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 7s 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...

Snap up Mil­lie’s lat­est de­signs at Mil­lie-mack­in­tosh.com now

Dress, £110 Blazer, £135 Trousers, £95 Dress, £350

Dress, £160 Jumper, £85 Dress, £165

Dress, £275

Skirt, £95

Top, £65

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