2 months ago
STYLE ICON: YLIANA YEPEZ TALKS SUSHI AND SHOES
We recently sat down with our friend and style icon, luxury accessories designer Yliana Yepez to find out how she got her start. Born in Paris, France and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, Yliana’s designs reflect her worldy background, with modern silhouettes made of statement materials. Style favorites, such as Cara Delevingne and Olivia Palermo, have been spotted toting Yliana’s handbags - talk about cool girl cred. 
Here, she gives us the low down on designing, growing up in Venezuela and being a mom. 
 1. What are three words you would use to describe yourself?
Persistent, fun and enthusiastic. 
2. What made you want to start designing?
It was all by coincidence. I was finishing my modeling career and wanted to do something different. I had always been intrigued in fashion design. I considered ready to wear but really found my calling in accessories design (sizing in clothing is complicated—no sizes involved with accessories!). I always loved to (over)accessorize and collecting unique pieces. It felt natural for me to begin designing handbags.
3. You’re from Venezuela – has that influenced your designs at all?
I grew up in Venezuela surrounded by ladies who were always very well-dressed. Maybe it was more so my lifestyle and travels than Venezuela per se that molded my design aesthetics but fashion runs in my blood!
4. What are some must-see attractions if you travel to Venezuela?
El Salto Angel, Canaima, and Los Roques beach. it is a MUST SEE.
5. What’s your favorite part about living in NYC?
I love walking down the city streets and observing people with different styles and cultures.   I’m also inspired by the cityscape, and you can see that in my collection as well— the black and white raffia and soleil color way was inspired by NYC cabs.
6. If you were stranded on an island and could only bring one person, one item and one type of food, who and what would you bring?
The person would be my husband; the item, my phone and food, sushi for sureeeee. 
7. Favorite article of clothing?
I’m not sure if this counts as clothing but shoes!!!!! I love shoes….A good pair of shoes can bring together an outfit just like a good handbag can.
8. Best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Always be true to yourself.
9. Proudest accomplishment?
Being a mom. 2 months ago
At the 2013 Golden Globe Awards At the 2011 Met Gala At Vanity Fair’s 2012 Oscar Party At the 2009 Golden Globe Awards At the 2012 Academy Awards On set filming American Idol in a MILLY Spring 2014 pencil skirt On the set of The Ellen Show wearing a MILLY Pre-Fall 2014 skirt At the 2000 Grammy Awards On set of the 2014 Fifa Official World Cup Music Video,
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ABOUT LAST NIGHT: CFDA AWARDS
"I thought I was BADASS wearing my transparent dress to the CFDA Awards. Then Rihanna showed up.” 
- Michelle Smith, founder and designer, MILLY (Follow her on Instagram @millybymichelle)
Photo by @BFA_NYC.
Be a show-stopper: Get your MILLY Evening collection look here. 2 months ago
Hanging at the MILLY East Hampton boutique. Come visit us out east at 54 Main Street. Relaxing by the beach. We love to ride our bikes to Hamptons Coffee Company. The Clam Bar is a low-key retreat. The best sugar rushes can be had sitting at the counter at Candy Kitchen. Wolfer Estate Vineyard at Sunset. My daughter Sophia and I take a selfie by the pool. My son Will loves the water.
2 months ago
AS SEEN IN HAMPTONS MAGAZINE
It’s going to be a HOT summer! Hamptons Magazine featured the MILLY Parrot Print midi skirt + black MILLY bralette in their Memorial Day issue.
Grab some Parrot Print of your own before it’s gone! 2 months ago
FLORAL WAVE
Have you caught the MILLY floral wave yet? We think it’s time you did. Crafted from Italian tropical print inspired by a trip MILLY founder and designer took to Hawaii and Japan, the print intertwines sea blossom with painterly waves for a look that’s undeniably cool.
Shop Floral Wave here. 2 months ago
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TOP 10: MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND PICKS
Memorial Day is not only the unofficial kickoff to summer, but to a new wardrobe. Commencing now, it’s time to turn over your closet, no matter where you’re headed this weekend. 
SHOP THE MEMORIAL DAY TREND SHOP
Here, we take you through the essentials for the season (from left to right)
1. Palmetto Tote: From summer Friday to the beach, this MILLY handbag features a pop of silver in the form of a lining. (Don’t forget your towel!)
2. Sorry for Partying tee: Arguably better than a bottle of wine (and it lasts longer) give it as a gift for the hostess! 
3. Antigua Underwire Bikini: Good luck NOT getting noticed! 
4. Mercer Ziparound wallet: Don’t forget ice cream money…
5. Racerback Romper: So versatile—wear it as a beach coverup, a casual lunch look or dress it up with heels for nighttime. 
6. Color digital mini bag: A grown-up take on candy dots, how can you resist this pouch?
7. Leather Trim shorts: Dressed up or down, these go-to shorts are sure to be a summer favorite.
8. Slim skirt: Chevron jacquard makes this skirt an instant conversation piece.
9. Watercolor Print iPhone case - The vibrant Art Basel-inspired print helps to ensure your phone doesn’t get lost in the sand.
10. Demi Hologram clutch - Not only does it look cool with everything, it’s super fun.  3 months ago
3 months ago
Jane Birkin proves polka dots never lose their luster while  daughter Kate Barry feeds baby Charlotte Gainsbourg. Birkin exuding her All-American good looks in jeans at home with Serge Gainsbourg and daughters. No wonder Hermes named their first It bag after her! Audrey Hepburn's distinct cat eye is so iconic, girls everywhere are still mimicking the look today. In a crisp white collar and her signature bangs, how can you not hail to Hepburn? Jackie O embraces color and print with a summer gingham shift and Jack Rogers. Oversize sunnies never looked so good...on Jackie O they became a fashion staple. Those legs! Sophia Loren, always a siren. Sophia Loren shares a moment with husband Carlo and sons Edoardo and Carlo Jr.
3 months ago
HERE COMES THE SUN
With summer just around the corner, it’s time to amp up your swimwear game. MILLY designer and founder Michelle Smith has designed a selection of must-have unique swimsuits for all body types, crafted in her one-of-a-kind prints and luxe fabrics. From a full coverage underwire bustier option to a classic string bikini, there’s plenty to choose from for all beach or poolside occasions. 
SHOP MILLY CABANA HERE. 
Read up on our picks for the ultimate Cinco de Mayo fiesta, check out Dita Von Teese rocking a MILLY dress, and get up to speed on this season’s hottest skirt trend.  3 months ago
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DJ Chelsea Leyland MILLY designer and founder Michelle Smith with DJ Chelsea Leyland MILLY designer and founder Michelle Smith with Coco & Breezy MILLY designer and founder Michelle Smith with DJ Chelsea Leyland and designer Yliana Yepez MILLY designer and founder Michelle Smith with Coco & Breezy DJ Chelsea Leyland with Haper's BAZAAR digital editor Chrissy Rutherford MILLY designer and founder Michelle Smith with Vanity Fair's Public Relations Manager Rachel Tashjian
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