Michelle Smith often turns to art when designing her contemporary label, Milly, and this season was no different. For Spring 2012, Smith drew inspiration from French artist Sonia Delaunay, who is famous for incorporating bold colors and geometric prints into her paintings and textile designs. Fittingly, the runway’s backdrop was covered in a canvas featuring rectangular prints in red, blue, green, and brown.
To complement the bold patterns, Smith stuck to clean silhouettes including short sheaths, button down shirts, and cigarette pants. “It’s a much simpler cut this season,” the designer told us backstage. “You won’t see any bows and ruffles, it’s a little more clean and modern,” she added. The show opened with a silk-linen “puzzle print” coat in cobalt, brown, and white, over a short shift dress in the same pattern. The second look was a simpler color-block dress, paired over a navy elbow-sleeve sweater. Other highlights included a silk maxi dress in cobalt and ecru, a belted wool jacket with wide leg trousers in tangerine, and some great jacquard jackets in the signature prints. As for accessories, Smith designed bright leather bags in hot pink, citron, aqua, and tangerine hues. Some of the adorable high-heeled boat shoes were done through a limited-edition Milly for Sperry Top-Sider collaboration, while the simple slingbacks were classic Manolo’s wrapped in Milly silks. So, how can we get our hands on them? “They’re just for the show… or for friends,” said Smith. Feel free to send any extras (size 7) my way!