Tuesday, February 28, 2012

New York Fashion Week AW 2012...Hanneli

My favourite outfit that Hanneli wore during NY fashion week*? The Acne motorcyle jacket (amazing, amazing colour) and adorable Miu Miu gingham earrings at Jason Wu.

Recreate Hanneli's look (kind of):
Acne Rita suede aviator jacket (in blush suede - I know it isn't the electric blue but it is a beautiful, soft colour that would last for years).
Miu Miu gingham and plexiglass earrings (these looked so beautiful with the sunlight hitting them)

*closely followed by a Karen Walker dress :)

New York Fashion Week AW 2012...Ruby

Ruby Aldridge rugged up against the cold (and it was freaking cold that day), after Prabal Gurung, NYC, February 2012.

New York Fashion Week AW 2012...Violaine

Violaine Bernard, Fashion Director Velour Magazine, after Jason Wu, NYC, February 2012.

Recreate Violaine's look (kind of):

Elizabeth and James Evelyn wide-leg trousers (wide) or Rag & Bone leather-trimmed silk-chiffon maxi trousers (super dooper wide)  or Elizabeth and James floral print palazzo pants (so pretty - like wearing a Spring garden on your legs!)

Violaine is quite petite and I think she is a great example of being able to wear the palazzo/wide leg pants trend without being model tall.

New York Fashion Week AW 2012...Shanina

Aussie model Shanina Shaik, after Ruffian (and in the snow!),NYC, February 2012.

Recreate Shanina's Look (kind of):

Derek Lam small Ume bag (in indigo) or The Cambridge Satchel Co silver metallic satchel

New York Fashion Week AW 2012...Hanne

Hanne Gaby Odiele, after Jason Wu, NYC, February 2012.

Recreate Hanne's Look (kind of):

Lover wide leg jeans (one of my fav Aussie brands). To get Hanne's frayed hemline (which Garance was sporting on her jeans in London as well "I never have time to take them for alterations"), a night in with a pair of scissors and a Quick Unpick/Seam Ripper tool is in order.

 Bottega Veneta yellow and nude sandals (love Hanne's mustard yellow shirt but not everyone suits this colour.....I know this because I wore a mustard yellow high school shirt for 5 years (with a brown skirt!). These heels are great if you want to wear rich, deep yellow but your facial skin tone says uuuurgh).

Sunday, February 26, 2012

New York Fashion Week AW 2012...Justine

Her outfit (all Rag & Bone) and beautiful dark wavy hair are amazing, of course, but what I loved so much about Justine Couvillion*....and this is going to sound rather odd and creepy, was her voice....totally awesome Mississippi/Southern accent! Clearly I haven't met many people from the South as I think I told her 3 times that I just loved listening to her speak. Weird, I know. I have photographed Justine before, but I think this was the first time I actually got to speak to her. So happy I did :)

Recreate Justine's Look (kind of):

Rag & Bone classic Newbury booties (in taupe)
Rag & Bone/Jean The Skinny Jean (in bluebird)

*Rag & Bone's West Coast Account Executive

p.s. This is now a couple of week's old (and I always feel a little odd sharing press article's with y'all) but I was very honoured to be included in the New York Times article written by Laura Neilson. If you haven't read it, you can find it here.

New York Fashion Week AW 2012...Aline

Always cheerful and nice, model Aline Weber, NYC, February 2012.

Anyone manage to get their hands on a pair of the Isabel Marant black Willow sneakers before they sold out in a nanosecond across the world???

Recreate the Look (kind of):
Isabel Marant Bobby suede sneakers (they aren't the Willow but they are still really cute and look comfy to wear) or Chloé's luxe patchwork canvas and suede high-tops

New York Fashion Week AW 2012...Lauren

The exquisite Lauren Remington Platt after Jason Wu.

Seriously, she is just so poised and elegant (she literally glides when she walks) and (sigh) beautiful. And the best advertisement for her members only NYC-based hair and make-up booking company (they come to you), Vênsette.

I can't think of anything better than having hair and make-up done by a professional before a special night out.....especially if, like me, you aren't so great at wielding the eyeliner and curling iron (I am still in awe that Kate Middleton did her own make-up for her wedding!). I spent many an hour (and $) in the beauty hall at David Jones (a department store in Australia) having my make-up done for university ball's/weddings/parties. I love the idea that with Vênsette, the artist comes to your home (or office) and will even use your own products.....much less embarrassing than sitting in a chair in the middle of a department store with the general public wandering by and passing judgement on your choice of lip gloss :)

New York Fashion Week AW 2012...Before Alexander Wang

Before Alexander Wang, NYC, February 2012.

Recreate the Look (kind of):
Hervé Léger Black Feather coat or ASOS Faux Fur coat (in black) or Balmain black embroidered fur jacket (investment piece)
Alexander Wang Racer Back leather dress (throw on a coat for now and sandals for summer in a couple of months..... Except if you are in Australia right now in which case baby/talcum powder is your best friend if you want to wear leather in 31°C weather ;) 

New York Fashion Week AW 2012

Love those Rag & Bone Astrid boots!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Venus Swimwear Spring/Summer 2012 Collection

Let the shopping session for the new season swimsuit be a delightful experience and allow yourself to be seduced by the grand diversity of patterns, hues and styles included in the Venus spring/summer 2012 collection modeled by Elisandra Tomacheski .

The quest for fabulous swimwear options seems to be a never ending one, yet the multitude of fascinating styles retailers have prepared is definitely inspiring and worth analyzing a little deeper as there are various choices that can easily appeal to a wide range of preferances. For the spring/summer 2012 season, Venus has prepared a fabulous swimwear collection with different styles and a noticeable retro touch at times which is well contrasted by classic monochrome styles for a greater degree of versatility.

Leafs, stripes, floral and army prints, even occasional geometric vibes are seen as the perfect style elements for fashionistas who love the personality a pattern can bring to a swimsuit. Whether we are talking about two-piece styles, bandeau, halter bikinis or high waisted panty styles, there are plenty of options worth exploring in the latest collection by the emerging brand. But, supermodel Elisandra Tomacheski looks absolutely stunning in all the styles presented. We should always keep in mind that our body shape is the best indicator when it comes to the styles that will most flatter us.

One of the most interesting touches of the collection are perhaps the sequined styles which make a day at the beach almost seem like a festive occasion. Glamorous and attention grabbing, these are a sure conversation starter, especially when the contrast is heightened by a bold, saturated color as opposed to neutral tones or pastels. Changing up the focus as far as sequin touches are concerned can also prove a fun style mix for those who want something a little different without becoming too conspicuous.

The choice of a flattering bathing suit is only part of the equation as far as beach days preparation is concerned, it seems. While flaunting our best features gathers all our attention, it's important not to neglect the significant role that accessories can have, even for casual occasions like this one. A pair of sunglasses, golden bangles or seductive summery earrings are easy to grab in your beach bag and can have a tremendous impact as they help you look more polished.

News Source:  becomegorgeous.com

New York Fashion Week AW 2012...After Ruffian

Falling snow + NYC + bouncy curls + perfect red lips =  all the things I love to shoot!

I was so excited when it started to snow in NYC....I couldn't sleep properly the night before, and when I looked out the window on the Saturday morning and tiny specks of snow were falling onto the fire escape, it was one of those yeehaw moments! I have never seen snow fall in NYC before - last February was my first winter season at NYFW and while there was lots of snow on the ground, it didn't actually snow while I was there.

I took a cab uptown and made the driver let me out at Central Park so I could take all the prettiness in...the park looks beautiful any time of day but to see it in the early morning with snow falling was pretty damn special. And then I got to Lincoln Centre just as the models from the Ruffian show were coming out....the hair, the red lips, the snow. So much loveliness to photograph.

New York Fashion Week AW 2012...Aimee

Aimee, who has the stunning blog, Song of Style (helloooo beautiful, smooshy Californian light!), before Lacoste (I think), NYC February 2012.

This was the day of THE SNOW. I think Aimee was as happy about the snow as I was! Love her primary colour blocking and the floral jacket peeking out from underneath her gilet. I think all of us layered on as many clothes as possible the day of THE SNOW although (most) of us didn't pull it off quite as cheerfully as Aimee did.

Recreate Aimee's look (sort of):
Alice + Olivia Kathryn yellow high-waisted skirt
Sonia by Sonia Rykiel colour block sweater or Acne raspberry pink Ry angora blend sweater or ASOS green angora sweater

How Aimee has styled her outfit might not work for everyone (particularly newbie colour-blockers who may not be so confident with combinations of brights) so a skirt or a sweater in a solid colour is a good way to ease into the trend for summer.

New York Fashion Week AW 2012...Olivia

Beautiful Olivia Palermo before Peter Som, NYC, February 2012.

You can find Olivia's blog here.

Recreate Olivia's Look (kind of):
MiH Marrakesh Kick Flare jean in colony or halley wash (love the halley wash) or James Jeans Humphrey High Rise Flare jeans

Every time I photograph Olivia she is unfailingly sweet and polite - you know, in the 2 seconds I have to get the shot! And from talking to a couple of people who have photographed her 'properly' she is an extremely nice person and very easy to photograph. We definitely like that :)

New York Fashion Week AW 2012...Andie

Andie Arthur, after DKNY, NYC February 2012.

I first saw these Rag & Bone jeans on Hanneli last season (and loved the way she styled them with (super) high, white sandals and a minty green short-sleeved top) but somehow managed to not get a photograph of her wearing them*....probably I was standing around chatting rather than shooting ;) And then each morning I walked past them in the window of a store in the West Village (where we were staying this trip - my most favourite part of NYC!), so when I saw Andie wearing them after DKNY I practically did a little happy dance. Of course it had to have been the -14°C wind-chill day so that it was bluddy freezing and everyone's hair was going a little crazy, but I am still pleased I finally got to photograph someone in them! And it is great to see how Andie styled them for winter (I never would have thought of them as a winter jean but the pale mint sweater and boots work really well together).

Recreate Andie's look (kind of):
Rag & Bone/Jean The Legging Jean in Goetz
See by Chloe Twirl lemon cross body bag

*which I remind her of each time I see her!  I always remember the photographs I miss out on although sometimes I think the ones I take in my head and better than the ones I take with my camera.