Tuesday, 28 February 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, 26 February 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, 24 February 2012

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.

New York Fashion Week AW 2012...Shala

Shala Monroque, before Jason Wu, NYC, February 2012.

Love Shala's Chanel shoes (they remind me of little tap shoes).

Recreate Shala's Look (kind of):
Juicy Couture faux fur-trimmed coat (with pom poms!) - perfect if you prefer not to wear real fur- or Rag & Bone Duffel Coat with leather (I know, I know, I am rather obsessed with this coat. I think it is the beautiful colour and the not-too-long length).

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Paris Fashion Week SS 2012...After Léonard

Butterflies for Spring: After Léonard, Paris, October 2011.

New York Fashion Week AW 2012...Kelly

Beautiful Kelly Framel of The Glamourai after Prabal Gurung. Love those coral trousers and cuffs especially against her black cape/jacket.

Recreate the Look (kind of):
Sonia by Sonia Rykiel colourblock trousers or See by Chloe papaya silk/cotton pants

New York Fashion Week AW 2012...Vilislava

Vilislava Petrova, Senior Manager, Trend and Colour at Converse, before Prabal Gurung.

Recreate the Look (kind of):
ASOS knitted dress with rose jacquard detail or Sandro surfing intarsia sweater

New York Fashion Week AW 2012...After VPL

Cute idea = bedazzle on your boots!

No doubt super talented Geneva could teach us how to DIY on a pair of boots that need a little rejuvenation.

Friday, 17 February 2012

Paris Fashion Week SS 2012...Before Carven

Pretty, simple, fresh, wearable....hello Spring.

Recreate the Look (kind of):
Carven cotton-canvas and grosgrain skirt (it kind of reminds me of the Miu Miu skirt Tamu and Peony wore last summer but with a waistband)
Equipment Lowe washed-silk shirt

New York Fashion Week AW 2012...Jenny

Gorgeous Jenny Kang, Fashion Editor at New York Magazine, who always has a smile for us photographers.....even when we make her stand in the middle of a super-busy bike path (apologies to any cyclists whose bike ride we may have interrupted).

Recreate the Look (kind of):
Rag & Bone royal blue Duffel Coat with leather trim (very different from Jenny's plaid jacket but I love the bright pop of colour with the leather and lambswool trim)
Proenza Schouler PS11 white clutch

New York Fashion Week SS 2012...Oroma

I loved seeing what Pop Africana editor and founder, Oroma Elewa, wore each day during NYFW. She wears colour so well....the pretty emerald green sandals are a case in point. (And an easy way to update your existing wardrobe for spring).

And she also deserves the award for the most elegant runner in heels! Helllllooo I look like a baby elephant when I run while Oroma does it so beautifully.

Recreate the look (kind of):
Aquazzura Nina suede sandals (in hot pink/red) or Miu Miu snake-effect pumps (combining the green, and snakeskin of Oroma's bag).
Hudson The Signature Jean Jacket

New York Fashion Week AW 2012...Shannon

Shannon Yoachum from Lolly blog.

Love those Texan gals!

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Paris Fashion Week SS 2012

Not sure of her name, or even after which show I took these photos in Paris, but I really like the man-ish striped shirt paired with the leather mini....and those kick'n lace-up boots.

Recreate the Look (kind of):
Rag and Bone Ezra pleated leather mini or Carven textured leather mini skirt
Karl textured-leather clutch