This week’s #WCW is one of the greats…Sophia Loren; the embodiment of a mysterious, foreign beauty.
Beginning her career as a beauty queen at age 14, Sophia went on to dominate the film industry both in her native Italy and in the US. As the first person to win the Academy Award for best actress in a foreign language film for Two Women, Sophia was always destined for greatness. Although taking a step back from her acting career to focus on motherhood in the 70’s, Sophia continued to kill it in the film world – proving that women really can do it all. The release of her latest film, Human Voices, earlier this year has seen Sophia back on the festival circuit, and she is certainly not #sorryforpartying.
Sophia celebrates her 80th birthday this month, and is more fabulous than ever - and thats why our #WCW goes to her.
CFDA’s Fashion Targets Breast Cancer Ambassador: Maria Sharapova
The Council of Fashion Designers of America held a launch party for the 20th Anniversary of their Fashion Targets Breast Cancer campaign at the New Museum in New York City. Our designer + founder, Michelle Smith was at the event.
Superstar tennis player Maria Sharapova has been announced as the campaign’s 2014 ambassador, joining the likes of Naomi Campbell, Karolina Kurkova and Kate Moss.
The FTBC campaign was started by CFDA member Ralph Lauren in 1994, and has raised over $54 million for breast cancer patient care worldwide.
"Fashion can be perceived as superficial, but the depth of the foundation’s work disputes that," says Steven Kolb, CFDA’s CEO - Fashion Targets Breast Cancer makes "a statement to the world that the industry is really caring."
Of her new role as ambassador, Sharapova says “I am honoured to partner this year with the CFDA to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Fashion Targets Breast Cancer. As fashion and style is a personal passion of mine, it’s impressive to see on a global and domestic scale the impact FTBC has made.”
Buy a bike at SoulCycle’s upcoming charity ride to raise money for FTBC. Check out the details here.
You can also head to Pinkberry where you can donate at checkout, and profits from certain flavour purchases will also be donated to FTBC.
As Labor Day approaches, let’s send it off in style with the best food, drinks and of course, clothes of the season. We’ve teamed up with our favorite food blog, The New Potato to show you how to make your party unforgettable. Take note!
MAKE A STATEMENT
First, you have to dress the part. Make a statement in our favorite summer blowout looks:
Chilled out? The New Potato suggests a “mix of bossa nova, french pop, soul and samba - perfect for entertaining.”
Say Danielle and Laura: "A clean white theme in the summer with pops of bright color - try some fresh-picked flowers in little mason jars around the table, vintage glasses, or playful accents in your dishware. Once it gets dark, it’s nice to have candles lit and dispersed along the table."
It’s not long until the summer’s over, so check out the rest of the MILLY Road Trip Series for more last-minute getaway inspiration!
The MILLY Road Trip Series is headed to the North Fork of Long Island this week, for a relaxed seaside getaway. We particularly love the towns of Mattituck and Greenport…read on for some more insider info!
The North Fork is known for its countless gorgeous vineyards. We like Croteaux Vineyards – located in the town of Southold on the fork, its adorable atmosphere will have you feeling like you’re at a vineyard in Southern France.
Do some cleansing Yoga
Take a beat and release some tension with a relaxing and strengthening yoga session. We recommend The Giving Room (they also have a juice bar!) or Yoga Shala. Both places have an calming class environment, perfect for an early morning soul-cleanse.
Continuing the mini skirt mayhem, this skirt is a fun and edgy way to refresh your wardrobe. The skirt is fun, feminine, and SO versatile. Don’t believe us? Check out how we styled the MILLY Feather Mini five different ways here and get inspired to add some fringing into your wardrobe!
This week’s #WCW goes to the one and only, Beyoncé.
Referred to by the world as “Queen B”, Beyoncé lives up to her royal nickname. Born and raised in Houston, she performed in competitions as a child, but rose to fame as the lead singer of Destiny’s Child. She also played a part in the Grammy-award winning movie Dream Girls. Oh, and she’s released five albums, all having at least two songs hitting the top charts. Beyoncé never stops wow-ing the world. For example, when she dropped an entire album last year, or when she secretly released a song featuring Nicki Minaj last week. Another great thing about Beyoncé? She has a killer sense of style. Check her out in MILLY above~
So, Beyoncé, our #WCW goes to you. We admire you for your passion and intelligence, and your powerhouse vocals of course. Just keep doing whatever your doing, because its definitely working.
Love what Beyonce is wearing? Check out a similar top-matching-bottom style here.
Tweed is back in a big way. Throw on the MILLY Piper Dress for a quick and easy outfit that is versatile and trans-seasonal: wear it with bare legs and sandals now, and add tights and boots when the sun starts to disappear.
Caffeine. We’re addicted to the stuff. Here at MILLY we know sometimes it takes more than a cute outfit to get us to the office on a Monday morning…and that something is our morning cup of joe.
But when we stand in line for our daily dose, we look up at the menu…machiatto, cortado… and think (what are these?!). Well MILLY mag is here to save the day, with our handy guide to espresso. Read on to work out which is your new favorite drink…
Cortado/Piccolo/Gibraltar- depending on your coffee shop, this cute little coffee can go by either name. A double shot of espresso with a little bit of steamed milk and foam - it’s like a baby latte!
Flat White - double espresso with steamed milk, hardly any foam…a latte for non-foam lovers.
Espresso - a double shot of espresso, straight up
Machiatto - literally means a ‘stain’ of milk…it’s a double espresso with a splash of milk on top!
Latte - double espresso with steamed milk, foam.
Cappucino - double espresso with steamed milk, foam. Less milk than a latte!
Americano - double shot of espresso with hot water.
Pro tips: You can request any of these beverages as a single shot, if you’re a little caffeine-shy. And don’t forget to order them over ice to beat the summer heat!
So next time you’re at the coffee bar, take a risk and try a new drink - you’ll definitely impress the cute barista with your incredible knowledge of all things espresso!
Stay tuned for some insider tips on MILLY’s fave coffee shops in NYC, and check out some other secret city tips from the MILLY crew here. And don’t forget to amp up your office outfit with a gorgeousMILLY handbag, the perfect accessory with your morning espresso.
Here at MILLY, we love the way leather adds a modern edge to your ensemble. Think classic leather pants in an unexpected texture, like these Python Leather Leggings, or a leather trim to modernize a staple sheath dress.
If you’re ready to make a statement, we are obsessing over this metallic Leather Pencil Skirt…it’s the perfect way to revitalize your wardrobe whilst maintaining a classic feminine silhouette. Dress it down with a fun Tee like this one, or mix it up by adding a knit for some contrasting texture!
This week’s #WCW is a tribute to one of our fave style icons here at MILLY - Lauren Bacall, who passed away yesterday at the age of 89.
Bacall kicked off her career appearing in some of our favorite magazines, including Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. Then at only 17, she made her acting debut on the Broadway stage, eventually winning two Tony Awards. Lauren was known for her signature pose, “the look”, and her incredible poise and grace. Her years as a model meant she had a keen appreciation for fashion, and was always incredibly stylish.
We will always remember Lauren for her talent, elegance and grace. So we toast our #WCW to Lauren Bacall, she will be greatly missed.
You don’t want to rock a print…well what about a beaded cheetah? We are obsessed with this pullover, featuring a striking beaded cheetah image. Pair it with a pair of jeans and you have the perfect look.
We’re so excited to announce… MILLY is now selling Coco & Breezy Sunglasses in our stores in NYC and East Hampton !
Created by the fantastic twins Corianna (Coco) and Brianna (Breezy) Doston, Coco & Breezycreates eyewear that has been worn Rihanna, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Kelly Osbourne and more.
We got to sit down with Coco and Breezy themselves for a quick interview. Not only do they have impeccable, bold style (we follow their Instagram religiously - check out photos in the slideshow!) but they’re also super sweet, and they started their brand at just 19 - an inspiration for us all.
What made you want to sell your collection in MILLY?
COCO: We first met Michelle when we went to the MILLY FW ‘14 runway show last February. We thought her clothes were amazing, and she was so sweet! So, we kept up with her collection and I thought - Oh my gosh, our glasses coincide with MILLY so well. We have to work with her. We were invited to a MILLY party and while we were talking to Michelle, I said “Michelle, I have something to tell you that needs to happen - it’s a dream of mine. We need to do a collaboration with your clothing and our glasses.” I was so shy to say that but I didn’t care! Michelle said “email me!” So now our product is in the MILLY stores and its doing really well. If I wasn’t brave that day I guess I wouldn’t be sitting here!
You grew up in Minnesota—what brought you to New York City?
BREEZY:We’ve always wanted to live in New York since we were young. On our last trip to New York for our 19th birthday we said to ourselves: “This is it. We’re going home, we’re quitting our jobs, we’re selling our car and moving to New York.”And that’s what we did. A year after high school, we moved with nothing – no money, no investors. Just an idea, a product and faith. After that, we would walk around NYC in our glasses and people would come up to us, ask us where we got them and after hearing we created them ourselves, say, “Can I buy those off of your face?” It was really organic. We made our first month’s rent just by walking around being ourselves.
What is your favorite pair?
COCO: My favorite pair is probably the Zesiro Sunglasses. I wear those every day.
What is your design process?
BREEZY: We always keep a notebook in our bags, constantly trying to think of new ideas.I do all the sketching, Coco has a really good eye for what’s going to sell and what’s going to work.She does all the editing, from colors to the hardware.We design everything from scratch. It always starts with a sketch.
Have you faced any challenges being young designers?
BREEZY: We never let our age stop us.
COCO: When I hear “young designer” I just think “young company”. We’ve been in business for only 5 years. We never let it affect us as individuals. That’s why we really appreciate Michelle believing in us and selling our product in our store. It’s really amazing.
Favorite Ice Cream flavor? BREEZY: Butter Pecan!
COCO: You know what I’m obsessed with right now? Its my secret.No one really knows about it. I’ve been going to the corner store and getting those coconut fruit pops.. It’s my guilty pleasure right now. Bree doesn’t even know!