September spotlight of the month for the guys.

Scroll down to the bottom to read a little bit about them.

#1 Tom ford

#1 Tom ford

#1 Tom Frod

#1 Tom Frod

#1 Tom Ford

#1 Tom Ford

#2 Philip Sparks

#2 Philip Sparks

#2 Philip sparks

#2 Philip sparks

#2 Philip Sparks

#2 Philip Sparks

#2 Philip Sparks

#2 Philip Sparks

#2 Philip Sparks

#2 Philip Sparks

#3 Ken Diamond

#3 Ken Diamond

#3 Ken Diamond

#3 Ken Diamond

#3 KEN Dimond

#3 KEN Dimond

#4 Grenson

#4 Grenson

#4 Grenson

#4 Grenson

#4 Grenson

#4 Grenson

#5 DRUKL

#5 DRUKL

#5 DRUKL

#5 DRUKL

#5 DRUKL

#5 DRUKL

A little word from Me.

As, you might of noticed I have taken down a few  of my photos from my photo shoots recently. (athletic, cool nights and a newest one that I just finished.) Only reason is that it will be published! so, some of you probably saw the photos already so its a nice little preview that you got. I'm just waiting to hear back from my photographer which publications they will be and, you know I will be spreading the love on my blog for all of you to admire or not.... =) 

Later this month I will be posting up the spotlight of the month. As, I''ve mentioned that this month's spotlight is for the boys. I'll also be sharing with my readers about the next few events that I'm going to attend in the Vancouver area.  I'm excited to attend them since one of the events is a 25 student designer fashion show. So, its a great oppourtunity for me to scope out some new talent and perhaps feature them! Also this month will be my monthly "rant" .

 I  wanted to do a little word from me to let you all know that I haven't forgotten about you! 


The inspiration

The inspiration

Makeup fall 2009 Prada runway

Makeup fall 2009 Prada runway

Dsquared fall runway 2009

Dsquared fall runway 2009

Dsquared fall runway 2009

Dsquared fall runway 2009

Dsquared fall runway 2009.

Dsquared fall runway 2009.
"For me it's about creating silhouettes that sort of have built-in gesture"- Thakoon Panichgul

August SPOTLIGHT designer Thakoon

Spring 2010 Thakoon

Spring 2010 Thakoon

Spring 2010 Thakoon

Spring 2010 Thakoon

Spring 2010 Thakoon

Fall 2010 Thakoon

Fall 2010 Thakoon

Fall 2010 Thakoon

Fall 2010 Thakoon

Fall 2010 Thakoon

Spring 2009 Thakoon

Spring 2009 Thakoon

Spring 2009 Thakoon

Spring 2009 Thakoon

Resort 2010 Thakoon

Thakoon

SS 2008 Thakoon

Bon Magazine

Frankie

Oyster Mag

RUSSH magazine/ Karlie Kloss

RUSSH magazine/ Karlie Kloss

Preen magazine

Preen magazine

Quotes, photo

All art work is from a site called  richworks. 

Quotes - Salvador Dali
Pablo Picasso
wordboner

YSL

"Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it"- YSL

YSL FALL/Winter 2009/2010

Model- Christy Turlington , Photo- Inez & Vinoodh

YSL SS 2010

Model- Natalia Vodianova, Photo Inez & Vinoodh

YSL SS 2009

Model- Claudia Schiffer, Photo- Inez & Vinoodh

YSL SS 2008

Model- Kate moss, photo- Inez & Vinoodh

new stuff

Photo- Ben kwan, MUA & Hair- Livia mettcalf, Model- Alana NEXT canada, style- Alleeneda, Assistant - Sam, Designer- Jen Cameron

AGYNESS DEYNE NAGG magazine ( inspiration)

photographer - Hugh Lippe, model- Eliza cummings, Style- Hilary wendt

adria

Ben, Eman, Sam, Alleeneda

tess

Photographer- Pooya
MUA/Hair- Marlayna
Model- Tess- liz bell
Styling-Alleeneda

Tease 1

Tease 1

Tease 2

Tease 2

Paradise

Kelly Jill, Felicia, Jillian, Alleeneda

The Supplies

Channel

2009 spring / summer runway show and my inspiration for my project! 

Water Teaser

Kaela, Felicia, Holly, Alleeneda, Richard
Alan, Eman, Samantha , Edmound, Alleeneda

Store- Jules & Eve

water teaser

Kaela, Felicia, Holly, Richard, Alleeneda

Oldies

felix, kyla, kelly,anat,christina,alleeneda

Slide

Photographer- David Zhang
Makeup & hair- Felicia
Model- Kaeli
Styling-Alleeneda

Nik

Photographer- Flo
Makeup- Yuki lam
Hair- Atefeh
Model- Nik B with JC models
Styling- Alleeneda

Blur

Photographer- Kalea 
Makeup & hair- Negar
Models- Britt with NEXT Canada & Nik B with JC models
Styling-Alleeneda

Minnie

Photographer- Maya Washington
Makeup & Hair- Gus
Model- Minnie with Richards Models
Styling-Alleeneda

Calm

Photographer- Felix wong
Model- Shea with NEXT Canada
Styling-Alleeneda

Green

Photographer- Kyle Goldie
Model- Kayanna with JC models
Styling-Alleeneda

Relaxed

Photographer- Klee
Makeup & Hair- Jenny K
Model-  Hailey Cartier with W agency 
Styling - Alleeneda
Photographer- Mike Lewis 
Hair- Natalia Petcu
Makeup- Negar
Model- Anne with JC models & Alesca Lee
Styling-Alleeneda

Reach Magazine

Photographer- Mike Chatwin
Hair & Makeup- Marlayna Pincott & Atefeh Shojaie
Models- Amirt, Pamela, Roza & Chantelle all from Lexington models 
Styling-Alleeneda

Reach Magazine

Photographer- Mike Chatwin
Hair & makeup- Marlayna Pincott & Atefeh Shojaie 
Models- Tara & Farrell  from Lexington models 
Styling- Alleeneda

Tomboy

Photographer- David Zhang
Model- Sonja with Allan international
Styling-Alleeneda

Eastern Promise

Photographer- Ben Lee
Makeup & Hair- Annie Chang
Model- Snejina Stoilova with NEXT Canada
Styling- Alleeneda

Cold

Photographer- Luc Ubaghs
Makeup & Hair- Janette lewis
Model- Alesca Lee
Styling- Alleeneda
Photographer- Kyla hemmelgarn
Makeup & Hair- Jenny K
Model- Janice with Mode models
Styling- Alleeneda

Day

Photographer- Kaela Smith
Makeup & Hair- Felicia Bromba
Model- Jeffrey bowyer- Chapman with Trisko talent
Styling-Alleeneda

swim

Photographer- Ben  lee
Makeup and Hair- Lily Lin
Model- Taylor with Richards models
Styling- Alleeneda

Girly

Photographer- Felix wong
Model- Alyssa with Carrie wheeler 
Styling-Alleeneda

Windy

Photographer- Felix wong
Makeup & Hair- Carmella da roza
Model- Natalie with Lexington models
Styling- Alleeneda
Photographer- Matthew Burditt
Makeup & Hair - Colleen Conroy
Model- Claire with JC models
Styling- Alleeneda
Photographer- Renat touichev - www.renat.ca
Makeup & Hair- Melissa Berg
Model- Tia with JC models
Styling- Alleeneda

Dark

Photographer- Mike Chatwin
Makeup- Felicia Bromba
Hair- Natalia petcu
Model- Nik B  with JC models
Styling- Alleeneda

furry tale

photographer- Ben lee
Makeup and Hair- Annie Chang
Model- Madison with NEXT canada
Styling - Alleeneda
Photographer- Felix wong
Model- Katelyn with Carrie Wheeler
Styling- Alleeneda

Prep

Photographer- Ben Lee
Model- Matthew Chambers with Richards models
Styling- Alleeneda

High

Photographer- Ben Lee
Makeup & Hair- Lily Lin
Model- Holly Johnson with Carrie Wheeler 
Styling- Alleeneda

Contact

Email: alleeneda@gmail.com

Sunday, September 19, 2010

True or False

The fashion industry is such a cut throat industry. Personally I don't really know how I fell into it. Throughout my experiences in this industry I consider myself a "silent player" as, I like to call myself. I'm not a type of person to self promote myself to the extreme till I can't handle it anymore. I like to have my work speak for itself. I try my hardest to be honest in the industry as, much as I can. At the same time its so easy to be corrupted. At what point is going to far? Lately the big issue has been people stealing other's work, template of a website, plagiarism, clients, contacts, etc. Then again isn't it a free country? and, that everyone is looking out for themselves at the end of the day? so, naturally no matter what industry you are in you're going to do whatever it takes to get to the top, to be recognized, to be heard and to be talked about. But, at what point do you separate the difference between the business and just respect for other artist? We all are nice to each other to each others faces. We'll hug, kiss on the cheek and nod our heads in agreement till we're both satisfied. We all know within a few minutes we're both going to turn our backs and talk about each other wither its good or bad. Its hard enough to be an artist full time. Its even harder to separate genuine, sincere artist to be friends with to the ones that are just out there to tear you down.

We are so, concerned with the type of click we are involved with or want to be apart of. Why do we have to treat this industry likes its high school again? You've got the local talent team favorite           (popular crowd), the jocks ( commercial) and the geeks ( the newbies). When we are all put into a category no one ends up not having an open mind to work with others besides the ones they are already use to. They start to underestimate people, who would probably be a very big benefit to them in the long term. Everyone thinks in the short term period. Its all about what you can do for me NOW. Its a disappointment to see artist who are so, willing and vulnerable who put their heart on their sleeve and will do whatever it takes to be in a certain click. They will go out of their way to satisfy certain people, when at the end they aren't getting the same respect back. They aren't getting the time or day to even be replied to unless they are needed for something. It's a waste of energy that they don't deserve. If you know deep inside how much you're worth and how confident you are in your own work, there is no reason to try to wiggle your way through into a click you probably don't belong to in the first place. But, take it as a learning tool. It probably wasn't meant to be so, stop trying! but, at the same time reflect on what you're doing every single day vs what the click is doing. Don't try to gain more work or do more then a click is doing just to prove them wrong. Do it for yourself. Prove yourself wrong if you had any doubts in your own mind about your work. The fashion industry requires you to be a hustler. So,hustle yourself to get more published worked, to get more higher status clients and to get yourself more paid work. Its hard to not be involved with what these clicks are doing. With social networks we are always curious and always tend to click on what's going on.

I'm sick and tired of hearing people say "take it as a compliment" when new makeup or hair or wardrobe students just graduated copying everything you do. First of all it isn't a compliment. It's an insult. Its an insult to everything that you've worked for. Everyone works there ass off to get where they are now. To have brand new just starting out artist to all of a sudden copy word for word your work , they obviously aren't confident in themselves. They obviously don't know how to actually hustle to get what they want. But, they have something we don't. They are willing. They will do services for cheap (what you pay is what you get) and will do whatever you want them to do at anytime. So, its easy to add people into a click then dump them when they aren't being efficient enough. Don't email artist to be an assistant when you aren't serious about it. Why say one thing then do another? Why pour your heart out crying about how its so hard to get paid work yet when the opportunity is in front of them, they blow it by not being professional. Grow up! when an artist actually takes you on to a project or a job realize its a privilege to be apart of. Take it with an open mind no matter what situation you are in you never know who you are going to meet.

At the end of the day, people from all parts of the industry and all experiences out there will copy the same template as your website, they will probably copy each of your parapgraphs and paste it on to theres. Unless you have some sort of legal doucments to protect yourself. Let them do whatever they want to do and, you do you! Let the clicks continue being there clicks.At the end of the day we are all the same. We are all human beings.No one is perfect and no one is better then the other. No matter what you do as a profession or what your descions may be at the end of the day. We should all realize that no matther who you are we all play an important role in society in someway either if its for the industry, your own personal life or someone elses. Money and status isn't everything.Whatever your passion or goal in life is,do it with an open mind, respect for others, and confidence in yourself. Focus on your own craft and how you can make yourself a better person, and artist. What goes around will come around.

In the mean time I'm off to a shoot with a NEW team that I've never worked with but, still excited. For a editorial fashion magazine based out of Calgary. I'll keep you posted with my projects.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Something for the GUYS- SPOTLIGHT OF THE MONTH (SEPTEMBER)

So I've been searching high and low for the coolest and freshest stuff for the fashionable, confident, daring guys out there in the world. There's so many out there I didn't know how to choose for this month's spotlight. So, I've decided to feature my top 5 brands and designers to check out. All 5 brands and designers range from the skateboard, hip-hop fashion to the high end, designer name. I think with the right attitude and the right confidence ANY guy can pull all styles off either by its self or all together at once. You don't need to be a male supermodel to pull off any of these looks. Just a comfort in your own skin and the right kind of attitude, and you're on your way.

#5. DURKL 2047- This brand is straight out of Washington DC. Its fresh,quirky and still simple at the same time with a splash of color. I love the high collar sweaters and the quirky messages on the t-shirts. Although I could do without the plaid shirts. Durkl is for that cool, comfortable guy. Durkl  is a brand that is a hidden gem and will be bigger once the word gets out.

#4. GRENSON - Started at 1866 right out of England, Grenson is a brand every man should own,and to be on every man's feet. With a stylish, polish and yet sophisticated style, Grenson brings it back to the vintage old country feel in the designs. With a nice suit or just a nice casual outfit Grenson will make the outfit complete.With classic, rich colors Grenson are shoes that definitely posses style.

#3. KEN DIAMOND- Home town designer right out of Vancouver BC, Ken Diamond is no diamond in the ruff. His artistry in handmade leather goods, can make anyone melt over his products. From Wallets, dog leashes, messenger bags , and my favorite  the moccasins, just makes you feel all excited, warm and fuzzy inside wishing winter would come sooner then later. With the design philosophy of using high end leather with a classic finish. Ken diamond keeps its simple yet always remains a fashion staple.

#2. PHILIP SPARKS- Canadian born talent Philip Sparks is a men's wear designer that isn't afraid to add style to a man's wardrobe. Since showing his first collection at LG fashion week, Philip Sparks is a name that everyone recognized. One of my favorite collections he came out with is his fall 2009 collection. With a feel of a "with love from Russia" concept Philip Sparks 2009 collection posses rich, luxurious fabrics and silhouettes. With using traditional materials and methods in his collections, Philip Sparks will always remain a brand that is truly posses quality.

#1. Tom Ford-  American born designer and now film director ( A single man)  became world wide known for his turnaround of the Gucci house and being the creative director for YSL (1994-2004)  Soon after, Tom ford the label was formed. With a focus on mainly men's wear Tom Ford never disappointments with each season he comes out with. Branching into accessories, and the beauty market Tom ford still remains a classic that every man should have in his closet, and every women should have as, an accessory.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

This just in

Just writing up a quick little post. I've posted up my newest shoot with of course Ben K. I love it! I love the model, the makeup the photography everything! I've also posted up below my "cool nights" shoot is the inspiration photos that "cool nights" was based on. Alex is a new face from NEXT canada and such a pleasure always working with her. I wouldn't be surprised when she has huge success in Europe and NYC. Literally just a super laid back gal who always has the right attitude on shoots. Her next editorial will be coming out soon in the next issue of ZINK! Canada, with fellow Next Canada model Britt S. The theme was rock and roll... shot by Chris Haylett.

 I also just finished shooting a beach shoot with Alex.. so stay tune for that and for my version of a beach shoot.

Keeping up with a blog is harder then I thought. I've been so busy with my other job that I feel that I haven't been keeping up with it with, updates and such. But, I'm trying my hardest for sure! So like I've mention before in my last posts that I have decided to do a spotlight of the month. August spotlight was women's wear designer Thakoon. September is just around the corner and, I've already got my spotlight lined up already! Just a little hint... its something for the boys out there. To let them know that they haven't been forgotten in this fashion industry.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

love from Chicago.

I posted up a link of a photo shoot I did a few months ago with photographer Flo. I totally forgot about this shoot till she shared the link with me. Flo is so sweet on the compliments to me =). I'm not to familiar with the site or what it's about but, from browsing around it seems like a site that promotes local talent from all parts of the world. Which is what I'm all about! There were some photos that I saw that were definitely cool. I really like the lay out concept that they have. It sort of a fold out map type of deal.

My next shoot is a beach shoot! FINALLY! it will not be your typical beach shoot that you might be thinking of. I'll be posting inspirational photos and the real photos ( my version soon) I will also be posting up the night shoot that I did recently with Ben K ASAP as well along with the inspiration photos. I had a preview of them and I LOVE them! just what I was wanting and hoping for with the end results. In the mean time enjoy the site and browse around a little. You can either click on the layout photo or the "qlix mag" name in red to go directly to the site.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

August SPOTLIGHT #1

This month's spotlight goes to Thakoon Panichgul.  Born in Thailand raised in Nebraska. Thakoon is a rising star among the fashion industry. Showcasing his first ready to wear collection in 2004 and a former fashion editor at Harpers Bazzar, Thakoon is a talent to recognize.  Getting his big break when Anna Wintour herself, suggested Thakoon to do a collaboration with Gap that led into doing collaborations for  hogan, nine west for accessories and target. He also had the oppourtunity to dress Michelle Obama. After that people were all of a sudden listening. Thakoon is known for blending different influences into his work, imparting a feminine spirit into a youthful sporty line. At the end his collection always came out with elegance with an underling hint of playful wit. His designs are clean with an eye for detail. His designs are compared with the likes of DVF, Derek Lam and Michael Kors.

Thakoon is my spotlight of the month not only because he's one of my personal favorite designers but, also the way he always seems to push a little bit further with his collections and, how innovated he is.  I find him truly inspirational in every aspect.

I've posted up some of his designs dating between 2010-2008. Take the time to click on his link that I have also added to my  "style" category and admire his talents.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Slam dunk

I just posted up my latest shoot with photos by Ben K. Um lets just say im AMAZED. I love it so much. One of my favorite photo shoots by far. The model is a new face from NEXT canada. I've worked with her a few times now and she's great! Great attitude, listens to direction, doesn't need direction at all! Every time Ben wasn't shooting her, when she was standing casually it was always the perfect pose. I love models who make my work so much easier and enjoyable. It makes me want to keep styling! If you scroll down a little you'll see the inspiration photos for this athletic shoot that I just posted up.

My night shoot was great as well. I can't wait to see the images. It was my second night shoot and the rest of the teams first night shoot. It was shot downtown right on Granville street. Everyone thought it wasn't going to be busy for a tuesday night but, surprising enough it was. So, that only meant the odd questions here and there and guys gawking at us. The theme of the shoot was grunge/ cool girl.  Alex is a new face from NEXT canada. Who was so awesome. Such a super chill and laid back attitude. She had her own accessories when coming on to the shoot which, were perfect for the theme so, my job was half done. Even with the crowds Alex kept going with the flow and delivered every time when Ben started shooting.

I had a discussion with one of my team members about they way I styled Alex. The styling was very Kurt Cobain grunge. So plaid shirts wrapped around the waist, combat boots etc. I used a lot of the same articles of clothing but in very differen't ways. That's what a STYLIST is isn't it??? they actually style the shoot? Not just buying and returning from Zara, H&M  and, just re-creating another look book for a company that has already done their campaigns. Its all about how to work with what you have and, if you can think outside the box instead of having so many quantities of clothing to make sure the model has enough outfits.  A pair of scissors is my right hand man on shoots. The way i styled Alex  was super fashionable and just plain cool If I could pull the grunge look off I totally would! Alex's makeup wasn't overly dramatic either. Very NY or LA. Its odd to see peoples reaction to the way alex had her makeup,hair and clothing.  They stared at her like she was an animal and had the guts to ask her  if she was okay. My team member and I were looking around the area where we were, to see what was "acceptable" in terms of fashion. Apparently when its Summer its either short prom dresses at night, liquid tights with crop tops, or super short shorts that look like underwear paired with long tank top. Super inspirational!! NOT!! I brought up topic on how the way Alex was dressed and how it would be so acceptable in differen't parts of the city, provinces, states, countries etc except for vancouver. Why is that? Are we so afraid to be so "different" it wasn't like I put Alex in a head to toe sequences gown. 

It's quiet sad actually. On how we aren't socially acceptable to everyone except those within your comfort zone.

If there's not inspiration in the city or within the people who walk among the city, how do the local designers get inspired? Its unfortunate that most designers have to create a collection within where they live. To cater to the certain crowd of where they are from. For Vancouver, Vancouverites are known for their laid back style. We're trampled by the lululemon's and TNA. So, it makes sense for a designer to cater to that comfortable market knowing it will sell. But, is that what it's all about? just a sale?  Since we are so far behind in fashion, it's hard to find a good , creative and innovated designer to promote. As, a stylist I'm always keeping my eyes open and ears up for the next big talent.


I'm thinking of starting up a month to month spotlight post. Where I find who I think are the best talents out in the world. Let it be in architecture, painter, photographer, model, designer, food stylist, wardrobe stylist etc. I'm going to dig deep! I will make it my personal goal to promote an actual talent once a month starting in August. To let whoever is reading or following my blog that there is so much talent out there that just, needs a little bit of a spotlight. We just need to be open minded instead of pushing them away.

In the mean time enjoy my "athletic shoot" and come back when I post up the night shoot with Alex.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Publication

Being a freelance fashion stylist in Vancouver, is hard enough. Trying to find a publication that's worth a submission in Vancouver is even harder. What makes a good publication? What makes certain publications worth crawling all over,for them to show case your work? Is it the cool name? the people who run it? the type of editorials and stories they mention? What makes certain Vancouver publications worth everyone's time, when they aren't even recognized around the world. Isn't being published somewhere in europe or NY or T.O let it be online or even in print more satisfying then being published in a "Just got bored one day so, lets start up a fashion magazine website?"

Wouldn't it make sense to anyone that if someone is running and started up  a fashion website or magazine that they should have some background in fashion instead of just being a "fan". Everyone's a fan of fashion in their own way. Does going to almost every event the city has to offer  make you such an important person to know? even at the end of day everyone knows you aren't the one who decided at the end what goes into your website or magazine? Is being in your own bubble and circle of friends make you think you're "branching" out into the fashion world? Especially when you promote your website or magazine all about how you like to promote local talent in every aspect. I understand there's a lot of new and up coming, great talent out there but, at what point do you end up going back on your own word on selling yourself out by not promoting local talent. What makes certain publications worth the time and read? Quality over quantity?

At some point and time everyone is trying to be one step of another. We never really take the chance to actually sincerely help each other out. We are all nice to each other's faces. But, behind close doors we all back stab each other in one form or another. Sometimes people don't even know that they are doing it. That's why it's so hard to build relationships with photographers,makeup artist, hair, model agents etc when there's hundreds of others that are knocking at their door with a bigger and better oppourtunity.  We can all say to each other that we will be loyal to each other or show it through our actions since, actions speak louder than words. Then slowly but, surely it all goes away.

I've started to do some brainstorming... How hard is it to start up a fashion website or magazine? Besides the obvious points of; the time needed to be invested in it, the crew you need to actually do it, to actually find a crew that you work well with and not bud heads so much, and a crew that can bring something bigger and better to the tables,  and a crew that have the same ideas as you with, wanting to take it to the next level, meaning out of vancouver! But, wouldn't it be fun to start up something that just needs a few months to catch on to people, having them submit then eventually having hundreds of submissions to you in a day? Even market your website or magazine across the world. To put yourself out there instead of waiting for them to come to you? I'm just saying personally if I was to ever  start up any kind of fashion website or magazine I wouldn't go back on my word on about how and what my website or magazine is all about. It's almost like a challenge. We all can fall in and out of the main focus but, to truly stay in it and to truly live up to your word and not to sell yourself out and, to push yourself to promote local talent to promote local stores etc is a challenge in its self.

I've posted up some magazines worth the read and the look through to see what these little fashion website and magazines are competing with. Indie or not it's just a title that you gave yourself and its a choice on how you want to promote yourself. At the end of the day the magazines and fashion websites that are actually inspirational, make money,  are known around the world, and feature different artist all the time is successful.  In my opinion anyways. Being invited to little fashion shows here and there  and interviewing friends is just a another way of saying you've given up on your website or magazine.

I'll be posting up photos of my newest shoots to come! tonight is a night shoot! so stay tune.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Friends and work

Is friendship a good mix with work? Just like when oil doesn't mix with water. It's especially difficult when two people do the same thing for work and, both are driven in their own way. When is it considered one is better then the other or more ambitious then the other? or even on the same level? But what level are we referring to? Is it when one does the profession full time and more often or is it the other person who just sits back and lets things come to them?

I recently bumped into a good old friend of mine while running errands. We ended up having dinner and just catching up. I was explaining to her my situation about how recently I have decided to mix friendship with work. I've never done it before so, I figured what's the worse that can happen? Well...silly me! My friend who I was venting to made a valid point she as, well works in the fashion industry. She said to me
 " We have never work together nor will we ever and that's why we are still good friends till this day. It's just something  you don't do!" It was plain and simple and to the point and for some odd reason I, needed to hear it from someone else so, the logic could get through my head.

So here's the problem....

I have accumulated a lot of things from doing photo shoots that I either just kept for more use out of it or that I couldn't return it. My friend was in the same boat. We are both freelance stylist so, it made sense with the both of us to just pile everything together so we can have one big "stylist closet" Now before all of this great decision that I made. Our friendship was great. We were new friends, getting to know each other and hanging out a few times out of the week to talk about everything. As, I've mention before I'm not an accessory type of stylist but, my friend is. So I had more clothes that I've kept from shoots and she had the stock with accessory's. We decided to keep everything at her place since she had a separate room for it all which made sense to me anyways. She had a fairly flexible schedule just like mine. So, I was free to give her a call anytime to stop by and "pull" from the closet. At the same time I didn't want to feel like I was being a pest. So, I pull the stuff that I need for my coming up shoots. Some of it was accessories, stockings, shoes etc. Now from pervious shoots that I've done who I've pulled from boutique stores or designers I've always told them as apart of my own personal agreement that if anything is damaged or if they aren't happy with the way the garments are brought back to them I would personally be more then happy and willing to either pay for the product full price or replace it if I could. After my shoots I met up with my friend to return everything that I have borrowed. I've misplace some stockings (one part of it) and misplaced a bracelet. I know I could replace the stockings since, they weren't a speciality type of stocking. So I did. The bracelet I was going to take the time to clean my car and place to find it since I know its somewhere.When meeting up with her I was honest with her right off the bat and explained myself about the stockings apologized and said I need to do a throughly clean and look for the bracelet. I personally didn't think it was a big deal with replacing the stocking. But, instead I got am attitude and a sour face. I completely understand with treating the stylist closet as a regular pull from anywhere else. But, I REPLACED all the missing items out of my own pocket. The items I replaced are the exact same style, pair, color as, the original item. But since we are friends does that change everything??

Ever since the last meet up we haven't been in communication since. I'm busy with my own work and styling and I'm sure she is as well. But, at the same time my friend and I have worked together by helping  each other on each others shoots and, that never seemed to be a problem at all.

Maybe there's someone out there that can give me some advice on how to go on about this. My friend that I vented out to gave me the logical advice saying that I should just pull all my stuff out remain friends with the other girl and to NEVER mix work with friends.

In the mean time I've posted up some cool quotes  and photos referring to this post that I found inspirational, witty, and funny. My next shoot is a night shoot! FINALLY I've been waiting a long time its going to be AWESOME! I just saw a preview photo from ben from the athletic shoot which will be up soon! after the night shoot its beach shoot!!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Minimal

Over the years of being a freelance fashion stylist, I've developed a style that is show cased through my work. I'm a minimalist in every way. In my home decor, my styling, my personal wardrobe and in life as well. I'm a black and white type of person. I use very little to no accessories on shoots. I believe in using the model as my accessory. To have the models personality shine through and bring a photo to a complete circle. I admire artists who can capture a photo in such a beautiful way. A team that can capture the real and true beauty of the model, the atmosphere, the clothing, the makeup, the hair etc.

 One of my favorite designers is Yves Saint Laurent. I adore every little thing about him from his name, the initials, to his visions.  It's a shame he passed away with among other great designers as well. His designs have  a way of portraying confidence, smart, sexy, chic, flattering for a woman's body and overall image. Using bold powerful, statement colors and, strong clean lines, YSL captures the right way for any women to wear her clothes.

YSL ad's are so captivating and so inspirational. At the same time its so simple. With no big huge theatrical background, he allows his designs to speak for themselves.  With settle hints of quirkiness in his ad's as, well as the shoes!  with little accessories here and there, there's nothing that can over shine YSL garments. The model  also, captures YSL just perfectly through her emotions, her body language and expressions.  I've posted up  some of my personal favorites of YSL ads and some runway photos dating back from fall ,spring and summer 2008-2010.

Take the time to admire a fine genius designers work

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Criticism

What does one consider a artist an artist? Is it coming up with new ideas for concepts? design? trends? Is  it holding a camera , a paint brush, a video camera, a makeup brush etc considered an artist?  is it starting up your own magazine? or online magazine? is it starting up your own blog?, is posting up photos of your current work on facebook for all 300 odd some friends to see so , you can see how many "likes" you receive? There's all shapes and forms of artistry out there, that I have a mutual respect for. I'm not the type of person who will judge another artist for what they believe in doing as art to them. If it makes them happy then there's no reason for me to judge. But, at what point is someone consider a  ignorant  artist?  isn't the point of assisting another artist that you potentially want to be at their level, is suppose to give you an insight of how photo shoot goes, how a cooking as the head chef goes?  then allows you branch out and you take what you've learn and apply that to your own skills and be a more and improved artist for yourself? Aren't all artist let it be  fashion, cooking, home decor design, etc  should be able to accept and learn from criticism from others? Not saying it has to be in the same profession but, just from anyone who has an opinion about the artist work. You posted up your work for a reason. Obviously you are bound to receive comments about it.  Shouldn't it be a given that if you decided that you wanted to be an artist for living and to have that as your main profession that its a given that there will always be rejections, others opinions about your work from the "normal" people ,that you may not agree with their criticism and more? I knew what I was getting myself into when I wanted to make fashion styling as my full time career. I've gone through a lot of rejections and, criticism and, both have been good and bad.  If I didn't have any of that I wouldn't be where I am today. Till this day I still ASK and still accept criticism from anyone.  It allows me to be a better fashion stylist, to improve myself and to prove to others that I do listen and that I do want to learn and grow.

Is having a models opinion about the recent photo shoot you did with her more valuable then a fellow photographers opinion? or an actual "normal" person view and opinion about a specific photo? who you can actually learn from? is asking a simple question ( "why did you decide to over light the back of her head?") a hard hitting question? A question is just a question. You learn from the questions being asked because, it allows you to challenge yourself to think about a legit answer that makes sense. A simple question about an artist work doesn't necessarily always mean that someone's attacking you or insulting your work. If an artist takes so much offense to any question about their work from  any kind of people, I think it just might be something wrong with the artist them self.  Insecurities perhaps? No one is perfect in general. No matter how beautiful you are, how talented you are, how rich you are, how fast you drive. No one is perfect. We all take learning steps to get where we are now. We all accept criticism in any shape or form to learn from to be better at our craft, for whatever it may be.  If you think you are such a perfect photographer, chef, TV host, model etc  then I would of seen your work in vogue, on Fashion TV, on the cooking channel. Instead I see it on facebook. I'm not saying Im any shape or form I'm a  perfect artist. I'm far from that but, at the same time I'm trying my hardest to be close to it. But, as an artist myself, I've definitely received my share of comments good and bad. It allows me to be even more driven, to be even more determined, to continue to try to set the bar high, and more passionate about my work. I'm the type of artist that I would rather keep my mouth shut and prove everyone wrong by surprising them when open or click to the latest magazine or website.

When a artist is trying to seek out attention in the wrong way are they  considered someone worth listening to? Writing about or posting it up on any social network about your personal life on how things aren't going your way, is that considered you more important then anyone else? does having models that you've done Polaroids for at the agency who  have commented on your status allow you to feel that you have a closer relationship with them then anyone else? Yet, you can't accept criticism from other artist? I'm just confused that's all. It's hard enough in the fashion industry in Vancouver especially to always be in the "loop". It seems like everyone does their round with other artist until they find someone they click with personality wise and can always be called on 24/7.  I think its hard enough for artist to help other artist without giving to much away. There's nothing wrong with being a confident artist at all.  My personal opinion is to achieve the confidence in your own work as any kind of artist that you have allowed yourself to accept opinions from anyone and anywhere and, you still continue to do so. You've allowed yourself to be a vulnerable artist so others can either really admire your work or really hate it.

Just remember a question is just a question. It all depends how you perceive it Take it with a grain of salt and take it as, a learning experience. Take it as you becoming a better artist then you already are! or at least claim to be. Take it as, a form of respect from others. That they are looking at your work and enjoy looking at your work. Take it as, a way of them trying to help you, trying to lend you a helping hand.  Everyone's opinions are valid. Let it be non professional to professionals.  Be an open minded artist because, one slight acceptance from one's opinion would probably change the way you do things, and see things. Be ready to open yourself to the world and be ready for the world to hit back.

In the mean time...........

I've posted up some new photos from a photo shoot with Ben kwan. The model was flawless! I've also decided to post up some of the inspiration photos that has led me to do photo shoots. The inspiration photo i just posted was the "athletic" photo shoot I did just this weekend. The photos were for NAGG magazine that model Agyness deyn started up!  I'll be posting up photos from the photo shoot soon! in the mean time enjoy my newest work and the inspiration photos and soon to be photos!