Hellessy – Pre Spring/Summer 2016 Ready-To-Wear
Hellessy designer Sylvie Millstein likes to cut through the b.s. For instance, her Resort collection was inspired by the glamour of the French Riviera, “but in the off-season,” she said at her Soho apartment. “I want to relax. I’m not thinking about Brigitte Bardot on the beach.”
Millstein is making understated clothes that she wants to wear: ”super-luxe” track pants, a poncho cut from Japanese hand-knit silk bouclé yarn, elongated cargo trousers, a cocoon cardigan cinched at the back. For day-to-night, there was a paprika-colored satin suit with a tassel closure, and a clever little mock wrap dress (because actual wrap dresses are never as flattering as they’re meant to be). However, it was hard to imagine pulling any of these refined-but-standard pieces out of an anonymous lineup and calling them Hellessy. Millstein has a clear point of view, but she might need a few more seasons to establish her signature.