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NYFW AW 2011: Samantha Sleeper with Kitty Andrews

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

Samantha Sleeper’s AW 2011 collection was inspired by the film direction of Zhang Yimou and shown on the beautiful rooftop of the Gramercy Park Hotel – a perfect setting for this delicate collection. It was full of multiple layers of different laces and beading which is Sleepers signature.

This is Sleeper’s first collection after leaving NPRPA and very much embodies who she is as a designer, focusing on the feminine through silhouette, clean lines and of course more lace. I miss the more geometric elements from her previous collections with NPRPA such as the hand embroidered highway pattern and her raw edged gowns, and I would have liked to see a few more pieces from Sleeper for her inaugural collection, but I will just have to wait until next season.

Once again she has called on milliner Melissa Bolin of Kitty Andrews Millinery to make small collection of small hats this season. As always a perfect pairing.




MOVE! @ PS1

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Over the weekend MOMA PS1 held the MOVE! exhibition that featured 12 collaborations between fashion designers and modern artists for a two day long event. The collaborations were live performances and interactive installations.

While the spacious galleries of PS1 were notably not filled during this event, what was there was fun, interactive, and thought-provoking; blurring the lines between fashion and fine art.

A favorite of ours was the Terence Koh featuring Calvin Klein collaboration. This one definitely was more fine art than fashion. (we are fans of Koh’s work!)

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Another highlight from the event was the Cynthia Rowley and Olaf Breuning collaboration. Rowley designed plain denim shirts, trousers and dresses which were then dressed on a model who was walked into a plastic lined box and splashed with paint. The dresses were then photographed, and removed to dry.

This was definitely more fine art installation but resulted in a whole one off fashion collection. (Breuning really liked Duck’s bleach splattered vest he wore to the show)

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Over all the show seemed to be a success, but we would have liked to see a few more designers and definitely some locally based designers and artists.

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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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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Black Thursday

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Since I only seem to blog about McQueen’s genius when I am not talking about our photographic endeavors, I thought this to be an appropriate place to say a few words about him and the sadness that is enveloping the fashion world today.

I awoke today to terrible news.  Alexander McQueen had killed himself at the age of 40.  This is terribly sad news.  This is a man who inspired many.  He was the reason I decided to become a fashion photographer.  His genius was limitless and will be sadly missed.

His unique creations ascended fashion into something of a spectacle, a performance, and art piece.  With great attention to detail, use of unconventional items, and classic Seville Row trained tailoring, he brought his imagination to life every season on the catwalk.

Sadly, the last few years of his life he had lost close friend Isabella Blow (credited to launching him into fashion fame) and his mother last week.

I hope he has finally found some peace.  His legend will live on.

Alexander McQueen Website

moving 3 cats and a duck across 2 rivers and an island…

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

A few days ago we packed up all our studio gear and our cats and moved from New Jersey to beautiful Brooklyn on the coldest day of the year. I don’t know quite how we accumulated so much stuff especially since 1 (Kat) have only been on the East Coast for a little over a year!

We are now in the process of opening boxes and trying to figure out what we managed to leave behind. This means that we don’t really get to shoot until we set up the new studio. Still looking to get risers and another pocket wizard, but after that we should be ready to roll once again.

So no new images for a week or so but here is a few beauty images we took with Erin McCarthy for Makeup Forever a few months ago.

The Jonny Rose Project

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

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We occasionally step into the realm of music photography. Definitely something we would like to do more of. When our friend Jonny Rose approached us to do some promo work for him, we jumped at the chance. He asked for a more contemporary electro feel to the images, simple plain background, more of a portrait of an artist. It was a relatively quick shoot, 2 wardrobe changes, and a couple silhouette shots. Overall pretty good job. The label likes it (really important), the artist likes it (also important), and we like it! For Jonny all things have been go since teaming up with Jive Records. We have got to see him really grow as an artist. When we met him we was in a musical duo but in the past year he has branched off on his own and really has come into his own!

Check out his work:

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Jonny’s Myspace

Mermaids and Musings

Monday, October 12th, 2009

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We have not posted in a while since we are waiting for a number of shoots that we have finished to be published so we are at a bit of a stand still for now in terms of what we can show here on this blog.¬† When not shooting, editing, marketing, etc we have been catching up of the latest of the fashion week offerings from around the world.¬† While some shows were better than others and it is a bit of a personal opinion, where better to express one’s personal opinions that on a blog!

Sorry to be using the first person in this section, but since I am writing this in the middle of the night while Duck toils on with the blogs backend and design, I shall be using I instead of us for the rest of this post.

I have been obsessed with the McQueen show for this season! Not that I found prior reasons lacking, but in all honesty I was not as excited with a few of his past seasons. I LOVE McQueen for the other worldliness he brings to his shows. To watch his show is not to watch another model walk down a shiny white catwalk wearing ridiculously overpriced separated you will see knocked off in the local high street shops in a few seasons. No, to watch one of his shows is more akin to seeing a performance with costumes you would imagine in in a dream, or at least in a west end show. It started with a very sensual underwater video that had a distinct music video quality. It was a very inspiring show though a little long. It was called Plato’s Atlantic. The prints were gorgeous and the shoes amazing! The show started in vibrant colour ways of snakeskin prints on what I imaging to be silk matched with shoes reminiscent of fetish ballet shoes and equally easy to walk in judging by the models cantor. The show progressed from above ground to an underwater inspired palette of shimmering blues and iridescents. I am completely in love and am dying to shoot these pieces!

If you have no idea what i am talking about you can see it here, thanks to the ShowStudio blog:

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Other inspirational videos on the ShowStudio blog I have been watching lately is the winning movie made by Ruth Hogben for Gareth Pugh. Ruth Hogben has been awarded a prize for her Gareth Pugh A/W ’09 film at the second annual A Shaded View on Fashion Film festival in Paris. That is another really fantastic fashion blog written by Diane Pernet. It’s not to be missed. A Shaded View That being said, the film it a stark contrasty affair showcasing models in Pugh’s designs walking a undulating to a rhythmic almost industrial beat. Using freeze frames, split frames, and mirroring editing techniques, Hogben really makes this video rock. She creates a mood and feeling that is entirely unique to and truly captures the essence of Gareth Pugh and his vision.

Seriously watch this film: Pugh