All can glitter, if you make it gold

After my surgery, I was eager to plan something in New York. I have been thinking about this concept all throughout my recovery period and knew that Yasutaké Kosaka was just the man to pull of this amazing hair concept.

He created two amazing wigs that were absolutely beautiful. It was wonderful to do a street shoot again, I don't think I have done one since I was in school. I think the people of New York definitely got an eye full when our team walked down the street. It's not ever day you see a beautiful girl in a shinning gold wig! Well maybe less out of the ordinary in New York.....

Blood Milk Jewels that we used for the shoot.

Wardrobe layout 


 




Yuko Nakao dressing Muse Model Andrea Sheffield
Hey New York! We roll with our heads in boxes



We get a little weird after a long day of shooting! 


Look out for the published images in Esthétique Magazine issue 8.

Up all night, Sleep all day

   This shoot had so many hurtles, I think if it wasn't for the perfect combination of people on the team it would have been disastrous!
   Night time shoots are always challenging because everyone's energy is never as high as during the day but to add on to that issue it was also a rainy night. Talk about draaaaag. After a lot of initial confusion and everyone getting situated It was actually an amazingly funny night!

   The concept was insomnia, specifically how everything  seems to get more and more outlandish the further into sleep depravation you get.


I can not stress how amazing Christine is as a model, her personality and energy are amazing to have in the mix at a shoot. Beyond that I can always count on her to be willing to try any of my crazy ideas and look amazing while doing it!


   As it happens, we were all pretty sleep deprived by the end of this one. During the clean up and drive home we had all reached that wonderful part of exhaustion where absolutely EVERYTHING is funny. I guess this shoot was more in the vein of method acting... we were actually sleep deprived so we could relate completely to our subject matter! 


See the rest in Neon Black Magazine

  My sides hurt for days ;-)

Protect Me

   The idea of fashion as armor has been on my mind for a while now, and as some of you know, it is a theme that pops up  frequently in my shoots in some way or another. It is a concept I believe to be at the center of many fashion designs as well as the creation of clothing itself. Fashion is a means by which we keep what is inside, the entity of us, within ourselves. It acts as an armoring vessel. It is also a way to keep us protected from the world.

    I am really interested in exploring the iconography of traditional armor pieces as well as how they have influenced fashion. What is it about the shapes and texture of armor that, when mimicked, create  a type of mental armor that allows us to feel safe.

   This shoot has become a launching pad to what I am sure will be lengthy exploration of this idea.



The full editorial can be seen in Alexis Magazine Vol. 10
Select jewelry used in shoot by Blood Milk Jewelry

Girl with the dragon tattoo H&M capsule collection

     Fresh from watching all three swedish versions of the millennium series, I was excited to discover that H&M teamed up with Trish Summerville (The movie's costume designer) to create a capsule collection around the character of Lisbeth Salander.

     The Collection dropped December 14 at H&M stores worldwide but it has been getting some pretty intense internet backlash both pre and post launch. I, for one, am struggling to understand these venomous bloggers who claim that the collection "Glamorizes Rape." Now I freely admit that I haven't read David Fincher's books but the movies are gripping and wonderful (I haven't seen the most recent US adaptation). There are certainly some parts that are difficult to watch, you really start to empathize with Lisbeth through the abuse she goes through in the films. However, the last word I would use to describe her is "victim."

   Terrible things happen to her that influence her personal style, she covers her body with clothing that she feels powerful in. Her style is about empowering herself and allowing her to fight for herself and others.
Dragon Tattoo Collection Photo by H&M
    So how is creating a collection of clothing around such a powerful female character such a bad thing? The main source of this idea is blogger Natalie Kerneef and can be read here. I am making as very general summery, but her opposition to the collection seems to be that they are "putting a glossy finish on rape" and how survivors choose to dress. The thought seems to be that the average person can't possible identify with Lisbeth because they haven't been raped.

    Now where I have trouble with this line of thought is the idea that people are defined by a single action or event. The character of Lisabeth is indeed the victim of many horrible things including physical and mental abuse, but she pushes herself past it to take back her power and save others in the process. That is the main point of the series and her character, not simply showing that rape is a horrible thing. She is, as head designer Anna Norling says, "the very essence of an independent woman." Everything that happens to her as a character is to personify her strength as a heroin.

   This collection was about using a character that the public now identifies with to create clothing that can possibly make women feel empowered if they were it. The idea that rape is the only reason people seek armor is rather ridiculous to me.


Photo by H&M

   I put on armor everyday, it lets me embody more strength then I actually have inside me and allows me to do the things I need to do. I fight my battles, and I fight them hard.

Spirited Magazine: Noir Editorial

   I have to say I struggled with the lighting for this shoot, creating abstract shadows that are appealing to the eye is trickier than you might think. But for having a slow start this shoot has produced one of my favorite images I have produced so far. Ondi is such an amazing model, she really gives you all of herself which is the best thing you can ask of a model. This shoot was all about light and drama, and she nailed it!

I absolutely love this image!




Spirited Magazine: Impenetrable Youth Editorial

  A look at the editorial I did for Spirited Magazine's 4th issue "Plastic City." It was a definitely a fun one because I got to work with my main girl Rose Fortuna and the wonderful Jeri Evan. Maya Luz wasn't able to make it to the actual shoot because of a scheduling conflict but she did send us an amazing box full  of goodies. Some her personal designs and some other pieces she put together for the shoots.

  I had been struggling with what exactly to do with the background but then I thought that It would be really interesting to play on the look of some of the latex pieces in the shoot. Utilizing glossy black trash bags, pieced together behind the model and attached together to create a giant parachute effect, we were able to create a really interesting dynamic.

Eat My Heart Out...With Savage Love

  Alexander McQueen is a man whose personality and designs have inspired the world. Personally I have never been so touched by the sheer life force of another creative person. The exhibition of his work at the MET in New York was the single most visceral experience of art I have ever had.  McQueen was never limited himself in inspiration and is one of the few in the fashion industry that simply let his emotions guide him and demanded that everyone else follow.

  I hope I get the chance to see it one more time before it finishes in August, but for those of you who won't have the chance I offer a sample.





Dress, Plato’s Atlantis, spring/summer 2010

One of the only Good Photos I was able to get at the exhibit

Ensemble, autumn/winter 2010–11
Photo via blog.metmuseum.org


Ensemble, It’s Only a Game, spring/summer 2005
Photo via blog.metmuseum.org

Dress, No. 13, spring/summer 1999
Photo via blog.metmuseum.org

Ensemble, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, autumn/winter 2002–3
Photo via blog.metmuseum.org


   For a full look at other pieces visit http://blog.metmuseum.org/alexandermcqueen/objects/ ...and eat your heart out. <3

In The Days of Innocence

  Shooting at The Harvard Museum of Natural History was an amazing experience. Thank you to my amazing team of Sam Mendoza, Rose Fortuna, Yasutaké Kosaka, and Tessa Morrissey @ Maggie (especially Tessa and Rose who came straight to set from a Karmaloop shoot earlier in the day, you guys are amazing.)

  The whole experience was unforgettable, it has secretly been a dream of mine to be locked away in a museum after hours. I can't remember the novel that instilled that desire in me but it has, at long last, been fulfilled!

  The story of this shoot is one of a girl who is the last living being. She lives and seeks comfort in a place where everything is posed and manicured to look alive, this museum.

  I have always thought museums rather strange places. Millions of people cycle through, pressing their hands to glass and looking at objects and specimens from the past. Things that have been void of life for sometimes thousands of years. It is interesting to think that, as a society, we are so uncomfortable with death that we do incredibly intricate things to make things appear alive forever.

  I like the idea that if a person was the last living being, they would seek out these places of suspended time and make them their reality, building relationships and reverence for the things contained within it's walls.


Tessa in the grand hall

See the rest on New Brahmin

Miss Mass to Miss USA

My very last shoot in my studio loft, it was a little emotional for me. To help you understand I have to explain that Jesse and I had been packing and disassembling our things for the entire day before the shoot. I began to notice that we were not on schedule to leave the following day because we just had so much to do, as a result I ended up continuing to pack through the night and into the morning without sleep.

Alida D'Angona and her coach Rafa Delfin arrived early so as I go the studio ready sent an S.O.S to the amazing Rose Fortuna to see if she could bring me some much needed caffeinated energy. ( I think this was the day that I turned Rose on to "Red Eyes.")

The shoot was wonderful and I had such a great time shooting Alida, she is a natural in front of the camera and genuinely sparkly individual! We talked, took pictures, and laughed, the perfect last shoot in my tiny studio.

My last studio set up, sparse but beautiful

Relaxing a little before everyone arrives

The lovely early morning light coming through my studio window

Everyone having a laugh before the first look, Donald Trump is watching over us in approval!

I think Raine is really intrigued by Mr. Trump

Alida D'Angona wears that crown like a rock star!

Pardon my tired appearance, I really had so much fun!



  Ps: After finishing this shoot I continued to pack up the apartment and proceeded to not sleep again. I caught a 2 hour nap in the early morning before throwing the last few items in the UHaul and driving to Maryland. I have never had so much coffee in my life! ( Yes Jon Lee, I consumed even more coffee than I did while printing my portfolio. At least this time it was good coffee ;-)




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Out Of Line Editorial

    I first met Faye Hurley when we were both students and working on our final portfolios, Faye's graduation collection was wonderfully whimsical and a true delight to look at.

   We lost touch and a few months ago got in contact again and she informed me that she was working on a collection of jewelry and wanted to finally work together. After much brainstorming and fun chats we decided to step out of our collective comfort zones and pair her jewelry with an explosion of bright colors and patterns!

 I have to say that this experience may have been a turning point for me and led me to a love affair with color.  ;-)
Follow the link below to New Brahmin for the full editorial

It was a clean studio day!


Faye adjusting Ruth's outfit, and Meeka being our lovely prop dog ;-)

"Just trust me on this one guys, lets attach her to the wall."

Faye, Ruth, Rose, and I