My biggest surprise at the recent New York Fashion Week shows was designer Michelle Smith’s MILLY Spring 2014 collection. MILLY is a fashion brand I love and its been a wardrobe staple of mine for several years. I own sweaters, dresses, jewelry and print tops from this designer. However, I don’t think MILLY Spring 2014 will be gracing my closet. Almost every garment on the runway was sheer, or see through. A perfect figure that you want everyone to see is needed for Milly Spring 2014. The collection, appropriately titled “Transparency”, exposed the runway models figures in a way typically only worn by rock-stars and celebrities. Hopefully, the garments will be lined when they hit retailers next season.
For Spring 2014, Michelle Smith, founder and designer of MILLY, took a dramatic fashion departure with the use of three-dimensional technical fabrics, layered transparency and architectural illusions.
So how did the designer decide to move to the sheer designs she showed on the runway? She was inspired by Japanese architecture during a recent trip to Tokyo. Drawing upon the use of laser cutting techniques and sculptural silhouettes, the Ms. Smith developed a Spring 2014 collection that unveiled the female form in shall we say “unexpected” proportions. There were still a few of Smith’s custom-made prints (see above), based on Japanese and Hawaiian florals and engineered in luxurious European fabrics in the collection, but the main palette was black and white.
Comments from attendees watching the show ran the gamut from ” I hope she lines that” to exclamations about colored granny panties on Twitter. It pains me to write about the granny panties, but I can see how viewers could get that impression. For a generation of consumers wearing Spanx and Yummie Tummy, transparency may not be their preferred fashion choice for Spring 2014. The gorgeous sheath print dresses will have more mass-market appeal to MILLY aficionados.