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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??

 


 

Zink Magazine: Tarred & Feathered

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

BG Magazine: Neon Elastic

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

The latest issue of BG magazine has our Neon Elastic shoot in it… Thanks to Maya Hayuk who loaned us some of her colourful paintings to use in the shoot.

The Cast look book FW 2011

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

A few weeks back we were asked to shoot the FW 2011 look book for The Cast and Bevel NYC collaboration.

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….

Fantastics Mag: Androgyny

Monday, April 11th, 2011

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.

We worked with French beauty Marie @ Muse, and Max @ Major (We fell in love with his look ever since we saw his D&G campaign with Madonna), and the ever talented Michiko Boorberg and Angelina Vivace.








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: GUiSHEM

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

GUiSHEM, founded by Guillermo Jop, was filled with interesting animal print knits in black, gold, purple and chartreuse. Jop is known for form-fitting silhouettes and expert tailoring. This collection was no different. Overall a beautiful wearable collection. I loved the geometric use of the different fabrics within the same garment.









NYFW AW 2011: Odilon

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Designer Stacey Clark, for Odilon, took inspiration for this season’s collection from the myth of Greek Goddess Persephone, queen of the underworld.

We loved the dark colour palate, the use of pony hair (again I love the pony hair), and over sized fur hats. This collection was very wearable. There were a couple pieces that seemed disjointed and out of place, but overall there was good cohesion to the collection.

Additionally we loved the hands that were painted like gloves, the dead animal skull necklaces, and the short film playing in the background to add ambiance and reaffirm the theme of the collection.









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.




NYFW AW 2011: Mimi Plange

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

Last night we went to Mimi Plange‘s presentation, “Scarred Perfection”. Her latest line draws inspiration from African tribal scarification rites of passage. This was evident in the patterns in the fabric used in this collection. The colour palate stuck to black, reds, and ochres.

Overall some really nice pieces and a good start for us for fashion week. Though the use of dry ice was a major problem – the ice in bowls of water failed to make smoke or do anything at all. It was also a little difficult to see the models in the back, some rotation would have been nice. I do have to say that is was nice seeing some familiar faces modeling in this presentation and I really liked the central dresses with the grooves in the fabric mimicking scar patterns.

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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Gimme SOME more…

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

We were asked recently to contribute to a new magazine out of Puerto Rico, Some Magazine.

The first story they published is “Cheveux Rouge” – our nude shoe story. We will definitely be doing more nudes in the near future!
Photography: Kat+Duck
Makeup: Daniel K
Hair: Kahlil Oliver
Model1: Ely Turrietta @ Direct Model Management NYC
Model2: Jessamyn Moon

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The second is “ReVamp”
Photography: Kat+Duck
Makeup: Christopher Milone
Hair: Sharmeen Azmudeh
Model: Alexandra Vanenkovova @ Q Management NY

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Keep an eye out, next week… It may be time for some more fun images from our recent shoots….

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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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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