For Michelle Smith at Milly, this cultural and political moment is all about inclusivity and togetherness, and she brought those themes to the forefront with her Fall-Winter 2018 collection at New York Fashion Week on Friday.
The presentation of Milly's 23-look collection featured models dressed in visually arresting monochromatic ensembles -- think vibrant red silk two-pieces under blazers and strapless magenta dresses under oversized pink faux-fur coats -- which provided for an unforgettable show.
In addition to highlighting color, Smith also played around with texture this season, showing sequin- and fringe-covered skirts and pants, a see-through mustard yellow blouse and faux-fur coats of varying colors, to name a few of the standout moments.
Ahead of the packed presentation, Smith spoke to AOL Lifestyle about her vision for Milly's latest collection.
"I wanted to send a really positive, vibrant message this season about love and inclusiveness," Smith said. "That’s really important right now, because the world is so polarized."
See the complete Milly FW18 collection below:
Noting that this is "the most vibrant fall collection [she's] ever done," Smith went on to explain that her designs are generally becoming more fluid as the line between men's and women's fashion becomes more blurred.
"Fashion brings people together, and it’s evolving a lot toward inclusiveness," she explained. "I want everyone to feel welcome in my clothes, whether a man wants to wear my clothes or a woman wants to wear my clothes. I want everyone to feel welcome, and I think my designs are becoming much more fluid in that respect."
On Friday, as each monochromatically dressed model finished her zig-zig walk through the space on West 8th Street, they slowly started to form a rainbow at the front of the room. It was the perfect physical representation of Smith's message, which was hand-painted in multi-colored writing on the wall at the room's entrance: Our individuality is our greatest strength, and beautiful things can happen when we all come together.
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