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Pantin in Polaroids

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Recently we played around the studio with Chanel’s Spring Summer collection. Here are some behind-the-scenes Polaroids I fired off with my passport camera as Laurel brought to life all these kooky characters that reminded me of the subjects Cindy Sherman portrayed in her old black & white photographs…but this time, wrapped in Chanel and in living color.

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Miss Amy Keller

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With her porcelain skin and manicured lip, Miss Amy Keller is such a lady to me. One of my favorite secrets about Amy is that she doesn’t have Internet service at her apartment, opting to actually disconnect from work and the world when she goes home at night, choosing instead to read books of poetry. How lovely is that?!

When prepping for this shoot, I began by referencing paintings from the Edwardian era with its nods to society, social standings, fashion and luxury, taking inspiration from works like Giovanni Boldini’s “Portrait of Princess Marthe Bibesco“ and John Singer Sargent’s “Lady Agnew of Lochnaw“. Amy reminds me of King Edward VII, a leader of the fashionable elite and style-setter across Europe – as director of digital strategy at Linda Gaunt Communications in fashion public relations, she has her hand in creating the image and vibes of fashion brands like Hunter, LL BEAN, Trina Turk, Talbot Runhof, & Stila Cosmetics. She’s often emailing with ManRepeller or Into the Gloss, pitching story ideas or helping them with product information. Amy has dressed me for unforgettable events and took us up to Maine to learn about the iconic American brand L.L. Bean Signature. Aside from fashion and beauty, she even influences language trends – I learn all of my “fashion girl lingo” from her… “Totes”, “That’s my jam”, “Break it down”, and “Obvi” to name a few.

So here is my portrait of a lady, floating on a painter’s canvas, poised and beautiful, lovely as ever, just the way I imagine her in those Madison Avenue power meetings.

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Perfect day in New York?
Open the curtains, matcha, run through Prospect Park, head to my City + walk North, bump into friends I love, take pictures of things I’ll post nowhere and window shop everything!

Favorite trait of New Yorkers?
Resilience.

Favorite NYC secret?
Does this city still have secrets?

*above Amy wears Lela Rose // below in Talbot Runhof*

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Fashion is…
Costumes.

Women are…
beautiful works of art.

Favorite poem?
“He who binds to himself a joy
Does the winged life destroy;
But he who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in eternity’s sun rise.”
- William Blake

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Tia Cibani’s Designs Dance

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Movement. When I was interviewing designer Tia Cibani at her studio, one of the references of inspiration for her fall collection was just that, movement. The full dancer skirts, gathered backs, swinging dresses, and loose silhouettes all flow in graceful motions. Even in the fabric design, the blurred lines of the rose print look as if the fabric has flown by you, leaving behind only the scent of roses. The clothes hanging there in the showroom were screaming at me to be whirled around, caught in the wind, and flicked off a finger.

I asked Amy, a recent New Orleans transplant and a trained dancer (in ballet, jazz, AND tap) to come in and be our movement, our graceful, elegant motions. We started talking about dance, about her motivation to dance, and she said, “I love when you find that vulnerability of not caring and letting your body completely take over. It’s very invigorating.” And it was indeed, an exhilarating live performance piece in the middle of our studio; garments singing in ripples of red satin, billows of draped tweed, twirls of shining pleats!

After the shoot I asked Amy what it felt like to dance in these clothes, and she replied, “I felt like a goddess, like a queen. It was so beautiful, it moved with me like an extension of my body.” Now that sounds like an outfit I could dance my way through Manhattan in, too…

 

 

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Fashion & Tintype

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What is a dream? The American dream? The dream of stardom, of fame and fortune? Dreams of love? The dream marriage? We all have a dream, be it big or small, and I think actually we have more of these dreams in common than we realize.

Take our beautiful model - here she is, her 2nd day in New York. Young, beautiful, & wanting to make a better life for herself. She came here without family, sleeping in a friend’s apartment on the Upper East Side, so small they share a bed at night.

I was thinking about these stunning, intricate Monique Lhuillier bridal gowns which are individually a dream themselves. To have a gown of such care and design is a dream I’ve dreamed many times. The purpose of these treasures are to dress the body of brides. I remember being a bride, how full of dreams I was…wanting the night to float in the heavens as this perfect memory of love.

We shot some of my favorite pieces from the recent Spring/Summer 2015 Monique Lhuillier collection on tintype, a photographic process from the 1860s which creates a direct positive of the image on a thin sheet of iron holding the photographic emulsion, here at our studio in collaboration with our new friend and tintype photographer Giles Clement, who we met down in Texas this past spring. I chose to capture this young beautiful girl with all her dreams before her in these stunning romance-laced gowns on this 150 year old photographic process because I wanted it to look like a dream, what each of these subjects represent to me. Photography is so many things, surveys such an array of purposes from science and technology, art and commerce, to capturing historic and everyday events. Photography can also be a way to see into a fantasy, to create a world that only exists in your mind… and isn’t that the definition of dreams?

Special thanks to Giles Clement who spent the day with us creating these one of a kind pieces of art together; I cherish these photographs- a dream come true. 

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Modeled by Michaela of Decorum Models // Tintype Specialist Giles Clement // Makeup by Morgan Gates // Nails by Phylicia Henry // Hairstyling by Joseph DiMaggio // Dresses by Monique Lhuillier // Shot at Ann Street Studio

 

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