A Day in the Life of a First Time New York Fashion Week Designer

  • Hillary Taymour Collina Strada New York Fashion Week 2014

    [Photo Credit: Jonathan Hökklo]

  • Hillary Taymour Collina Strada New York Fashion Week 2014

    [Photo Credit: Jonathan Hökklo]

  • Hillary Taymour Collina Strada New York Fashion Week 2014

    [Photo Credit: Jonathan Hökklo]

  • Hillary Taymour Collina Strada New York Fashion Week 2014

    [Photo Credit: Jonathan Hökklo]

  • Hillary Taymour Collina Strada New York Fashion Week 2014

    [Photo Credit: Jonathan Hökklo]

  • Hillary Taymour Collina Strada New York Fashion Week 2014

    [Photo Credit: Jonathan Hökklo]

  • Hillary Taymour Collina Strada New York Fashion Week 2014

    [Photo Credit: Jonathan Hökklo]

  • Hillary Taymour Collina Strada New York Fashion Week 2014

    [Photo Credit: Jonathan Hökklo]

Hillary Taymour, the rising star behind Collina Strada, wants to make clothes that everyone can wear. After launching as a leather handbags line in 2008, the FIDM grad hit this year’s New York Fashion Week Spring 2015 with Collina Strada’s first full ready-to-wear show, and is being called “the next big thing.”

“I don’t need to make a statement, I just want to make things that are tangible and that people want to wear and that they can wear with any other thing in their closet. I want it to be like, ‘here’s a fashion piece, but it’s one you can wear with your t-shirt’. I feel like that’s how people dress right now,” Taymour told Milk Studios of her transition from accessories. Her Spring 2015 line is heavily inspired by nature, and each look is named after a national park. With a mixture of leather and prints, there’s just the right of femininity and edge to make the entire collection essential to your spring wardrobe. Check out a few selections, below.

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Taymour filled us in on the essentials of her big day, both pre and post-show, while photographer Jonathan Hökklo was on hand to document any and all behind the scenes moments. Check out what goes on in the hours leading up to a big fashion show, and what kind of help Taymour’s dog Pow Wow was during the day.

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[Photo Credit: Jonathan Hökklo]