June 14, 2013 New York
The sportier direction Milly has taken in the past year has worked out well for the contemporary brand. In her new Resort collection, designer Michelle Smith combined that athleticism with the femininity the label has been known for. Smith was big on the still-trending exposed midriffs, showing modern looks like navel-grazing, zippered tanks paired with stretchy, scubalike pencil skirts (cut both above and below the knee) in a vibrant paint-drip print. She said she wanted to make look-at-me party dresses ideal for Art Basel in Miami Beach, which occurs right around the time these clothes arrive in stores. Highlights in that category included a citron-colored, stretchy sheath that had flattering cutouts at the shoulders and the solar plexus—"a spot where all women are thin," Smith pointed out—as well as a short, strapless number cut from an artisanal raffia jacquard. She took cutouts a step further with fils coupe pieces like a structured car coat and a delicate T-shirt featuring floating hexagons appliquéd on tulle. The Milly customer should respond well to this fresh lineup.
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