Hamptons Design: Milly, Ralph Lauren and Downton

Milly fashion designer Michelle Smith has been tapped to create a “Hamptons-chic” line for Banana Republic. The “aspirational” 60-piece collection will include styles for men and women, with prices ranging from $24.50 to $175. The beach-ready wear, which marks Milly‘s first foray into menswear, will debut this spring.

East Hampton’s Ralph Lauren has jumped on the Downton Abbey bandwagon. His Fall 2012 Collection Show opened with the PBS hit’s theme music, and a second runway show and photo shoot were held at Highclere Castle in England, where the show is filmed. Lauren is sponsoring the third season of Masterpiece Classic‘s Downton Abbey, which premiered on PBS on Sunday, January 6. New episodes of the popular show air Sundays at 9 p.m. through February 17.

Preview sketches of Michelle Smith's Hamptons-chic line for Banana Republic

Preview sketches of Michelle Smith’s Hamptons-chic line for Banana Republic. Photo, Banana Republic

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