It’s a big year for designer Michelle Smith. She has a redesigned Web site, launched a blog called “The Milly Mag,” and is opening not one but four freestanding boutiques in the Middle East.
Smith is, without question, the take-charge sort — and the collection she sent out was testament to being equal parts fierce and feminine. There were two key trends at work, transparency and pop prints, and she showed them both in abundance. A honeycomb mesh, for example, was left unlined and cut into everything from a chic utility jacket to racy bralettes and midi pencil skirts, the latter shown with high-waist briefs underneath in contrast colors for runway pizzazz, if not retail modesty.
The bold and graphic prints were created in-house, and according to her show notes, were riffs on Japanese and Hawaiian florals. They looked great in her favored bonded fabrics as bomber jackets, minidresses trimmed with elastic strips and cropped tops. Although it was a bit repetitive, this was a winning collection.