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.
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.