Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week NY Spring ’11. Milly’s “Gonna Make It After All”

September 15, 2010 • Fashion Shows, New York Fashion Week Spring '11

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Summary: It was style icon Peggy Guggenheim that was noted as designer Michelle Smith's muse for the Milly Spring-Summer 2011 collection. Smith used Guggenheim's image as poetic license to create a bold mix of pieces that were both playful and sophisticated. The collection was aesthetically pleasing in its eclectic mix of color, pattern and texture. The collection truly had something for everyone as geometric prints held court with perky florals and tribal-inspired designs. And though Guggenheim's presence was clearly channeled throughout the looks, I couldn't help but visualize a little Mary Tyler Moore for this millennium as well. The acutely styled ensembles resonated with a confidence and individuality that suggested a woman who pushes the envelope in her everyday life, yet still adheres to the unspoken rules of femininity. I kept waiting for the models to do the signature Mary Tyler Moore twirl at the end of the runway. Yet whichever strong and modern woman paved the way for this Milly collection, it was someone that we are all going to want to be. 

Color Palette: tomato, navy, bicolor, rose garden print, olive, gold, cubist print, kelly green, Eden Roc print, black, Ladybug print, geranium, sunflower, Valencia Floral print, Violets print, ecru, Mallorca print, Freesia Flowers print, sand, ink, slate, white, coconut, oyster, Filigree Crok print Ikat print, striped, Tribal Zig Zag print

Fabrics and Textures: cotton jacquard, cotton voile, pleated, leather, sateen, grasscloth, resin, woven, crystal, cord, bead, chain, silk blend, patent, rope, resin wood, hand knit, raffia, cotton, wool, cotton sateen, jersey, tortoise, cotton slub, silk twill, silk jacquard, porcelain disc, chiffon, shantung, tweed, rhinestone, linen, hand crochet, eyelet

Key Looks: Cotton satten rose garden print dress, silk'linen Cubist Print coat, Pima cotton Ric Rac jacquard cardigan, Kelly Green tropical wool coat, Cotton sateen Violet Print knee shorts, Ink silk duppioni Tribal Zig Zag Print maxi dress

-Alia Rajput

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