Sylvie Millstein was born in Paris, raised in Versailles, France, worked in Japan and now lives in New York. That multiculti insight is evident in Hellessy, the collection she launched for spring and is expanding for fall. Millstein previously worked as a buyer and senior merchant at Givenchy, Harrods and then Chanel, where she eventually became the house’s general merchandising manager for Japan. After moving to Manhattan in 2007, she saw a void in the market for luxe yet practical clothes that suited her lifestyle. “I know luxury from a customer standpoint and women will pay for quality and longevity,” she said. Millstein built Hellessy — named after herself and her two young sons, Hendrix and Lennox — on that idea.
After showing the spring capsule lineup to a few buyers out of her SoHo apartment, it was quickly snagged by Harrods, Kirna Zabête and Susan of Burlingame. For fall, Millstein worked her minimal, feminine collection of thoughtfully constructed pieces in a medley of materials: wool and angora blends, Italian stretch wool crepe, silk and wool twill, silk Modal jersey, heavy silk satin, lambskin leather and raccoon fur. Millstein believes that “clothing shouldn’t distract from the woman wearing it,” so her shapes are simple while still strong and sculptural. Silhouettes include cap-sleeve dresses figure-enhanced by darts and ruching, as well as pencil skirts, peplum tops, suiting and a fur-trimmed hooded parka, all done in a rich palette of slate blue, deep burgundy, oyster blue, blush and charcoal gray.
Positioning herself at the designer level, Millstein notes that her entire collection is produced in the U.S. (mostly in New York). Retail prices range from $270 for tops to $1,550 for dresses, with leather pants at $1,550 and a padded parka at $2,800.
In honor of Rihanna’s 30th birthday, we took a look back at an interview with the Barbados-native when she was just 18 years old. Here, she talked about her second album, “A Girl Like Me” in 2006. “I want to be me. I want people to fall in love with who Rihanna is, and that’s why I want the album to be about me so people can really find out who this girl Rihanna is, because they only know the ‘Pon de Replay’ girl.” Fast forward 12 years, and she’s released six more albums and has become a powerhouse in both the fashion and music industries. Happy birthday, @badgalriri 🎈(📷: Pavel Antonov) #wwdarchive
For @simonerocha_‘s fall show, hairstylist @jamespecis created a look inspired by the painter John Constable. Models’ hair was pulled back, tied into knots and topped off with a bow. (📷: @kukukuba) #wwdbeauty #lfw
Queen Elizabeth made a surprise appearance at @richardquinn1's London Fashion Week show to present the designer with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. The new award will be handed out annually to an emerging British fashion designer who shows exceptional talent, while demonstrating value to the community and sustainable policies. #wwdfashion #lfw (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)