The Milly by Michelle Smith Spring/Summer 2013 runway show was a playful and futuristic collection that was more than ready-to-wear. The collection was entitled “Contemporary Surrealism” and was inspired by the idea of surrealistic illusions. She executed this through unexpected combinations of technical fabrics with couture finishes. Basically, designer Smith took the sportswear trend and made it high end.
- Neutrals and neons This colour palette has been a recurring trend at so many shows this week. The designer used eye catching neons to highlight the base colours of simple black and whites. Solid colours were used for the majority of pieces but a digital smoke print with a neon ombré effect was seen on some flowing chiffon, adding movement and interest to the collection.
- Sportswear Inspiration Sporty chic has come back hard and this collection had no shortage of it. Dresses were made from oversized mesh and neons were accented by detailed black piping and reflective tape. The racer back front cut on tank tops has become huge too and signs seem to point to it only becoming more popular.
- Futuristic fabrics You know in movies where the future fashion is portrayed as matching silver jumpsuits for all? The fabrics in this line were all playing on these looks. From pearlized transparent ponchos to silver mirror-finish python skirts, the fabrics were in-your-face futuristic.
- Form meets Function The models didn’t just carry traditional handbags down the runway; they were outfitted with iPad clutches! This designer isn’t designing for the future, she knows that the future is now.
By Sylvia & Samantha of Lipgloss and Black
Photos by Sylvia