"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.
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!
Everyone needs a pair of white shorts for summer - our MILLY Cuffed Shorts can take you a long way. Crafted in luxurious tencel linen with a cuffed hem and belt loops, they’re an essential in our summer closets. Want to see how versatile they are? We’re giving you 5 ways to wear these amazing shorts this summer…
1) Trip to the Beach
Create a super comfortable, chic, casual beach day look by pairing your classic white shorts with fun short sleeves. We recommend theMILLY Bella Blouse as its red paisley print and body skimming silhouette easily goes from beach blanket to happy hour.
2) Summer Friday
Head to the office in style. Punch up your white shorts with a textured sweater, feminine with an edge. TheMILLY Beaded Sweater adds the edge you’re looking for, while the shorts give you a classic and sophisticated look.
Silk tops go with everything…they will dress up your shorts, creating the perfect look for a girls’ night out. We love it with the MILLY Ombre Print Beaded Top.
If you’re feeling casual, why not pair your shorts with a novelty sweater? Always a fan of long sleeves paired with shorts, we recommend the MILLY LOVE Intarsia Sweater, sure to be a conversation starter.
5) Rooftop dinner
Summer date night? Pair your dazzling white shorts with a matching white top, and take advantage of the on-trend all white look while you still can (Labor Day approaches…)! When the sun goes down, throw on the MILLY Slim Coat. In multicolor neon tweeds, the coat will adds spice to your look.
So hurry! Grab your own pair of white MILLY Cuffed Shorts and see if you can come up with anything else.
Plus, make sure you check out our trend shop: BACK IN STOCK. We’ve brought back your favorites!
Pre-fall is just around the corner, so it’s time to get your mini something she’ll absolutely adore before school starts! Inspired by Michelle’s daughter Sophia, MILLY Minis Childrenswear is a collection of beautiful pieces modeled after ready to wear MILLY clothing. The pieces are made of the same luxurious fabric and prints as other MILLY products, making it possible for your mini to dress up just like mom.
Following our MILLY mantra, the Pre-fall MILLY Minis line is feminine with an edge. It features super sweet blush colors and sequins, but also mixes in sleek black pieces as well.
We picked out three of our pre-fall favorites that you just need to check out.
1) MILLY Minis Lace Biocolor Sheath. Light blush on the top and black on the bottom and made of gorgeous lace material - this gorgeous dress will make your Mini feel like a princess! Fun fact: Lea Michele and J.Lo have been spotted in a similar print!
2) MILLY Minis Novelty Seal Pullover. Featuring a charming image of a seal holding a sequins ball, this sweater is the perfect item to keep your Mini both warm and super happy.
You’re all in for a treat - MILLY Exclusives! Check out these fierce MILLY dresses that you can only find exclusively through us, either online or in-store. You can look, but you won’t find these anywhere else…
We all know that scoring the perfect outfit for July 4th is a must (and not always easy…). If you’re struggling to find the ultimate look that’s both striking and patriotic, we’ve got you covered. Here, we chose some of our favorite July 4th outfits that can take you from the beach to a BBQ…
2. For a pool party…there’s no better choice than the MILLY Parrot Print Micro Shorts. J.Lo approved (she wore these micro shorts in the music video for “We Are One”, the official 2014 Fifa World Cup song) they are modern and bold. Plus, they can be worn in the water!
We recently sat down with our friend and style icon, luxury accessories designer Yliana Yepez to find out how she got her start. Born in Paris, France and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, Yliana’s designs reflect her worldy background, with modern silhouettes made of statement materials. Style favorites, such as Cara Delevingne and Olivia Palermo, have been spotted toting Yliana’s handbags - talk about cool girl cred.
Here, she gives us the low down on designing, growing up in Venezuela and being a mom.
1. What are three words you would use to describe yourself?
Persistent, fun and enthusiastic.
2. What made you want to start designing?
It was all by coincidence. I was finishing my modeling career and wanted to do something different. I had always been intrigued in fashion design. I considered ready to wear but really found my calling in accessories design (sizing in clothing is complicated—no sizes involved with accessories!). I always loved to (over)accessorize and collecting unique pieces. It felt natural for me to begin designing handbags.
3. You’re from Venezuela – has that influenced your designs at all?
I grew up in Venezuela surrounded by ladies who were always very well-dressed. Maybe it was more so my lifestyle and travels than Venezuela per se that molded my design aesthetics but fashion runs in my blood!
4. What are some must-see attractions if you travel to Venezuela?
El Salto Angel, Canaima, and Los Roques beach. it is a MUST SEE.
5. What’s your favorite part about living in NYC?
I love walking down the city streets and observing people with different styles and cultures. I’m also inspired by the cityscape, and you can see that in my collection as well— the black and white raffia and soleil color way was inspired by NYC cabs.
6. If you were stranded on an island and could only bring one person, one item and one type of food, who and what would you bring?
The person would be my husband; the item, my phone and food, sushi for sureeeee.
7. Favorite article of clothing?
I’m not sure if this counts as clothing but shoes!!!!! I love shoes….A good pair of shoes can bring together an outfit just like a good handbag can.
We know summer weekends are like gold… and they slip by way too fast. Do your future weekend warrior self a favor and start planning your perfect weekend now with the MILLY Road Trip series. This week’s stop: The Hamptons.
MILLY founder and designer Michelle Smith has spent summer weekends in the Hamptons for the past 17 years, making it the ultimate place to open a MILLY East Hampton beach retreat boutique…Come visit us at 54 Main Street in East Hampton!
Have you caught the MILLY floral wave yet? We think it’s time you did. Crafted from Italian tropical print inspired by a trip MILLY founder and designer took to Hawaii and Japan, the print intertwines sea blossom with painterly waves for a look that’s undeniably cool.