A couple nights ago we attended the FW 2012 jewelry launch of Bande Des Quatres by photographer turned designer, Erin Wahed. Her pieces create the illusion of pierced fingers and wrists and float elegantly above hands blurring the line between function and form. They are not only statement pieces but are also effortlessly wearable.
and here is designer, Erin Wahed with one of her models.
Last week we were asked to shoot the Reckless Sons, so we grabbed a portable flash pack and followed the guys around the East side of Manhattan, ending up in the Bowery Electric (a regular spot they perform at). While we did shoot some in colour and some indoors, here is a selection of our favorites from the day.
“Inspired by a truly eclectic set of influences, Reckless Sons are the product of Butler’s vision of a brand new school of American Rock n’roll. From Springsteen to The Replacements, from The Rolling Stones to The Stone Roses, Reckless Sons are an expression of love for timeless songwriting paired with an urgency that only comes from the young and hungry.” -CMJ
This series focused on a luchador theme over 6 bottles and known artists such as Gary Basemen, Yuko Shimizu, Alex Hank, Tes One, Tristan Eaton, and Ray Smith.
I have to say the party was a lot of fun and Duck brought his own luchador mask to wear which was definitely a hit. We’re even on their blog.
Holy hangover Friday Batman!
The idea was to find an alley that was quintessential New York. Filled with grit and old school personality, we found the perfect alley in TriBeCa. We shot it in black and white with a high contrast to bring the feel of 1970s rock photos to the shoot. Inspiration was garnered from classic photos of the Ramones, Iggy Pop, and the Dead Boys.
It was a lot of fun to shoot, even though the alley started to smell a bit ripe in the hot Spring sun!
and the Polaroids (well Fujiroids) of the models and of Chuck and Elisa of The Cast….
Earlier this month we shot some Macro beauty with the very talented makeup artist Mykel Renner, nail tech Kelly Baber, and Julia Z from Muse.
Here is a small selection from the shoot. If you want to see more, check out the rest of the shoot on our website.
I am now obsessed with sticky gooey lips (I started doing this before I teamed up with Duck but my obsession continues) and try to get one into every beauty shoot we do now and since we can, we decided to throw ourselves into the shoot… Isn’t Ducky so pretty with his magenta lips!
…and here are a few action shots we took with Mykel on the fly…
Last week’s Fantastics Mag features our androgyny fashion editorial. After shooting a lot of super saturated editorials we decided to go for a more classic black and white story.
Last night we got to check out the new season launch from jewelry brand The Langoliers (comprised of Pam Liou and Zon Chu).
As well as being a fantastic Stephen King book and movie, the name is now associated with beautiful jewelry intricately woven with chains and super soft mohair. We also really loved the reoccurring spiked balls on the earrings.
Here we are making silly faces with 1/2 of The Langoliers’ team – Pam (well, at least K+D are donning the silly face)!
Hello again. We’re doing a double post this week since we were a bit MIA last week.
Please check out our latest beauty editorial in Bambi Magazine. They’re on their fifth edition and off to a great start. Also, be on the lookout for an exclusive printed hardcopy edition coming soon. It’s a great magazine with lots of nudes and fashion – two things you cannot go wrong with!
I have also included a few extras that were not in the editorial…
Today we visited the new exhibit at the Museum at FIT – Vivienne Westwood, 1980-89. It was dissected into 3 parts, aesthetic, press coverage, and clientele. The exhibit focuses on her transformation from “street” provocateur to fashion designer. While there were a few interesting pieces at the museum, it was not nearly as in depth as I would have liked. There were many more magazine tears on the wall than there were outfits on display. While it was interesting to see the detail stitch work in person, Duck felt the exhibit focused a lot more on her relationship and the designs created with Malcolm McLaren then it did on her as a designer in her own right. You can definitely see a progression from street punk clothier to skilled designer tailor through the course of the 80s.
I do love her tailoring work and was glad to see a few suit pieces on display as well as my favorite rocking horse shoes (of which I own a pair). I only wish I could post an image of my favorite piece, but I was yelled at by security for trying to whip out even my phone! I can say that it was a beautiful asymmetrical one shouldered black pant suit with over sized large bishop sleeve houndstooth blouse. Again, unfortunately the mannequin was turned at such an angle I could not get a proper good look at the outfit.
All that being said, if you are in NYC, the exhibit runs through April 2. Judge for yourself…
After seeing this Odyn Vovk ad on Vimeo I was pretty excited to see this season’s AW 2011 presentation.
As always, Odyn Vovk designer Austin Serbanenko did not disappoint. This season’s title was “Spiral”. The show was filled with quintessential black, supple leathers and deep burgundys. We saw the same draped silhouettes and easy to mix style we have come to expect from Serbanenko.
Some of my personal favorites were the boots, ranging from sharkskin and oiled calf to pony hair. I am a complete fan of pony hair and how the texture feels. Also there were leather chaps and far from being burly and overly biker in their nature, they were paired with burgundy trousers which gave them a more casual wearable feel. Overall, I would say this season, Serbanenko took classic biker staples and made them into everyday wear.
The venue was a small subterranean brick lined location found at the end of an unknown alley in Manhattan. Everything about it spoke of Odyn Vovk’s style and essence. Though by the end of the show I think I may have got a sun tan from the hot lights used to illuminate the models. It was also nice to see some of the same models from last season in the show.
Cynthia Rowley‘s latest collection was inspired by Maggie Gyllenhaal’s character in the movie, Secretary. There were glitter twinsets, velvet pantsuits and net gloves all in line with this seasons 70s trend.
Personally, I felt some of the dresses had a silhouette that was too boxy. Unless you are mid stride wile wearing these pieces, they fall on the body much like a sack. The knee skirts and the pant suits were far more successful in keeping with the naughty secretary vibe and I was very happy to see that 70s pea green coming back into style.
I got the pleasure of attending the Venexiana Autumn/Winter 2011 show while Kitty was stuck at a presentation. Hahaha!! Her loss because this show rocked… literally!!
Kati Stern’s background in architecture showed through her use of strong silhouettes. I love the fact that she claims to get inspired by the fabric itself. She’s a kind of fabric whisperer, and she really rocks it the fuck out.
I’m actually shocked that the pictures are still somewhat in focus, because honestly I couldn’t stand still to the likes of the The Ramones, The Clash, and The Misfits blasting through the whole show. The awesome soundtrack plus gorgeous, sexy silhouettes full of sequins, leather, furs, and tweeds makes for one of my favorite shows this season.
This time it was I who made it into a show while Ducky was stuck waiting! And as an added plus; it was the Rag & Bone AW 2011 women’s wear show!
Rag & Bone held their runway show in a beautiful brick space in Nolita. Marcus Wainwright and David Neville took on the theme of the urban nomad. They started the show with patch working leather, fur and wool and ended with graphic color blocking with splashes of tartans and tweeds. What I liked most was the tartan glove combo and the beautiful leggings.
Vivienne Tam went against the 70s trend we saw this season on the catwalk. Instead she chose a shorter hemline and cropped trouser. Her collection this season was about balancing new and old, Eastern and Western. Citing inspiration from the 66-year old “Kun Opera” and contrasting with the avant-garde Guangzhou Opera House designed by, Zaha Hadid, Tam marries Eastern patterns with a western silhouette. The result, pure beauty no matter what hemisphere you live in.