Designer Kai Milla, former wife of Stevie Wonder, was inspired by Mod movement of the 1960s for Fall/Winter 2016-17 collection shown at New York Fashion Week. Strong clean lines and soft colors like stardust, cream, Alice blue, and plum underscored the structured A-line color-blocked skirts, monochromatic sheath dresses, sophisticated high-waisted trousers, draped and pleated cocktail dresses, undulating blouses, and delicate billowy gowns.
With A-List devotees such as Rihanna, Olivia Wilde, Michelle Obama, Halle Berry, Oprah Winfrey, Eva Mendes, Serena Williams and Salma Hayek, Milla says, “Life is in constant flux and I want my line to be just as transformative. By stripping away the superfluous distractions that already crowd our lives, I tried to capture a neoteric clarity in design.” Her signature design aesthetic of “sculptural fluidity” was inspired by such diverse personalities as
Richard Avedon, Claire McCardell, and Paul Poiret. Debuting her first eponymous collection in 2005, Milla was irrevocably drawn to fashion after attending a showing of Dior Couture in Paris. It was designer clothes at designer prices. Milla introduced her Clear by Kai Milla collection in 2015 at a more affordable price point for the everyday woman.“My new collection is not assigned to a season or a geography. Just like women in 2016, it is not bound. There are hints of retro combined with girl-meets-new-world aesthetic.” Accessorized with faaabulous shoes, puppies, and dramatic sunglasses from Sama Eyewear, Milla adds that, “These pieces were designed to bring out a woman’s sense of self even as they become an essential part of who she is.”
Notable attendees included stylist June Ambrose, Catherine Smith, Designer Emily Men, Heidi Wynne, Harper's Bazaar Editor Ann Caruso, Makeup Artist John Stapleton, Taye Hansberry, Lisa Linh, Pau Dictado, and Vintage guru Cameron Silver.