I have always been a big supporter of the fashion-y but wearable, uptown-meets-downtown clothes that we get from Milly by Michelle Smith. And this season, I think she gave us one of her best collections yet. Sometimes chastised for being a little overly colorful or a bit too costume-y, this collection for Spring/Summer '10 was reigned in just enough, had just enough color, and also debuted Michelle Smith's line of statement-making (and affordable!) costume jewelry. According to Michelle Smith, this "punk-prep" collection is led by black for the first time, accentuated by putty and ecru with pops of shocking pink, flame and malachite. Among the many separates (shorts, pants, tops, dresses, skirts, jackets), swingy coats and one-shouldered dresses are important accent marks, as are shortened hemlines and gold-stud embellishments.
Additional colors that popped up in the collection include a gorgeous kaleidoscope print, olive, violet, amber, and mahogany. Along with the black, ecru, putty, malachite, shocking pink and flame, this cohesive, sophisticated color palette was brought to life in cotton, sateen, silk, jacquard, silk gauze, raw silk barkcloth, metallic jacquard, chiffon, silk twill, nappa lambskin, silk georgette, silk duppioni, and lycra in the few refined-but-sexy swimsuits that came down the runway.
Some of the most exciting looks were a kaleidoscope print silk twill mini dress with acres of volume and swing down the back, a black silk gauze hand-beaded blouse paired with an ecru raw silk barkcloth piped mini skirt, a spot-on flame silk chiffon zig zag print dress, a black silk gauze hand-beaded trapeze dress, a still-on-trend black raw silk barkcloth strapless jumpsuit, and a fabulously off-hand outfit combining an amber cotton jacquard jacket, a black silk chiffon zig zag print tank, and shocking pink magnolia metallic jacquard mini skirt. I would wear just about the entire collection myself, and maybe even more importantly, can't wait to introduce my clients to this season of Milly.