Just sharing some personal photos from my Miami trip!! My boyfriend shot these on our new Canon 5D Mark2 Camera. Super proud of him and so grateful to have captured such beautiful locations. Hope you enjoy
2014 was a huge year for me! I had the honor and priveledge of working with some of the most incredible clients. Almost two years ago I started working the stunning Janelle Monae and my entire career path changed. Before then I was pretty much only working with men and as soon as she came into my life so did all these incredible ladies! It was a perfect lesson in you really never know what life has in store for you! My assistants Jen, Laura and Alphi created the best team a girl could ask for, we really all grew so much together. We opened my office this year, actually they moved in while I flew back from killing the MET gala with Janelle Monae. I landed and headed straight to tape “Fashion Police” with my girl Rumer Willis and by the end of the day I had my name on the door and a parking spot! It was pretty overwhelming. Shortly after that I signed with my amazing agent Kent Belden who just started “The Only Agency” and after years of knocking down agency’s doors I finally ended up in my new home, and it couldn’t be more perfect. I decided to launch this blog and as I type my 50th post I thank all the girls (and boys) out there that have become loyal viewers to the site. I look forward to bringing you more content next year and continuing to expand my business!
I am so grateful for all the opportunities I have had, and this year was a big one for me. I have no idea what 2015 has in store, but I am looking forward to it. Each job is the opportunity to learn and grow and thats all I could ask for. Thank you to all my girls, Kat Graham, Demi Lovato, Janelle Monae, Rumer Willis, Claudia Lee and Fall out Boy for believing in me and allowing me to be apart of your team. It was equally a pleasure to briefly work with Tessa Thompson, Jamie Chung, and Beth Behrs, Cher Lloyd, and Timbaland.
I am so grateful for the support of my family and friends and mostly my boyfriend Chase who puts up with my crazy. And thank you to all of you for continuing to support me and show me love. Happy New Year!!!!
Simply, clean look on KG at Vera Wang- I made her lie flat in the car on the way so she wouldn’t wrinkle the silk skirt haha
Lots of controversy on this look with Rue- she rocked it though (Pink panty slip and all)
Sexy look on Kat in Bec and Bridge
First carpet with Claudia- named one of the best dressed at ELLE Women in Hollywood
My little Claudia Lee all grown up in this George Chakra dress!!
First Red Carpet with Tessa- real hollywood glam moment.
The MET Gala- named one of the best red carpet moments of 2014 by NY Magazine. My first MET- I was 26 years old.
Janelles first dress on a red carpet- great way to end 2014 with her.
Elton John Oscar Party- we danced until 4am
First red carpet with Rumer- talk about shutting it down!!!! Such a good dress.
Possibly my favorite gown look on KG!! The blue jewels set it over for me.
Rumer the rock star- she is so sexy it was fun to stay more low key and let the Rodarte booties do the talkin!
Custom made suit for DL by Ashton Michael- We loved this
Black girls Rock!!!!! BET show performance. I found this jacket at Forever 21!!!! M for Monae
Loved Janelle in the skirt and Kimbra in the pants- was a fun switch up. Janelle is wearing American Apparel
I don’t share too much about the Men clients I style, but I’m obsessed with how great these Vince Staples shots for Flaunt Magazine turned out. I loved that he was excited about his style, because most Dudes don’t typically care too much, but Vince had a point of view and knew exactly what he liked and wanted to wear. The best part about working with a new artist and working on editorial shoots are experimenting with designer pieces and it was fun to put him in Louis Vuitton, APC, Burberry, Alexander McQueen, and Comme De Garcon pieces, but we did keep his style true to his roots – hence the custom made “Long Beach” bomber jacket.
– SHOP THE LOOK –
I love working with Rumer – I’m always grateful when we collaborate, especially when kickass moments get recognized and give her the style recognition she deserves. She’s always been about experimenting and evolving, but I love where’s she’s at right now and I’m super stoked that designers and the fashion world are taking notice – like Franziska Fox. When she booked the Fall campaign for the company, I was super excited about working on this shoot with her and the Franziska Fox team. Rumer amazingly rocked a hott Franziska skirt to the Elle’s Women in Music Celebration, which got tons of press for her FUEGO-NESS, so I knew she was going to rock this shoot.
The photo shoot was a success and the team was incredible to work with. I was really excited to be in my hometown (New York) with Rue, and the clothes looked great in the fittings and the pre-production meeting. We got even more excited, when we found out the talented Michael Avedon was shooting this campaign – he’s so passionate about his talent and that energy gave the photo shoot a really great vibe.
With that being said, when we finally saw the shots being used for the campaign, Rue and I were really disappointed. Franziska Fox decided to launch the photos for the campaign before getting Rumer’s approval. She nor anyone on her team would have given the images approval, because some were terribly photoshopped. The photoshop done to her face is insulting and disrespectful to Rumer, but society, really. Rumer is such a beauty and to distort her features, which was the main reason why she was hired is baffling. I could not believe my eyes when I saw some of the photos, they were completely different from the photos I remember, especially after comparing the photos I shot with my phone (see below).
The lighting, makeup and photos were so beautiful, especially her body, she’s in insane shape, so the photoshop was unnecessary.
The images that were shot and the images that were released are complete opposites – it is mind-blowing to me and everyone that knows Rue. These photos give the fashion industry a bad rep. The fashion industry has taken strides, legally and morally, to protect the women that work in this industry, to prevent the psychological issues this industry has caused, but most importantly, to fix the message that is being projected to young females in the world. These images represent a woman who is not comfortable in her own skin, which is the complete opposite of who Rumer Willis is and what she’s about. She’s kickass, confident, respects herself and most importantly leads a healthy lifestyle, which could NEVER justify any alterations to her face or her body, in any shape or form – not even a unique beauty mark. I am sad and dissapointed that these images are the end result, especially a project that everyone involved was excited for.
I’m so protective of my clients and I’m just as hurt by these images of Rue, as if it was my own body being altered.
I want to close this post with a couple questions addressed to the company that released these photos:
HOW WOULD YOU FEEL if someone dramatically altered the way you looked???
How did a FEMALE company look at the altered photos and feel confident that the images chosen were the best representation of the brand?
To Michael Avedon’s team: You’re so talented and your skill is so recognized – How could you approve these images? They overshadow your talent.
Women in this industry are already picked apart, ridiculed, and judged – this is one perfect example. It’s sad when certain decisions like this are made, which is comparable to individuals that hide behind their computer screens and cyber bully – both are not cool in my book. Photoshop is a tool and great for filtering photos, 3D effects, and altering brightness, but not to terribly alter human beings. We should not stand for this kind of work- it’s not humane. The fashion industry is supposed to fun and about experimenting, but situations like this rob females of the beauty and fun of fashion.
* Rumer asked the company to retract the edited photos and only release the one’s she had approved and had not been edited.
A couple weeks ago I styled this shoot for the detergent company Woolite, featuring the beautiful and fun Jeannie Mai, for their new Fiber Flex #WEARAPY detergent, which guarantees your clothing’s fit lasting wash after wash. The outfits were bright and colorful just like Jeannie. She’s what I loved most about working on this project – she’s hilarious! She had me and the whole crew cracking up all day. What was also really rad about this shoot was the fact that the entire crew was female – the Photographer, Creative Agency, Producer, Glam Squad, the Production Designer and myself. It was a really great and inspiring dynamic to have an all female crew. We need more strong and successful women running shit.