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The Split-Second Preview: Milly


The Fall ’14 Ready-to-Wear collections are under way in New York, and will be followed by the shows in London, Milan, and Paris. Before the new clothes hit the runway, we’ve asked some of the most anticipated names to offer a sneak peek. Per usual, it’s a busy time for all—designers and fashion followers alike—so we’re continuing our split-second previews: tweet-length at 140 characters or less. Our entire collection of Fall ’14 previews is available here.


WHO: Milly, designed by Michelle Smith

WHERE: New York

WHEN: Monday, February 10

WHAT: “The movement, discipline, and beauty of ballet dancers inspired my Fall collection.”—Michelle Smith. The designer sent us a snap of her mood board, above.

Photo: Courtesy of Milly

Shop The Look: Gleam On


Shop the Look: Gleam On

After holographic shoes and accessories popped up at Stella McCartney’s Resort ’13 presentation, we were instantly hooked. Lucky for us, multihued mirror finishes still feel fun and fresh a full year later. By sticking with simple silhouettes, designers have managed to make these eye-catching pieces remarkably wearable, too. Go bold with a light-reflecting skirt or scintillating sweatshirt, or add just a touch of shimmer with an iridescent mani. Shop all our favorite flashy pieces by Milly, Tabitha Simmons, and more, below.

1. Stella McCartney metallic top, $645, available at

2. Milly Edith hologram leather pencil skirt, $625, available at

3. Essie Nail Polish in For the Twill of It, $8, available at

4. Tabitha Simmons Bailey hologram high-heel sandals, $1,129, available at

5. Kotur Morley reflective iridescent lizard-effect clutch, $560, available at

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Designer Diary: Michelle Smith’s Postcard from Puglia


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

Michelle Smith in Puglia

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

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.

An interesting angle of Puglia

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Fair Leather Fan


What’s not to like about model Lea T‘s off-duty get-up? Lea’s street-style look serves as a reminder that a basic leather miniskirt can be the perfect transition piece. And with New York fashion week just a little over a month away, you can never have too many of those in your wardrobe. The catwalker paired her easy-to-wear leather skirt with an iconic Givenchy Rottweiler T-shirt from the Fall 2011 menswear collection and knee-high boots from the pre-Fall range (which are almost completely sold out at Barneys and Net-a-Porter). Here, we’ve picked out a few of our favorite leather numbers to get her look now.

From top left to right: T by Alexander Wang miniskirt, $425, available at; Milly “Delphine” skirt, $495, available at; Theyskens’ Theory textured-leather skirt, $635, available at; 3.1 Phillip Lim zip skirt, $695, available at

Photos: Tommy Ton (Lea T)/ Courtesy Photos

Fashion’s Show


Ballet SlippersWith 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.

View of Astronaut's Footprint in Lunar Soil

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

Photos: Courtesy of The New York Times