“A dove in the house means a happy home,” Savannah Miller was told when she discovered a family of birds nesting in her country attic. That explains why a paper dove was keeping watch over the launch of the designer’s anticipated debut solo collection, Savannah, in London last night. A grand Georgian four-story house in Fitzroy Square was transformed into surreal autumn woodland by set designer David White.
London’s fashion set has been curious about Savannah’s next move since it was announced in January that she and sister Sienna were departing Twenty8Twelve, the line they’d created. Those who came out to last night’s event—among them, Clara Paget and Irina Lazreanu (above, with Miller between), Mary Charteris and Candice Lake—discovered the answer: affordable party dresses.
Donning a shimmering cocktail number from her 40-piece contemporary collection, which launches for Fall on the e-commerce nelly.comn, the soft-spoken Savannah explained her attraction to an affordable High Street price point. “Truth be told, I can’t justify spending what should be the annual budget for my kids’ clothes on one coat anymore,” she explained. “When I see the work of someone like, say, Mary Katrantzou, I know it’s real art and it should be worth a great deal…but I want to make something that people can feel decent about wearing in a recession.” Accordingly, the new line will emphasize easy, wearable looks—maintaining, of course, the Miller sisters’ famous bohemian touch.