With each collection, Michelle Smith, founder and designer of MILLY designs signature prints that act as roadmaps for the ready to wear season. Here, we give you a behind the scenes look at how a print comes to life.
Where it comes from:
Last year, right after the MILLY FW ’13 runway show, Michelle went on vacation with her family to Hawaii and Japan. There, she was inspired by the colors of the surf and the tradition of florals in Japanese culture. Michelle set out to incorporate the beauty of the seascape into her Spring ’14 collection.
What makes it special:
It’s a print like no other! Hibiscus and other exotic florals intertwine with hues of seafoam and colorblocked cantaloupe and pops of white. If you ask us, it looks like a piece of art. Look familiar? You may have spotted our sea blossom print while flipping through the Spring Fashion issues of major magazines: it’s part of the MILLY Spring ’14 advertising campaign featuring model Loulou Robert.
How to wear it:
You can wear sea blossom six different ways—which is your style?
Last night marked one of our favorite nights of the year, the Academy Awards. While most people tune in to find out which of their favorite films and actors will walk away with an award, we are all about the fashion. From Jennifer Lawrence stumbling on the carpet (gracefully, per usual) in a stunning Dior dress to Lupita Nyong’o capturing Best Supporting Actress in a power blue Prada gown, the night was full of statement fashion moments. Scroll through the slideshow to see some of our favorite Oscar dresses and the MILLY looks that tie back to them. SHOP ALL DRESSES HERE.
One of our favorite fashion bloggers, Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacific, was recently photographed wearing a head-to-toe MILLY outfit, looking feminine yet edgy. GET HER MILLY DRESS AND COAT HERE. Not only do we admire Blair for braving the NYC cold and sporting a dress, but her mesh-on-mesh getup is utter perfection. Blair wears the MILLY Bustier Strap Dress and Cape Zip Coat, cut from an Italian honeycomb tech mesh material. Available in a variety of different styles, the luxurious, textured fabric is a spring staple for MILLY and will freshen up your spring wardrobe, whether in the form of a dress, skirt, top or coat. Blair completes her monochrome look with her signature Karen Walker sunglasses, statement jewels and of course, red lips. She epitomizes black and white done right.
Talk about a major MILLY moment - today, the one and only Lady Gaga was photographed in NYC wearing the MILLY Leather Shortalls. In classic Gaga style, she amps up her look with various textures and accessories (note her Pharrell-esque hat, circle sunglasses and floor-length coat.) She makes the shortalls weather appropriate by styling them with tights and a collared blouse underneath.
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.
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.
We’re excited to announce the launch of our new mobile site! If you’re on the go and in need of some MILLY (we understand…) our new mobile site is fast and easy to use. Be sure to check it out the next time you’re on your phone. Tweet us your thoughts @millybymichelle.
We are incredibly excited to announce that Michelle Smith, founder and designer of MILLY, will be a guest judge on tonight’s episode of Project Runway All Stars.
The show features 11 contestants from previous seasons of the original series Project Runway. This season’s new host Alyssa Milano cautions the designers that the pressure is on- fun fact: this season features three previous winners of Project Runway. Talk about some friendly competition…
Be sure to watch Lifetime TV tonight at 9 pm EST/8 pm CT. Join the conversation and tweet Michelle @millybymichelle!
Whether you’re spending New Year’s on the beach or at a ski resort, we have a standout look for every occasion.
1. If you’re in Miami (or any warm weather location) for New Year’s, you need theMILLY Cutout Dress. Cutout details make this LBD sexy, and a fitted silhouette will flatter every body type. Add a pop of color to this getup and you’ll be set for a night in South Beach.
2.Going to a black tie event? You’re in luck. OurRacer Party Dress, made of Cheetah Lurex Lace, is bound to make a statement. A floor length skirt and racer back create a tailored and bold look.
3.For those headed to a hotel rooftop bash…sporting sequins is a must. OurSleeve Cocktail Dress, crafted in black and gold stretch sequins, features a subtly sexy scoop back. You’re bound to catch the attention of your New Year’s kiss in this number.
4.If you prefer a low-key night… go with theMILLY Fly Away Rhinestone TankandLeather Leggings. Rhinestone details enhance this black tank top and leather leggings make this outfit edgy. Good friends, great food, necessary New Year’s drinks and a favorite outfit = the perfect night.
5.At a ski resort for the holidays? A statement coat better make it into your suitcase. TheMILLY Cocktail Coatis the ultimate topper to any winter look- layer it over your favorite dress and pair it with a bold bag for a glam New Year’s outfit. If you’re prepping for a cold night, you might as well throw in ourSermoneta for MILLY Studded Gloves. Talk about rocker chic done right.
Tell us what your go-to New Year’s outfit is by commenting below!
Love Reese Witherspoon? So do we. The actress was recently spotted rocking the MILLY Neon Fair Isle Sweater while out and about in Santa Monica and we can’t get enough of her look. Paired with simple blue jeans and black booties, she knows how to sport an easy cool outfit. The neon accents and Fair Isle stitch add just the right amount of color pop and detail, making this sweater a go-to pick for day-to-night dressing. Plus, it’s a perfect gift for the holidays!