Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall ’12. Milly by Michelle Smith: The Next Generation

February 15, 2012 • Fashion Blog, Fashion Shows, New York Fashion Week Fall '12

Summary: Milly by Michelle Smith has always been one of our favorite go-to’s for young-luxury, downtown fashion. And it seems this season, Smith has been looking toward the future of her label, literally. The bright and candy-colored collection boasted a wealth of futuristic fabrics and cutting edge material manipulation. The label’s signature girly/preppy aesthetic was heightened with laminated check tweed, technical taffeta and lurex cloque. Eye-popping shades like shocking pink, teal and chartreuse became almost 3D against the stark black and white background just about every piece.

The bold color-blocking, innovative textures and fusion of old with new really did seem to provide a peek into the next generation of Milly. But Smith also made sure to include some more sophisticated fabrics, like leather and silk, to keep the dynamic of the line both luxurious and grown up. All in all, I enjoyed the playfulness of the colors, the bounce and movement in the fabrics and appreciated Smith’s forward-thinking efforts. Fashion is moving on and it’s important for designers to keep looking forward as well.

Color Palette: heliotrope, clover, charcoal, black, check print, ecru, winter white, shocking pink, navy, ivory, teal, chartreuse, zig-zag print, red, multicolor, garnet, lace print, geometric print, colorblock, silver, tangerine, dot print, aspirin dot print

Fabrics and Textures: laminated tweed, merino wool, wool, bonded wool, leather, jacquard wool, resin chain, mesh, intarsia, twill, wool crepe, silk georgette, paillettes, tech nylon, ponti jersey, quilted chintz, shearling, silk twill, haircalf, tech twill, lace, mohair, taffeta, silk/wool organza, crystal, cloque, poly/cotton, lurex, taffeta, jacquard

Key Looks: Heliotrope laminated check tweed jacket, Charcoal/black bubble dot wool cloque infanta skirt, Heliotrope tech taffeta Infanta corset dress, Clover wool ponti jersey circle skirt dress, Winter White bonded wool back-pleat coat, Shocking pink silk twill zig-zag print shirt, Shocking pink silk/wool lace print dress, Chartreuse brushed wool crepe scallop shell top, Lurex cloque dot cocktail dress with aspirin dot tulle bodice

-Alia Rajput

Photos: NYMag

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