Photographer: Raen Badua - www.raenpbadua.4ormat.com
Stylist: Ermelinda Manos - www.ermelindamanos.com
Asst. Stylist: Rachael Grande - No Portfolio
Makeup: Feralene Orpila - www.simplyferalene.com
Hair: Sylvia Stankowski - www.sjshairdesign.4ormat.com
Model: Christine Unruh
FEATURED WARDROBE STYLIST INTERVIEW
1. How does this collection speak to you? How did it come about? What did you want this to say to your audience?
The inspiration behind my Spring/Summer ’14 Collection, was behind a
personal struggle with immigration and finally finding justice. My past
collections were all black because of how I felt with my immigration case,
but now that I finally found justice and feel more confidant than ever, these feelings transferred into my collection, where you are introduced with bold colors along with some black, (got to have black!) elegant form fitting silhouettes made for a confident, fearless woman that loves to stand out.
2. What do you find to be the most difficult when bringing a team of artists together to create a cohesive look? How do you pick the right team?
The most difficult part is having the right team, having people that believe
! in my vision as much as I do. I have a very distinct style and way of how to create a collection, but without a team effort, this would not be possible. I am thankful throughout the years, I have been able to work with amazing people, which have now joined forces with my brand and believe in my vision.
3. As an editorial artist, what do you feel is one of the biggest mistakes
beginners tend to make?
The biggest mistake is creating something that does not have meaning, so it’s just a pretty picture, without a story, and cohesiveness, it sends
different messages. Usually this happens to artists who have not found
their particular style and are eager to show all they’re capable of. It’s best
to stick to being yourself, no matter what you’re your style is, original
never goes out of style.
4. How would you describe your artistic style?
My style is influenced by all the places I have been raised at and the
different lifestyles I experienced. Born by the Adriatic Sea of Southern
Albania, and raised in the Mediterranean Coast of Greece, then later in
Las Vegas, I am very versatile with my style, but I don’t over accessorize
and I am very practical.
5. How do you go about picking the right pieces for the editorial?
The amazing photographer Raen Badua makes the hard decisions of
which images to select for the editorial, but as we shoot, we can see which images speak louder and connect to us the most that end up being selected.
6. What is your greatest weakness; your greatest strength?
My greatest weakness, to not ask for help when taking on too much work. My greatest strength is always knowing and being confident in what I want.
7. What misconceptions do you think outsiders have about fashion / beauty editorials and the business of styling?
There are many big misconceptions in editorial, one would be the belief
that models are airbrushed or photoshopped to look the way they do, but
that is false for our team, as we take pride in working with models whom
are professionals, know how to portray themselves in certain ways
working with lighting, clothing, etc, and that most importantly are healthy,
not giving the wrong message to the readers. Also the model did not just
happen to sit on a horse, but the preparation behind it, of creating the
makeup, the hair, pulling the right clothing, accessories, props,
background looks to make this image come to life, and create a story
takes days of preparation.
8. What is your secret to keeping a happy balanced life while following your passion?
Understanding that everything and everyone in your life is equally
important and has equal value. Nothing functions properly without the
9. Music feeds the soul and often motivates. What music are you playing
while you are shooting?
I love music, and cannot shoot without it, every type of music is what we
listen to while we shoot, my favorite at the moment is my fellow Albanian
Rita Ora and Lorde.
10.Words to live by?
I would say to be yourself, no matter what you think of yourself , embrace
who you are. Nothing worse than to work with people who don’t have a
sense of who they are, it throws everything off.