Michelle Harper is more than just a fashionista. Behind her aberrant style lies a businesswoman, philanthropist, and family girl, which is revealed in an exclusive interview for Schön! 18. Revered by fashion enthusiasts, paparazzi and bloggers alike for her avant-garde style, Harper brings a highly individualized elegance to the streets of New York. She has even been put on the front rows of international catwalks for being something of a New York fashion icon. She describes picking out an article of clothing like an art. “I start by looking at how the piece is constructed and the concepts behind it, and that is the first part of the love affair with the object,” she says. Harper grew up inspired by her grandmother’s fervor for reaching outside the norms of life and bringing new flavors (literally and figuratively) to the community. Today Harper carries out this passion through the charity ‘Casita Maria,’ which mentors children from poor Latin American families in Harlem and the Bronx. Enjoy the inner and outer beauty of Michelle Harper as stylist Guillaume Boulez dresses her up in designs by Maison Martin Margiela, Christian Louboutin, Marchesa and hats by Heidi Lee.
Photographer/ Marcelo Krasilcic
Styling/ Guillaume Boulez
Hair/ Tetsuya Yamakata @ Defacto
Make Up/ Valery Gherman @ Defacto
Model/ Michelle Violy Harper @ Elite Models
Photographer’s Assistant/ Jeremy Dyer
Styling Assistant/ Francesca Cerullo