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Michelle Smith's latest Milly collection is inspired by the late bohemian doyenne of the modern art world, Peggy Guggenheim. Her influence was conveyed in all aspects of the show, from the Alexander Calder inspired backdrop, to the classic yet bold clothing, to the avant garde sunglasses on the models. The theme even extended to Milly's audience, which included a number of modern day artsy socialites and socialite wannabes.
Let's start with the clothing. There was a lot to like. The striking collection included a mix of bright florals, bold geometrics and tribal prints. As always, Michelle Smith's designs were ladylike, yet way too stylish and cool to ever be mumsy. Milly's collections usually include a few amazing coats, and this one was no exception—we were completely enamored with one knee-length kelly green design. The coat was matched with a green and navy plaid skirt, which we liked, but feared, since it actually made the model's hips and thighs look a bit hefty. (And if it does that to a model, we hate to think about what it would do to us.)
Milly's clothing actually does appeal to those society types who, in days of yore, would have been known as "ladies who lunch." But many of today's socials actually work and don't have the time nor the calories to waste on such activities. Milly's front row included the art world's Bettina Prentice, Dalia Oberlander and Lydia Fenet. Tinsley Mortimer was also there, waiting patiently for the throng of photographers shooting 30 Rock's Katrina Bowden, to be informed by a publicist that she too was someone they needed to photograph. Media types at the show included Kimberly Guilfoyle, Natalie Morales and Bravo proclaimed socialite, The Real Housewives of New York City's Ramona Singer—who was actually seated in the second row.
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