For the record, Sylvie Millstein was ahead of the off-the-shoulder look that has caught on like wildfire in the last few seasons. “It’s become such a big trend we’ve had to reinvent ourselves,” she said, half-joking, during a preview of her Hellessy resort lineup. She reimagined her off-the-shoulder statement blouses and tops, which have been her bestsellers, as silk and cotton men’s wear shirts cut to fall off the shoulder with a sleeve that can be unbuttoned up the arm, as well as peasant tops with dramatic blouson sleeves done in micro-floral prints, inspired by the traditional South American corrida de sortija gaucho festival.
Working in chambray, dense double-faced cotton and a striped silk jacquard infused the lineup with a rustic casualness without sacrificing the collection’s luxury sensibility. Millstein focused on making each piece, including a midnight-blue mink bomber and languid skirts in red and marigold, stand-alone items. Resort “ships during markdown season,” said Millstein. “I want to give the customer something fresh to wear now and not only to a tropical vacation destination,” Well said.
Millstein is also launching e-commerce next month, with a focus on her best-selling statement tops.