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.
If you’ve ever played Starships or Super Bass on repeat (come on, don’t lie…) then you’ll understand why we were incredibly excited to see the fabulous Nicki Minaj rocking a MILLY SS ‘14 bodysuit on the February cover of ESPN Magazine. Even better, she’s featured on the cover with basketball superstar, Kobe Bryant.
Nicki Minaj, who is known for her one-of-a-kind fashion style, pairs the MILLY bodysuit with a feminine pleated skirt and killer platforms. For MILLY SS ‘14, Michelle drew inspiration from perforated facades found in contemporary Japanese architecture. The custom-made prints, one of which Nicki is wearing on the ESPN cover, were based on Japanese and Hawaiian florals.
Ever since Allison WIlliams (aka Marnie) wore a MILLY dress on last week’s GIRLS, we’ve been in the mood to play costume designer. What would the rest of the GIRLS girls wear? Here, we’ve broken down our favorite looks from the show by personality type. Which character do YOU identify with most?
HANNAH: She tends to choose looser fits and sometimes forgets a bra, but her sporty-meets-bohemian look can be imitated with a MILLY Mesh Top (we recommend a tank underneath!) and MILLY Floral Pouf Dress for those special milestones, like your BFF’s surprise wedding.
MARNIE: Always polished and feminine, she’s the ultimate MILLY girl - go for slim sheaths like the MILLY Racerback Sheath and sophisticated separates like this MILLY Crystal Collar Sweater and laser cut leather skirt for impromptu interviews or karaoke sessions.
SHOSHANNA: You never know what you’re going to get with Shoshanna - one week she’s a saint and the next she’s playing a vixen. One thing is for sure - she’s super feminine. To snag her look, grab the MILLY V-Neck Fly-Away Tank and Cutout Circle Skirt Dress.
JESSA: Her fly-by-night style lends itself to prints and textures with a wild streak. The neon floral MILLY Sleeve Mini Dress and Feather Cocktail Jacket are perfect, whether you’re scoping out the new chic Brooklyn hotspot or leaving town on a whim.
When Michelle Smith, designer and founder of MILLY, and Amanda Hearst, founder of Friends of Finn, decided to create an exclusive t-shirt collection to support The Humane Society of the United States Friends of Finn’s efforts to stop puppy mills, we knew good things would result. SHOP THE TEES HERE. Michelle worked with Amanda and Friends of Finn members Georgina Bloomberg and Kimberly Ovitz to a very special limited edition collection of graphic t-shirts, each with a hashtag phrase that relates to their dogs.
We were eager to get the inside scoop from Amanda about what inspired her to found Friends of Finn and what the man himself (her dog, Finn) is all about…
US: What prompted you to start Friends of Finn?
AMANDA: I had been working with The Humane Society of the United States and kept hearing all these horrible things about puppy mills, which are illegal breeding facilities where animals are usually treated terribly. I learned that over 90% of pet store dogs are from these types of places, so I did some research and found out that my own dog, Finn, was from a puppy mill. That’s why I started Friends of Finn, to raise money and awareness to end the industry of puppy mills in the US.
US: Tell us about Finn!
AMANDA: He is a foodie, so at the moment he’s probably not “sample size” - haha. There have been several occasions where I’ve found him on the dinner table eating straight butter! Not good for the waist line! Also he loves people, and usually kisses them on the mouth when he meets them. He also loves naps and his girlfriend Pequi, a Pomeranian that he goes on walks with.
US: Did you grow up with a dog as a child? Did you have any other pets?
AMANDA: I’ve always grown up with animals. In the city, we had Chili and Lizzie (two mixes) and a cat names Sarah. Then, my mom moved to a farm in the Hamptons, so now we have dogs, cats, ducks, geese, miniature goats, alpacas, miniature donkeys…it’s very much a Dr. Doolittle situation out there.
US: Where do you love to take your dog in NYC? Do you have any go-to spot, or places Finn loves to go?
AMANDA: Finn loves the West Village, especially Rag & Bone because they give him treats there. He also loves my local boutique wine shop…because they give him treats, too. So basically, anywhere where he can get food he’s happy! But the dog park in Washington Square Park is great, and he has lots of little friends there.
US: How can someone work with the The Humane Society of the United States to ensure their puppy is not from a puppy mill?
AMANDA: The bottom line is that the majority of pet store animals are from puppy mills. So if you really want to be safe, you should adopt or work with a reputable breeder. Please read up on The HSUS’ advice about how to make sure you don’t support puppy mills: https://www.humanesociety.org.
English supermodel Kate Moss turns 40 today, which gives us at MILLY a reason to celebrate. Regarded as one of the Queens of fashion, Kate Moss can do no wrong. Appearing on the cover of British magazine The Face at the age of 16, Moss has been regarded as one of fashion’s finest ever since.
If you’re looking for ways to exude Kate Moss’s style, here are three easy steps to keep in mind:
1. Don’t try too hard. There’s no chance you have ever seen Kate Moss going for an overly polished look, yet she always appears put together. How does she do this? She pairs high fashion items with every day pieces, like jeans and a simple tee with killer shoes and a leather jacket.
2. Don’t wear something expected. One of the reasons Kate Moss is revered in the world of fashion is because she doesn’t care about trends. You won’t see Kate Moss rocking the season staple - she finds stand out pieces that no one else has and owns them. #1,098 why we would do anything to go on a shopping trip with her…
3. Break the rules. Kate Moss is not one to play by the rules and we love her for that. A rocker chic at heart, Moss plays with fashion by creating outfits that are surprising and edgy. She isn’t afraid to make a mistake, both professionally and personally, and her aloofness only makes us more intrigued.
Scroll through our slideshow to view our top Kate Moss inspired picks:
Right now, we’re all about cut outs. With spring just around the corner (kind of…) it’s time to punch up your wardrobe. Vibrant colors, sophisticated cut out details, and luxurious Italian fabrics, like neoprene and hexagon fil coupe, make this collection sophisticated and modern.
If you’re looking for a more subtle palette, Michelle, designer and founder of MILLY, updates your traditional black and white pieces in statement silhouettes.
BEHIND THE SCENES: THE MAKING OF A GOLDEN GLOBES DRESS
Ever wonder what happens in a design studio behind the scenes before award season? We’re lifting the curtain. Michelle Smith, founder and designer of MILLY, created a couture MILLY dress for TV host Sara Gore to wear on the Golden Globes Red Carpet this Sunday on NBC. The challenge? Sara just so happens to be 7 months pregnant… Here, Michelle and Sara give us the inside scoop.
Looking for your own award-show-worthy look? Shop MILLY dressesnow.
MICHELLE: When I was pregnant, I designed my own gown for an event, and later lent to a few pregnant friends—I think it’s still making its way through the NYC event circuit! So designing Sara’s dress for the Golden Globes brought back some good memories—I was honored.
SARA: I’ve been wearing MILLY on-air for years, but it was the first time she designed a dress for me. Feminine yet modern, MILLY suits my fashion personality.
MICHELLE: First, Sara came by the MILLY NYC Boutique where I showed her some options and we talked through color, neckline, and embellishment options. We both agreed that a simple dress in a beautiful color with some slight drapery would be the most flattering silhouette.
SARA: Typically for an awards show, I would tend to go for a fitted gown, it’s hard to know what size you are going to be when you are pregnant, making the Golden Globes Red Carpet a high stakes guessing game! Michelle wanted me to be happy and was very accommodating.
MICHELLE: Once we narrowed down the options, Sara came to the MILLY showroom to test out different color swatches. We debated between pastels and jewel tones, sleeves versus no sleeves. After a few fittings together and ultimately decided on the final look. At the last second, we decided a train would add some drama to the dress. It was such a great experience and I can’t wait to see Sara on the Golden Globes Red Carpet!
SARA: It’s was a dream to work with Michelle. Personally I think we should just design my clothes together from here on out!
Watch Sara Gore live on the Golden Globes Red Carpet tonight, Sunday, January 12th, at 6pm EST for NBC’s “1st Look Live on the Red Carpet” Special.
The party’s over—now it’s time to get down to business and write those thank you notes. In celebration of the MILLY for Dempsey & Carroll stationery collaboration, our favorite etiquette expert, Rajiv Surendra, a New York based artist and calligrapher who specializes in lettering with pen and ink and chalk, shares some tips for how to do it the right way. You might just be surprised…
What are the components of the perfect thank you note?
Never start a thank you note with the words “thank you.” Always start from a personal place. Start with a specific comment or something you’re grateful for in terms of what it is you’re given.
What are the most common mistakes you see?
One of the common mistakes is not saying anything at all about what it is you’re given. Someone took the time to pick that out for you and give that to you and so that reciprocating that will extend why it is special to you or why it is great or what you thought of when you opened it up.
How do you write many thank you notes in a row without coming off like a robot?
If you write them all at once, they’ll all come across a little meaningless, so do yourself a favor and split them up over time.
What if you have terrible handwriting?
I feel passionate about someone expressing truthfully – you should write anyway – that shouldn’t stop you from writing with a pen. That representation on paper is a very special thing. It’s a piece of you. Don’t let that stop you or intimidate you.
Is it ever too late to send a thank you note?
It’s never too late to send a thank you note but generally what we tend to recommend, a week after you receive a gift is normal etiquette but after the holidays it’s nice to receive thank you notes within the first two weeks of the New Year. It feels a little late after that. Everyone is going back to work on Monday onward.
How should you go about choosing your correspondence notecards?
The card you choose should be a representation of you. Don’t worry about what the person is going to like, choose a card that you like.
Can you share any etiquette regarding addressing your envelopes?
Make sure you put the return address in case you get it back and you know the person didn’t receive it. A nice tip is to go an extra step and use a commemorative stamp that the US Postal Service creates every year. They look beautiful on the envelope. If you can take the time to pick out stamps that you like they add a personal touch.
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