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Kai Milla Fashion Presentation
Museum of Art and Design
2 Columbus Circle
September 14, 2009

Written by Wendy R. Williams Photographed by Mary Blanco

Designer Kai Milla's website asks the viewer to "Live Passionately, Dress Divinely," a mission statement Ms. Milla has certainly fulfilled in her own life (Ms. Milla is married to Stevie Wonder who supplies the music for both her website and her life).

For Spring of 2010, Ms. Milla presented her line at the ultra modern Museum of Art and Design, a fitting setting for the line's aesthetic. The presentation was staged with groups of models entering the room and posing next to the mannequins, creating living tableaus of the dresses that are sexy and accessible and would flatter a variety of body sizes.

Ms. Milla's dresses are ruched and draped interpretations of the basic sheath. They were designed with fun elements like cut outs and one shoulder design. The line was colored from a neutral palette with the occasional dollop of red and yellow. They were interpreted in pretty silks in both solid colors and reptilian prints.

Milla has a loyal fan base, including Michelle Obama who wore an emerald green Milla dress for the White House ceremony when Ms. Milla's husband, Stevie Wonder, was presented the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.



Designer Kai Milla With Her Models








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