MOON FEVER

This new webitorial for Jute Magazine titled "Moon Fever" that I styled was a true passion project. When Samantha approached me about doing a Japanese street style / Sailor Moon inspired story, I said "YES" instantly even though I was in Paris for work at the time and had no idea what my schedule would be like. Actually it felt like fate because earlier in the day, I had been walking around the Marais and heard a street musician playing the original Sailor Moon theme song on a cello. And it MUST have been fate because when Sam asked Jo if he wanted to work on it as well he allegedly replied "I am Sailor Moon" and texted a selfie wearing a Sailor Moon t-shirt (that t-shirt in fact appears in the story).
So with a dream creative team in place we began casting our Sailor Guardians and I have to say, in their own unique way, each model truly became their character. I really want to thank the models and their agencies because they must have thought we were crazy when we pitched the story and they were all incredibly game.
For all three of us (Jo, myself and Sam), for whatever reason, Sailor Moon had truly made an impact on us as kids. I can't speak for the others but for me it was the combination of girl power and mysticism that was intoxicating. If you're not familiar with the story, Sailor Moon and her friends are awakened by their cat familiars, Luna and Artemis, to realize that they have been reborn and that in their previous life they were princess/priestess/warriors on the moon. United, they transform to fight crime and restore the "Silver Millennium" with power or the "Legendary Silver Crystal".... I could go on.
It's not every day that you get to execute an idea you love with people you love and for that I am truly grateful.
Anyway, it was Jo who said that models really are like magical girls, in the sense that the right haircut for instance could transform a career. Below are a few of my favorite images that appeared in the Jute story. Hopefully I will be able to share more soon. Enjoy!

 

Lani (Kim Dawson) as Sailor Moon wears Veda pink suede jacket (left) and Veda black leather jacket with Jo's Sailor Moon t-shirt, Public School skirt and TUK creepers (right)

Lani (Kim Dawson) as Sailor Moon wears Veda pink suede jacket (left) and Veda black leather jacket with Jo's Sailor Moon t-shirt, Public School skirt and TUK creepers (right)

Mary Tish (Dragonfly Agency) as Sailor Jupiter wears MSGM dress (left) and Adidas Haley (Kim Dawson) as Sailor Venus wears Magda Butrym blouse and Moussy jeans (right)  

Mary Tish (Dragonfly Agency) as Sailor Jupiter wears MSGM dress (left) and Adidas Haley (Kim Dawson) as Sailor Venus wears Magda Butrym blouse and Moussy jeans (right)  

Haley wears Grlfrnd denim jacket and Zimmermann dress (left) and Mayle blouse and See By Chloe dress (right)

Haley wears Grlfrnd denim jacket and Zimmermann dress (left) and Mayle blouse and See By Chloe dress (right)

Haley wears Anine Bing jacket and jeans, RtA top and Vans (left) Mary TIsh wears Anine Bing dress and jacket with Magda Butrym pearl choker necklace (right)

Haley wears Anine Bing jacket and jeans, RtA top and Vans (left) Mary TIsh wears Anine Bing dress and jacket with Magda Butrym pearl choker necklace (right)

Kristin (Campbell Agency) as Sailor Mars wears Clu sweatshirt and Mother of Pearl pants (left) and Magda Butrym dress (right)

Kristin (Campbell Agency) as Sailor Mars wears Clu sweatshirt and Mother of Pearl pants (left) and Magda Butrym dress (right)

Lani wears Love By Diego Binetti silk dress (left) Britton (Wallflower Mgmt) as Sailor Mercury wears MiH silk blouse and jeans

Lani wears Love By Diego Binetti silk dress (left) Britton (Wallflower Mgmt) as Sailor Mercury wears MiH silk blouse and jeans

Lani wears Pamela Love earrings, MM6 tee, Grlfrnd denim jeans (left) and Mason by Michelle Mason top and Sass & Bide (right)

Lani wears Pamela Love earrings, MM6 tee, Grlfrnd denim jeans (left) and Mason by Michelle Mason top and Sass & Bide (right)

Photography: Samantha Jane
Hair and Makeup: Jo Franco
Models: Lani and Haley (Kim Dawson) Mary Tish (Dragonfly) Britton (Wallflower) Kristen (Campbell)
Wardrobe Consideration courtesy of Elements
Other accessories: Daiso, Hot Topic, Amazon and stylist's own
(Styling by me)

The Black Castle: The Video

I am enormously excited to announce that our finalist, America won the Kim Dawson Model Search Viewers' Choice award and I am equally excited to share the video that we worked on together with Rambo.
In the video America (and Ashley) model Pamela Love, Maniamania, Jonathan Simkhai, Mayle, R/R Studio, Anine Bing, Jacquie Aiche, Gold Hawk and Jen's Pirate Booty - all from Elements, as well as mine and Carol's personal assortment of vintage and Bloodmilk. Also featured is The Wild Unknown Tarot.
 

Special thanks to Fred Holston, Robert Cody Maxwell, Carol Aldridge, Lana Adams, Chad Newlon, Richard Bettinger, Liberty Calloway,  and Kathy Costa.

The Black Castle

This year I was honored to be asked to style a video for the Kim Dawson Model Search. I chose to collaborate with my friend and current go-to photographer Rambo and of course my favorite styling assistant, Carol Aldridge. At the time that Fred at Kim Dawson approached me about working on the video I was in the process of rereading "We Have Always Lived In The Castle" by Shirley Jackson, one of my favorite books of all time. I was also very stressed because I was leaving for Paris on a buying trip shortly there after and I was nervous that I would not be able to complete the video in time to meet the deadline requirement. One evening, I stayed up late reading  "We Have Always Lived In The Castle" and fell asleep with it still in my hands, dreaming of it all night. When I awoke the next morning, I knew what I wanted to do. I texted Rambo and Carol right away,  Merricat would be our muse. Rambo and I had recently shot at a location called The Black House, a restore 100 year old farm house in historic Weatherford owned by my friends Chad and Richard.  (I hope to be able to share these images with you soon) I was immediately enchanted with the beauty of The Black House and inspired to shoot there again as soon as possible. So I knew we already had the perfect location. While I was in Paris, Rambo and Carol informed me we had been assigned to work with America. Later, Fred would cast Ashley as our Constance and introduce us to the very talented hair and makeup artist Lana Adams. Both girls were the picture of grace and professionalism.  The video is still being edited and will debut next month but I'm proud to share these stills (shot by Rambo and styled by me and Carol, with HMU by Lana) now. Don't forget to vote for America! She was wonderful to work with - we asked a lot of her and she was consistently patient, polite and hard working. I'm sure she will be very successful in the industry. 

 

R/R Studio blouse and Maison Mayle leather dress, both from Elements Sterling silver bird skull ring by Bloodmilk, stylists own Vintage silver and onyx ring and vintage lace petticoat, styling assistants own Taxidermy hawk wing and crystal headpiece by Lana Adams Tarot cards by The Wild Unknown

R/R Studio blouse and Maison Mayle leather dress, both from Elements
Sterling silver bird skull ring by Bloodmilk, stylists own
Vintage silver and onyx ring and vintage lace petticoat, styling assistants own
Taxidermy hawk wing and crystal headpiece by Lana Adams
Tarot cards by The Wild Unknown

Mayle dress from Elements

Mayle dress from Elements

Vintage dresses and ribbon chokers, stylists own Anine Bing lace bra from Elements  

Vintage dresses and ribbon chokers, stylists own
Anine Bing lace bra from Elements

 

Anine Bing lace bras, Anine Bing silk camisole, Goldhawk silk camisole and Jen's Pirate Booty lace trim cotton shorts all from Elements Vintage lace petticoat, hoop skirt and pearl choker, styling assistants own  

Anine Bing lace bras, Anine Bing silk camisole, Goldhawk silk camisole and Jen's Pirate Booty lace trim cotton shorts all from Elements
Vintage lace petticoat, hoop skirt and pearl choker, styling assistants own
 

R/R Studio blouse and Mayle leather dress, both from Elements Bird skull ring by Bloodmilk, stylists own Vintage lace petticoat, styling assistants own Taxidermy hawk wing and crystal headpiece by Lana Adams

R/R Studio blouse and Mayle leather dress, both from Elements
Bird skull ring by Bloodmilk, stylists own
Vintage lace petticoat, styling assistants own
Taxidermy hawk wing and crystal headpiece by Lana Adams

See by Chloe blouse from Elements
Vintage nightgown, stylists own  

Vintage nightgown, stylists own
 

Jonathan Simkhai lace dress and shrug, both form Elements Maniamania sterling silver and quartz crystal ring, stylists own

Jonathan Simkhai lace dress and shrug, both form Elements
Maniamania sterling silver and quartz crystal ring, stylists own

Vintage nightgown, stylists own.

Vintage nightgown, stylists own.

NYFW SS17

I always enjoy attending New York Fashion week. I love the city and I love the thrill of a fashion show, it never gets old. One of the highlights of this buying season so far was attending the Tibi Spring 2017 show with my friend Yesi Fortuna. Yesi is a very talented photographer and she was able to snap images of some of my favorite looks from the show as well as a few of me coming and going. 

Checking a few emails before the show starts.

Checking a few emails before the show starts.

My favorite pieces from the show. I ordered it for myself in black! I can't wait to wear this with sneakers or flat sandals.

My favorite pieces from the show. I ordered it for myself in black! I can't wait to wear this with sneakers or flat sandals.

Here I am pictured leaving the store. I paired a new silk maxi cardigan by We Are Leone with an old favorite Mason By Michelle Mason lace trim slip dress, Saint Laurent boots and of course my trusty Stetson hat, Chanel bag and Pamela Love jewelry.

 

All photos by Sukilynn

Inspiration: 90s Supermodels

Diversity in models is something Rambo and I both feel very strongly about. We wanted this fun, summer shoot to have the liberated, upbeat, girl power feeling of youthful camaraderie of group photos of 90s icons like Naomi, Tyra, Iman, Kate, Cindy and Linda. A special thanks is owed to The Belmont Hotel for letting us use their beautiful space, to Kim Dawson for lending us their Nina, Lauren and Dillon, to Topic for posing as Nina's love interest, to Carol Aldridge for assisting me, to Judy Aldridge for lending us her authentic 90s vintage accessories and to Elements for all other wardrobe. 

 

Inspiration: 60s Screen Siren

Recently, I was able to collaborate with two of my favorites, Rambo & Shane Monden, on a test shoot starring Laurie Bing. I was inspired by my favorite movie muses of the 1960s (both real and fictional) such as Mrs. Robinson, Julianne Moore in A Single Man, Edie Sedgwick, Holly Golightly and the Valley of the Dolls. I felt myself drawn to the way these women were so glamorous yet still a little rough around the edges. Special thanks to Dinah Capshaw for allowing us to shoot in her fabulous home.

 

Leopard print blazer: Barbara Bui
Lace bra: Anine Bing
Gold plated earring: Iosseliani

Earrings: Dannijo
Fur and wool coat: MSGM
Ruffled dress: MSGM
Gold embroidered dress: N21
Lace bra: Anine Bing
Additonal earrings: stylist's own

White tee and pantyhose: model's own
Earrings: Dannijo
Lace bra: Anine Bing
Black top: Public School
White lace top: Alexis
Denim shorts: Levi's
Additional earrings: stylist's own

All photography by Rambo
HMU: Shane Monden
Model: Laurie Bing
Stylist: Stevie Moore
Wardrobe courtesy of Elements

El Cosmico

Staying at the El Cosmico is a magical experience. It is like summer camp for adults. You can stay in a teepee, safari tent, refurbished vintage trailer, yurt, pitch your own and sleep under the stars or in the Brite Building. I had read about the property for years but never made it out. Fantasizing about a place is often a recipe for a let down but the El Cosmico exceeded my expectations. There's just something in the air... I felt particularly fortunate to have the opportunity to style a photo shoot around there and capture the wild, free, nostalgic energy with the help of traveling companions Rambo and Dillon

In the teepee.
Nightcap clothing dress, Levi's denim shorts and Pamela Love jewelry all from Elements. Additional jewelry from Bella & Chloe.  

Outside the trailer.  Moussy jeans, J Brand blouse and Pamela Love jewelry all from Elements. Boots by Cobra Rock. Additional jewelry from Bella & Chloe.

Outside the trailer. 
Moussy jeans, J Brand blouse and Pamela Love jewelry all from Elements. Boots by Cobra Rock. Additional jewelry from Bella & Chloe.

In the Brite Building. 6397 dress from Elements, bracelet from Bella & Chloe.

In the Brite Building.
6397 dress from Elements, bracelet from Bella & Chloe.

In the Brite Building. 
Hat, Stetson. Ring, Bella & Chloe. Lace lingerie set, photographer's own.

 

Photographer: Rambo
Model: Dillon Duchesne (Kim Dawson
Stylist: me
 

Special thanks to our dear friend Cara Crossley for her generosity and hospitality. 

Midsummer's Dream

Photographer: Scot & Kristi Redman
Models: Wallflower Management
Stylist: Stevie
Wardrobe: Elements, Dolly Python, Vintage Martini, V.O.D. and Stylists own. 

Zimmermann blouse from Elements

Zimmermann blouse from Elements

Jennifer Behr headband from V.O.D., vintage Dolce & Gabbana lace gown from Vintage Martini

Jennifer Behr headband from V.O.D., vintage Dolce & Gabbana lace gown from Vintage Martini

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Zimmermann dresses from Elements

Pamela Love arrowhead rings ofrom Elements

Pamela Love arrowhead rings ofrom Elements