One of my favorite contemporary mid-range designers is Milly New York, a brand that seems to have established itself decades ago in the fabulous vintage eras of the 60’s and 70’s, but in reality only started back in 2001. Even the label on their fabulous line screams vintage.
Here’s how the brand describes themselves:
The MILLY collection epitomizes bold, advanced contemporary fashion with a graceful edge. Designer and founder Michelle Smith transforms classics by merging American sportswear influences with distinctive Parisian atelier techniques. Smith’s eye for impeccable detail, use of luxurious, cutting-edge fabrics and precise tailoring have made MILLY a cult favorite across the globe.
So when would I recommend taking a peek at Milly? Their “graceful edge” as they call it (I call it a flair for the vintage) makes them a natural pick for cocktail dresses and special adorned cardigans. Milly is often best known for its dresses- I once heard them described as “cocktail party pre-requisites“. Some dresses from their current collections:
It’s definitely not a line that I could see myself wearing exclusively- their coats and jackets are mostly patterned, polka dotted and florals so you’d need to balance it out with something more tailored and classic (read: plain) to fit in with my style.
The line is definitely more catered towards the girly-girl in you; lots of ruffles, bows and rhinestones- but it’s also a fun way to add a dash of vintage and retro to your wardrobe if you’re not a fan of digging around in bins or racks upon racks when vintage shopping.
Possibly the best part is how freaking affordable this line is. Dresses are in the $150-200 range, and their coats are from $400-500. Still not disposable, but well priced