If youthful and sophisticated were combined beautifully and effortlessly, it would be Milly by Michelle Smith’s Fall/Winter 2012 collection. Rather than a dark, neutral color palette, designer Michelle Smith delivered chartreuses, bright pinks, deep blues, purples, and emerald greens. Models wore a variety of structured hats reminiscent of those in the 50’s and 60’s. Skirts were full, bubbled, and had origami shapes. Coats and jackets were made of check tweeds, jacquards, and leather paillettes. Scallops were a-plenty. Graphics appeared by way of abstract, geometric, colorblock, polka dot, stripe, and diamond intarsia.
Turtleneck sweaters and black tights transformed the looks into something more sophisticated and chic. There were a variety of pieces that can easily be worn by themselves – with some perfect for the spring season as well. The styling was impeccable. A few coats were tucked into skirts with leather belts cinching them at the waist (a must try in my book). Pinks and chartreuses were mixed into one look which created a nice, fun refreshing visual break from all the usual moody fall colors.
Although much of the silhouettes had a classic feel, the fabrications included Lurex, techno twills, and techno taffetas that made the collection very modern. The entire collection showed Michelle Smith’s strengths in tailoring and construction. Laminated tweeds, bonded wool, leather, and jacquards were used heavily for Milly’s outerwear and dresses. Thus, shapes were strong and structured. The label’s accessories also carried this design aesthetic. Totes and clutches were made out of wool jacquards, calf hair, and shearling. The entire collection was both elegant and edgy.