Milly by Michelle Smith was the second largest collection I photographed on the runway during New York Fashion Week 2010.
What I didn’t realize at the time of photographing this collection was the inspiring story behind this designer, the pursuit of her dreams and her journey to being the success she is today.
Michelle worked at a Hermès boutique in Manhattan while she studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology and after graduating, sought after and secured an internship at the Hermès headquarters in Paris. During her time in paris, Michelle secured 3 more internships at major iconic brands while furthering her studies at the ESMOD design school.
Here is a selection of my captures from her S/S 2011 collection revealed at the Lincoln Center during the 2010 fashion Week.