June 13, 2014 New York
This season, Michelle Smith was focused on building up the foundational elements of her Milly collection. Working from the inside out, the Resort lineup featured cute, abbreviated bustiers and pleated shorts in a structured cady fabric as the base of several looks. In several instances, those bra tops came layered under sheer latticework bombers and pencil skirts that reinterpreted Spring's perforated mesh group in embroidered tulle. It felt more sophisticated but still packed a graphic punch. Elsewhere, bustiers mixed in with clean, tailored separates including tuxedo jackets and a terrific pair of high-waisted, wide-legged trousers that gave the impression of skyscraper legs. Getting creative with styling, Smith showed soft silk shirtdresses worn open and loose—like a lightweight alternative to a trench—and incorporated swimwear as ready-to-wear, or vice versa. While the contemporary Milly customer will appreciate the modern, relatively pared-back basics here, she still can't resist a flirty party outfit. Highlights in this category included a printed organza frock that offered just a hint of transparency, as well as a full silk faille skirt splashed with a painterly floral that was teamed with a matching crop top. Overall, there weren't any particularly new ideas here, but plenty of easy, wearable pieces.
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