I took my seat at Milly praying I wouldn’t be subjected to another fall collection with a dark, moody color palette. I scanned my show notes, looking for words like “flame” or “fuchsia,” but was soon distracted by a charming older gentleman sitting beside me, who happened to be Fahsionista contributor Fawnia’s dad. We looked on as photographers snapped shots of front rowers Kristin Chenoweth, Tinsley Mortimer, and Gail Simmons. Fawnia’s dad was understandably confused. “Are these people supposed to be celebrities?” he asked. “Who are they?” I think we all have those moments during Fashion Week.
But back to the show. Designer Michelle Smith rethinks winter dressing in this aptly titled “Future Perfect” collection. And no dark muted color palette here: Smith used vibrant colors we usually see during the spring shows, giving us a wardrobe sure to uplift spirits during the colder months. Her standard fare of girly day dresses and work-ready dress coats got a boost from bright cobalts, hot pink, chartreuse and emerald green. Silhouettes favored a flared skirt and nipped waist lending the line a kind of early ’60s Jetsons vibe. Speaking of space age, a hot pink dress with skirt covered in origami-like loops was a stand out.
The show ended, as always, with a run-and-hug between Michelle Smith and her adorable five-year-old daughter, Sophia. After this show, I wanted to hug Ms. Smith, too.