Designer Michelle Smith’s Milly runway was framed by an image of wintry, snow-topped trees–a perfectly minimalist backdrop against which the bright reds, tangerines, and emeralds she sent out could truly pop. This season’s Milly girl is all about jewel tones, shimmering jacquards, and–you guessed it–the 1970s Love Story look (sensing a theme yet?).
Apparently the color palette was inspired by the bold hues of Guy Bourdin‘s artwork, a reference we saw materialize particularly during the middle of the lineup, when cheerful sherbet tones took over. There were several pieces in a neat mohair plaid awash with bubblegum pink and Granny Smith green, as well as a standout fur-lined duffle coat worn over a lovely poppy-print number. And a shaggy Mongolian-lamb vest paired with a fluttering frock in a metallic brushstroke pattern seemed a perfect choice for breezy between-seasons weather.
We suggest stocking up on corduroy separates before next autumn hits, by the way; Smith, like several designers who showed earlier this week, offered up culottes, flared trousers, and nipped-in blazers cut from the fuzzy fabric. Also noteworthy were the Milly handbags teamed with many a look. The streamlined satchels, retro-sweet bucket totes, and cross-body mini-bags added just the right touch of seventies-era flair.
**All photos: IMAXTREE