Milly by Michelle Smith debuted the labels Autumn/Winter 2011 collection towards the end of Merdeces Benz Fashion Week. Guests walked into the Stage venue and were greeted by a soft backdrop which looked like a cozy tree lined avenue fresh from a new snow. Keeping in theme, the first model stepped onto the runway as if she were strutting across the Upper East Side in a wool hat, knee high boots, leather gloves, and a sophisticated cape coat and pleated skirt; the cape coat featured slits at the arm which showed off the shape of the body as well as bright yellow flash of color compliment the outfit as the model moved her arms. New York’s Upper East Side aesthetic is in tune with Beacon Hill as it embodies the same mix of the Brahmin class mixed in with the movers and shakers of today’s generation.
This season the Milly sophisticate is all about sherbet orange matched with reds, fuchsias, and other jewel tones including emerald green. One ensemble paired together sherbet orange, salmon, fuchsia, and red with black accents in a bright, sunny cohesive look against the grey and muted snow covered backdrop. The collection also featured black, camel, and mixes of charcoal and grey. Fluted skirts and pieces that move were at the core of the collection as many items featured subtle ruffles, long pleats, sheers, and even some lace which danced down the runway. Adding to the lux color palate, Michelle Smith added in Mongolian lamb, tweed, and plaid patterns to offset the delicate nature of the collection.
Though Boston is gearing up for Spring, the fall trends seen in the Autumn/Winter fashion show can be easily transitioned into following the spring/summer months. Sherbet orange, salmon, fuchsia, red, and black can all be part of the summer wardrobe; though the fabrications selected will be lighter for the heat, the color palate will mix in well with the emerald green and other jewel tones later. Getting the maximum out of your seasonal purchase is a must so might as well look for items which will transition all the way through fall and winter!