July 03, 2015
Fourth of July is tomorrow but before I think about celebrating the nation's birthday, I'm off to set. Before I head to set there is always a lot of prep that takes place in the form of exchanging emails to find items to solidify the look for the moodboards for each shoot, picking up pieces and then getting everything set in your mind for a smooth layout on set! Since I focus on statement styling via Accessory2, I always like incorporating great accessories with dramatic apparel (whether it's defined fabrication or structured loops). As many of you may be resting today, I will styling some menswear within some fun themes so make sure to follow me on Instagram and Twitter in order to get behind the scenes info for today's work!
July 02, 2015
Yes the holiday is around the corner but that doesn't mean that the projects stop. In fact today I am picking up pieces for my menswear shoot tomorrow as a number of buildings will be closed tomorrow in observance of the Fourth of July. With that said, it's all about keeping it easy today with one of my favorite bags to carry when I don't have too much to bring - this cobalt bag from Hayden Harnett is one of my favorites even though this color is from a few seasons ago. I also love rocking fun statement pieces from Sequin Jewelry whether alone or layered with other pieces and one of my most comfortable pair of sandals from Pikolinos! Since it gets toasty, I always like bringing a beverage with me and love Coco5 which I recently received to try out and of course I am hooked.
Ibiza Flight Tote - Hayden Harnett; Alcudia - Pikolinos; Virgo Zodiac Necklace - Sequin Jewelry; Coco5
July 01, 2015
Unless you have been living under a rock, Misty Copeland has been a name buzzing on a number of stories and the minds of those within and outside of the ballet world. As a noted soloist, she has a number of endorsements with brands such as Under Armour (phenomenal video of her talking about the challenges of making it in ballet and how she persevered) as well as stunning editorials in fashion magazines. Yesterday, Misty Copeland was promoted to Principal Dancer at the American Ballet Theater and is the first African American to do so in the company's 75 year history!
Last week she performed in Swan Lake within the double role of Odette/Odile. With such a phenomenal talent, it is extremely exciting to see her continue to take the world by storm.
June 30, 2015
When it comes to my work flow, I am always starting projects, ending them and working on a few in between. The next few days signify an amazing series of projects that I can't share as of yet but they are within Menswear! So it's a slew of moodboards that I am styling - from this week's agency work for Spring 16 Fashion Week packages for their models, to my NYFW Mens presentation as well as launch of my men's ecosystem that will début on the same day! The moodboard keeps me on track with all of my projects to get the essence and tone of the project and to ensure that what I am getting is on track with the vision or to add an extra layer around it.
June 29, 2015
Earlier today, I had a great time with the Baby Foot team who flew in from Japan to see the culmination of their May contest winner being outfitted like a modern day princess. Unlike a number of my projects which involve styling fashion editorial spreads, personalities, celebrities - this involved styling their winner. Last month, Baby Foot sought their fairytale princess who would meet their Prince Charming. The winner, was styled by me today in Fadwa Baalbaki a stunning couture dress designer who is known for stunning creations that are custom made and are available in Beirut and Dubai (yes this dress arrived to me in Dubai).
I love incorporating Nina Shoes when it's a glam moment. She was accented in jewelry, a clutch and pink heels that matched the gown perfectly! One of the things that I love about the projects that come across the desk of Accessory2 are the challenges that come my way in completing my vision. A modern day princess that still speaks to our fairytale ideas while also being something that can be worn by an NYC girl for a night on the town? Check, check. This styling was not only captured in pictures but is apart of a promotional video for the brand as they will be selling in the US shortly. More details on this soon when it is available.
As you know, I am an Office Champ which allows me to share with you how I use Microsoft software in my day to day life. As a Fashion Stylist, it's about me finding out what the client wants, their vision, what I have found in the marketplace (whether it's this season, next season or custom) and then additional notes. I have been using Sway for a little over 6 months as I have always loved putting this info in a spreadsheet (which I still do) and then I put the Sway together to keep it visual. It also allows the information to go to a number of people whether my primary contact wanted to send it back to her boss and team in Japan or if MUA and hairstylists needed to see the direction etc. I am able to add in items and take them out as needed and it's also good for a recap. Below you can see a version of my Sway (note that some items have been modified in terms of information, contacts etc) that I used to make this project happen (as I had a week to do everything) between the LA team, Japanese team and my showrooms/designers.