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.
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.
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.
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.
This week’s episode of Project Runway All-Stars, featured a design challenge filmed at MILLY headquarters. Using MILLY fabrics, the designers were challenged to create a look that both exuded the MILLY feminine-with-an-edge aesthetic, and could retail for under $400 being manufactured in New York City.
With MILLY’s founder and designer, Michelle Smith as a guest judge, Seth Aaron, a Portland-based fashion designer, was chosen the winner of this week’s episode, creating a dress that is now being sold at MILLY, online and in-store, with 100% of the profits going toward Save the Garment Center.
Aaron took a moment to speak with us about the experience:
You’re no stranger to the Project Runway catwalk: as winner of Season 7, you’ve also filled in for Tim Gunn as head casting judge on Season 9. How is Project Runway All Stars different from the first time you competed?
In the regular season, you can tell who the 3 or 4 people you need to watch out for are after filming the first episode, whereas this time around, you have to watch out for everyone. You go and do what you do – I went in there confident in doing my thing and it wasn’t about outdoing someone else – you just have to do your thing and either it works or it doesn’t.
How do you stay cool under pressure? You didn’t have a lot of time to pull the dress together!
My process was to make a list of materials and put that down instead of doing a sketch. I can sketch, but by the time they give us the challenge I already know what it will look like before I make it - I have it in my head. You have very little time- we have 11 hours compared to 18 in the regular season of Project Runway. It’s easier in that you’ve done it before and you know the program, but much harder because you’re given much harder tasks in about half the time.
Tell us about the episode surrounding MILLY. What were the highlights?
The office was amazing. It was such a great experience. It wasn’t the first time I’ve heard about the label - I know all about it – when it was announced we’d be working with MILLY, I was really excited. I’m really into the business end of it and it was a great experience to see the internal workings. When it comes to budgeting down to the penny – I am good at that.
What inspired you to make the dress that ultimately won the prize?
Coming into the MILLY office, seeing the current MILLY collection and the theme—it was the perfect challenge for me to a T. Feminine with an edge is what MILLY is, and that’s what I’m about. I’m very structured. My girls are very confident, strong individuals, but they’re still girls.
You seem to have a business head for fashion – how did that come about?
Being an independent designer, I need to know how to put the cost and materials together. It’s something I’ve worked on. It’s still puzzling, with factories and retailers, how it all works, but it’s interesting to me so it’s fun. In a way, it’s natural. Just like design, it’s something I can always do. I wasn’t taught – I taught myself.
What has the response been from friends & family after seeing the episode?
This time around, not much! I’ve been on TV for awhile, so now it’s fun. And my kids watch it with me every night. They’re teenagers. They get behind it and they travel with me too.
In the past, you’ve been really into sustainable fashion – what’s next for you?
Right now, I need to work on capital. Then I can venture off and explore and do these things. I believe if you keep manufacturing in the United States, then it’s sustainable right there. That really interests me.
I want my label to be like MILLY - I want to support the local Garment District. To be part of saving that is a huge thing for me. I’m honored to say the dress I made on Project Runway All Stars is being sold at MILLY and I contributed to that.
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!
Michelle Smith, founder and designer of MILLY, tells us about one of her favorite style icons, Jean Seberg, leading up to the re-release of the French New Wave film Breathless on Blu-Ray this winter.
I first saw Jean Luc Goddard’s Breathless at the Film Forum in New York City when I was a 19 year-old fashion student at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Breathless is iconic in so many ways- especially from a style perspective.
It is hard to take your eyes off Patricia, played by Jean Seberg. Her effortlessly cool, gamine, left-bank style never goes out of style, even 50 years after the initial release. I can pick out French New Wave influences in my designs, from a classic graphic tee with the sleeves rolled up to slim cut tapered pants rolled above the ankles.
Experiencing Breathless is a rite of passage for any teen with fashion aspirations. As the first of the “French New Wave” genre, the film was shocking, cool and fresh.
Haven’t seen it? Pre-order it now or watch it on your holiday break!
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!
The legendary fashion photographerRoxanne Lowit got her start in the ‘70s when her friend, the late fashion illustratorAntonio Lopez, gave her an Instamatic 110 camera. Before long, she was establishing herself in the fashion world by pioneering the art of backstage photography at a Halston runway show.
She captured what some call the “golden age” of fashion, when supermodels ruled the world. Feeling nostalgic? Us, too: Lowit’s photos from the last four decades are the subject of the exhibition “Roxanne Lowit: Be Fabulous,” on display through January 18, 2014, at Steven Kasher Gallery in New York.