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NPRPA SS2011

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

We have watched Samantha Sleeper, creative genius behind NPRPA, grow as a talent from her senior thesis days back at Parsons. So, when she asked us to work on the SS 2011 look book, we had to say yes. The collection was shot over 2 days.

The first day was a video shoot where we were called in to do the production stills. Shot outside on a gorgeous sunny day in Williamsburg (though a little on the hot side), the sun and wind added to the breezy pastel palate of the collection, really setting the mood for Spring.

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The second part was a studio day to shoot what became the printed look book. We had Dani, an awesome model from One Models with us for both shoots. Kitty Andrews Millinery did a special collaboration project – 4 specially designed hats – for Spring 2011.

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And after a long day we finally wrapped!

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BEVEL NYC, Ball Game

Monday, September 27th, 2010

While attending the Sang Bleu Magazine launch party and art show, we met Jonathan Goldstein, the mastermind behind the new jewelry brand BEVEL. A short while later, he contacted us to shoot his first look book. His first collection is called “Ball Game”.

The story behind the line is the legend of the Hero Twins, the oldest Mayan creation myth to have been preserved in its entirety. Each piece has 3 states of being: modern, classic, and sacrificed. We tried to stay true to the line’s tribal feel, with the help and art direction of Char Alfonzo, in the look book we shot.

Check out more of Jonathan’s work here BEVEL Jewelry NYC.

Models: Manuel Ramos + Jill @ Re:quest Models
Models2: Jahbar + Barry
Makeup: Alejandro Calvani

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NYFW: Nordic New York SS2011

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

The King Collective presented Nordic: New York, a group of 4 Scandinavian designers presenting their SS 2011 collections.

Lialia: The Butterfly Catcher’s Dream

The show opened with aerial silk performers representing with flight and metamorphosis of the butterfly, whose theme runs through out the line.

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Royal Extreme

We loved the colorful braided leggings and punchy color/pattern combinations of this line.

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Tiia Vanhatapio: Druidess

This one grabbed my attention immediately with the 2 opening models with reindeer antlers strapped to their heads. The line is based on the 1954 film “The White Deer”. Basic plot, woman goes to shaman for love life help and gets turned into a white reindeer vampire. I think this film needs to go on the netflix list! The theme is carried through the line with images of reindeer. fur, witchy druidess dresses, and long flowing robes.

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Islaet: Fantasy Fantastic

Islaet opened with a solo opera performance that melted away into fun club inspired line. The themes explored were the contrasting of high society and the night life of an it girl. The line included more sophisticated day wear with more casual fun evening look.

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NYFW: The Milliner’s Guild SS2011

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

Our good friend at Kitty Andrews millinery invited us to the Milliner’s Guild show this year. Millinery seems to be an under appreciated element in the American fashion world. Everyone knows Philip Tracey thanks to the late Alexander McQueen, but few others spring to mind. The only celebrity I can even mention that dons more inspirational head wear is Lady Gaga.

Kitty Andrews and the rest of the group at the Milliner’s Guild are trying to change that. This season, Kitty Andrews has teamed up with NPRPA, for a special Spring collaboration (stay tuned for the look book we shot for them). The show went beyond the stodgy ideal of the church hat, into something for a woman on the town.

I definitely feel inspired to wear more hats after seeing this show.

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NYFW: Richie Rich SS2011

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

First night out at NYFW SS2011 and Richie Rich brings out the grown up club kid in us!

Richie Rich’s debut solo act following Heatherette, PopLuxe, opened with ballerinas and a performance by DJ Mia Moretti and electric violinist Caitlin Moe. A It was a dance party filled with neon, lace, whips, chains, leather, studs and spandex. The show ended with Ellen DeGeneres and an explosion of glitter everywhere. We really loved those studded jackets!

Please send one to Ducky…. he’ll rock the shit out of one (Kitty wouldn’t mind one either).

Lastly, just for fun. We spotted our favorite hip hop-meets hardcore front man from Body Count, Ice T, checking out some bodies of his own.

NYFW: Odyn Vovk SS2011 “Five”

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Odyn Vovk, meaning “One Wolf” in Ukrainian, presents designer Austin Sherbanenko’s SS 2011 menswear line – “Five”.

As we walked into an old firehouse in Tribeca, we saw piles of chairs, doors, and other distressed pieces of shrapnel piled in a dark room, set up only hours before to convey the themes of randomness and haste. The lights came on, live impromptu ambient music started to pay and the models walked out and started engaging with the set. This went beyond a regular presentation where models stand stagnant for hours on end. Sherbanenko involved the models and the viewing audience to set the mood and tone for his latest line.

“I am the one wolf” – Austin Sherbanenko

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Designer Watch: Frank Nathan

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Frank Nathan is a recent Parsons graduate and already is designing stunning conceptual pieces, using the most luxurious of furs and fabrics. We got to shoot a look book with him before he left for Paris.

His latest collection is inspired by soft furs, inkblots and the darkest parts of the human mind. Frank invited us to view the line before we started working together and we fell in love with his craftsmanship on first glance. Not only did he use fur in unexpected ways (his gray sweater dress is actually woven fox fur), but used crystals and mixed different cuts of deep purple fur to play with the light that hits the pieces.

To reflect the original inspiration of the line into the look book, we decided to turn the model into a Rorschach inkblot through the use of mirror images.

One of our favorite pieces was the studded alligator helmets. We definitely need to get a pair of those for our studio!

DisFUNKshionAL

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

After much wait, our hair story (though chopped down to 3 looks) is out in DisFUNKshion Magazine.

Photography: Kat + Duck
Stylist: Samantha Sleeper
Hair: Andreas Hinteregger
Makeup: Christopher Milone
Photo Assistant: Shadi Best
Models:
Ely Turrietta @ Direct NY
Mick S @ Wilhelmina
Courtney G @ Wilhelmina


Below are the rest of the images which we feel are worth having a butchers…

Designer Watch: Samantha Sleeper…Where do you find enough hours in the day??

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Samantha Sleeper seems to be the woman of the moment. We first worked with her almost a year ago, while shooting her senior thesis look book: straight out of Parsons. Since then she has gone on to be lead designer for new luxury dress line N PRPA as well as designing her own shirt line, Saturday Night/Sunday Morning amongst her many projects. This is crazy since she is just a year our of school and all of 23 years old! Now everywhere we look, there is another article written about her, from Women’s Wear Daily to 944 Magazine. This is what makes her one of our designers to watch, and a fav to share a Jameson with…

Here is her thesis collection we shot for her almost a year ago (time does fly). This was really one of the first shoots that Kat + Duck did as a team and Sam’s designs really rocked our world. We’ll always have a strong attachment to these images…but we get super excited every time the phone rings and there’s a new collection to check out.

And her more recent designs for N PRPA (from Fall/Winter 2010, Resort soon to come)