Preview Milly Spring Collection 2016

Michelle Smith, designer and founder of MILLY, presents her Spring/Summer 2016 collection at ArtBeam on Tuesday, September 15th.

Drawing inspiration from the raw beauty of midsummer romance, Smith’s collection is a sensual juxtaposition of soft and structured, refined and organic, sleek and undone.

Through precise tailoring and draping, utilitarian textiles such as denim linen and crisp poplin are transformed into dramatic sculptural shapes, from off the shoulder blouses and minimalistic culottes to cascading skirts and plunge gowns.  A gradient color palette echoes the spectrum of sunrise to sunset.

Mara Hoffman Spring 2016 Preview

Mara Hoffman isn’t afraid to take her inspirations literally. Willie Nelson was the starting point for her Spring collection, and you could sense it from the first look: Nelson’s beloved song “Blue Skies” was playing, and the set was decorated with a bright sky backdrop that mirrored the model’s own sky-print suit. The girls even sported Nelson’s signature waist-length braids, in case you didn’t pick up on the reference. But the musician has a very particular take on Americana, which presented a new challenge for Hoffman, whose print-heavy collections are known for being exotic. She updated Levi's by embroidering them with cornstalks and experimented with classic shirting silhouettes, but she also made a point of casting diverse models to represent America’s rich blend of cultures.

What really felt new for Hoffman, though, were the tomboy looks. Slouchy overalls, boxy suits with bolo ties, and button-down shirts with popped collars were some of the most masculine clothes she’s done, but she was drawing from her own personal style: “My collections are really feminine, but more often than not I’m in vintage jeans and a shirt buttoned all the way up,” she said. Of course, that can be really sexy: Even Hoffman’s most covered-up propositions, like the closing look—a sheer, star-embroidered shirtdress layered over matching wide-leg pants—felt alluring in an unexpected way.

Modern Milly Crop via. Lou What Wear!

Style Feature: Lou What Wear (view the original poster here!), Floral Styling by Jaclyn Journey, Model - Hollis Gargala.

If you're a Kentuckian, you know the excitement for Derby Season. The party begins in April with Thunder of Louisville and finishes with the big sha-bang, The Kentucky Derby. With all these events happening, we keep our store full of unique looks from brands like Milly, Trina Turk, Alice + Olivia, and more! This year, our favorite look was crop tops and high-waisted skirts...and Milly did not disappoint! 

We LOVED the way that a few of our favorite locals styled this Milly look. Follow the stylish Danielle Rudy Davis for local style and happenings! Thanks Danielle!

Milly Glow Print Bustier Top and Pencil Skirt from Clodhoppers

Oversize Pearl Necklace from Dandelion

Black Fascinator by Headcandi