The disruption of politics and government—and arguably Twitter—as we know it has shaken us all up, especially for those of us who equate our creativity and freedom of speech with our livelihood. Michelle Smith has felt as frustrated and oft confused as we all have, so she channeled those feelings into her latest collection, aptly titled “Fractured”.
She channeled that divided and torn sentiment into ensembles that were quite literally fragmented, though done rather beautifully. The cutout shoulders on a cozy cropped turtleneck, sultry double slits on a slinky LBD, the asymmetric button placket on a white shirt—the designs were essentially modern-day riffs on wardrobe staples as we know them.
Coats were warm and oversized‐bringing a bit of a masculine touch to the assortment. Though they ultimately seemed like fashion girls’ answers to outerwear: very few were buttoned up and closed. A very interesting contrast to the very cold New York City weather, post-blizzard.
Some of the designs were were way sexier and much bolder than Milly has gone in the past. Barely-there shorts, plunging necklines, and sheer gowns spoke to the sultrier quotient of Tinseltown who dare to bare when the occasion calls for it.
Fans of the brand include Gabrielle Union, Solange, Camila Alves, and Alesha Dixon, thus we fully expect to see the aforementioned ladies in these designs in the coming months. A sequin slip dress with an asymmetric hem would work for one of Solange’s high-fashion events, while a cutout LBD was practically made for the Being Mary Jane star.