5 posts tagged "Michelle Smith"
Many of us will hit the beach this summer, but few will have the same seaside experience as Milly designer Michelle Smith. Last month, Smith headed to the Masseria Torre Maizza hotel in Puglia for a Southern Italian adventure. Smith shares the details of her getaway here, exclusively with Style.com.
Once a bustling territory of Magna Graecia, Puglia is an intoxicating mix of ancient civilizations and cultures, each of which left its distinct stamp on the region. Architecture enthusiasts will marvel at the examples of ancient Greek, Roman, Byzantine, baroque, and Moorish influences, all of which can often be found within the same village. One thousand- to 2,000-year-old olive groves are alive and well in Puglia, originally planted by the Romans. The Adriatic and Ionian seas surround Puglia on three sides. My typical vacation day consisted of a morning sail or swim, followed by a delicious, leisurely lunch, as only the Italians can do! The tradition of siesta is strictly adhered to, so Puglian villages shut down from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., but then they stay open late, until 11:00 p.m. It was always a pleasure to discover a new village in the late afternoon and stay through dinner. I also enjoyed the lively late-night scene around the piazzas. Puglia was, in one word, splendid.
Masseria Torre Maizza is an amazing watchtower converted into a luxury hotel. This is where I stayed. Torre Maizza has a beautiful spa, golf, amazing local Puglian cuisine, a beach club, and olive groves that tumble down to the sea.
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With designers Diane von Furstenberg, Prabal Gurung, Zac Posen, Vera Wang, and Milly’s Michelle Smith as the curators, most people who turned out for last night’s launch of The New York Times’ Fifty Photographs collection assumed they were at Bloomingdale’s to see fashion snaps. Instead, guests at the exhibition, for which the designers culled ten photos each from the Times archive for a sale benefiting the CFDA, faced a much richer assortment: a few fashion shots, yes (like those picked by Wang, who included two runway shots and a photo depicting an army of mannequins), but also images of natural landscapes, vintage and recent images of New York City, and historic moments.
“I wasn’t going to limit myself to selecting only fashion pictures. I chose the pictures that simply jumped out at me,” says Gurung. Of course, look a little deeper and you could still see the fashion designer within come out. Among his choices, Gurung picked the 1969 View of Astronaut’s Footprint in Lunar Soil (below) and a photo entitled Ballet Slippers (above left)—both, in a sense, footwear shots. (Though Gurung, revealing his romantic nature, said that it was the dancer’s “I Love You” ankle bracelet that sold him.) Smith went for the physical material of fashion, choosing an image of silk strands gathered into what appears to be an enormous ponytail. “I was so surprised that it was taken here, in New York, not that long ago,” she admitted of the 2004 shot. Surprised and pleased, that is. “They still weave silk here!” she added.
The Fifty Photographs collection ($169 to $699) is on sale at The New York Times store, with a percentage of the proceeds benefiting the CFDA, and can be viewed online at Fiftyphotos.com.
With just a few days until the onslaught of New York fashion week, most designers are frenzied. Milly’s Michelle Smith is not. Maybe that’s what having a successful-and-growing label that’s a big seller without being a flavor of the month will do for you. Whatever it is, Smith is expanding her empire even further: The designer dropped by Bergdorf Goodman last night to introduce her new bags, which were first glimpsed on her Spring runway (alongside her new jewelry range) and are hitting stores now. Co-hosted by the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s Associates Council Luncheon chairs (Smith has been a supporter for over five years), the turnout was Upper East Side proper. Guess they liked what they saw; word is, the bags sold like hot cakes. And why not? They’re priced under $500.
Everyone’s favorite ecologist/explorer/dashing young heir David de Rothschild and his soda-bottle boat, the Plastiki, completed their 8,000-mile, trans-Pacific voyage yesterday. By way of contrast, we made the arduous trek from Brooklyn to Manhattan. [WWD]
Kate Moss is apparently hiring a shaman to exorcise the evil spirits from her London home. Seems easier just to take Pete Doherty’s key away, but we’re sure her way will be very effective, too. [Vogue U.K.]
The revival of nineties supe Kristen McMenamy continues: After walking the Calvin show for Fall, she snagged the cover of Dazed & Confused for August—in all her gray-haired glory. [Fashionologie]
Milly’s moving on up. Designer Michelle Smith announced that she’ll open a 1,900-square-foot store on Madison Avenue in early 2011. [WWD]
The up-and-coming Australian swimwear line We Are Handsome shares a video peek at the making of its Spring ’10 lookbook. In other words: cute girls and dudes in tiny, tiger-printed suits. In other words: Rawr! [Refinery29]
The Milly girl loves her frills, so what better complement could there be to the line’s embellished frocks than a bauble or two? This season, the label expands into costume jewelry, a longtime passion of designer Michelle Smith. “I’ve been collecting vintage jewelry for years; it’s always been a passion of mine and my mother’s,” she told me. “It was a natural next step for Milly.” The models on her Spring runway were loaded with necklaces and bangles, but I particularly like these gilt-edged cuffs. They’ll hit stores in the next few weeks, a colorful shot in the arm during the gray days of late-winter weather.
$225 to $275, available at www.neimanmarcus.com.