NYFW AW’14- Milly, A Gradual Appreciation

I like it when a collection gradually grows from like to love when you see it coming down the runway and by the end of it you are so pleasantly surprised by how much you like it. That was Milly. I confess I’ve often just bypassed this collection as one of those but I’m glad I managed to catch the stream this season and even gladder I liked it a lot.

Milly was no fuss no frills pretty, she mixes in all the wardrobe essentials but manages to chuck in a hefty dose of romanticism without making it a cliché. This was ever so feminine and sexy without garish element. There was that wink of something with this collection, the casual elegance maybe, the infusion of basics, possibly, or maybe the darling evening pieces or just all of the above. There was shine and sheer, tulle and sweaters, this has been a thing for this round of fashion week, chunky knits on evening wear and I like it a lot. It felt over styled here and there, I wish we could rid some of the looks of the jumpers tied around the waist and the extra piece of accessory, but it was easy to take the pieces apart and see them for what they really were. Some of the time the looks were a little bulky. The racier numbers I simply adored, the sheer cami dress took my breath away. The ruffle evening gown was just lovely and I am not a ruffle lover; kudos to Michelle Smith for making this trend appealing in one look where it was all there was to be had. The separates were also a winner here, although it didn’t feel hugely original with the skinny tied belts, blazers over evening wear, but the sparkly skirts and knitwear, high waist peg leg/paper bag style pants and silk tops did a good number.

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