July 07, 2011 New York
Michelle Smith thinks of Resort as a "palate-cleansing sorbet course" before Spring. The vibrant scarlet and cyan shades in this collection were indeed refreshing, as was a long, dip-dyed "island" dress that satisfied the vacation aspect of Resort (there were cute swimsuits for that, too). After taking in the recent Picasso and Marie-Thérèse: L'amour fou exhibition at Gagosian, the Milly designer wondered what it would like to be an artist's muse. So there were impressionist, painterly prints on A-line skirts and dresses. Other notable looks included a "kooky square-pattern" dress that appeared to be two separate pieces (a lightweight chain was sewn into the top half to achieve a nice drape), and a stretchy cargo trench dress with tortoise shell novelty buttons. There was nothing terribly groundbreaking here, but Smith has her whimsical customer nailed down.
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