Michelle Smith is the embodiment of grace under pressure. Backstage at her show, she spoke about how, with all that has been happening in politics, she was feeling defeated. “It took me a while to start this collection, but once I realized I was feeling fractured, that was it, everything came together.” The irony was not missed here, as Smith named this collection, one of her most assertive ever, “Fractured.”
Sweaters and shirts were angularly sliced or cropped, the former revealing beautiful languid or sequined dresses while the latter were paired with generously cut trousers and mid-length leather skirts. Power dressing was elegantly expressed via oversize tailoring but always over feminine underpinnings or short skirts — for Smith, balancing masculinity is always key. Lastly, she ended in a relative optimistic tone via sheer long gowns because, she believes, “you can find strength and beauty in everything.” And she achieved just that.