Quite late on this one! The days have just seemed to fly. I forgot to post these photos from the witchy, Frida Kahlo, Yma Sumac inspired look I helped local DC's vintage boutique La Petite Marmoset create for their Fall 2012 Lookbook 'Smoke and Mirrors'. Though it was Halloween inspired and released in mid-October, gypsy draped garments and mystic moods are always relevant...!
There were so many talented ladies involved, and it was a super creative shoot with lots of idea input on the fly. We even headed over to the grounds of an abandoned, graffiti-ed church a day away from being bulldozed to snap some photos of the girls in the rain. We were, unfortunately, busted by the cops (ok, just told to leave by a cop) and had to cut the creepy church sequence short (you can see one of the church shots below-- the shattered door-- more of these shots made the official lookbook). The styling by LPM owners Ashley Turchin and Katherine Martinez was spot-on: the the blood red flower crown gave blonde model Melanie Blankenship a bewitching beauty, and deep smokey eyes and stick straight hair gave pixie model Emma Jade such a dreamy goth girl look. All their nails were lacquered in deep tones, and curly dream girl Gabriella Cauterucci donned a long dark red velvet skirt straight out of a 70s gothic romance paperbook and Melanie dangled the bell sleeves of La Petite Marmoset's stunning embroidered spanish gypsy duster in and out of the frame. You can find some of the pieces we shot still available for purchase in their Etsy shop.
Photographer/videographer Caroline Lacey did a bewitching video and all three models Emma, Melanie, and Gabrielle, summoned their best 1990s The Craft energies. We pulled from references from Stevie Nick's witchy wardrobe, to Frida's braids, to Yma's Indian-Spanish heritage, to Dia de Los Muertos decor. Katherine brilliantly placed Melanie's supine image over one of my drawings. You can get a behind the scenes glimpse at our references by checking out the "Halloween" mood board I made that inspired the shoot HERE. You can follow La Petite Marmoset and any of the aforementioned ladies on Instagram as well: coolacey, emmajade, melanieb, gabriella, and of course, lapetitemarmoset and lpmashley. See the rest of these outtakes HERE and the official lookbook HERE.
Monday, December 3, 2012
See Caroline Lacey's haunting Smoke & Mirrors video HERE