"The mood for my girl this season is a bit poetic. There's a light touch of darkness," said Michelle Smith during her Milly Pre-Fall shoot. With her brooding gaze and pulled-down beanie, French lookbook model Loulou Robert (who also starred in the label's debut print campaign) captured the melancholic edge of Smith's new clothes. The designer worked in a predominantly somber color palette, softening it up with occasional pops of ballet pink. A sporty black nylon parka looked cool teamed with a feather-trimmed sweater and pale pink leather stovepipes featuring polished slits at the knees. Elsewhere, knitted rabbit pieces, including pullovers and vests, added a plush touch. On the other hand, Milly's new range of handbags (backpacks and clutches equipped with oversize zippers) came in vegan-friendly faux fur.
On set, Smith noted that she's been "moving away from tech and doing more with couture fabrics again." She whipped up a rounded car coat and midi skirt from a fringy fil coupe, and cut a sharp bolero jacket from an intricate fuchsia jacquard. Those items felt particularly special, as did a striped silk georgette maxi skirt, which Smith recently took for a spin at a black-tie event. She paired the floor-sweeping number with a T-shirt that read "Sorry for Partying." That's the kind of fun and modern approach that Milly customers continue to appreciate.