13 Sep Runway2DC: Milly by Michelle Smith – Fashiontonians Who Love Neon Will Swoon
by ATFDC Susan Stipanovich
The Milly by Michelle Smith collection has defined youthful, luxurious style since 2001. Designer Michelle Smith creates timeless silhouettes with smart, sexy, feminine flair that satisfies her ever-expanding customer base. Born out of Smith’s lifelong love of fashion, Milly is an iconic brand known for exquisite prints and colors, luxurious fabrics and attention-to-detail. Sophisticated and glamorous, her collections embody modern sensibility with a vintage vibe.
Michelle Smith was the first American Hermés employee sent to work in Paris by the legendary fashion house after she wrote to the President of the company requesting an internship. Milly is now recognized throughout the globe with a devoted following. Celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham, Beyoncé, and Thandie Newton are counted among Milly’s loyal fans. The collection is sold at the finest specialty and department stores worldwide, including Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Harrods, and Takashimaya.
In Spring 2011, Milly marked its 10th anniversary with several exciting new endeavors; The opening of Milly’s flagship boutique on Madison Avenue, the debut of its handbag and fashion jewelry collections, and “Milly Minis”, clothing for young Milly aspirants aged 2-14.
The Spring/Summer 2013 collection from Milly did not disappoint. Vibrant colors defined the collection, with playful layers and accessories adding to the youthful look we’ve come to expect from Michelle Smith.
Smith drew inspiration from contemporary surrealism by playing with illusions and unexpected combinations. She mixed sporty with feminine on track jackets worked in pearlized organza, showed power-stretch dresses with mesh and reflective-tape accents and floating silk dresses in a digital smoke print. The result was an unusually sexy Milly collection.
Fashiontonians who love neon will be swoon over Milly’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection, with it’s endless options for a night out on the town. When meeting friends or looking to turn the heat up for a sexy date night, Milly’s collection has all the pieces an Fashiontonian could want. Sporty dresses in bright colors, perfect for dancing the night away or enjoying cocktails on one of the District’s many rooftop bars. Not for the faint of heart, these eye-catching pieces are beautifully made and designed to show off a woman’s curves. For the bold Fashiontonian seeking a statement-making piece for Spring, Milly’s S/S 2013 collection is the perfect line.
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Susan Stipanovich is a stylist and writer who lives and works in Washington D.C. She researches counter terrorism methods and international security sector reform in Africa and the Middle East by day as a Department of Defense associate and spends her free time curating a fashionable lifestyle through her blog Hepburn Loves Givenchy.