Milly Brings Colour and Pattern to Banana Republic’s Summer Collection

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“Colour can make you look youthful,” declares Michelle Smith, the designer behind the New York-based label Milly.

If that is true, then Milly is the sartorial fountain of youth, so exuberant is the brand with its juicy hues and bold patterns.

Now, that heady mix is brought to you at more affordable price points with a collaboration between the designer label and Banana Republic with a limited edition summer collection for women and men launching on May 30.

The more-than-60-piece collection features such summer favourites as maxi dresses, shorts and tunics, along with a variety of accessories like statement necklaces and pool-side totes, all featuring those Milly signatures of vibrant colours and vintage-inspired patterns.

But can anyone – regardless of age – wear these attention-getting pieces in colours like lime and coral?

“My mother is in her 60s and looks fabulous in colours,” says Smith, who paid a visit to Toronto this week for the international launch of the collection in Banana Republic stores worldwide.

Just temper it with base colours like white or black, such as throwing a white blazer over one of the colourful and graphic print sundresses.

“Once you get over the mental hurdle of saying, ‘Can I wear this?’ it’s really easy,” says Smith.


Pool Green Eden Rock Printed Dress, $160

Coffee Bean Print Skirt, $110

Pool Blue Lime Medallion Printed Roll Sleeve Top, $110

Lime Sleeveless Jacquard Dress, $175

Neon City Chino, $95

Navy White Elephant Print Short, $68

Navy White Feathers Printed Skirt, $110

Chili Red Banana Leaf Print Dress, $185

Bib Necklace, $85