It looks like three’s a trend with high end labels staging fashion shows for their childrenswear lines. Fendi did it, followed by Oscar de la Renta, and last night at its Upper East Side boutique, Milly unleashed even more adorable pint-sized models into the fashion world.
Designer Michelle Smith’s first ever show for her year-old Milly Minis line was a collaboration with the cast of Broadway musical Annie, whose cast members walked the pseudo-runway (along with Smith’s adorable daughter Sophia). “I thought it would be such a fun synergy to have the cast from Annie do a fashion show for us,” she told us backstage before the show. “I remember when I was a little girl, when the original show came out, it was all the rage. I still have the original cast album!”
Designing childrenswear and staging a show with mini models presented new challenges for the designer. “[When designing childrenswear,] I love to use a lot of the same fabrics because little girls love to dress like their mommy, but I like to keep the cuts more modest,” she explained. “I think it’s really hard to find childrenswear that’s not too racy and not to baby-baby.”
And working with child models (moddlers?)? “Backstage in the tents is big and more spacious and everything is numbered, so this was a little more chaotic but also, I think, more fun.”
It was also fun for the models.
11-year-old Lilla Crawford, who plays Annie, said, “It was amazing. My favorite part was probably when I got to go onto the platform and spin around.” She was also incredibly detailed when describing her outfit. “The top is an ‘I love you’ pattern and it’s orange, black, and pink, and the bottom is sort of a bubbled-out pink, I don’t really know what you’d call it. It’s a really nice shade of pink and I’m wearing the exclusive Milly bow.” She said it was “a really nice outfit” that “is a good way to explain my style,” which she says is “not princess-fancy, but fancy. I guess Sunday brunch-style.” Oh, New York city kids…
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