfect playlist to get you in the mood for New York Fashion Week. Download it now!
With the MILLY Fall ‘14 runway show quickly approaching (it’s tomorrow!) we’re giving you a behind the scenes look at the collection…because we love you!
Click through the slideshow to get the inside view before the looks hit the runway.
This season, the Fall ‘14 collection is all about luxurious layers, texture and shine. Cracked metallic and dot embossed leather, tulle and statement chevron fringe details add edge to modern silhouettes.
Starting this week, designers will present their Fall 2014 collections at New York Fashion Week, but the drama takes place in the between and after – during the wee hours at after-parties and post-show dinners going down every night across the city. Here is a rundown of the hottest hangouts, where an A-list bevy of models, celebrities, editors, and general scenesters can be expected to touch down.
The Marlton Hotel: Brought to you by the ever-hip Sean MacPherson and team (brainchild and hotelier behind The Jane and Montauk’s Crows Nest), this new hotel spot on the on West 8th Street will house editors needing a quick bite between shows.
Back Bar: A tree-adorned space, reminiscent of an Italian villa, will be uncovered as the place to see-and-be-seen this fashion week. Right on the edge of the West Side Highway in Chelsea, it’s easy to miss unless you’re in-the-know.
The Top of the Standard (or, the “Boom Boom Room”) : A perennial fashion week favorite, this hangout on the top floor of The Standard hotel enforces one of the toughest door policies in New York. Once inside, you’ll catch international socialites as well as young designers blowing off post-show steam.
Electric Room: Opened by nightlife legend Nur Khan, this bunker-like bar at theDream Hotelis the last spot of the night for serious fashion week revelry. The vibe here is pure rock ‘n’ roll, complete with graffiti walls and plush leather couches.
Whether it’s your first season attending New York Fashion Week or your 10th, what to wear to fashion week is never easy. Here, we break it down into 3 simple rules and give our suggestions for what to wear to a fashion show. Sign up now to get first access to the MILLY Livestream on show day, February 10 at 2pm EST.
Rule 1. Always make a statement. Everything you wear should have something that stands out and makes it special. Forget the sensible handbag and go for a holographic clutch or forgo leather leggings for leather overalls.
Rule 2. Silhouette is key. Find the silhouette of the season and stick to it. Midi skirts and crop tops or bralettes are de rigour this season, so you may want to be sure to grab one now… Looking for more ideas? See our SS ’14 runway show to get some ideas.