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Michelle Smith seems to get more and more minimalist each season. It’s a good look for Milly, as Smith pares down her silhouettes and her palette, saving her greatest extravagances for fabrication. Spring’s offering had lots of graphic appeal, and for Pre-Fall the designer continued down that path. Black, cobalt, and white popped in cropped slouch trousers and jumpsuits that were nice, if not revelatory. The sporty fabrics that have become mainstays of the Milly vocab over the past few seasons came out to play, too, as in an unusual windowpane mesh that was draped and folded to expose its contrasting underside. It was trendy, but not cloyingly so. Smith’s most laudable feat here was really her outerwear: A classic ’60s-inspired coat came in a vibrant deconstructed tweed, and trench-inspired vests will make great layering pieces. Even better, though, was a glossy black raffia topper. It was just the thing to jazz up Smith’s simple staples—luxe and a little bit weird in all the right ways.

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