The Winter 2011 collection is inspired by one of my favorite British models from the 1960’s, Jean Shrimpton. Jean was a classic beauty who brought a sense of elegance, poise, and femininity to the photos. That is something I focused on bringing to my collection. I enjoy designing clothes that have a simplicity about them, with some edge, but along with these qualities, I wanted to incorporate the feeling of femininity and elegance.
In this collection, fabrics consist of a beautiful double georgette silk, cashmere wool, brushed wool, matte rayon jersey, ultrasuede and a unique recycled salmon skin leather. Silhouettes are A-line, flared, straight, and fitted & flared. I included some 60’s color with an indigo blue, an orange/red and of course the classic and ever-present black.
The AMY MILBRANDT Summer 2011 Blouses Collection has simple silhouettes, clean and streamlined designs, classic and vivid colors, and quality fabrics – a sort of luxurious minimalism.
The inspiration for the Summer 2011 Blouses Collection was based on my interest and research on the French fashion designer and couturière, Jeanne Lanvin - particularly her work from the 1920′s and 30′s. Although Lanvin’s work at that time had intricate detailing and a very feminine, pretty approach – I looked at her inspirations and images and took a different direction, something more clean, minimal, and edgy. I really wanted my blouses to have a modern look and ease about them, but also feel luxurious and able to be dressed up or down and pair them with jeans or a skirt.
All of the blouses are made of 100% silk fabric and production is based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prices range from $89 to $138, with sizes in small, medium and large. Each piece is available for purchase in our online store.
Check out Elisabetta Canalis (aka George Clooney’s girlfriend) wearing the “Temple” Off-The-Shoulder Slinky LBD and “Column” Sleek LBD by AMY MILBRANDT in the two-part season finale of the hit TNT show “Leverage.” The finale episode will be airing on Dec. 19 at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET. Here are a couple of sneak peek pics of her in my dress from the Launch Collection…
The inspiration for my Winter 2010 Collection was based on the beautiful and talented Italian actress, Monica Vitti. I first discovered Vitti when watching one of her most popular movies of the 1960’s, “L’Avventura” by her lover (at that time) Michelangelo Antonioni. Her striking features and mysterious demeanor drew me in to explore some photography of Vitti from the sixties and her characters. I wanted to incorporate a sixties/Vitti vibe into the Winter collection while keeping it modern, simple and sexy. The color story relates back to my sixties inspiration and the fabric consists of a very luxurious silk jersey, Italian gold/textured lame silk, an Armani silk geo print, and an Italian red wool/lycra. The silhouette is classic with slim fitting skirts, tunic tops, pleated flare skirts, and an asymmetrical slim fitting dress. Each design is named after Vitti and the unique characters from her sixties films.
After several years of exploration, international travel and study, I’ve officially launched the AMY MILBRANDT fashion label!
My journey into fashion began as far back as high school, when I spent some time modeling which gave me some initial exposure to the fashion industry. After earning my Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and working for a few years, I enrolled in the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) in San Franciso to deepen my knowledge of the art of fashion and technical skills needed to create quality garments.
My current design inspiration flows from the 40′s and 50′s “Golden Age of Couture” in Paris… iconic actresses the likes of Bridget Bardot, Raquel Welch, and Sophia Loren… and 50’s and 60’s films such as “To Catch a Thief” and “Cleopatra.”
The AMY MILBRANDT Launch Collection is inspired by the Ancient Egyptians. Egypt has always been a place of intrigue to me – I’m fascinated by Egyptian artifacts, Ancient Egyptian mythology, fashion and architecture. There is a mystery about the Egyptians that makes me want to explore…..and so my first collection was influenced by this discovery and imagination. Thank you for your interest in AMY MILBRANDT!
AMY MILBRANDT participated in Discarded to Divine at the de Young Museum in San Francisco with her “Cross of Armor Dress,” reconstructed from vintage garments sourced from St. Vincent de Paul in San Francisco. Discarded to Divine features a collection of one-of-a-kind fashion creations and exquisite home décor created from discarded clothing and materials, benefitting the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s services to people battling poverty, homelessness and domestic violence.
The story from St. Vincent de Paul…
Since its origin in 2005, Discarded To Divine has helped rebuild men and women through both direct service and increased public awareness. With help from designers and visionary volunteers, Discarded To Divine has become more than a fundraiser–it is now a movement that embraces charity and sustainability to restore the lives of those around us. Volunteers and staff themselves changed by this transformation, touched by people grateful for the simple things we take for granted—a hot meal, clean clothes, a safe place to sleep. Discarded To Divine is about renewing the lives of both the less-fortunate and those helping them.
This year’s event supports our work with the poor and with the thousands of women and their children who suffer from domestic violence. Nearly one in four women in the United States will experience some form of domestic violence during their lives. The St. Vincent de Paul Society operates the largest continuum of domestic violence shelters and services in San Francisco, with more than half of all domestic violence beds in the City. We serve clients who other agencies can not help, including undocumented women who do not even know they are protected by federal law. These women strive only for self-sufficiency and safety. Help us help these women and children attain a room of their own, furnishing their renewed lives with your gifts.
Join us in continuing this movement into the next decade. The future of battered women and children, the homeless and the impoverished depends upon our commitment to supporting each other and embracing the vision of hope and renewal in us all.