MEET THE MILLY LOVE BRACELET
Just try to resist the charms of the MILLY Love bracelet. Worn alone or layered with wrap bracelets or delicate gems, it’s a gift she’ll treasure long after Valentine’s Day.
One for you, one for your BFF, exclusively at MILLY Madison. (900 Madison Avenue NYC)
xo
Michelle 2 months ago
J.LO KILLS IT IN MILLY PARROT PRINT
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. 
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Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte will all be performing “We Are One” on June 12 at the opening ceremony of the Fifa World Cup at the Arena de Sao Paulo in Brazil. 
Shop the latest fashion trends at MILLY now, and sign up for the MILLY newsletter to get 15% off your first order and be alerted when J.Lo’s look is available online!  2 months ago
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.
Stay in the know - get the scoop behind the scenes at the MILLY show backstage, our favorite things to do after NYFW, and sign up for news from MILLY headquarters.  2 months ago

MILLY NEW YORK FASHION WEEK SURVIVAL KIT
Today marks the first day of New York Fashion Week, so we put together a few essentials to get you through the week, MILLY-style: 


1. A MILLY LBD for post-show drinks and fashion parties.
2. A statement cocktail coat. Who doesn’t want to make a bold entrance?
3. A Juice Press “Ginger Fireball.” Definitely no time to get sick and this will ward off any oncoming cold…
4. The MILLY Watersnake Satchel to fit all of the 5,943 things you can’t live without during a day full of shows.  
5. A colorful MILLY iPhone case. No time to lose searching through your bag for your phone.  
6. Headphones. Need to zone out for a few minutes? Listen to some of Michelle’s favorite tunes, like Inner City’s “Big Fun” or “Good Life”. 
6. A bag of Ruffles chips (specifically cheddar cheese and sour cream). There’s no better way to fulfill your salt craving. 
7. Sour Patch Kids. Let’s be honest - after a bag of salty chips, you’ll obviously need some sugar. 
Don’t forget to watch the livestream of the MILLY Fashion Show this coming Monday, February 10th at 2 pm. 
Also, be sure to check out our favorite spots to head after a day of fashion shows and don’t miss out on our show-stopping looks to rock during NYFW. 


 
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Straight from the SS '14 runway. Get the midi skirt and cropped jacket now. Keep them guessing with these luxurious leather overalls. Throw a statement coat over every look you wear and let the compliments roll. This season's new handbag silhouette, the camera bag - get it now! Three words: laser cut leather. A holographic clutch is sure to turn heads.
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NICKI MINAJ’S MAJOR MILLY MOMENT 
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. 
Talk about a Major MILLY Moment! 
Find out how to get the look from HBO’s GIRLS, read behind the scenes about the MILLY X Friends of FINN t-shirts, and get the inside scoop on Michelle’s making of a Golden Globes dress. 
Shop MILLY dresses, MILLY handbags and MILLY Cabana swimwear for your next vacation! 2 months ago
Honeycomb Knit Pencil Skirt Strapless Jumpsuit Leather Trim Short Peek-A-Boo Knit Sleeve Tunic
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TRENDING: CUT OUTS! 
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. 
Shop our new collection here! 
Plus, read about the making of a Golden Globes red carpet dress, check out our interview with Project Runway All Stars winner Seth Aaron, and find out how to write the perfect thank you note. 
Shop MILLY dresses, MILLY handbags and MILLY Cabana swimwear for your next vacation! 3 months ago
ARE YOU DOING IT WRONG?
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.
There you have it—go forth and conquer. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to check out the MILLY for Dempsey & Carroll stationery collaboration. 
Shop MILLY dresses, MILLY handbags and MILLY Cabana swimwear for your next vacation! 3 months ago
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MICHELLE SMITH ON PROJECT RUNWAY ALL STARS!
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! 
Don’t forget to read about Roxanne Lowit’s new photography exhibit, get style icon Jean Seberg’s signature look, and check out Reese Witherspoon’s major MILLY moment. 
Shop MILLY dresses, MILLY handbags and MILLY Cabana swimwear for your next vacation! 3 months ago
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!
Looking for more style inspiration? Check out LouLou Robert in the MILLY Pre-Fall 2014 look book, as well as more of my style icons, from Kate Moss to Catherine Deneuve.
Shop MILLY dresses, MILLY handbags and MILLY Cabana swimwear for your next vacation! 3 months ago
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 the MILLY 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. Our Racer 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. Our Sleeve 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 the MILLY Fly Away Rhinestone Tank and Leather 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. The MILLY Cocktail Coat is 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 our Sermoneta for MILLY Studded Gloves. Talk about rocker chic done right.

Tell us what your go-to New Year’s outfit is by commenting below! 3 months ago
EXHIBITIONIST: ROXANNE LOWIT’s “BE FABULOUS” 
Christy, Naomi, Linda, oh my!
The legendary fashion photographer Roxanne Lowit got her start in the ‘70s when her friend, the late fashion illustrator Antonio 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.
Go see it!! 3 months ago
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