Michelle Lesniak, Portland native, won project runway a few seasons ago, and she may have made my favorite collection i've seen from a project runway contestant. a lot of times you'll like a person for who they are, not necessarily the clothes they are putting out there. it is a bit rare to like/love both the designer AND the work they create, as was the case with Michelle. i about died with happiness and excitement at what she put down the runway as her final collection, and thankfully, won the competition for it!
now Michelle is back home in Portland creating more amazing work. here is one of her collections that i absolutely love, called "little girl lost" .. these pictures capture the essence of who she is as a designer - a loner, a creative, a strong and resilient woman. i am always drawn to photos created not only in nature, but in the woods especially .. growing up with a forest in my backyard, i always feel a sense of home and strength from the woods ..
if you want to stay connected with what Michelle is up to lately, follow along on her blog here! all photography done by another Portland native, Kevin Focht ..
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