Love 'Em & Leave 'Em: Leila Spilman by Christopher Swainston

Over the course of five days, five Milk Underground photographers worked with model Leila Spilman to shoot five exclusive editorial stories. Each photographer on our roster was chosen for their distinct look and style, and built their own teams of wardrobe stylists, hair and make-up artists and photo assistants.

Since 2011, Milk Made and Milk Gallery have been cultivating and growing a laundry list of some of the most talented underground photographers of our generation. They’ve been hand selected by the team at Milk, as well as a changing panel of outside curators and judges. The list of Milk Underground photographers has grown so vast that it reaches out of the US and into countries such as France and Brazil. For this reason alone, we wanted to display not one but five different photographers to give just a taste of the talent found in our ranks.

Day 2: Christopher Swainston

On the second day of shooting we asked Leila to ditch the bright studio lights and the high fashion heels and head for the mountains in a vintage Corvette for her shoot with Milk Underground photographer Christopher Swainston. This bad-ass breakaway from the regular fashion editorial is exactly why we like working with Swainston. For the past four seasons, Chris has been a key member of our team documenting MADE Fashion Week and each season his photos seem to evolve to show off more details of the intense week that most people don’t take the time to notice. This same attention to the subtleties allowed Swainston to show off Leila in a more candid light, as he focused on the in-between moments while they were on set.

Photographer: Christopher Swainston
Stylist: Aban Sonia
Creative Director: Kalvin Lazarte
Make-Up Artist: Gabrielle Pascua
Hair Stylist: Jojo Torres
Photo Assistants: Justin Smith & Taryn Anderson

Check back each day to see the rest of the Milk Underground photo series featuring Leila Spilman.

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