Michelle Smith was going for a Guy Bourdin feel for Fall. There was no state of undress here (everything was, of course, comme il faut), but shades of the provocative photographer came across in the saturated colors used and the models' bright, painted pouts. Mixing guava with ruby and candy pink sounds like a potential rainbow explosion but was actually quite refreshing. Backstage before the show, the Milly
designer pointed out one of her favorite pieces in the collection—a tiered emerald frock cut from a silk jacquard that had a minuscule herringbone pattern when viewed up close. Smith loves the long hemlines we've been seeing lately. A wool maxi with delicate beaded stripes was paired with a fisherman sweater; to-the-knee corduroy culottes had a certain girl scout cuteness to them. Evening highlights included a metallic scallop-pattern dress with a bib tail worn with a Mongolian lamb vest (Smith called it "the youngest of furs"), and the finale Chantilly lace blouse and skirt set. The collection should be a hit with Milly fans and retailers alike.