Milly designer Michelle Smith, who recently partnered with Banana Republic for a Hamptons-inspired collection, our 21 questions. When I get dressed in the morning I think…about what color I’m in the mood for. I would never leave my home without…a MILLY handbag. The item of clothing I currently wear the most…is my Banana Republic Milly elephant shorts. My biggest style pet peeve is…when people wear clothes that are too tight. Every man should own…a smart jacket. Every woman should own…a killer slim cut dress and a leather jacket that fits like a glove. When I'm looking to de-stress I…head to spin class at SoulCycle! My beauty essentials are…Weleda moisturizer, mascara, Chanel Smoky Eyes shadow, Smith’s Rosebud Salve for lips. If my days had one extra hour I'd…I’d spend it with my kids, Sophia and William. The last thing I Googled was….my next vacation spot: Puglia, Italy! I could never travel without…can I say my kids again? My husband and I take them with us everywhere. To be a good designer you have to…have indefatigable drive and talent. The qualities I admire most when I'm looking for people to work with…smart, talented people who love what they do. The key to starting your own fashion line is…to have a distinct point of view that is not already out there and a good business partner. My guilty pleasure is…Spaghetti Carbonara. The best advice I ever got…my mother suggested studying design in Paris, which I did. It led to my work at Hermes, Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior Haute Couture. On a typical Saturday night…during the summer you’ll find me with my family at the Clam Bar in the Hamptons. I'm always happy when…I have friends and family around me. No day goes by without…realizing how lucky I am to do what I love. When I'm looking to get inspired I…start with color and prints. The one celebrity that hasn't yet worn one of my pieces that I would love to see in one is…Solange Knowles. I’m inspired by her energy and bold style.
Milly Spring 2013 Runway via IMAXtree