In the midst of geometric shapes, boxy tops, and shift dresses, one of the most alluring aspects of the female body goes unnoticed, almost becoming nonexistent or better yet unimportant. Michelle Smith told Style.com about her Milly Spring 2014 presentation that “the idea was to bring back traditional notions of femininity.” By accentuating and creating curves, Michelle easily achieved sexy and sporty lady-like looks.
The collection consisted of 39 looks; most were created using a sort of chevron netting technique adding a sporty element to an assemblage of penciled skirts, bomber jackets, and crop tops. The sleeves on pull-over sweaters and a white cargo inspired jacket were also made with this fabric. There was variation as well, seen on multicolored tropical printed shrunken jackets, body-con skirts, and a gorgeous dresses that hugged the body. Pops of neon orange and green served as an underpinning for most looks along with black gloves for an added 1950s element.
"Drawing inspiration from perforated facades found in contemporary Japanese architecture during a recent trip to Tokyo, Smith's laser cutting techniques and sculptural silhouettes lay the groundwork for a collection that plays with the eye and unveils the female form in unexpected proportions. Smith's custom-made prints, based on Japanese and Hawaiian florals and engineered in luxurious European fabrics, pop against a palette of black and white," according the presentation press notes.
Chelsea Leyland, Natalia Kills and Kyleigh Kuhn all came out to support MILLY designer Michelle Smith at her Spring 2014 show on September 11th, 2013 at the Stage at Lincoln Center as part of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Chelsea and Natalia both wore pieces from the label.
Christine Nicholson contributed reporting.