For those of you out there who love athleasure, and look for opportunities to live life in the most comfortable fabrics out there I recommend checking out Anje. Earlier this year Angela Brasington, the line's designer, and I connected and teamed up for a shoot showcasing some of the pieces from her newest Modal collection. So one, chilly morning in early February we met up with the stunning Kate Michael in SOHO for a quick shoot. Here are some of my favorite images from the project.Read More
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Photography: Adrianna Favero
Wardrobe Stylist: Alex Vinash
Makeup Artist/Hair Stylist: Jon Lieckfelt
Hair and Makeup Assistant: Nikki Fontaine
Living in this city, and working in this industry, ideas for stories are all around me. Many come and go, but some stick with me, and this one did for over a year. Some stories get picked up immediately, but many (due to style, timing, or production issues) get shelved. That was certainly the case for "Melt Away With Me," my recent editorial for The Dapifer Online, which is part of the reason I'm so excited to share the story of the shoot and the full edit with you here (full edit coming soon). I love that something that has lived for so long in my mind eventually has a home in the world.
As I said I am often inspired by the world around me, and working in this city and this industry there is a definite disconnect with the fantasies that we create in fashion and the lives that we live working in fashion, especially at the beginning, before someone becomes that overnight success ten years in the making. I wanted to tell the story of a girl who was fabulous and stylish, but didn't have the money yet to live the high life. So instead of Bali or Ibiza she made her rooftop a staycation worthy destination.
At first I had no intention of working on this story this summer, it was one of the many editorial pitches that I'd try to pitch last summer and it just didn't resonate with editors and the timing was wrong. But then I met Alex. Alex Vinash is a fashion designer and stylist from Argentina currently living and working in NYC. We'd connected over LinkedIn last fall, but never quite managed to connect, until he invited me to attend his fashion show at the beginning of the summer. Our brief post-show chat turned into a coffee meeting in his studio, and there surrounded by his collections and twinkle lights we went ten rounds of editorial ideas back and forth. I remember leaving the meeting overwhelmed with creative inspiration and excited for all the things we could create together.
This was the first story that found a home at a magazine and after a flurry of emails with Alex we had a location and a team, and coincidentally a stunning day for the shoot. Alex reached out to Jon Lieckfelt to act as our key hair and makeup artist. Alex had been following Jon's work for quite some time and when I asked about his recommendations for artists to round out our team, Jon was the first and only call. Jon is a celebrity makeup artist and hair stylist with 25 years of experience in movies, TV, and editorial and commercial print work. His approach to beauty is meticulous and the results seem effortless. It was incredible watching him work and his interpretations of the overall creative direction. Nikki Fontaine joined our team as Jon's assistant, and they are an impressive team. Nikki is a talented hair and makeup artist in her own right (as you'll see in some upcoming posts)
The last piece of the puzzle was finding the right model. And we found our muse in the form of Allie Silva, a Norwegian and African American model from Atlanta represented by New York Models. I had seen her portfolio several times and was always fascinated by her look, but never had quite the right project for her, until this summer. She was fantastic to work with, a trooper who was both flexible and patient and invested in working with us to get the right feel for the tory. Here is a look behind the scenes at this wonderful shoot in the sun.
Every issue the editors at Downtown Magazine choose one of the city's thousands of talented denizens to highlight and share with its readers. For this fall's issue the editors decided to dedicate a couple of pages to introduce you to Grace Weber, an impressive young singer and songwriter from Wisconsin who has for the past several years called Brooklyn her home. Catherine and I met with Grace and her publicist from Shore Fire Media, at her Williamsburg apartment which she shares with her two inquisitive cats for a brief interview and portrait session.
If you feel like you might have been hearing that name a lot recently you'd be right. Earlier this fall she was featured on Refinery 29 and Lucky Magazine's new musician roundup. All this attention comes for a very good reason, her lyrics are insightful and her voice is soulful; and what a voice. With Otis Redding on vinyl as background she spoke about her new album, The Refinery, which she wrote in part as a coping mechanism to a quarter life crisis (don't look at me like that it's totally a thing). In this new album she explores and bares a darker and more complex side of her personality as she grows more confidently into herself.
The shoot itself was a fairly low-key affair during which we spoke not only about her album and the evolution of her music but the ways in which music touches us. She felt that this relationship gives her an interesting opportunity as a storyteller to create for her listeners something that is equally personal to her in the writing and performing of it, as to them as individual songs potentially enter into the curated soundtrack to specific moments in their lives.
The Refinery dropped October 7th so, if you haven't already done so, please run out and pick it up or check iTunes for her full discography. Before I leave you to the full enjoyment of her incredible voice, here's a look at our afternoon working together.