"I thought I was BADASS wearing my transparent dress to the CFDA Awards. Then Rihanna showed up.” 
- Michelle Smith, founder and designer, MILLY (Follow her on Instagram @millybymichelle)
Photo by @BFA_NYC.
Be a show-stopper: Get your MILLY Evening collection look here. 3 months ago
Every collection starts with an inspiration board. Michelle compiles images that stand out to her, creating a mood for the collection as the pictures are collaged together. Fabric is a key part of every MILLY collection. Michelle's use of exquisite European materials differentiate her collections from others. Here's a sneak peek of one of Michelle's fabric boards. Michelle's exclusive sketch for WWD! Oh, the excitement of seeing sketches come to life down the runway! Pleats, pink and tulle. Yes, please! Embroidered fringe and statement leather put a modern twist on any silhouette. Pops of color, pattern and bold textures give the Fall '14 collection an
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Michelle Smith, founder and designer of MILLY, tells us about one of her favorite style icons, Jean Seberg, leading up to the re-release of the French New Wave film Breathless on Blu-Ray this winter.
I first saw Jean Luc Goddard’s Breathless at the Film Forum in New York City when I was a 19 year-old fashion student at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Breathless is iconic in so many ways- especially from a style perspective.
It is hard to take your eyes off Patricia, played by Jean Seberg. Her effortlessly cool, gamine, left-bank style never goes out of style, even 50 years after the initial release. I can pick out French New Wave influences in my designs, from a classic graphic tee with the sleeves rolled up to slim cut tapered pants rolled above the ankles.
Experiencing Breathless is a rite of passage for any teen with fashion aspirations. As the first of the “French New Wave” genre, the film was shocking, cool and fresh.
Haven’t seen it? Pre-order it now or watch it on your holiday break!
Looking for more style inspiration? Check out LouLou Robert in the MILLY Pre-Fall 2014 look book, as well as more of my style icons, from Kate Moss to Catherine Deneuve.
Shop MILLY dresses, MILLY handbags and MILLY Cabana swimwear for your next vacation! 8 months ago
Michelle Smith, founder and designer of MILLY, constructs a Pre-Fall collection with a poetic inspiration, intertwining romanticism with subtly dark, urban accents.
Using ethereal textures like featherweight fur and lace along with gradient hues of black, charcoal, ballet pink and orchid to create a dramatic effect. Oversize gold zippers punctuate lightweight leather skirts and dresses.  
It’s impossible to pick favorites, but some standout statement pieces include a faille midi skirt with a painted and hand-drawn print, a bonded crepe feather trim jacket, and a fil coupe gown with hand-cut fringe.
Pre-fall can’t come fast enough!   9 months ago
9 months ago
Here at MILLY, we take the holidays very seriously, which means we spend a lot of time dreaming up the perfect gifts to give everyone in your life, from your Secret Santa at work to your life-long BFF. 
Michelle has curated her favorites from the MILLY Holiday Gift guide to make things easy. Get shopping! (From top left to right)
1. Mercer Watersnake Mini Bag 
Got a hyper-organized fashion lover on your holiday list? Equipped with a front pocket that fits her iPhone, this will be a surefire hit.
2. Chamak by Priya Kakkar for MILLY Bangles
Your social butterfly BFF will appreciate a little sparkle to add to her holiday looks. If you’re lucky, she might even share.
3. MILLY for Dempsey & Carroll “Sorry for Partying” notecards
Your wildest friend will flip over our new stationery collection. We’d like to think you’re pretty much guaranteed to get a shoutout on Instagram stating, “Best. Gift. Ever.” Shop the entire collection here. 
4. MILLY Minis Holiday Gift Set
The little girl in your life will appreciate a little bit of sparkle with her outerwear. 
5. MILLY Cabana Biarritz bikini
Don’t be jealous of your jetsetter pal - indulge her with a string bikini inspired by Art Basel.
6. MILLY Leopard Print iPhone case
A punch of color in the dead of winter for the iPhone addict in your life. 
7. MILLY Studded gloves
The girl who has everything will treasure these gorgeous Italian leather gloves with an edgy stud detail. 
8. MILLY Kendra Mini Wallet
Everyone needs some metallic in their life - a great pick for your mom or little sister.  9 months ago
9 months ago
Now that New York Fashion Week is wrapped, I’m getting started on my next collection. No time for rest! I’m headed straight to Paris for Premiere Vision, an international fabric show. Now, time to pack.
Here’s my guide to blending in while in Paris—this season, I’m all about the leather.

1. My Leather Zipper Tee and a pair of our Leather Leggings will definitely make it into my suitcase – it’s a comfortable and edgy outfit that I can quickly throw on in the morning. I’m also bringing my Shocking Pink Zipper Jacket to take me from work to dinner. 
2. My exclusive NYFW “Sorry For Partying” Tee and a pair of our Side Pocket Shorts will be great for walking around. My Slim Leather Moto Jacket is the perfect topper for crisp weather. I can throw this on over any outfit and head out the door. I can’t wait to wear my leather Riley Backpack with this look. 
 3. Finally, I need a few statement pieces for when I go out at night. This means that my Hologram Leather Edith Pencil Skirt and Nora Leather Sleeve Pullover will definitely make the cut. I can’t forget my Avril Clutch to pair with this outfit! I love exploring new restaurants while I’m in Paris, and this look feels very Parisian to me.
There’s nothing better than Paris in the fall. I’ll be Instagramming some of my favorite places – check them out at @millybymichelle.
Bisous!  Michelle

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