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Hilary MacMillan revisits her Scottish roots with a pheasant print

In Hilary MacMillan’s second World MasterCard Fashion Week, she drew her inspiration from a visit to Scotland in an exploration of her ancestry.
MacMillan held back on sending plaid down the runway until later, choosing to open the show with a pheasant-printed white mini-skirt suit followed by a dress in the same print. Those were followed by sharply tailored pieces in a glen plaid, accentuated with peplums and a waist ruffle.
The dresses included a shift with an open back, clingy knits in black threaded through with silver, and blue metallic separates. Red ran through the collection, being one MacMillan’s favourite colours.
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MacMillan, who used to be a buyer for Elle Hardware, started her label in 2012 and says being on the other side has been interesting.
“I find it much more difficult. Selling is about putting yourself out there to future customers,” she said.
MacMillan does have an advantage with affordable pricing. She said she does small runs and some of her fabric is from overstock from other designers. “I’m able to get it at 50 to 70 per cent off, so that helps me.”
She said she’s not sure she can keep shopping for fabric in that manner. “I’m not sure I can keep up with the increasing number of product but it’s also about going directly to the mills and not going through a distributor. That helps keep the price down.”
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