Posts Tagged ‘New York’

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: 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: 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.

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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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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Ready for Lift Off

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Hair Test (©2009 Kat+Duck)

Hair: Andreas H

MUA: Tina G

Styling: Samantha Sleeper

Model: Lillian @ Basic Model Management

We are currently working with this amazing hair stylist from Austria, Andreas (Seriously go check out his work, it’s pretty mind blowing and I do not say this lightly).¬† I completely forget how he found us or vice-versa, but any how we met him for coffee, and that was a start of a fairly long journey into a sea of hair. Not too long after our initial meeting he was coming over every day to work on hair and when the place he was staying in was closed down, he ended up moving in.¬† He is such a workaholic, our entire entry way is covered in hair!

We planned a crazy big shoot that was supposed to happen last weekend but has been pushed to this weekend since we want everything to be perfect.  Instead we worked on a hair test to see how at least one of the pieces looked and how robust of a model we will need to be casting.  So at this exact time I have hair, makeup, stylist, and of course ourselves.  Now to cast 3 models who can endure this amazing shoot Рand trust me this one will be amazing!

Of course, while I am sitting here writing this and writing emails to bookers and photoshopping the last 2 shoot and working on our promo, I am starting to realize that I think we may indeed benefit form an intern!¬† That being said and the little angry man in my head telling me to get back to work, I leave you with a few images from last Sunday’s shoot.

Edit: Now time has passed since I initially wrote this past post and we have so far shot the hair story for submission and are in the process of editing and doing all the post work.¬† The hair ended up looking amazing and came out even BETTER than this test.¬† We are so very pleased with the outcome.¬† Sad I cannot post those at the moment, so you will just have to deal with the test shoot for now, happy in the knowledge that an amazing hair story will eventually be posted in it’s stead.

Oh and now Andreas has gone home and we are back to planning another one month stay and non stop photo shoots!

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.

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Hair: Kahlil Oliver

MUA: Daniel K

Model: Kacie @ Major

Pictures of you

Monday, August 31st, 2009

We have a lot of shoots currently under review right now and hopefully will be able to share the final outcomes really soon.  We had a shoot with this fantastic upcoming fashion designer, Samantha Sleeper Рkeep an eye on her, we have a feeling she is going to do some spectacular things.  The story is dark and moody, glamorous and sexy, we love love love this shoot and just cannot share yet!  We also have been experimenting on the cove in the downstairs studio Рan entire room of white coved loveliness!!!

As always in the meantime, we have outtakes!  You do just love seeing our beautiful faces!

Oh yes, and in other news, we hung out the other day with one of Duck’s photographer friends from San Francisco, Hudson Cuneo.¬† Check out his work -it’s divine!

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We went out to Coney Island last Saturday, something I have not done since I did that shoot for Auxilliary Magazine’s Summer issue!¬† It was a perfect day, nicely overcast and threatening to rain.¬† So we grabbed umbrellas and went to the seaside.¬† Sadly everything was closed except one lonely Peruvian roast chicken stand.¬† With the promise of beer we sat down and oredered some chicken and plantains only later to find out that the aforementioned beer was not to be!¬† It was still a great day talking shop and a nice excursion out from the photography studio!KDchains

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Dirt Mansion

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

The joy of photography is the lack of immediacy of which we can show our work to the general public.  First we have to wait for selects from bookers, then we have to do the post production on the images, and then we have to wait and see if they are going to in fact be published and if they are when the visibility embargo ends on them.  Only then can e post images on the blog.  That being said we did a shoot with our pop star friends Dirt Mansion.  They are another great creative team, Katie and Johnny.  Check them out!

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We got really great access to this beautiful location in Manhattan which really helped set the mood of the shoot.¬† With the aide of a fantastic stylist who pulled some really current designer fashion, we pulled off a pretty good looking shoot, if I do say so myself….

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Pan American Death Trip Pt. 3

Sunday, June 28th, 2009





Louisiana:
Specifically New Orleans. Booked 2 nights at this lovely boutique hotel next to the French Quarter. Sad that our friend in NOLA were out of town, but we did get a bunch of advice on where to go. We had the most amazing food, gumbo, blackened redfish, marinated crab claws, po’boys, and bignets! We also squeezed in checking out 2 of the many hundred (or so it seams) cemeteries, a drink on Bourbon Street, a trolley ride, a voodoo shop, and both buying and then breaking my jar of pickled okra on the floor of the bignet shop. And yes, it was a hot, sticky, sweaty 106 degrees!!!! Sad to leave, not sad to get out of the weather. Much come back and visit friends. Everyone there was so bloody nice!
Decided the get the hell out of Dodge and come back to the land of the living. We were tired and we missed the cats, so drove straight through Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Jersey – that is not an easy feat kids!
Now we are back, rested, showered, and back to the task of being photographers. Stay tuned there is always more to come……

Pan American Death Trip Pt. 2

Sunday, June 28th, 2009





Arizona:
Visited some of Duck’s family, had a nice home cooked dinner (thank God, I get so tired of eating out all the time). Then off again the next day. Stopped in the Saguaro National Forrest. Filled with the stick ‘em up cacti. Getting hotter….
Drove through New Mexico in the dead of night and on to Texas:
Stopped off in Austin and stayed with a friend of a friend, don’t you just love those, they always seem to help when you are in a bit of a pickle of just low on funds… Very cool city but did not have enough time to really explore. Its like a California city plonked in the middle of Texas – weird! Really must go back. Hotter yet but nothing compared to our next stop…

Pan American Death Trip Pt. 1

Sunday, June 28th, 2009






Since blogger only allows me a 6 image post, and we are indeed photographers, the road trip wrap up is going to be done in installments to maximize the photos. It has been a strange two and a half weeks in the otherwise stationary work of Kat and Duck. We started off flying to San Francisco for a week to

1. visit family
2. get a break from NYC
3. pick up my car
4. get a decent burrito
We managed to accomplish our goals, but as always remembered things we wanted to do as soon as we left the city. Then again there is always next time, and I forgot how little time we had to have fun and try to get a photo shoot in! Oops, I always over book things to do! We got our photo shoot, and some dim sum, dinner with Family at the Citrus club, checked out the new Academy of Sciences, got sushi with designer friends Kristin and Richard (of Hiss and Hearse fame), went to Sacramento for a friend’s salon opening, and went sake tasting!
So we embarked for our week and a half on the road from California, through Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania and back to Jersey and New York. Ok, so I didn’t really look at the map when I got the amazingly bright idea to drive the car across country in July (hot hot hot!)!
Also among the bright ideas with dim outcomes was the idea to blog everyday in the road. I mean, we did bring computers and cameras with us, but then was the tricky issue of internet and time. So the facebooks and the twitters were kept up to date but the blog withered away in a ditch shortly outside San Francisco, but never fear, it has been revived and it is alive again!
California:
After SF we drove down to visit our makeup artist friend Courtney in LA for 2 days. Good fun, though our photo shoot totally fell through! Had some more delightful Mexican food and a lot of drinks before running off. Weather was hot but nothing compared to later in the trip! We then drove to the Salton Sea, if you have no idea what I am talking about I would go goole it now. I mean NOW, go on, I’ll wait for you to get back…… So that was pretty rad but that also meant that we did not have time to stop by Joshua Tree (the hippy burner inside of me cried a tear), again something to put on that next time list.