Monday, October 1

Profile: Michelle Smith

I have long been a fan of Michelle Smith, the designer behind the successful clothing line Milly. I was thrilled to see her gorgeous apartment on the cover of the October 2007 issue of ELLE Decor. I’ve yet to get my own copy, but the photos I have seen online are fantastic! I especially love Osborne and Little's Asuka wallpaper in the dining room pictured above. Michelle’s fun and feminine approach to fashion comes across just as beautifully in her home. What a great combination!

How would you describe your own personal style
My style comes from my personal experiences living and working here in New York and in Paris. I guess you could call it “New York-meets-Paris chic with a youthful edge”. I like to dress in a feminine, smart and sexy way.

Who are your style icons?
Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, Ali Mcgraw, Romy Schneider

What or who inspires your designs
Thinking of what I want to wear the coming season inspires me. I then design a wardrobe for myself. It’s lots of fun!

What are the must haves for this fall?
Dresses are a must have. I like them above the knee. Straight shifts with sleeves in structured jacquards, sleeveless dresses that can go from work to cocktails, Wool jersey dresses with black patent belts, and don’t forget a ¾ sleeve coat to top your fabulous dresses. In terms of color, I’m loving black accented by gold or hot pink.

What are the greatest challenges being both an entrepreneur and a mother
Budgeting my time is sometimes difficult, but it is manageable. I used to work very late hours in the office before Sophia was born. Now I bring my work home and finish it after Sophia has fallen asleep…I can’t miss her bathtime! I have a pretty busy travel schedule, but I always bring her with me. I hate to be away from her. She is now a seasoned world traveler at 8 ½ months old!

Your home on the October cover of ELLE Decor is stunning.
Thank you! It was surreal to be in the JFK magazine shop and see my apartment on the cover.

Do you see yourself moving into home fashions?
Eventually. I think my prints and jacquards would lend themselves well to home furnishings. I enjoyed designing my apartment.

What is the one thing in life you can’t live without
My family! My family always comes first.

Profile by Ronda Carman


Brilliant Asylum said...

She is too cute--and so is her home! I would love for her to move toward home furnishings, The fabric patterns alone are sure to be fantastic, if anything like the clothes she designs! I wore a "Milly" top to dinner this weekend and received rave reviews. Great profile on a much admired woman!
: )

Laura said...

I love everything she does, and I know I would love her fabrics in my home as well.

franki durbin said...

I just adore the Milly line, so it's nice to learn about the genius behind the scenes. She's as lovely as her designs!

I'm also delighted to be living in 'the moment of the dress' as we are now. And it's nice when someone like Michelle, with Paris meets NY fashion sensibilities can deliver such good options for us.

As usual, amazing interview!

ALL THE BEST said...

Isn't she cute Brilliant Asylum! I would love for her to move toward home furnishings too!

ALL THE BEST said...

I love her work too Laura!

Thank you Franki!!

Anonymous said...

what's not to like! great interview!

Style Saves the World said...

Home furnishings, please! Please, please, please! I'm crossing my fingers...

katiedid said...

She is as chic as her home! Loved the Elle Decor article, and love the interview. Thanks Ronda!

Suzy said...

Great profile. I loved her apartment, its gorgeous, and so is she. Unfortunately the line is not available in Hong alas, I must wait for my next trip to the states...

ALL THE BEST said...

Thanks for all the comments. I am really glad this post was so well received! It sounds like we all would love for Michelle to move into the home furnishings arena!

Anonymous said...

I love these prints soooo neat and your design aesthetic is amazing! very innovative and original. there is this great contest on that allows graphic designers, film makers, and photographers and bloggers to show their work and win money. Check it out if you are a creative type

Mackenna said...

i loved the feature on her place in elle decor, just stunning but totally unpretentious and fun

ALL THE BEST said...

Thanks anonymous!

I love the photos of her home too Mackenna, thanks for visiting my blog

Anonymous said...

I love all the photos....specially the decoration of the room...

Anonymous said...

To the person in Hong Kong.....try buying some NWT Milly on e-bay, many sellers ship to Hong Kong and the selection is fabulous!