The fashion crowd admittedly gets the occasional bad rap, but IRL, the industry's genuine cool kids aren't pushing anyone into lockers or making them do their homework. Bona fide cool kids are all about going out of their way to connect with good people so they can get together and geek out over sparkly skirts or Stranger Things, or whatever else their hearts align on. Shout out to our friends at Milly and Man Repeller, who hosted a Make New Friends dinner in a legit floral wonderland, aka Milly's super-cool SoHo store at 158 Mercer, to celebrate the designer's fall collection.
The evening rounded up a bunch of fantastic women, surrounding them with gorgeous clothes and plying them with flowers, food, and wine in the spirit of overcoming the increasingly-difficult-as-you-get-older task of hanging out with new people. (As Man Repeller's Harling Ross puts it, "In the 'adult world,' you don't have many opportunities to walk up to someone at the playground and ask if they want to push your swing.") Attendees showed up in super-mediocre outfits barely worth mentioning—KIDDING! Predictably, all our new style crushes arrived in covetable looks with loads of Milly's fall collection in the mix, and we had to share all the delicious sartorial goodness with you immediately.
Catch a glimpse of the Milly x Man Repeller Make New Friends dinner party below, and shop all our favorite Milly statement pieces worn on the night.
How's this for a chic mix of amazing women? Here, you've got Olimpia Valli Fassi Soheve (photographer and Tom Is Not a Boy founder), Unity Phelan (New York City Ballet soloist), Michelle Smith (Milly's creative director and founder) in a '90s-revival long-sleeve crop top, and Elliott Sailors (Milly campaign model and equal rights activist). "Is Elliott wearing sequined track pants?" you ask? Oh, absolutely.
Brie Welch (eternally chic stylist), Krissy Jones (co-founder of Sky Ting Yoga), and Danielle Prescod (senior style editor at BET) have us appreciating low-key Americana cool.
No need for small talk when you're sitting in the middle of the magical, über-floral conversation-starting dinner party of your dreams.
A DIY bouquet bar meant daydreams of running away and becoming florists were fulfilled, if only for the evening.
Jasmin Aujla from the MR team knows that sparkles and knits are a foolproof combo. Snap up that statement-making skirt right here.
Tatiana Hambro (Moda Operandi's fashion writer) dressed to let her DIY bouquet "pop." (ICYMI, that's meant to be a joke about fashion-writer speak.) If you need me, I'm just over here making a mental note to invest in an all-white Canadian tuxedo ASAP.
Introducing two of our favorite fall trends by way of table setting: glittery metallics and florals. PS: These are a match made in F/W 17 heaven.
Katie Sturino (founder and blogger over at The 12ish Style) taking a classic Man Repeller styling cue, proving bold bags, colorful stripes, furry embellishments, and animal prints all work gloriously in close proximity.
Equally coveting Unity Phelan's DIY bouquet and her lace bustier (get a better look at it here).
Statement-making acrylic clutches were the standout piece in this sea of must-have accessories (and they got bonus points for being super glittery).
Shop Our Top F/W 17 Picks from Milly
BRB, we're checking out all of Michelle Smith's must-have Milly pieces—she's done us a favor and helpfully curated her fall favorites here.