Sylvie Millstein has been quietly plugging along with Hellessy for four years, consistently delivering clothes for the modern luxury customer who seeks something sultry and a bit sporty. Perhaps she doesn’t want to buy from a big-box luxe brand. Millstein described Hellessy’s trajectory as “slowly growing,” during her fall presentation, which felt like a steady but significant step for her.
In response to a successful trunk show with Moda Operandi, during which women went for the specialty pieces, Millstein said she wanted to “add more drama” to the lineup with color accents, elaborate construction on sleeves and amplified volumes. Charlotte Rampling was the season’s muse, and Millstein nailed her polished allure with ultrawide tuxedo pants, a tailored jumpsuit and an off-the-shoulder top — a Hellessy signature — done in gray jersey with elongated sleeves and colorful neckties.
Millstein seems in no rush for rapid growth, but the collection is worthy of traction.