BCALLA x Print All Over Me NYFW 2017 Presentation // XYZ FIGHT THE HOMOGENY!

I worked closely with Brad Callahan of BCALLA over a number of weeks to bring his New York Fashion Week presentation vision to life - and it was beautiful, chaotic fashion anarchy. Femme Anarchist Fighters XYZ literally battled and wrestled with the enemy in human form - three suited mascs representing HOMOGENY - in a giant inflatable boxing ring. Violet Chachki hung from the rafters in a referee costume with a sequined train 30 feet long. A massive undertaking motivated by the desire to CREATE BEAUTY with other beautiful beings! Thanks to Print All Over Me for making this collection was possible.

We're constantly being told that NYFW is a place for certain bodies, certain looks, certain ideals of beauty and what is "beautiful".   But ultimately; what's beautiful is expressing yourself and standing up for yourself- even when the man tries to beat you down. 

DING DING! FFIIGGGHHHTTT!! DOWN WITH HOMOGENY!!

Credits:
hair @uhmmwhat 
jewellery @islynyc
head piece @dickandvirgil 
styling @stawecki 
creative production @claire_fitzsimmons



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New Work: Asher Levine FW2017 Collection

Asher Levine's work is dark, impeccably finished and a little bit science fiction. His aesthetic can be described as Mad Scientist Meets Luxe, which is a phrase that makes me very happy, obviously. Asher asked me to produce his new Look Book and NYFW Presentation to launch the collection, and I'm happy to share it with you here!

For this season's presentation we hosted a parlor style viewing in a beautiful town house in the West Village- Moodwise, it was far from the madness of a runway show downtown. It was intimate and sophisticated, a jazz pianist played in the background - and the guests, (including Whoopi Goldberg , Hamish Bowles, Amy Fine Collins, Dr. Lisa Airan , Faith Popcorn, Mia Michaels) were able to interact with the models, garments and the designer during the presentation. A 3D Bodyscanner on site took precise measurements of the guests in order to custom create their made to order selections.

The look book shoot takes a slightly edgier tone, set against a wet, dark backdrop- invoking one of the themes of Asher's designs- creature like metamorphosis. The pieces feature draped boiled wools, molded leather scales and accessories, exotic furs, and lasercut crepe silks in chimeric patterns.

To Purchase: 
Online sales will begin FRIDAY SEPT 16th

ASHER LEVINE FW 2017 COLLECTION


ASHER LEVINE FW 2017 NYFW PRESENTATION
Photography by Victor Jeffreys @VictorJeffreysii


 (my future husband Laith Ashley, swoon)

CREDITS
Atmosphere Photography: Victor Jeffreys @VictorJeffreysii
Lookbook Photography: Zach Hyman @ZachLikeWhoa
Hair and Makeup Sponsored by IShimmer Lashes @iShimmer
Make-up by: Jasen Kaplan @JasenKaplan
Hair by: Joseph DiMaggio @fashionmeetspassion
Catering by: Serena Bass @SerenaBass23
A/V by: Power Posse Productions @PowerPosseProductions
Guest Relations by: Jennifer Cheng @ItsJenCheng
Live Piano by: Brett Williams @BrettWilliamsKeys


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New Work: Adore Delano "ICU" Music Video

I feel a tiny bit invested in the Drag Race phenomenon- not only as a die hard fan of the show, but also after working for Zaldy (Ru Paul's costume maker) for some time. I've since gone on to collaborate with a handful of the girls on their solo projects. I am impressed by SO many of the queens, and Adore holds a special RIOTGRRL place in my heart! So working with her on her new music video was a total PARTY ;)

You know I don't believe in fashion rules (ANY OF THEM) so the idea that a drag queen must wear heels, must wear sequins, lashes, dresses, must be hyper feminine is silly! And dated ;) We ended up with total Boy George and Anna Piaggi vibes for this video, called "ICU". 
Check it out!




Look 1
Visor: ISLYNYC
Collar + jeans: NODiscount
Shirt: HiMumImdead
Coat: Colin Locascio
Look 2:
Cap + latex shirt: Chromat
Jacket: VFILES
Look 3:
Mask: Dick and Virgil


CREDITS:
Director: Santiago Felipe
Executive Producer David Charpentier
Project Manager: Michael Ventolo
Director of Photography: Keith ketwaroo
Editor: Daniel Gottschling
Grip: Sebastian Beckmann
Stylist: Claire Fitzsimmons (Ms. Fitz)
Set Design: Michelle Sutherland & Diego Montoya
Hair Stylist: William Schaedler

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New Shoot! Pia Mia for NYLON

Feel especially proud of this shoot which I created for NYLON.
I've been a little bit obsessed with PIA MIA for a hot second, mostly because it's still amazing to me that you can become a famous singer on the basis of instagram alone, but also because she's beautiful and talented. I brought the artist and photographer Signe Pierce on board to capture her spirit, because Signe's work explores the concept of being a young, sexualised woman on the internet and everyday. And also, because she takes gorgeous, saturated images.

Photo: Signe Pierce
Styling: Chris Horan
Hair: Scott Barnes
Make up: Dimitris Giannetos

Thank you to The London West Hollywood for having us!

See the interview here.

Enjoy.


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New Work! NYLON Magazine - Just The Tips

WOW! So much has been going on!

Working at NYLON I've had the opportunity to produce some amazing content. There is one particular project I LOVED working on especially. It's called "Just The Tips" and is a video series where we pulled together an array of women to talk about all the things that we chat about when there's no menses around. ;) It's so important that women have digital safe spaces to talk and connect.
Hope you enjoy it as much as we loved creating it!!!

See the whole series here.




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My Chat with Rhonda Rousey about Staying Focused, Not Needing a Man, and GirlSquads



How does one prepare for a meeting with Ronda Rousey? I wondered. Do I need to work out? Eat only egg whites for breakfast? Four rounds of squats and 20 push-ups? I wanted to be in my finest form when coming face to face with a woman who is not only the Women’s UFC Bantamweight Champion, but also, like, my favorite person in the world.

I am not particularly into “sports.” My MMA knowledge extends to the fact that it’s kind of fun and sexy to watch people get sweaty and pummel each other. But after I heard her “Do Nothing Bitches” pre-fight pep talk, I became a committed fan. If you haven’t seen the video, or seen how BeyoncĂ© incorporates it into her performances, here it is: “I have this one term for the kind of woman that my mother raised me to not be. I call it a ‘do-nothing bitch.’ She’s a bitch who just tries to be pretty and be taken care of by someone else.”
Two coffees, a sandwich, and some Advil down, I was ready to meet Rousey. And upon doing so, one thing was clear: As she navigates traditionally male spaces and makes them her own, she has made a space for all women—women who work hard and push themselves to be their best.
Instead of plopping herself down in the chair, she basically dominated it, while smiling widely. I felt like I was about to chat with one of my girlfriends. 


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Let's Catch Up!

by Beto Ruiz Alonzo

Hi Cuties!!

So much to catch up on! Yes, I am still living large in NYC!! :D

Some things have changed over the past year- I've been working at NYLON Magazine for about ten months now- coordinating and producing the original photo shoots and videos for the NYLON Digital site, which has been so amaazing and rewarding! Also moving into production of their integrated sponsored content which is a really exciting and exploding element of digital landscape. I'd like to share more of my work on here; but I honestly just keep forgetting!

I'm still producing the CHROMAT runway shows at MILK each season; (see the New York Times coverage of our most recent show)


However- I wanted to share with you this amazing find! Digging through the archives at NYLON I stumbled upon this custom hand made Betsey Johnson piece made exclusively for the brand; but long forgotten! I had to get it on me :) :)

 Pics by Beto Ruiz Alonzo
Do you still love me like I love you??

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