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.
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."
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.
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!
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!
With each collection, Michelle Smith, founder and designer of MILLY designs signature prints that act as roadmaps for the ready to wear season. Here, we give you a behind the scenes look at how a print comes to life.
This weeks Print Study is on the striking Mirage Print, an office favorite!
What makes it special
Featuring hints of striking neon pinks and greens amidst a wave-like, dreamy backdrop, this print lives up to its name. The print is so unique and detailed it almost feels as if you could reach out and touch its seemingly velvety texture. Its a standout print, perfect for any occasion.
How to wear it
The mirage print comes in three different styles here at MILLY. We’ll tell you how to wear each.
The Sleeve Mini Dress : A MILLY exclusive, the Sleeve Mini Dress is a steal of the year because you can’t get it anywhere else. Pair this form-fitting dress with black heels and a black clutch to compliment its gorgeous print - and your ready for your next event.
The Coco Dress: The MILLY Coco Dress is another dress featuring the gorgeous Mirage print, but this one you can dress down. The perfect day-to-night outfit, wear it all hours of the day!
The Katie Skirt: A very popular skirt silhouette, the MILLY Katie Skirt can be worn out on the town with a cute silk top tucked in, or to work with a statement pullover like the edgy MILLY Knitted Fur Sweater. This skirt is versatile and irresistible - so get yours now!
Want to know more about other prints you know and love? Check out some more print studies here!
"I don’t do fashion. I am fashion." Spoken by a true fashion icon. You recognize the name. Who better to toast our #WCW than to a woman who started creating iconic clothing in 1910. She started out by selling her own custom hats, and then expanded into creating the iconic Chanel suit. It was a revolutionary idea at the time - taking inspiration from menswear for women’s clothing. But it paid off, Chanel has major fashion-respect today.
So we toast our #WCW to you, Coco Chanel - we celebrate your life everyday in the fashion world.
August is here. That means there’s only a few more weekends to work on that tan, so check out the MILLY Cabana Sale now! Hurry and get your bikinis and cover ups at 20% off online with your online code “CABANA14”. You definitely don’t want to miss this.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette is a hilariously witty and well-written book, perfect for a summer day. Before author Maria Semple wrote books, she was a writer for television shows like “Arrested Development” and “Mad About You”… so we knew this was going to be good. The plot-line follows Bernadette, the wife of a Microsoft-guru and mother of Bee, her 15 year old daughter. We then learn that Bernadette disappears ! The rest of the book follows Bee as she strings together multiple documents to attempt to find her mother. The whole story is told through a modge-podge of ways: letters, grade sheets, FBI documents, emails… it keeps you on your feet!
We highly recommend Where’d You Go Bernadette for a hot summer day, it’s hilarious and witty. Check out our other MILLY Beach Reads like #GirlBoss and The Vacationers, they’re both great.
Plus, if you’re heading to the beach don’t forget to pack some unique bikinis !
With each collection, Michelle Smith, founder and designer of MILLY designs signature prints that act as roadmaps for the ready to wear season. We love giving you a more detailed look into these statement designs. This weeks Print Study? Camellia Print.
The exclusive, striking Camellia print features a black and white floral ombre print. The white flowers of the print have sleek, black accents which then fade into a full, solid black. The print is sophisticated, feminine and has an edge.
HOW TO WEAR IT:
MILLY Camellia Coco Dress: this dress is a best seller for its figure flattering shape. Wear yours with flats to the office and trade up to heels for a night out.
MILLY Camellia Dolman Top: This top is feminine and easy. The silhouette floats off your body, and the print makes it an ideal item if you’re looking to amp up your wardrobe.
MILLY Camellia Pleated Tank: The Camellia Pleated Tank is a statement tank top. Throw it over white jeans and heels and you have the perfect summer look.
Want to learn more about prints? Then check out our other Print Studies where you get a behind the scenes look at the prints we love!
This is a very exciting development for designer and founder of MILLY Michelle Smith, and we’re super excited to share! Michelle has always been inspired by friends, family and exciting moments in her life. A few years ago, Michelle started to create her own gowns that she would wear to events around NYC. After constantly being asked where her gorgeous outfits came from, she decided to start an evening wear line. The dresses in this collection are elegant, sophisticated, luxurious and one of a kind.
Do your future self a huge favor and get them while they’re fresh, you don’t want to miss out.
This week we’re giving our #WCW to one of fashion’s most influential icons - late Vogue editor-in-chief Diana Vreeland!
Diana Vreeland will forever be admired as one of fashion’s immeasurably influential icons. She began her days in fashion at Harpers Bazaar where her wild epigrammatic style came forth in her famous column “Why Don’t You…?” She later made her mark at Vogue where she worked as Editor and Chief and truly defined the role of a modern female fashion boss.
She was famous for her witty remarks and bold gestures, and pushed the creative expansion of the industry and told women to “never fear being vulgar, only boring.”
We toast our #WCW to you, Diana Vreeland, a true fashion inspiration.