This was my second season working with IMG during New York Fashion Week. I covered Jonathan Cohen, ADEAM, Self Portrait, Cushnie, Brock Collection and Jeremy Scott for the social team. It was such an eclectic group of shows - making my portfolio more diverse. Check out the fashion week section of my website for more highlights from the shows.
I've felt a little bit like Carrie Bradshaw these past two days getting to spend my hours staring at beautiful designs in Oscar de la Renta's showroom.
On Tuesday I spent the day covering fittings. Peter puts a ton of detail into the fittings, looking at the model at least 3 times prior to approving the look. With such precision, he tweeks the outfit until it is perfection. The set is completely quiet, minus the faint Kid Cudi music playing on the laptop of the photographer capturing photos of the looks.
Day of show, there were many familiar faces. I got to work with Esther Langham again, who was doing ponies on all the models. The effortless pony was chic and ideal for any resort look. The looks ranged from tweed jackets to ball gowns bright in colors. Turquoise belts and chains of jewels added to the looks for extra glam.
Being a presentation, I had the capability to shoot backstage for the first show and runway for the following two shows. The intimate crowds at each viewing, provided me with space to shoot from multiple angles while not being confined to a "pit" with 30+ photographers. Peter got up at the beginning of each presentation and talked about the collection very informally before joining the group himself to watch.
Oscar de la Renta is a brand anyone would be honored to work for and I am just filled with joy that I could spend time photographing for them this week.
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Last Tuesday, I got to work again with my lovely J. Mendel Family. Down at Root Studios, Marinet , the model, and Anastasia, the makeup artist, discussed relationships, while I watched in amazement how easy it was for Anastasia to contour Marinet's perfect face.
Mendel's collection included pieces that clearly had his signature touch. I could recognize that long sleeve bell sleeve from miles away. Others, were light blue and covered in decorative jewels and sequins - catered to the unconventional bride.
At the end of the shoot, Christian had asked Marinet pose for some extra looks, more editorial in nature than the lookbook photos. "You want dog, I gave you dog," laughs Marinet to Chrisitan as they look at the computer of the final shots. Marinet leaped and screamed in patent leather black shoes (the shoes she arrived to the shoot in). Her wet straight hair covers her face in a sexual manner as she seductively holds the left over rose petals from the bouquets.
The images couldn't be more different than the dainty head to toe bridal looks.
It's fun to see how a dress could be worn in so many different ways. Truly proves how a wedding dress, as beautiful as it might be, looks completely new and innovative on each bride. It's all in the attitude and woman wearing the gown on her special day.
Photographed by Christian Högstedt | Hair by Gavin Harwin | Makeup by Anastasia Durasova | Model Marinet Matthee
I love being able to shoot the same designer in multiple seasons. It allows me to creatively shoot different and tell a new story of a brand new season collection.
This week I shot BTS (behind the scenes) at Prabal Gurung's lookbook at Milk Studios. I like to talk with the team before I begin. See what the most important pieces are and what the inspiration was for the collection. This way I capture what they need as well as complete the story with the key factors photographed. Prabal's team expressed how much they adored the studs seen on cuffs, back of zippers, etc. The edginess of the stud contrasted with the loose chic nature of the clothes not only presented a unique photo but was vidal to the Pre Fall 2016 collection.