WHAT MIMIE DID NEXT
The designer reveals who and what inspires her and tells us where she plans to go from here
It’s only been a few years since Millie Mackintosh made her name as the ‘Quality Street heiress’ on MIC. In that time, she’s launched a fashion range, published her bestselling lifestyle book Made, and amassed 1.2 million Instagram followers. Yep, she’s basically Superwoman. Now the fourth A/W collection for her namesake label is here, and we’re impressed. It’s clear Millie has come into her own as a designer, and we’re reaping the beautiful outfit benefits. Career aside, Mills is one of us – a good egg with a penchant for clothes and chinwags – so a catchup seemed fitting to celebrate...
Congrats on your latest collection, Millie! Your brand has come so far – what are you most proud of? When you start out, everything feels like an achievement. We’ve recently started to release four collections a year, which has been really well received by everyone. If I had to pinpoint, though, being stocked by international retailers was a real‘ pinch myself’ moment for me. It’s surreal. How does it feel to see real girls in your designs? Honestly, it’s the best feeling – everyone has their own take on style. I love to see how pieces connect with my customers and their individual vision when they wear them. Who influences your own outfit choices the most? Influence for me comes from a lot of different people. On any given day, I could be channeling four different people I know or have seen on social media, but the most important thing is to be true to whoyou are and what youlike. It’s occasion season – what’s your go-to outfit? For weddings I love wearing a maxi dress. My favourite from my new line is the Tytherley Maxi Dress (right). I’ve been waiting months to wear it. Are there any summer style rules you swear by? Invest in excellent accessories. I love a straw boater hat and espadrille wedges; I bought a nude pair from Castana last month. They’re so comfortable and elongate my legs, which is a huge bonus. Which stars would you like to see rocking your designs? That’s so hard – there are too many fabulous ladies!
Brigitte Bardot back in the 7s would’ve been my dream. But I do also have massive girl crushes on stylist Martha Ward and actresses Laura Jackson and Annabelle Wallis. You’ve focused on prints with this collection – where did your inspiration come from? This was the first collection where I had my own print designer, so it was a chance to really make a mark with the various motifs. They were inspired by my childhood growing up in Wiltshire – if you look closely you can see the Wiltshire chalk horse, tiny toadstools and baby hares. How big do you want your fashion empire to get? I want the business to grow at a sustainable rate. Right now, I’m really focused on refining my core collection of dresses, separates and tailoring before I start expanding into other areas. Will we see you branch out into swimwear or accessories? It’s something I’d love to venture into at some stage. Designing swimwear is an art form in itself and actually takes a really long time to develop and get right. You’re a bona fide gym bunny – any chance you’ll do a fitness range? You’ll have to wait and see… So, you’ve been invited to a last minute party and have 10 mins to get ready – what do you wear? A minidress, ankle boots and a leather jacket. Every time! Whose style do you stalk on Instagram? I love @margoandme and @happilygrey. Any brands you’ve found on Instagram we should know about? @Otiumberg does beautiful, really simple gold jewellery. It’s dreamy. Whose footsteps would you like to follow in? Jessica Alba and Elle Macpherson – two savvy women who’ve created authentic businesses and brands. Will we see you doing catwalks like Victoria Beckham? Not anytime soon, but who knows what the future holds...
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Dress, £110 Blazer, £135 Trousers, £95 Dress, £350
Dress, £160 Jumper, £85 Dress, £165