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Milly by Michelle Smith Fall 2013 Runway Review

There are designers for whom fashion is about fantasy, and we "real girls" love them for it. But we also need something to wear. The Milly Fall 2013 collection was full of wearable, cool pieces that would actually fit into your wardrobe. Nothing groundbreaking, but certainly a modern take on girlish dressing. The uniform was a chic skirt somewhere between a pencil skirt and a mini in shiny croc-embossed hologram leather with an oversize sweatshirt, the body of which was rendered in the same hologram leather. 

The voluminous top with rounded shoulders is obviously the new shape of the season, though Milly kept lines a little cleaner by not dropping the shoulder. It's actually kind of hard to think of someone who didn't show a sweatshirt this season. Lots of leather sleeves and accents. All the neon in combination with all the shine was a little much. There needed to be some flat black for contrast. But super wearable sweaters and coats helped balance that out. There was really a skirt for everyone in this collection as well, from short flouncy pleats to more sophisticated mid-calf metallics.

It's refreshing when everything gets a little too high art to view a collection you'd like to shop.

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