The ultimate statement cocktail dress, it’s romantic, feminine and perfect for making a statement in these late summer evenings. Add red lipstick and a MILLY clutch to complete the old-hollywood glam look.
We asked MILLY Designer + Founder Michelle Smith to give us an insight into the collection and what it was inspired by.
Q: What inspired the Spring ‘15 collection?
A: I was inspired by the bold conceptual art of John Baldessari and Dan Graham.
Q: Tell us about the fabrics:
A: I constructed a collection of ultra-luxurious three dimensional fabric and sculptural silhouettes. I layered rich textures with cascades of mesh, layers of illusion filament jacquard and raffia organza.
Q: What was the inspiration behind the color palette?
A: The collection, grounded in black and white, features kinetic bursts of saturated color, Cobalt, poppy, yellow and mint echo the palette favored by Baldessari.
Last night, Mayor of New York Bill de Blasio and Chirlane McCray and the Council of Fashion Designers of America threw a cocktail party to kick off New York Fashion Week and announce the city’s Made In NY initiative.
It was a who’s who of the fashion set, but the star of the show in our opinion was undoubtedly Chiara de Blasio, NYC’s first daughter, in the MILLY Fringe Dress.
Look out for three exciting new and upcoming Made in NY initiatives, including:
- An NYC capsule collection next year where city-based designers will be selected to help facilitate their local production to sell to retailers in NY.
- Expanding “Made in NYC” to the apparel industry, encouraging widespread awareness of local industry jobs.
- The NYC Fashion Production fund, to help local designers with capital to grow their businesses.
Show us your MILLY Moment - enter our #MILLYMOMENT contest for your chance to win a $1000 MILLY gift card.
Fresh off the press comes this sketch from MILLY designer + founder, Michelle Smith.
The sketch is inspired by 'organic opulence' and is a sneak peek into what we can expect to see down the runway at NYFW next Monday.
Make sure you take your front-row seat at the MILLY Show by tuning into our Live-Stream on MILLY.COM at 2pm sharp on Monday, September 8th.
Stay tuned for more Behind The Scenes looks from MILLY, and make sure you check out our backstage reports from our last show to get you in the Fashion Week zone (and for fall outfit inspiration, of course)
If you’re loving the latest #MILLYMOMENTS from the fashion set (Olivia Palermo and Julia Engel to name a few…) make sure you join in the fun and enter our #MILLYMOMENT contest for your chance to win a $1000 MILLY gift card.
If you’re not ready for a full-on fringe moment, take on the trend with a MILLY handbag - we love the MILLY Isabella Fringe Crossbody - keep it classic in black, or dare to be bold with the French Blue a perfect way to inject a pop of color into your ensemble.
Featuring Koons’ work over 36 years, this exhibit is a must-see of the summer and the most complete exhibition ever dedicated to Koons alone.
From gigantic balloon dogs made of stainless steel (his most popular work of art) to gigantic mounds of Play-Doh, there is never a dull moment at this exhibit, with whimsical surprises at every turn. (See some of our favorites in the slideshow above.) Would you expect anything less from Koons? After all, the man did make history in 2013, when his Balloon Dog (Orange) sold at Christie’s for $58.4 million - setting the record for the most expensive work sold at auction by a living artist. Yep, we’re impressed.
Daytime in Napa calls for vineyards, leisurely bike rides and shopping. This means packing casual and comfortably chic ensembles. We’re loving the MILLY Racerback Romper - a fun, summery print and super comfy for a day of activities.
As nighttime approaches, it’s time to up the glam-factor. Napa is home to some of the best restaurants in the nation, so bring out the big guns in the style department. It’s all about options - make sure you pack a skirt in a fabulous print like the MILLY Winter Orchard 3/4 Skirt that you can dress up or down, as well as a standout piece like the MILLY Bicolor Gown for that special night.
WHAT TO DO:
Vineyard-hopping of course! Napa Valley is all about the wine. Some of our favorites are Domaine Chandon (a must for bubbles), Chappellet for incredible views and Cabernets, and Cakebread for a more educational tasting experience.
1: Upload your favorite MILLY Moment to Instagram using the hashtags #millymoment AND #contest - make sure your profile is public so we can see your photos, and remember you can enter twice per day!
2: Our designer + founder, Michelle Smith, will choose her favorite #millymoment. Get snapping!
3. Contest ends September 14, 2014 at 11:59pm ES. The winner will be announced on Instagram Direct and The MILLY Mag. Terms and conditions below.
WHAT IS A #MILLYMOMENT?
It’s more than a fashion moment - it’s about how MILLY makes you feel, and what it inspires in you. A #MILLYMOMENT encompases:
- How you feel while wearing MILLY
- Something that happens to you when you wear MILLY
- What MILLY inspires in you
- A moment inspired by MILLY or a MILLY print
Head over to MILLY.COM and start strategizing - you better be prepared to spend your winnings!
TERMS & CONDITIONS:
No purchase necessary. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States (including D.C.), 18 and older. Void where prohibited. Enter contest by September 14, 2014 at 11:59PM EST. Sponsor: MILLY LLC, 265 W. 37th Street, 20th Floor, New York, NY, 10011