By Laura Medina
Milly by Michelle Smith Fall 2011 Collection swoon under Seventies Parisian Disco Fever.
It was rich in velvet and felt in hot hues, such as golden rod yellow and feverish red.
Pouty lipstick prints made ladylike shirtdresses smoldering.
But, you do not have to wait until Fall to wear Milly.
Milly must be on an empowering movement when it became "Gossip Girl" Blair Waldroff's prefered power ensemble-with mismatching shoes.
Regardless, Ms. Waldroff power-suited herself in the Daisy Tee in Ecru with the concentric circles and the Colette Sheath Dress in powerfully polished but fashion-forward shimmering Winter White. She pretty much banished the Baby Booomer rayon shoulder pad power suit.
You can still get lighthearted and fun with Milly for Spring...and it's portable and accessibe for under $100, her "Pretty in Print" limited edition for Clinique.
The pink and brown eyeshadow palette and warm pink blush in a cute, embossed compact is clutch-sized friendly.
The universal skin tone friendly compact, the go-with-any skin tone watermelon pink blush, the lipgloss in Milly Pink and the High Impact Mascara in Black are the pops of color essentials in a cheery, breezy Milly Print Pouch.
The pouch print is from her signature print collection. She found inspiration from a vintage Sixities couture print then reworked it in her signature Milly print.
Both Ms. Smith and Clinique's makeup artist, Kayleen McAdams, agree women want a pop of color in welcoming Spring. Something light and bright.
Ms. McAdams suggests sweeping the ivory eyeshadow from brow bone to lash, all over the eyelids. Brush the whole eyelids with the pink eyeshadow then add depth with the shimmering brown eyeshadow in the creases and the outer corners. Use the rich, matte brown shadow to rim both the upper and lower eyelids.
Ms. McAdams' favorite piece from the palette is the Precious Posy pink blush, a warm pink that heats up winter-weary cheekbones. All you have to do is smile and swoop it on the apple cheeks.
To finish a wholesome, warmed-up look, slick on the mauvey but light Milly Pink for a sweet smile.
It's going to be year-around of Milly by Michelle Smith.