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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Today marks the first day of New York Fashion Week, so we put together a few essentials to get you through the week, MILLY-style: 

1. A MILLY LBD for post-show drinks and fashion parties.
2. A statement cocktail coat. Who doesn’t want to make a bold entrance?
3. A Juice Press “Ginger Fireball.” Definitely no time to get sick and this will ward off any oncoming cold…
4. The MILLY Watersnake Satchel to fit all of the 5,943 things you can’t live without during a day full of shows.  
5. A colorful MILLY iPhone case. No time to lose searching through your bag for your phone.  
6. Headphones. Need to zone out for a few minutes? Listen to some of Michelle’s favorite tunes, like Inner City’s “Big Fun” or “Good Life”. 
6. A bag of Ruffles chips (specifically cheddar cheese and sour cream). There’s no better way to fulfill your salt craving. 
7. Sour Patch Kids. Let’s be honest - after a bag of salty chips, you’ll obviously need some sugar. 
Don’t forget to watch the livestream of the MILLY Fashion Show this coming Monday, February 10th at 2 pm. 
Also, be sure to check out our favorite spots to head after a day of fashion shows and don’t miss out on our show-stopping looks to rock during NYFW. 

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Straight from the SS '14 runway. Get the midi skirt and cropped jacket now. Keep them guessing with these luxurious leather overalls. Throw a statement coat over every look you wear and let the compliments roll. This season's new handbag silhouette, the camera bag - get it now! Three words: laser cut leather. A holographic clutch is sure to turn heads.
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Stay up to date on all that’s happening behind the scenes at MILLY HQ leading up to the MILLY fashion show on Monday, February 10 at 2pm.
Sign up now to get first access to the livestream of the MILLY FW ’14 show as it happens!
Plus, follow MILLY founder and designer Michelle Smith on Instagram to get behind the Scenes access and follow Michelle Smith on Twitter for live updates from the tents. 
Shop MILLY dresses, MILLY handbags and MILLY Cabana swimwear for your next vacation! 8 months ago

The MILLY NYFW Playlist!

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NYFW DIY: Illusion Nail Art

Get the look, straight from the MILLY runway. 

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NYFW Backstage Diary: MILLY Edition
[[MORE]]Wondering what it’s like backstage at the MILLY Spring 2014 Fashion Show? Don’t worry, Michelle Smith, founder and designer, gives us the behind the scenes tour.
Click through the slideshow above to get an inside look.
11:30 am: My production team, Dizon Inc., arrives on-site first to start organizing. They have produced MILLY fashion shows for years so they’re total pros and can handle anything.
11:45 am: Backstage catering arrives. This year, Le Pain Quotidien sponsored our backstage lunch, which will get devoured by the crew soon enough.
12:00 pm: The models, makeup, hair and nail teams arrive on-set at Lincoln Center. It’s organized chaos! Hair, makeup, and nails are hugely important to my show - every detail matters, so it takes a lot of time to perfect the look on each model. (DIYs to come…)
1:00 pm: I arrive, and quickly get my hair and makeup done by Kevin and Romy while I prepare my notes for backstage interviews. This season, I was inspired by a recent trip Tokyo to modernize the traditional notion of femininity.
1:30 pm: Backstage interviews start—I have a full schedule, but I love walking everyone through the collection personally. It’s the first time anyone outside of my team has seen it, a big moment.
2:00 pm: Time for shoe rehearsal. The models walk in 5 inch custom-made Manolo Blahniks with hundreds of people watching—you can imagine why we need a rehearsal…
2:15 pm.: The models are dressed in their first looks, and I can’t wait to see the collection come to life.
3:00 pm: SHOW TIME!
In case you missed the show, watch it here! If you’re in the mood to do some shopping, check out our new Shocking Pink trend shop. 1 year ago
MILLY Manolo Blahniks! 
Learn more: read our Q&A with Manolo Blahnik on his inspiration behind the shoes. 1 year ago
Spotted: MILLY at NYFW
Four of our favorite street style bloggers rocked MILLY during NYFW, creating instant outfit inspiration for fall. Dying to get their looks? Shop them now.
1. Veronica Ferraro, The Fashion Fruit
Shocking pink + leather = the perfect front row combo.
Zipper Jacket, Colorblock Blouse, Demi Clutch
2. Blair Eadie, Atlantic-Pacific
Who says you can’t wear iridescent leather during the day? Pair it with a conversational tee and you’re good to go.
Hologram Leather Edith Pencil Skirt 
3. Carolina Engman, Fashion Squad
Tweed steps out after dark with leather leggings and our favorite fall tee.
Chain Trim Jacket; Sorry for Partying Shirt; Leather Leggings
4. Erika Boldrin, My Free Choice 
Italian Floral organza makes this midi skirt special.
Similar styles: Leather Bustier Party Dress
Were you fashionably late to the MILLY show? Catch up by watching the video now.

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Missed the MILLY SS ‘14 show?

MILLY Spring 2014 
An ultramodern interpretation of traditionally feminine silhouettes. Drawing inspiration from perforated facades in contemporary Japanese architecture from a recent trip to Tokyo, the collection plays with the eye, unveiling the female form in unexpected proportions.

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I love this pic, taken after my bow! 1 year ago
Check it out: my exclusive SS14 inspiration sketch for Women’s Wear Daily.  1 year ago


How to Hail a Taxi During NYFW, MILLY Style

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In case you’re not sure what to wear to New York Fashion Week, Michelle Smith, designer and founder of MILLY is here to offer some advice…
Pick bold, modern pieces that stand out and can still be worn the rest of the season, not just for one day.  Shop all of Michelle’s favorite pieces—they’re all front-row ready.
Sweatshirts get a major upgrade this season. With leather sleeves and custom zippers, it’s all about the details everyone will notice. Shop: Nora Leather Sleeve pullover
Love neutrals but want to make a statement? This ombre painted dress will have street style photogs tracking you down for a picture. Shop: Sleeveless Dress
Go modern in this tweed and leather ensemble. Our MILLY Iris frame clutch fits most Fashion Week invitations—just saying! Shop: Zipper Jacket, Iris Frame Clutch
All-black never looked so good. A leather collar and bubblegum dot lace overlay give this top extra oomph. Shop: Leather Collar Top
Haven’t checked out our leather hologram clutches yet? Here’s your chance.

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What are you waiting for? Get your very own MILLY hologram leather clutch here.

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