Q&A With Michelle
Q: What inspired your spring 2013 collection?
A: My spring collection was inspired by surrealism. I played with illusions and unique combinations of fabrics, textures and colors to create dream-like prints that are photorealistic.
Q: What is your spring must-have?
A: I love the luminescent silver python-embossed pencil skirt. It's sexy and eye-catching - you are bound to have a good time in this number!
Q: Which colors does every girl need in her spring wardrobe?
A: Every girl needs a balance of brights and neutrals. You will definitely see pops of neon worn with a base palette of black and white this spring. After a long winter, who can resist the allure of neon to celebrate spring?
Q: What excites you most about your spring collection?
A: I love the use of unexpected fabrics and textures. There are bold and captivating pieces, such as the power-stretch dress with mesh and reflective tape detail and the pearlized organza zip-up hoodie, both of which are new to Milly. I am eager to see how the brand continues to grow after this collection debuts!
Q: What do you love about spring in NYC?
A: Spring is the perfect time to explore new areas of NYC! I also love spending spring days at the playground with my family, having a picnic in Central Park and going to the zoo. The days are longer, too, which means more time to play.
Q: What was your inspiration for spring handbags?
A: For spring, I wanted to create a handbag collection that was luxurious, sporty and fun. The colors are vibrant and will complete any outfit. A burst of color punches up every look.
Q: Why did you decide to add handbags to the Milly collection?
A: No outfit is complete without a fabulous handbag, so creating a Milly handbag collection was a no-brainer! After working at Hermes, I became obsessed with how bags can transform a look. The appearance and feel of beautiful leather, and the form and function of a great bag is something that every girl craves.
Q: What are Michelle's go-to handbags this season and what would she wear them with?
A: For spring, I love the Sydney Whipstitch Tote, since you can style it with any outfit. It's luxe and elegant - the perfect combo! Given its size, you are bound to find my tote filled with Milly accessories. I always have a Milly iphone case, wallet and cosmetic case (for makeup emergencies). I also can't wait to carry the Kiera Tweed Clutch. It's vibrant and unique, making it the ultimate spring clutch for nights out on the town. Lastly, you will definitely see me toting the Milly Exclusive Jayden Top Zip Clutch this spring, which doubles as an ipad case!
Q: Any idea what you will gift your husband for Valentine's Day?
A: I typically leave for Paris the day after the fashion show, and since the FW '13 show is the day before Valentine's Day, maybe this year I will bring Andy with me. He always stays behind with the kiddies, but I'm thinking this year we can go on a couples retreat as a Valentine's Day gift to one another!
Q: Any trips planned this spring?
A:I'm going to Japan at the end of March, and I couldn't be more excited! I love the rush of being in a new city, and I can't wait to experience an unfamiliar culture. I also love sushi, so I'm looking forward to having the real deal!