And the countdown has begun! There’s only a little more than a week left until the fall/winter 2014 collections debut at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, which means you only have a finite amount of time to memorize the schedule before the fashion frenzy hits Manhattan (and Brooklyn, this time around). Read ahead for a breakdown of when and where your favorite designers are showing this season.
A lot has been happening at eBay lately! The just revamped their marketplace to feature curated collections by well-known tastemakers, and now they have a new collaboration with the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) in the works. For the second edition of its Holiday Collective, the online retail site has partnered with the CFDA and tapped five designers — Mara Hoffman, Rachel Zoe, Michael Bastian, Milly, and Shipley & Halmos — to create a limited-edition, customized collection of “wearable tech” bracelets. Each bracelet acts as an adapter for your iPhone and allows you to charge and transfer data from the iPhone or other devices stylishly. With a micro USB connector, it is also compatible with iPods, Android smartphones, and BlackBerry devices. The bracelets will be available for $25 beginning November 11th at ebay.com, with all proceeds benefitting the CFDA Foundation. Now you can charge up in the most fashionable way possible!
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Spring/summer 2014 looks debuted on the runway a month ago, and if you’re anything like us, then patience isn’t exactly your strongest suit. Instead of waiting for the snow to melt, we sprung forward to next season for trends that we can wear now—and beyond. At Milly, Elizabeth and James, and Vera Wang, athleticism was the name of the game, with mesh integrated into tops, skirts and dresses. Layer the netted fabric over long-sleevers for wintry days and wear it solo, come spring. On the 3.1 Phillip Lim, Lanvin and Marc by Marc Jacobs runways, light-refracting iridescent pieces were the star players. Gravitate toward mesmerizing holographic dresses and skirts (perfect for holiday parties) or keep the high-shine material to a minimum with a small clutch. We shopped out 10 spring trends that pull their weight (two seasons’ worth of weight, in fact). Relevant until at least next fall, start racking up fashion mileage points now with these investment pieces that essentially pay for themselves in wear count alone.
Out with a bang! It was the dress everyone was talking about at Milly‘s New York Fashion Week show, and designer Michelle Smith knows exactly which celeb she wants to see wearing the final look from her spring 2014 collection. “Olivia Munn,” the designer told InStyle.com before the show. “She’s hot!” Hot enough to sizzle in the black honeycomb, bustier dress and neoprene short combo that ended a range of mesh pieces paired with bright, ladylike underpinnings (neon bralettes and shorts dominated). “I was inspired by the traditional notion of femininity, “ Smith explained. “But I mixed it in a very modern way through the use of very interesting technological fabrics, new silhouettes and transparencies.” So Munn, get ready to stun — Smith is certain her last look will be red carpet fabulous!
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The wait is over for the Banana Republic Milly collaboration! Starting today, the 60-plus piece collection for men and women is available at Banana Republic stores and at bananarepublic.com. What you’ll find: Milly’s preppy prints with the Banana Republic safari twist, in prices ranging from $24.50 to $130. “I was always very nostalgic about the safari heritage of the brand, so we took that and made it modern,” Milly designer Michelle Smith told InStyle.com about the designs she worked with Banana Republic’s Simon Kneen to create. That inspiration translates into colorblock maxi dresses, quirky printed shorts (an instant favorite of Olivia Palermo, shown), and colorful bags and accessories fit for summer getaways. “Our clothes are modern,” Smith added. “There’s sort of an effortless elegance.” Just what every woman needs for summer! Click to shop the collection.
Milly by Michelle Smith‘s fall collection debuted at New York Fashion Week yesterday—and we have your behind-the-scenes look here! The designer gave us a sneak peek at her fall collection with this sketch of an electric blue coat over a blue and orange tartan dress, finished with black booties. And she wasn’t the only person to use that color combination yesterday: The Michael Kors collection used the same peach and denim tones. Consider this your color trend alert for fall!
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Banana Republic has gone mod with Mad Men and 19th-century with Anna Karenina for its collaborations—and now it’s getting some modern preppy inspiration from Milly! The retailer announced today that they teamed up with Milly designer Michelle Smith for a capsule collection set to hit stores this summer. Inspired by the easy-breezy lifestyle of the Hamptons, the lineup contains 46 pieces for women and 16 items for men (this also counts as Smith’s first-ever foray into menswear design). The items feature six of Milly’s classic prints, as well as one never-before-seen pattern created just for the collection. The women’s offerings include woven colorblock maxi dresses, embroidered mini-skirts, and patterned shorts—ranging in price from $45 to $175—in summer colors like lime, coral, and navy, as well as accessories like jewelry, handbags, and lightweight scarves, which range from $39.50 to $130. Menswear runs from $25 to $65. The line will be available in May 2013, both online and in stores.
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With the arrival of the iPhone 5—thinner and better than ever—we found some runway inspiration for our latest cover in this Milly lace-print case. We love how this tech accessory channels Lanvin‘s pop of fuchsia! Shop it for $40 at millyny.com.
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