This year designer Michelle Smith celebrates the 10th anniversary of her young-luxury collection Milly. The theme for Spring 2012 is “a lesson in geometry.” Here, Smith cites inspiration from designer Sonia Delaunay. Delaunay’s work was recently on view at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in the exhibition “Color Moves,” a survey of Delaunay’s fashion designs and textiles, known for their bold patterns.
According to the show notes, Smith was specifically inspired by “Delaunay’s brilliant use of color and line.” This creative insight translated into a collection of ultra-modern separates and accessories. The driving force behind Milly for spring is vibrant prints and patterns. Crisp silhouettes are filled with vibrant graphics, resulting in a prim mod polish.
Adding extra elegance to the looks were handbags of all shapes including clutches, satchels and totes, and fabulous eyewear in many styles. These familiar visuals of that jet-setting mid-century era wouldn’t be out of place in a certain flawlessly art-directed period drama, or the upcoming television season’s similarly-styled followers.