Q&A With Michelle

Michelle Smith, designer and founder of MILLY presents her Spring/Summer 2014 ready-to-wear and accessory collections at Artbeam on Monday, September 8th.

Q: What inspired your Spring ’15 collection?

A: I’m really interested in the elements of kinetic art and how I can translate that to fashion. Kinetic art is all about movement—of paint across a canvas and illusions of the eye.

Q: What was the inspiration behind the prints?

A: My roadmap prints are splatter paint and graffiti prints, both of which are kinetic art forms. The collection, grounded in black and white, features bursts of pigment, echoing the spectrum of color from Baldessari artworks and photography from the street art movement in the New York City.

Q: There are a lot of black and white textured fabrics – what makes these fabrics unique?

A: I constructed a collection of ultra-luxurious three dimensional fabric and sculptural silhouettes. I layered rich textures with cascades of mesh, layers of illusion filament jacquard and raffia organza.

Q: What is your favorite part of designing?

A: I start each collection with the fabrics – I travel to Europe to choose them personally and get inspired. I then work with color stories and decide the direction of the collection. I design my own prints, drawing inspiration from my travels.

Q: Can you give any tips to other aspiring designers out there?

A: My motto has always been if you’re going to do it, do it right. Pay attention to the details, and never give up.