In anticipation of tomorrow’s Banana Republic Milly Collection in store launch, here’s a sneak peek at a few of my favorite key looks.
The limited-edition capsule collection inspired by the summer sophistication of the Hamptons, features a women’s collection that’s a natural extension for Milly, while the men’s styles introduce Milly designer Michelle Smith’s first foray into menswear design.
The Banana Republic Milly Collection marries the iconic Banana Republic sense of modern style with Milly’s signature vintage-inspired prints and patterns for a collection that feels equal parts sophisticated and playful. The Banana Republic Milly Collection includes pieces for women and men, such as feminine silhouettes in splashes of neon for her and tailored separates in bold prints for him.
“We wanted to focus on the vibrant colors and optimistic patterns that highlight the inspiring, fun-loving summer season,” says Banana Republic Creative Director and Executive Vice President of Design, Simon Kneen. “Michelle’s keen sense of color, print and pattern are the perfect complement to Banana Republic, and her Hamptons-chic style is a new take on aspirational summer dressing for our consumers.”
“I’ve always been a fan of Banana Republic, and when I met Simon we had an immediate and lasting connection,” says Michelle Smith, Founder and Designer, Milly by Michelle Smith. “This was my first experience designing menswear, which was a cinch with Simon’s expertise. It’s a very positive, happy collection and I think the colors and patterns really capture the modern spirit of summer.”
The more than 60-piece collection of women’s and men’s apparel and accessories features original designs that incorporate a new print created exclusively for the capsule as well as six beloved Milly prints that have been updated specifically for these collaborative designs. Apparel pieces range in price from $45 – $165 (women) and $24.50 – $64.50 (men); jewelry and accessory pieces range from $29.50 (jewelry) – $130 (tote). The Banana Republic Milly Collection will be available tomorrow May 30th in stores and online. www.bananarepublic.com