When it comes to special occasions, there is no better go-to designer than Sherri Hill.
The Austin, Texas-based designer first made her mark in the fashion world when various Miss USA, Miss Universe and Miss America contestants won titles in her gowns. Now, she runs a business which has a network of over 1,000 stores in over 30 countries and is famous for dressing Hollywood's young rising style stars.
As she gears up to debut her new collection at New York Fashion Week, we caught up with the designer to chat about her career, her personal style and which young celeb she can't wait to style next.
Go Inside The Atelier with Sherri Hill below!
#1. How did you get started in the fashion industry?
I grew up in my parents retails store and then eventually transitioned into the other side of the business
#2. Describe the Sherri Hill girl.
She fun, likes to wear pretty clothes and has a carefree spirit.
#3. You have jump-started the careers of many A-List models. Kendall and Kylie Jenner and Hailey Baldwin both made their NYFW debuts walking in your shows. You clearly have an eye for rising talent. What was it about them that got your attention?
Of course, they are stunningly beautiful but a lot of it is about their personality. That's what gives them the special "it factor."
#4. You a southern girl. How has that influenced your design aesthetic?
While we do make black dresses, we use a lot of color. We have a strong affinity for fun colors.
#5. You have dressed a number of big name celebs, particularly the young stars of Hollywood including Ariana Grande, Bella Thorne, Ryan Newman, and most recently Olympic gymnasts Simone Bile and Aly Raisman. Who would you love to see in one of your designs next?
You know who I think is really up and coming is Reese Witherspoon's daughter Ava Phillippe. She is adorable.
#6. The majority of your designs are special occasion wear. What special occasions do you look forward to every year?
Anything around the holidays.
#7. What are some things in your closet you can't live without?
Flat shoes and being from Texas, of course, jeans. Very casual.
#8. What can we expect to see on the runway from your new collection?
We have done some special prints. I was inspired by some of the Tuscany prints and China prints. And of course lots of glitz.
#9. What's the craziest thing that's ever happened backstage at one of your fashion shows?
Thankfully, by the time a problem gets to me it's usually already solved but I remember one year, all the waters we had for the models backstage went missing and we realized the crew used them to fill the steamers.
#10. Where do you see your brand in five years?
We want to branch out a little bit and do some licensing. Our girls are growing up so we want to maintain this market but want to grow up with them. Many of of our girls are in college now and we want to continue on with them. Everything is just based on happiness.
Be sure to check out the Livestream of Sherri Hill's fashion show, Monday Sept. 12 at 5:30 pm. EST HERE