Milly Spring 2014: Mesh Together

Need proof that sheer isn't going anywhere? Look no further than Milly's spring 2014 collection, aptly titled "Transparency," which was almost fully comprised of the see-through stuff.
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Need proof that sheer isn't going anywhere? Look no further than Milly's spring 2014 collection, aptly titled "Transparency," which was almost fully comprised of the see-through stuff.
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Need proof that sheer isn't going anywhere? Look no further than Milly's spring 2014 collection, aptly titled "Transparency," which was almost fully comprised of the see-through stuff.

As we've seen on several runways this season, designer Michelle Smith took the trend in a decidedly sporty direction--and ran with it for all it was worth. It was all-mesh everything: baseball jackets, sweaters, blazers, hoodies, crop tops, skater skirts, pencil skirts, and dresses, in a palette of mostly black and white with a smattering of neon.

Smith also flirted with a custom-created tropical floral print (based on traditional Hawaiian prints and a recent trip to Japan, according to her show notes) which showed up on some very wearable pencil dresses and retro-fit swimsuits. But as striking as all the perforated pieces were--we were especially struck by a white laser-cut pencil skirt--we're curious to see how well they'll transition to the sales floor.

"I don't expect women to dress that way in the street! In real life, there'll be lining on the dresses," Smith told us. If the collection manages to retain its freshness with slips underneath, we may just be sold.

Photos: IMAXtree