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