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April 20 2014

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Savannah Miller Keeps it Cheap and Cheerful

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At yesterday’s tea party celebrating Savannah Miller’s second collection for her eponymous line, the designer was thinking about how to keep both the prices and the mood light. “I suppose I’m trying to make being happy cool again. This collection is about a blown-out summer, a dreamy life: It’s about butterflies and sunshine—being joyful again.”

The happy vibe worked its way across Mari Vanna, the cozy, kitschy Russian eatery where the tea was held, as sister Sienna Miller, mom Jo, Matthew Williamson, Irina Lazareanu (who stars in Savannah’s spring campaign—last season’s ads featured Dree Hemingway), Valentine Fillol-Cordier, Lady Kinvara Balfour, and more perused the sixty-piece collection, which included platform sandals, sweet, floral lace frocks, slipdresses, denim and lots of fringe—”Nothing in the collection is over £125,” said Savannah, who’s committed to keeping the line affordable. “It really struck me lately that a lot of people, friends included, are just hanging in there by a thread financially. But they also want to feel fashionable and cool—and I want to fulfill that need.”

Both Miller sisters resigned as co-creative directors of Twenty8Twelve early last year, but that doesn’t mean they had any downtime. Sienna recently had a baby (Marlowe), and Savannah, who’s already a mother to three, likens her new line to having a fourth child. “This is very much my project. It’s the first time I am really standing alone as a designer,” she says. Even so, the bohemian look we’ve seen in the past (and that her sister has all but owned throughout the last decade) is still in her fashion DNA. “Bohemia is who I am. I think once you have a taste in design, it is very difficult to move away from. Though I hope throughout the collections I can evolve that look a lot more.”

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