NY Fashion Week Spring 2017 Houston
Milly's Cool Collection

Milly designer Michelle Smith is tied up in knots over sexy collection with "cool girl" vibe

Milly designer is tied up in knots over sexy collection for cool girls

Milly spring collection 2017 Look 2
Milly emerald green cotton poplin blouson camisole, white cotton poplin pleated camisole with arm ties, and white cotton poplin asymmetrical ruffle midi skirt. Photo courtesy of Milly
Milly spring collection 2017 Look 26
Milly orange and petal pink stretch silk layered laced-back gown. Photo courtesy of Milly
Milly spring 2017 collection back view
An apron dress with a laced-up back in the Milly spring 2017 collection looks demure from the front and much sexier from behind. Photo by Clifford Pugh
Milly spring collection 2017 Look 23
Milly nautical abstract print laced-back halter gown. Photo courtesy of Milly
Milly spring collection 2017 Look 37
Milly emerald green and cobalt stretch silk multicolored ties gown. Photo courtesy of Milly
Milly spring collection 2017 Look 20
Milly white cotton poplin blouson camisole, white cotton poplin pleat camisole with arm ties, navy bleached ombre stripe paper bag pant. Photo courtesy of Milly
Milly designer Michelle Smith
Milly deisgner Michelle Smith takes a runway bow with her children. Photo courtesy of Milly
Milly spring collection 2017 Look 14
Milly black palm print laced-back halter top and black palm print slit midi skirt. Photo courtesy of Milly
Milly spring collection 2017 Look 2
Milly spring collection 2017 Look 26
Milly spring 2017 collection back view
Milly spring collection 2017 Look 23
Milly spring collection 2017 Look 37
Milly spring collection 2017 Look 20
Milly designer Michelle Smith
Milly spring collection 2017 Look 14

Milly designer Michelle Smith is all tied up in knots — and it's in a good way. For her spring/summer 2017 collection, which she dubbed "Love Knot" when it was unveiled at New York Fashion Week, Smith sexes up comfortable fabrics like cotton poplin and stretch silk with laced-back tops and criss-cross straps along the arms that move seductively as the model walks.

"What could I create out of these trustworthy fabrics that would make me feel vibrant and sensual...excited and alive?" she asks in her program notes. "That was the starting point....exploring the space between purity and sensuality and where the two become entangled."

The cool collection features blouson camisoles with arm ties paired with side-tie skirts, strapless tops with bow-tie sleeves, knit fringe dresses and bow-tied bustiers. Shapes are close to the body or hang loose in a fun way — satin "paperbag" mini skirts and baggy slacks that fall below the hip offer a fresh silhouette. Colors are bright —emerald green is a recurring shade — and a black-and-white palm print and abstract nautical pattern pack a punch.

Several of the looks are quite demure from the front, but are a lot sexier from behind with laced-up backs that reveal the often-overlooked body part.

Everything looks cool and effortless — the models wore barely a trace of makeup and their hair was loosely knotted on top, which simply added to the "cool girl" vibe.