Feminine with a definitive air of retro charm coupled with a sense of optimism could describe both the Milly line as well its founder and designer Michelle Smith. There’s a sense of modern beauty infused with a vintage sensibility about both. Known for it’s high impact with low effort, the Milly line is flush in luxe fabrics, rich prints and cheerful colors.
Thanks to an intro by Brenda and Geoffrey Michel of The Met (where you can find the latest Milly collection!), I caught up with Michelle for a Q&A that includes where she shops for inspiration to what she’s working on right now…//Click for more @SarasotaMagazine.com
Woman’s evening dress in two parts (dress); Designed by: Olivier Theyskens
It’s no doubt that even the casual follower of style has heard the buzz about highly popular fashion exhibitions like Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at The Met, or Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective at the Denver Art Museum or Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art. Highlighting the works of iconic prêt-a-porter to haute couture houses is quickly becoming the exhibition theme of the moment, one that’s in demand. Wisely, the curators at The Ringling have arranged for one close to home titled Icons of Style, in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. // Click Here for More @SarasotaMagazine.com
Photo cred: Woman’s evening dress in two parts (dress); Designed by: Olivier Theyskens (Belgian, born in 1977); For: House of Rochas (French, founded in 1925)
French (Paris), Spring/Summer 2005; Silk plain weave (gazar); tulle; Turkey (Meleagris) feathers; Center front: 149.9 cm (59 in.); Center back: 198.1 cm (78 in.); Helen and Alice Colburn Fund
A mod sartorial shift was in the air during the ’60s, a convergence of high fashion with the Space Age super chick and, as one of the decade’s supermodels, Linda Morand had the instantly alluring right stuff. She was discovered by the incomparable Eileen Ford, a muse to the illustrious Pierre Cardin, and was one of the ’60s supermodels who was photographed by the most celebrated names in the fashion world, like Helmut Newton and Richard Dormer.
The unflappable Morand also walked the coveted Parisian runways in the finest of prêt-a-porter and haute couture, most of which was made for her by fashion icons like Jean Patou, Karl Lagerfeld, Emanuel Ungaro, Paco Rabanne, Louis Féraud and Valentino. Click here for more @SarasotaMagazine.com
Some historians argue it was Lilly Pulitzer who introduced the iconic shift dress into pop culture, but it was the Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, Kennedy and Whitney families that popularized the brand in a major way, making it a must-have for resort jetsetters. You may be surprised to know that these internationally recognized cheerful prints have humble beginnings – Lilly Pulitzer’s juice stand off Worth Avenue in Palm Beach.
Of course, that was simply the beginning. Beyond that, former Town & Country executive editor Kathryn Livingston, who boasts a 20-year editorial career with Hearst Magazines, chronicled behind-the-scenes details of the life of the very private Pulitzer in: Lilly: Palm Beach, Tropical Glamour, and the Birth of a Fashion Legend. // READ MORE @SarasotaMagazine.com
Herb Ritts (American, 1952 – 2002)
Djimon with Octopus, Hollywood, 1989
Gelatin silver print / Image: 50.8 x 40.6 cm (20 x 16 in.)
Framed: 76.2 x 63.5 cm (30 x 25 in.)
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Gift of Herb Ritts Foundation, 2012.23.16
© Herb Ritts Foundation
The highly distinctive black-and-white photography of Herb Ritts is as iconic as those who modeled for them. California-born, Ritts shot his film among the elements of the place he knew as home: Los Angeles. Hence the title of his up-coming exhibit at The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art: Herb Ritts: L.A. Style. // READ MORE @ SarasotaMagazine.com
If you haven’t been able to get a Vogue film fix since The September Issue then you’re gonna love knowing about the HBO documentary In-Vogue: The Editor’s Eye, marking the 120th anniversary of fashion’s iconic tome.// CLICK HERE for more @SarasotaMagazine.com
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, a documentary about the fashion icon, is a MUST-See for the style cognoscenti out there. Really. If you want to get your fashion card stamped then you shouldn’t miss this…
Those in fashion know the name Diana Vreeland and hail her as an industry empress or “The High Priestess of Fashion.” Lauded for her vision and tastemaker status – she breathed vitality and uninhibited creativity into the role of fashion editor, forever setting the bar high for her successors. As Vreeland put it herself: “I wasn’t a fashion editor, I was the one and only fashion editor.” //CLICK HERE for more @SARASOTAMAGAZINE.COM
Difficult to explain why, but I’ve always been a bit obsessed with the history of the French Revolution and the fashionable Marie Antoinette. If you’re facing the challenge of dressing like the Queen of Fashion, think unapologetic flourish and plenty of romance with an aristocratic air. Marie Antoinette’s signature silhouette was prim yet seductive – sexiness was implied, not overt. // CLICK HERE FOR MORE @SARASOTAMAGAZINE.COM
You’ve seen the Sex in the City films 23 times (each) as well as Devil Wears Prada and find yourself yearning for the days when we had Carrie Bradshaw to look to for a weekly style fix. Well, consider this a back-up plan when you need some sartorial inspiration, a reference list of fashionable flicks is here at your disposal.// READ MORE @ SARASOTAMAGAZINE.COM