Chloe’s Rainbow

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It’s not that often that you come across a model who has such a stamp on her own personal style, such a sense of adventure and wanderlust for the world. We were talking about her modeling career and how it has changed since she started coloring her hair (yes, she does it herself!) which she said came about after years of modeling as a blonde and wanting to do something different, wanting to express herself. She was so tired of just being a “Barbie doll” and she thought, “Hey, if it doesn’t work, I’ll just go to art school.” Once she made the change, two modeling agencies dropped her until she found her way to ONE Model Management who totally embraced who she was. Now, especially though the power of Instagram and social media, she is a huge rising star, something so nice to see happen to a really sweet woman who loves to talk about traveling the world and organic human experiences, keeping a journal and lighting up a photoshoot like a rainbow in the sky.

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Chloe Nørgaard for Hanley Mellon

chloe615 This fall here at the studio we photographed digital assets for a new label called Hanley Mellon, created by Nicole Hanley Mellon, a former stylist for Ralph Lauren (and you know how I feel about RL)

The above is a cinemagraph of model Chloe Norgaard which is now live as the landing image on HanleyMellon.com. When we shot this at our studio I was looking at Chloe, so famous for her ever changing hair color, and thought: let’s just make it about her hair! After all… you can’t miss it.

Nicole and I have since become friends which is always the best outcome of something that starts as a job, to both like the people you end up working with, and in this case, to love what they have created. I find Nicole’s personal style incredibly inspiring. During our 2nd shoot together she was discussing heel height with one of her partners, making the point that flats were much chicer to wear out at night because you’re not in pain or walking like a dinosaur.

I totally agree.

But when she does wear heels, she does them so well. I also spent the entire day wearing Hanley Mellon when we went on our New York City ‘choose your own adventure’ together because the clothing is made to be simple and chic and above all comfortable.

Nicole interviewed me recently, one of my favorites of all the interviews I’ve done… which isn’t surprising since I seem to heart everything about Hanley Mellon.

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Happy Holidays

Holiday_Party_cover00 How lucky are we that we get to work with our best friends? My friendship with Kelly began 3 years ago on a shoot in Malibu where we shot all day, and dreamed all night. Fast forward to now, another year in our friendship. We shared a house in Amagansett, she threw me the best birthday party of all, we collaborated on shoots from CHANEL to golden goddesses, cool kids to Victoria Secret models. Before we each go home to our real families Kelly and I had a Holiday Party here at the studio for our little New York family, the ones that buy you a drink after a hard day or make you laugh when work is stressful or keep you inspired though all forms of collaboration… and the occasional selfie.

Of course we had to go big and by go big we mean we decked the entire party out in Ralph Lauren from the table tops to the shoes! …so it was basically my dream party. Zach, Kelly’s boyfriend (who just opened a new restaurant in Manhattan!) made the most beautiful dinner of Coq au Vin (recipe HERE!) while Kevin welcomed our guests with a Suburban cocktail (see his story & recipe below!).

Kelly took care of the table with a focus on personal touches, my favorite being the way she did the place settings by using a small silver frame and having me print photos that I have taken of us through the years (which was super easy using THIS), as a way to mark each person’s seat at the table. I loved this touch. I thought it really represented our friendship and collaboration and was an amazing way for everyone to re-tell the story behind the image.

While she sat the table I thought it would be fun to put the photo studio in use even for a dinner party! I threw up a gray seamless and put some warm gels over a couple of kino flo lights and had the camera ready to go to take portraits of each other, to remember this time in our lives together, and this holiday season. As the night progressed the portrait studio turned into a candid riot of laughter and dancing and all out friendship silliness. I cherish this night, these real moments of laugher and wine, photography and art- all the passions that brought us together in the first place.

So here’s to the holiday season. I hope you find some inspiration in our intimate Ralph Lauren inspired dinner party for your own this December and remember to be with the ones that you love….

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Kelly has a method to her table-setting-madness! See here entertaining tips here

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Above~ keeping it classic in a Ralph Lauren Collection Cashmere Chunky Knit Turtleneck (I order a size up to make it extra cozy), Collection Pencil Skirt and Suede Blamina Sandal

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B.Balenciaga

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How does perfume emerge into the world? I recently tried Balenciaga’s newest creation by creative director Alexander Wang, called B.Balenciaga. The frosted bottle reminded me of a block of ice, perhaps a place where all creative ideas are frozen and then as they emerge into fruition begin to melt away, slowly, as ice turns into liquid.

As winter descends upon us I look forward to the spring, the thawing of ideas, the emergence of beautiful florals and that mossiness of the forest damp from the melting snow. But until then, I’ll take this scent made for women like me: romantic and modern, delicate as a flower and as strong as ice.

PS-  peek behind the scenes of this cinemagraph



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