Milly by Michelle Smith Spring 2010

Where & When: Wednesday, September 16th at 3 p.m., the Promenade, Bryant Park
Runway Recap: Milly's designer Michelle Smith tends to dabble in the retro looks of the '50s and '60s, but updated for the modern girl. And while her signature metallic jacquards still turned up yesterday in polished sheath dresses, kicky miniskirts, and chic, boxy cropped jackets, a definitely punky vibe crept into this collection, proving that apparently no designer is immune to the charms of the '80s. Nevertheless, the references were subtle--the Milly girl is more feminine than fashion victim, after all--and the freshest looks in the lineup were a series of flirty black dresses, many featuring gold embellishment or styled with gold jewelry. Milly's customers surely have a closet full of the label's candy-colored feminine dresses; come spring, looks like they'll be adding a different kind of classic to the mix.
Standout Look: There were lots of great LBDs at Milly, but this one-shoulder style was my favorite, with a flattering fit and flirty tiered ruffles at the shoulder.
Bonus Points: In one of the most fitting celebrity-designer pairings of the week, the adorable Alison Brie, who plays Trudy Campbell on Mad Men, was in the front row. I also loved the delightfully Euro music, which included "Baby Baby Baby" by Make the Girl Dance.
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