Fashion Week Diaries: Behind the scenes of Fashion Week with Milly's Michelle Smith

Things are only heating up at New York Fashion Week, where day two has seen the likes of designers Tory Burch and Kate Spade all before noon. One designer we're still anxiously awaiting to see the second day? Michelle Smith, the designer and founder behind Milly, who will showcase her new collection on Friday afternoon in a highly-anticipated show. 

From the research to the sketches, Smith is giving us some insight as to how she brings her collection to life in today's episode of Fashion Week Diaries

Watch the video above to see New York Fashion Week through the eyes of the renowned designer! 

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NYFW S/S 2019 designer inspiration
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NYFW S/S 2019 designer inspiration


"For Spring 2019, Shoshanna was inspired by the beauty and ease of the South of France. In ready-to-wear she paired cotton eyelets with soft florals and laces, mirroring the effortlessness of this region. Shoshanna Midnight offered structured solid crepes while also incorporating bold prints, colorful jacquards, and embroidery mesh. The collection portrays a youthful spirit on modern silhouettes."


"one flower one world "


"Inspired by American architecture in the 1960’s, our Spring/Summer 2019 collection, entitled Geomagnetic, merges graphic shapes with fluid movement.  We're continually exploring color, surface, and shape, and aim to strike a balance between clean and feminine while keeping things a little bit playful. SS19 emphasizes this through interesting materials, geometric shapes, and warm neutrals with pops of primary color.”  - Nicole Heim (Co-Founder & Creative Director) & Chelsea Healy (Co-Founder & Design Director)

Tadashi Shoji

“The future is bright and star-filled."

Ji Won Choi x LIFEWTR

"I've always been very passionate about different cultures, but I've ignored one main part of my own cultural identity for the majority of my life. Having lived in 4 different countries and seeing the beauty in other cultures really helped me embrace my own. This collection was born from a recent realization that I don't have to choose one single culture to identify with and that I can be both Korean and American and whatever else I am inspired by."

Trina Turk

"The Tourist"

Julianna Bass

“Transparency – seeing the reality and moving towards the good.”

KavenLiu DIMOR

"KavenLiu DIMOR's design philosophy combines comfort with style for the modern woman in pursuit of quality of life.


"SS19 had me feeling nostalgic for my summers spent at my family's ranch just outside of Sun Valley, Idaho. Gingham and floral prints in tobacco, linen white, and porcelain blues came together in soft but structured silhouettes, reminding me of easy summer days in the country.” -Meredith Stoecklein (Founder & Designer)


"Why follow trends when you can set them? Why look like everyone else when you can stand apart? At CoFi, we believe style is a reflection of individuality. Our distinctive printed leather accessories and footwear are designed to let you be you because blending in isn't nearly as fun as making a statement."

Yuna Yang

"Free yourself, you're the only one knows what will make you happy."

Jamall Osterholm x LIFEWTR

“This ss19 collection, like most of my work, uses historical reference subverting Elizabethan silhouettes with unconventional contemporary materials.”

Claudia Li 

“Woodley Avenue”

Romona Keveza

“Oscars, SAGS, Golden Globes, Emmys…This collection is inspired by all the amazing women I have dressed over the last 10 years on the red carpet”


"This season, the collection advocates respect for nature, respecting the return of the heart, longing for the casual but refined life quality. The clothing consists of classical pattern, pictographic characters "牖 (you)" quilting process, waterproof, windproof functional fabrics and rocking elements such as ropes, belts, buckles, etc. Black, white and gray are used as the basic color, embellished with bright yellow, rose, magenta and silver, embodying the aesthetic movement through traditional and modern collision."


"The twirling of peacock feathers, teasingly around the bird of paradise, gives one a sense and feel of Unearthed Ecstasy."


"Raw material"

Daniel Cloke x LIFEWTR

“This collection is an exploration of technique, material, and detail."


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