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Fancy A Shag on Fantasticsmag; Featuring Amandine @ Muse

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Check out some of our new work out now in Fantasticsmag with one of our favorite girls, Amandine, from MuseNYC. We jumped into our way-back machine this time and had a little more fun than usual…because, hey…..who in the right mind doesn’t fancy a shag once in a while??

 


 

Julia Z @ Muse

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

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!

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…and here are a few action shots we took with Mykel on the fly…

C-Heads Magazine: Revolution Rojo

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Our latest beauty editorial in the April edition of C-Heads Magazine, with the help of Kim Weber (MUA), Eve Whittington (Hair) and Rhayene @ Muse….




Bambi Magazine

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

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…









NYFW AW 2011: Odyn Vovk

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

After seeing this Odyn Vovk ad on Vimeo I was pretty excited to see this season’s AW 2011 presentation.

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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.








NYFW AW 2011: Cynthia Rowley

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

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.









NYFW AW 2011: Rag & Bone

Monday, February 28th, 2011

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.






NYFW AW 2011: Vivienne Tam

Monday, February 28th, 2011

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.







NYFW AW 2011: Viktor Luna

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Viktor Luna had a small but charming presentation this season. I loved the purple dress, the gold safety pin necklace and the small studded jacket. Overall I was sad not to see strong statement pieces such as his previous black fringe body suit or the monarch dresses.




NYFW AW 2011: Paola Hernandez

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Paola Hernandez‘ latest collection, A Look Within, is all about balance. Each garment has a black exterior, representing silence/emptiness, with a silver lining, representing the light within. Hernandez showed her collection in a series of rooms at the W Hotel with each of the models in the midst of the creative process.

This was a really charming way to show her collection,though it was very difficult to see the actual pieces since the models were hunched over guitars or writing at desks. What I did see was very relaxed and wearable. I particularly liked the only model wearing grey with no black and the black wool pants with the double grey belt.








NYFW AW 2011: Odd Molly

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

Odd Molly‘s presentation at the Box in Lincoln center was a beautiful and fun tea party in a rose garden. Designers Karin Jimfelt-Ghatan and Per Holknekt’s collection had a very bohemian feel accentuated by the young free spirited models playing with apples, roses, and jumping on the bed.

I did have some trepidations before going since Odd Molly’s aesthetic is not normally in sync with mine (nor am I really part of their target market), but all my doubts were washed away once I walked into their garden. The entire ambiance of the presentation was just pure playful enjoyment that permeated everyone in attendance.







NYFW AW 2011: Zang Toi

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Zang Toi’s Fall 2011 collection entitles “Timeless Beauties” was just that, elegant, timeless, and incredible beautiful. Toi used the sorts of fabrics you would expect to find on Seville Row; from cashmere and English wool tweeds to velvets and silks.

The real eye catchers were the immense Swarovski crystal grand gala necklaces, wrapping hundreds of Swarovski crystals from the top of the neck, down to the collar bones and around the shoulders. The sparkle off these pieces was just breathtaking. Toi’s signature style is one of elegance and luxury and this season’s collection stays true to his vision.

Ending his runway, Jill Zarin of the Real Housewives of New York was wearing a strapless ballgown with nude beaded french lace encrusted with crystals. She was beaming the whole time. I have to say it was so great to see her really enjoying herself on the runway, especially after seeing such serious and austere models. It brought a smile to everyone’s face.










NYFW AW 2011: Dominic Louis

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Dominic Louis‘ Urban Emperor was about “finding your inner barbarian”. There were long haired Adonis type models clad in furs and leather. This season was a departure from the draping fabrics and fringes of past seasons. We saw more chunky cable knits and warm shrugs.

Bevel NYC supplied the jewelry – beautiful gold warrior masks that broke down into 4 separate pieces that could be worn separately or together.

Though the venue was rather dark and hard to see the collection, what I could make out was beautiful luxury contrasting with base rawness. Very nice collection. I particularly liked the glazed goat skin and hairon calf moto jacket on the lovely model by the candle sticks – very wearable and love the skin!





NYFW AW 2011: Maisonette 1977

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

The Maisonette 1977 presentation was a bit of a mixed bag. While Jane Ibrahim did deliver some great textured dyed fur and leather motorcycle inspired jackets, she seemed to miss the mark when pairing them with boxy mini skirts giving the girls a rather dumpy silhouette. When paired with the skinny pant looks the jackets look more natural and gives the girls a much nicer longer line. With Ibrahim’s impressive resume (including Michael Kors, Oscar by Oscar de la Renta, Bill Blass New York, and Cynthia Steffe), an older and more feminine look was expected. Instead we see more of a younger socialite client.

I did like the gray skinny biker pants with cutaway knees and double side zippers. I thought they were very wearable and the black detailing on the inner thigh was a nice touch. By far the most outstanding part of the collection were the fur jackets that came in textured blacks, dyed burgundys, and some had a scaling pattern imprinted on them.

On a side note, Chris Habana did the jewelry. We met him last month and fell in love with his designs. It is always great to see more of his work. United Nude provided the shoes which worked very well with this season. Their architectural style matched perfectly with the skinny biker looks.

Overall, I would say this season did have some nice draped mini dresses and biker inspired looks, but nothing there really reinvented these looks.







NYFW AW 2011: PARKCHOONMOO with Bevel

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

PARKCHOONMOO‘s AW 2011 collection was a story of a girl who connects with the light elements of the air and comes to the earth and contrasts with the roughness of uncut gemstones. This was expressed through super conceptual cushioned “pillowy” jackets over long draped layers which flowed into more wearable black and metallic knits.

We expected Park’s latest line to be avant garde since this is what she is so well known for and we were not disappointed. This season was shown with the perfect pairing of glitchy art house electronic music from Venus Iceberg.

This season she teamed with with Jonathan Goldstein of Bevel to create the companion jewelry for the collection. Comprised of gold and silver feathered face masks and armored collars, Goldstein kept with Park’s theme of paired airy lightness and grounded sacred earth.

We loved this show and everything and everyone involved.











NYFW AW 2011: Imitation

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

We went to see the Imitation presentation at Milk Studios which normally is a good venue, but for this it was far too crowded and difficult to maneuver – especially with cameras in tow. That being said, the studio in other ways was perfect because of the enormous sunroof flooding the studio with beautiful natural light.

The Imitation show, shortened from “Imitation of Christ” to indicate it’s lower price point, was very feminine and very classic. Now in it’s second season, the new label focuses on wardrobe staples but in a more chic and effortless way. It was composed of 58 looks on a small army of tall lanky blonds which really give it visual impact. There were sequins as well as lots of materials with a good drape and flow adding to the delicate femininity running throughout the collection.

Though there were no models on horses or in swimming pools (I do miss some of the old Imitation of Christ antics), Tara Subkoff still managed to design a collection that is worthy in its own rite, full of glamor and a 1940’s Hollywood mystique. For this show Subkoff summons to mind the Helmut Newton woman – blond, high heels, and bare legs that go on forever. One of my favorites was the almost burka-esque head wrap at the end and the gilded word belts are very covetsome indeed! Plus any show that opens with a half naked model must be off to a good start.

“Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months”

– Oscar Wilde

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NYFW AW 2011: Siki Im

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Siki Im‘s AW 2011 collection, Silent Thunderbird Prayer, is based in the Native American ethos of balancing mind, body and spirit. Im balances wools, cashmeres, waxed cottons and rabbit felts in simple layers that build in complexity. For winter he has also played with the idea of clothing as shelter through the incorporation of large brimmed hats. Im uses traditional tailoring techniques paired with unique shapes and unusual proportions to create sculptural and visually impacting pieces. This season we saw over sized hats and enveloping wraps using traditional Native American patterns. Finishing off the looks were amulets and cuffs made in collaboration with Made by Eugene.

What really brought this presentation together was the performance of Silvercloud (Kevin Tarrant). Dressed in traditional robes and wielding a hand drum, Silvercloud chanted through the entire presentation adding aural and visual impact. I particularly liked when the models walked along a dirt path on the floor in a figure 8 pattern giving a ceremonial feel to the show. The hair styling also stood out, drawing again on native styles such as braids and mohawks.

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NYFW AW 2011: Nautica

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

I am not too sure how we ended up with an invite from Nautica, but what the hell, we went. It was as expected, guys on a dock waiting to board their yacht in Nautica clothing. I liked the dock.




Impostor Magazine: A studded affair

Friday, February 4th, 2011

After much wait our last fall fashion story has been released in the new magazine Impostor, a new, independently owned and operated fashion and photography magazine based out of Seattle, Washington. It’s currently an online magazine soon to go to print and we are their first cover.

Photography: Kat+Duck
Photo Assistant: Shadi Best
Styling: Kathleen Muldoon
MUA: Christopher Milone
Hair: Christopher Naselli
Hair Assistant: Brittany Romney
Models: Olga Alexandrovskaia @ Q Model Management
Svetlana Mukhina @ Elite Model Management

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What we did last summer at Houtkamp

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Fantastics Mag picked up the fashion side of the Houtkamp story! Please check it out. We are still thrilled with her work, always gorgeous tattoos and paintings! And we even snuck in a personalized tattoo on Laura……

Photography: ©2010 Kat+Duck
MUA: Christopher Milone
Hair: Sharmeen
Wardrobe Stylist: Jersey
Model: Kara Shelton @ Red NYC
Model : Laura @ Muse

Playing catch up

Friday, April 16th, 2010

As I mentioned in the last post, not much chatter coming from our peanut gallery here in this blog for over a month. This means we’ve got some explaining to do. Besides anxiously awaiting print dates for our Spring editorials (which we are still doing…. more to come), we have been shooting summer editorials (again I cannot tell you more) and as always we test test and test.

The last test we did was with the lovely Brazilian, Bruna from Wilhelmina. Local Brooklyn designer Pupusza Couture loaned us some of her Spring collection. The result is a super saturated explosion of color.

MUA: Christopher Milone
Hair: Hair by Trinity
Wardrobe: Papusza Couture
Model: Bruna@Wilhelmina

Before that we worked with an amazing stylist we know, Marissa Adele. This test almost didn’t happen, but in the end we pulled through and worked into the night thanks to Direct Models and Basic Model Management

MUA: Daniel K
Hair: Kristin Jackson
Wardrobe: Marissa Adele

BG Magazine beauty editorial

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

We have been SUPER busy this past month with editorial work, but we have a moment to get back on track and update the blog.

This month we are happy to say that we shot a cool beauty editorial and one of our images was used for cover for BG Magazine. The story is 1 part of a 2 part vision concepted by Chris Milone, and based on the works of Dutch tattoo artist, Angelique Houtkamp. Check out her work, it is amazing. We are only sad that she is booked out for the rest of the year and could not tattoo us when we traveled to Europe this May.

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MUA: Christopher Milone
Hair: Liz Lazo
Model1: Jessica@MC2
Model2: Milena@Wilhelmina

Check out more of Angelique Houtkamp’s work HERE

Animal Farm: working with animals

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

Today we decided to try something new. Now working with multiple models can get tricky. I find that whenever one in totally on point the other is looking off into space or doing something that is not quite on par. Now these trouble multiple exponentially the more models you add into a set.

What happens when one of your models is an African gray parrot?

We have a friend (and hair stylist) that has a few exotic birds as pets. The are always at the studio, hanging out on everyone’s shoulder, saying inappropriate comments. Then we had an idea, what sort of fab prop would one of those make in a shoot?!?!

Directing people is trouble enough, but think of doing it with a bird, untrained, does not speak English, and we definitely do not speak parrot.

In the end, all you can really hope for when working with animals is the one perfect shot where everyone is doing something magic. Though I do have to say that I does make the editing process MUCH easier since there are so many no’s.

Working with animals there are a lot of “bloopers” (as much as I really despise that word). Merlin, parrot, was eating the models hair, jewelry, lips, got covered in makeup, and started to fly away. Some of these outtakes turned out to be images that we both really liked. So you never really know what to expect from animals and that is part of the fun. They definitely do bring their own personality to the shoot. I think in the future we I would like to work with a very larger dog, a pig, a chicken and whatever else I have on offer.

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Kenzie: a test and a half!

Friday, December 11th, 2009

We tested out a new stylist for this shoot: Tara…… We LOVE her!!!! She not only has a really great aesthetic she is not afraid to bring quality designers to a test. So many stylists do buy and returns at sub par shops – H&M to name one. Don’t get me wrong, I do love shopping at H&M but no magazine worth their salt will touch H&M for an editorial. The images are really only going to look as good as the fashion and she understands that.

The theme was bodysuits and fantastic shoes – OMG shoes!

Kenzie is an up and coming model from the new faces board of Wilhelmina. She is young but such a delight to work with. Once we put her in the fashion, all I could think was, damn girl your legs go on forever! Such a good quality in a model – for sure.

We stared with masking off a scrim to add some depth definition and texture into the background, but then when our key did not fire we thought dark and moody might be a good way to go for the first look. This is the bonus to testing, you don’t have to keep the lighting a feel the same throughout since there is not a full coherent story as the final. We tried different lighting, different gels, different post production treatments, and we are very happy with the end images. The model and the booker got a variety of different types of shot and we got to try out some things we are planning on using in future editorials. This is why testing to so important, not only to us but to new models and new people we are adding to our team.

What black and white and beautiful all over?

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Elena Test (©2009 Kat+ Duck)

hair: Meen Hair

MUA: Daniel K

styling: Francesca Barbarosa Otto

model: Elena Hernandez @ Next Model Management

We had the delight of shooting Elena who was in town for a brief while visiting from the UK.  At the time she was visiting agencies to get signed, but one look at her portfolio and we knew she would not have trouble finding one to sign her, but to choose which one she wants be be with.  Since then, she is now signed with Next Model Management and shooting in LA!  Congrats Elena!

Styling the shoot was Francesca Barbarosa Otto from Italy.  The concept was black and white to really take advantage of the studio cove (it has since turned into a green screen film studio).  The shoot was all about styling, shapes, design, and silhouette.

Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough

Friday, September 11th, 2009

The other test we recently finished with Major Model Management (Tsubasa) was another shoot that originally was supposed to be something completely different.¬† With the beautiful new white cove studio reserved, we had everything lined up for a 9am shoot.¬† It was going to be a full fashion story with 6-8 looks based on architectural shapes – very strong graphics and silhouettes.¬† 9am rolls around no model no fashion….. hmmmm, not to fear, the name of the game is improvisation.¬† We called our favorite people over at Major and they sent over Tsubasa, a very beautiful model from Japan.¬† Fashion showed up right before then with a newly inspired Michael Jackson look.¬† Not what was planned on, but working none the less.¬† The unfortunate part of the day was that we had lost time and instead of a full fashion story that we could shop around, we had to limit it to a test since we had to be out of the studio by 5pm.¬† Stll, some lovely images and we now LOVE shooting on the cove, and shooting in black and white!

Don’t Stop ‘Til YouGet Enough (¬©2009 Kat+Duck)

MUA: Daniel K

Hair: Kristin Jackson

Fashion:  Bianca

Model: Tsubasa @ Major

Gone Fishing

Friday, September 11th, 2009

We finished all the post for the last 2 tests we did with Major Model Management.

We had one of our favorite hair stylists come all the way from Baltimore with a case full of hair and a simple concept Рnets.  Granted as always the shoot did not take form how we originally envisioned it, but the finals are quite nice.

Neon Nets (©2009 Kat+Duck)

Hair: Kahlil Oliver

MUA: Daniel K

Model: Kacie @ Major