Casual Friday - Today, I’m merging Casual Friday with new feature TWINNING. I’ve found some fun trends that warrant a second look, no pun intended, moving forward. Rocker tees are still trending with NYC’s fashion set and I spotted her (above) before the Altuzarra show last fall. If someone stuck her on a plane to LA and dropped her into Silverlake, she wouldn’t miss a beat. Do you know her? Rocker tees aren’t unusual, but I appreciate that after all these years, Guns N’ Roses is still trending. (They’re special to me because a friend was one of their producers back in the day and I was privy to some pretty raucous stories.)
Blonde Ambition - Above, Maxim Editor-in-Chief Kate Lanphear was too cool with the same GnR print peeking out of her leather jacket. The former creative director made the news when she took the reigns at Maxim. If you’re curious, here’s a look inside at April’s current issue and I’m digging this slideshow with Chloe Sevigny. They’re such iconic images, no? (I shot Chloe once and she was a smart aleck with a twinkle in her eye.). Kate taking over a sexy men’s magazine was a big deal and here’s what the Business of Fashion, WWD and New York Magazine shared about expectations.
Do you like this easy look? Here are a couple related posts:
Model Mondays – I spotted Victoria’s Secret model Sara Sampaio in the Meatpacking District, her hair still crimped after walking Jeremy Scott’s ss15 Moschino show. When the Portuguese model was a victim of skinny shaming, she shut it down and claims to eat more burgers than the rest of us. I recently joined a gym, am getting obsessed with abs and arms and watched a few of her workout videos, like this one on upper body workouts. This girl is fit, says she likes having a cute butt and makes me want to hit the gym harder (but you’ll see she only uses 2 lb weights, surprisingly.)
There’s still hope if we can’t get in supermodel shape. I spotted Lena Dunham’s weekend instagram about finally seeing the upside of exercise, helping with her anxiety and that, “It ain’t about the ass. It’s about the brain.” Agreed! I think her comments triggered something that will snowball into bigger conversations. My point is – exercise is trending and that Sara can bust a move. Catch more of her fitness videos on nutrition and core.
Catch up on fun past Model Mondays posts:
Simple Pleasures – File this under: The High End Art of Dressing Down
Of all the fancy streetstyle I shoot, this look is the most ‘me’ – but of course you’d never know that because I am the Sia of streetstyle photography. Heh. For now. I love these dressed down looks because they seem a bit nonchalant at first, but so overtly feminine with the high end bags and sharp shoes at second glance.
Both women are incredibly striking. Her sweater above is cashmere and her look was the antithesis of all the others heading into this show. Below, can you see the silver in her clutch that matches her shoes? Details! I don’t know which I love more – the rolled, askew cuffs or the perfect ankle hem. When I worked on Betsey Johnson’s docuseries (R.I.P. Style Network) she always complimented me when I wore this look with a simple navy J Crew V-neck sweater and a thrifted, striped Equipment shirt. Um, now might be a good time to mention that I am completely, thoroughly addicted to online resale sites websites and have been trolling fancy flats and short, fitted sweaters and now I’m realizing why.
Over the Rainbow – I spotted Korean model Irene Kim all over New York City during fashion week and I’m pretty sure this was the only time she stood still. I especially like the angle of her face and how it highlights her features. That pop of orange lipstick is just so stellar on her and then, you know, her trademark rainbow hair under that Chanel hat. She re-dyes it and experiments often and it’s now shoulder length with new colors and you can catch her hair flair on @ireneisgood. I also noticed she has a collab with kitschy clothing line PLAYNOMORE.
I still have a stash of model style shots, so I’ll be bringing back Model Mondays either here and on instagram — and it’ll be like baseball trading cards, but with no baseball and no cards. Because, well, models.
Related stories from LA archives:
Easy Fashion – I loved this easy, breezy whitewashed style good for three seasons – spotted on this pair of fashion followers heading into Marc Jacobs fashion show on NYC’s Upper East Side. Of course, their pants are a bit more cream colored, and it adds a little glam. I should mention that her Chanel bag and longer necklace add a nice touch. (Surprisingly, this color combo was popular at fashion week and I’ll show you a dressier vibe in a future post.) I think the reason this really caught my attention was – in LA, we don’t tuck our T-shirts in. We just don’t.
Shop It – I’ll admit that on the woman above – I love her fancy black bralette! You see, sheer shirts are a way of life here in Los Angeles, so I’m extra obsessed about lingerie and peek-a-boo bras. I had breakfast with a blogger friend a while back and was asking her taste in bras and she posted this selection of favorite ideas to shop. Someone told me that Free People is trying to corner the market on visually appealing bras to capitalize on the sheer trend and, with 118 styles today, I see what they mean.
Stylist Annina Mislin – So chic! I also loved the petite version of Annina’s look (for moi), and thought the gold collar was striking and that resting the jacket on her shoulders was a nice option. (I just found her in the same outfit on Garance Doré). What an easy spring / summer look as a go-to. I’m in. I found a few other trouser type options with: a wide leg version from Public School, a wide waistband from alice + olivia, a plus size pant and omg these Gucci flares.
Ok. bye. Look for weekly Casual Friday features for fun, accessible and affordable ideas. (Did you spot the bottom of her pants?)
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Keeping the Faith- I spotted blogger Adi Heyman racing out of Marc by Marc Jacobs show, which was, in hindsight, one of the label’s final shows as they focus on their luxury label. This was at Pier 94 and I happened to shoot her all over fashion week and didn’t recall shooting her before – and my research led me to her fascinating story in The New York Times. Adi had converted to Orthodox Judaism and her blog Fabologie focuses on fashion that’s in line with her faith, such as covering her collarbone, elbows and knees. I’ll be posting another shot of her wearing an atypical and edgy shirt dress in a future story. BTW, it turns out her shirt above is exactly what it looks like – a tourist T-shirt – that she found in Central Park South.
In Vogue We Trust - I spotted her in the Meatpacking district and loved the Madonna meets Carrie Bradshaw vibe with the flouncy tulle skirt. Want the shirt? Shop it here.
Gangsta Rap Made Her Do What? – Did it make her cut her sleeves off? Because the sideswiped T-shirt trend was one of my absolute faves to shoot when I lived in NYC. Remember model Montana Cox? Or this model in Brooklyn? While we’re talking about Gangsta rap, check out the Straight Outta Compton trailer for the NWA biopic! I cannot wait to see this.
Tomorrow, I’m launching a weekly feature – Casual Friday – and I spotted a sexy, very accessible summer idea to share.
Sidenotes: I am known to hide Easter eggs behind some of my images (wink). Also, you’ll notice this blog will be morphing into more multimedia, music, entertainment and story driven angles that are just much more me. Same with my instagram. I had always planned to be more personal video starting out and I had no idea I’d be sidetracked by falling in love with photography. I am literally sitting on so much video that is not at all perfect, but fun moments I’ve captured. I’ll slowly be slicing these clips into my soon to be rejuvenated youtube channel.
Creative Choices - I loved her spirited combo, spotted on the Upper East Side after Marc Jacobs’ fashion show last Fall. Throwing on a full shimmery skirt and orange lipstick were great choices.
Related Stories: I spotted a similar look here – in a full red skirt – from before his past NYFW show. If you were to dress down the look, it might go something like this LA version, spotted many moons ago.
I’m photo editing some fun trends I’ve been spotting in NYC and LA and cannot sleep… One sheep. Two sheep.
Don’t Panic! - I was panicking when I first heard MBMJ will be discontinued. (I’ll admit that one of my production crews once poked fun at me for wearing Marc by Marc Jacobs sneaks on the same day I was carrying his work tote). I do hope they keep some affordable staples in stock. That block on Melrose in LA is so iconic that I can’t imagine any of his stores closing (and I once bought sale shoes from Demi Moore’s daughter Scout, which was weird). His Bleecker Street stores in the West Village are even more iconic and I’ve shot so much fun style on that corner. Maybe I’m being dramatic, but it feels a bit like the end of an era.
Dynamic Duo – When I was in NYC last September, I spotted teen actress Bella Thorne - who’s incredibly stunning - heading into the MBMJ show at New York Fashion Week with her power stylist Johnny Wujek. I even saw Marc being dropped off which surprised me because I visualized him backstage, not dashing into the show. BTW, I think it’s cute that Marc finally joined instagram (begrudgingly).
I have a ton of colorful, unpublished images from both of Marc’s shows, so keep a look out here and instagram. From past posts, here are a few of my personal faves: