Monday, November 30, 2009

Autumn Wander: Photo Shoot with Christine Hahn, Featuring Rosie Boyce

I can never decide which shoot I style is my favorite, but the series below definitely places in top 3. Before I worked with Christine Hahn a lot of my work didn't really translate as "fashion", but more so portraiture, or editorial. But she taught me a thing or two about styling, but most of all to create a cohesive story and theme with the clothing.

Photographer: Christine Hahn
Wardrobe Stylist: Osiris Navarro
Hair Stylist: Tara Zak
Makeup Artist: Angel Dorr
Model: Rosie Boyce of SMG/ LA Models
Special Thanks: Aleph Geddis of Moksha for letting me borrow his vintage suitcase and some pieces from the store, LA based designer Junko, and the lovely town of Issaquah!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Picture Perfect: Model Test with Ashley Chanel SMG and Kyle Johnson

Ashley Chanel is one of my favorite models. Her look is unique and universal and whether she's on the runway or in front of camera she brings it! Aside from the obvious, she is gracious and has a heart of gold! I love working with this girl. I had the chance to work with her during Seattle Fashion Week, the Gold Coast Trading Co. ad campaign, etc. And just a couple weeks ago she told me she got signed to SMG! When she told me the news I told her instantly that I would put together something for her. The styling and overall composition was minimal in this shoot, but nonetheless flawless.

Photographer: Kyle Johnson
Makeup Artist: Stace Quach
Wardrobe Stylist: Osiris Navarro
Model: Ashley Chanel of SMG

Fresh face against a green shrub and muted clothing.

Victorian blouse circa pre 1920 paired with a billowy floral dress

The cutest vintage jumper. Love the color.

My favorite look out of the series. Soft and sheer vintage blouse dress with a slip underneath. This top is perfect for layering and is versatile to fit all seasons.

Happy Thanksgiving: Dress In Your Thursday's Best

Monochromatic is both a daring and safe way to look chic and dashing.

Neutral and nude colors with a punch of color.

Pair these shoes with sleek black nylon tights...yes please.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Miranda Kerr Just Got 100 Times More Adorable: Glamour December 2009

Today I picked up the Glamour December 2009 issue (mainly because Rihanna was on the cover) and I was floored when I saw the following editorial with Miranda Kerr. The editorial featured a trend this season...boyfriend fits and tomboyish looks. I absolutely love the styling/ art direction in this shoot and was a little disappointed to see that Glamour didn't credit the wardrobe stylist or fashion editor for this spread. Maybe it was in the fine print? I'm not sure, but if anyone has any leads let me know.

In every superwoman, there's a superman.

A fun remix of the classic school girl look.


Channeling John Cusack in "Say Anything"

Photos via MaxGone Online

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Grace Jones and Company Circa Days of Disco

Grace Jones looks like she knows how to party!

Studio 54 Madness

More Studio 54 madness. Hot tranny mess.

Living Legends. Grace and Andre. The most divine.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Gold Coast Trading Company S/S 2010: Ad Campaign Sneak Peek

Last week I got to help style/ assist my friend Emeka with his ad campaign for Gold Goast Trading Company. Bo Streeter flew down to shoot the campaign and Christine Hahn got to shoot some product for the line as well. The line has been receiving a lot of buzz and press, and who would have thought Emeka Alams would make it all happen in his 2 bedroom house in Shoreline, WA. If you get a chance pick up last month's issue of "Arise" magazine to see the write up.

The line has made a presence in New York, Chicago, London and is getting support from talent such as Afrikan Boy, M.I.A., and many more. Definitely a street brand to keep an eye out for. Many of the photos are still unreleased, but below is a sneak peek...

Cassi Go Home Duffel Bag- photo credit Christine Hahn

Sneak Peek 01- photo credit Bo Streeter

Sneak Peek 02- photo credit Bo Streeter

Museum of Contemporary Art: 30th Anniversary

I guess you can dress more or less quirkier, more or less glamorous, more or less artistic, more or less theatrical, more or less everything or nothing at all, overdressed or under dressed, with or without a stylist for an event such as...the 30th Anniversary of MOCA. What I'm trying to say is you can get away with more in an event like this. Kind of informal, but kind of not. Not necessarily dress code enforced, but you still got to come correct nonetheless! Anyway, below are some of my favorite looks of the night.

Gwen Stefani can do no wrong in my eyes. And I am loving Gavin's tattered white tee. Oh how I've missed these kids!

A splash of color! Ok, Marisa Tomei almost got it, but not quite. I love the splash of color in this picture. Summer colors in the Fall/ Winter season are my fave.

Nevermind John Legend...why is his girlfriend hella fine though?

Ms. Zoe in what she knows best...designer vintage.

Ciara and Peter Dundas of Pucci.

Beyonce and Lady Gaga Shut It Down: Video Phone Remix

My head officially just exploded. "Video Phone Remix" with Beyonce featuring Lady Gaga, directed by Hype Williams.

Hype Williams nailed it with the art direction in this video. With 2010 coming up things just keep getting freakier and more "edgy", however many fail to execute. But this music video seriously executes beyond belief.

It's like super heroine comic book vixens meets 50's bombshell pinups up with a splash of Jamaican Queens hoodrich bitch, and a pinch of slut sassy frass.

Love it! And I say all of the above in my most flamboyant limp wrist voice eva!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Soundtrack of My Life: Cat Power's The Greatest

Cat Power's "The Greatest" pretty much sums up the story of my life and trying to make things happen...or what others refer to as "the hustle". Some have wondered why I titled my blog "The Greatest", well, it's not as arrogant as it sounds. When I started this blog about a year ago I wasn't sure what direction I was going to take it. First I thought to include everything in my life, from my recipes, my outfits, party photos, emo ramblings, and more, but I figured that was too much of a clusterfuck. So I just went with it, and naturally this blog has been a chronicle of the past year documenting me trying to make it, me trying to land a good paying job doing what I love, me trying to get noticed by the right people for my talent and skill...basically me just doing it. People can be easily discouraged, especially in these trying times, but I figure something good will happen. And good things have happened, and it can only get better. I'm not pushin' a BMW or struttin' town in designer head to toe, but I'm managing and I'm staying active, constantly creating, constantly collaborating, and always staying inspired!

"Once I wanted to be the greatest
No wind or waterfall could stop me
And then came the rush of the flood
The stars at night turned you to dust

Melt me down
To big black armour
Leave no trace
Of grace
Just in your honor
Lower me down
That corporate slob
Make a watch
For a space in town
For the lack of the drugs
My faith had been sleeping
Lower me down
In the end
Secure the grounds
For the later parade

Once I wanted to be the greatest
Two faced, sad little rock
When things I couldn't explain
Any feelings
Lower me down
In the end
Secure the grounds
For the lack of the drugs
My faith had been sleeping
For the later parade

Once I wanted to be the greatest
No wind or water fall could stop me
And then came the rush of the flood
The stars at night turned you to dust"

Friday, November 13, 2009

Blush II Tonight:: Featuring Vantha Ry, Clutch, and More

I'm pretty excited they used my girl Jourdan Dunn for the event flier. some love and check the show out. I am trying to think of what to wear?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Fearless Femmes: Syreeta and Christine Collaboration

Sigh...I have such talented friends. Thanks to them I am always full of inspiration and ambition. I think it's important as an artist to surround yourself with people who share the same passion as you and are willing and open to share insight, collaborate, and help one another out.

Above is the dashing Syreeta in all her glory wearing a one of a kind design she created. These glasses are so wild and so awesome! I might sound a little bias since Syreeta is one of my best friends, but her talent is inevitable.The photo was taken by one of my favorite photographers Christine Hahn. We met back in April and we hit it off! When it comes to classic fashion editorial...I vouch for Christine Hahn before anyone else.

To see more of Syreeta's creations through the eyes of Christine Hahn click here.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Bombshells: Chanel Iman and Sesilee Lopez

Some of my favorite things are featured in Allure's October 2009 issue. Chanel Iman, Sesilee Lopez, pops of color, and oversize coats! The styling in this editorial is impeccable. It's sexy without showing too much skin. It's playful without playing with too many pieces. It's colorful without using too many colors.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Reality Bytes: MTV's Styl'D

As of last week I added another guilty pleasure on my roster of reality shows..."Styl'd". For those who are not in the loop the premise of the show goes like this...4 junior stylists compete for a contract with the prestigious agency MMA. The inevitable occurs...backstabbing, cutthroat, shenanigans! Just sayin!

Paprika: Photo Shoot with Christine Hahn

The weather was so suspect the day of the shoot. But this is Seattle, and we get all the seasons in the span of one week. The initial looks for the shoot were more summery. Hints of pink, chartreuse, and teal, but it just didn't fit the mood of the day. So we switched up the color scheme and motif a bit and I pulled the following looks.

Photographer: Christine Hahn
Model: Brittany Hartman from TCM
Stylist: Osiris Navarro
Hair: Mallory Hinkley
MUA: Kay Matthews

I am so inspired by the 1940's right now. I wanted to go for a classic suit look that wasn't monotone. High waisted tweed trousers, vintage 40's cowl neck top with silver clasps, and mustard yellow boyfriend fit blazer.

I didn't know this until I put the jacket on Brittany, but mustard yellow tones look fabulous on redheads. Such a warm and rich color offset.

I like to tie in colors when I style editorials, hence the mustard yellow hat and the yellow shades in the top. This look is similar to the first in the sense that it's a bit tomboyish. I paired high waisted trouser pants with a sheer billowy chiffon top. Looks so chic when the blouse is tucked in. A more casual weekend look.

I like doing tomboyish looks with girly elements. Such as this outfit with gold buckle platforms. Thanks to Erica Asahan from Gotta Have Shoes for letting me borrow these shoes.

Vertical stripes are so much fun.

I wore this outfit once to a photo shoot I was styling and got a great deal of compliments on it. I guess I sort of cheated when I pulled this look for this shoot, but I think Brittany wore it best. The blouse used to be a dress but I recently altered it and hemmed it. The waistline looks a bit awkward so its best to wear this blouse with a high waisted skirt.

Scalloped details, polka dots, and delicate little floral skinny belts.

Hunter green garments on redheads is the oldest trick in the book. But it always seems to work! Check out the lucite handle Gucci bag. Gorgeous! Scored that baby for $25 at a rummage sale.

While I enjoy pulling pieces from new designers and stores my true love is in vintage designer fashion. There is something about the way a dress is cut and sewn. And every piece I collect has a story of its own.