Milo Maria, a brand now in its third season, showed the latest collection in the river room at King’s College. We expected a lot – but as soon as we walked in we were more than impressed.
As Grace Jones blasted through the speakers, we entered an early 80’s office inhabited by the most stylish of workers. Desks, computers, phones, potted plants and a photocopier made up the set, which was both immersive and fun.
Milo Maria was inspired by fetish wear via Victorian costume, and the collection had a strong femme fatale feel. The collection is also Maria’s first to feature knitwear, which was contrasted with high collars of vinyl. Sweeping trousers in rich velvet also contrasted the thick wool jumper, as did the strappy sandals with thick wool socks.
We loved the colour palette of soft pink, warm grey, burgundy and cream. It was one that worked well mixed on long sweeping silhouettes, high collars and statement sleeves.
The collection was not only covetable but it looked comfortable, too – something that many collections lack. Maria knows that modern women need options, and with the collection made of separates, any of the pieces would fit straight into our wardrobes.
What was so refreshing about this collection was not only was it all completely wearable, but the models were having so much fun. The props and set created an atmosphere, but the models really made it an event. As we watched the models, we wanted to be a Milo Maria girl so badly – fanning ourselves with money, fielding calls and typing the odd report. Office work has never looked more appealing.
Photos: Simon Armstrong