Photography: Diane Jong
Wardrobe Styling: Sandy Phan
Makeup: Sinem Cetin
Hair: Sarah Dougherty
Model: Ashley Robinson @ Photogenics Media
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 for this collection is about a woman in mourning. It is about the void you feel when you lose your spouse. It is more common nowadays for people to wear bright colors to a funeral because they want to celebrate the life of their lost loved one rather than a mourning phase but we wanted to capture the raw feelings one would naturally go through should ever the death of your partner happened. Underneath trying to see the light, you can't help but to feel empty, dark. The drama of this darkness is inevitable so we are wanted to showcase the mood of mourning.
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 answer is in the question itself. The most difficult part is building the right team. It is after all a team effort and being in the creative world, everyone has their own artistic perspective but it is about sharing our ideas and melding it all together to create something uniquely strong. It’s also about having great chemistry, communication, and being able to hold one another accountable. Do your homework and reach out to people you respect that resonates well with you artistically. Things won't always be perfect but you get out there and “test” it out. Everyone will have their fair share of shoots gone wrong but they are all opportunities to learn and improve.
3. As an editorial artist, what do you feel is one of the biggest mistakes beginners tend to make? Having a strong vision is so important. It’s easy to be anxious and want to create but without having a story in mind and without having the idea understood on all verticals with creative direction, photography, hair, and makeup direction; it makes it difficult to execute at your best.
4. How would you describe your artistic style?
Embodying a sense of curiosity is important to my artistic style, which is why I love story telling. It is always fun to create a character or take an inspiration to the next level. Every shoot I do, I like to challenge myself and try something new while keeping true to my whimsical, chic signature.
5. How do you go about picking the right pieces for the editorial? It starts with the story at hand. Once we discuss the creative concept, I consume myself with inspiration. This is why the vision has to be clear from the beginning because it sticks with me as I am pulling. I try to give myself more than less to play with. New ideas will come to me as I see things that strike my eye and it continues to build from there.
6. What is your greatest weakness; your greatest strength?
My greatest weakness is over-‐thinking my creativity. There is both good and bad in pressure but sometimes I allow it to get the best of me and allow myself to get too over in my head that can lead to creative blocks. My greatest strengths are making things happen, delivering my best no matter how big or small the project, my open mind and willingness. A positive attitude goes a long way.
7. What misconceptions do you think outsiders have about fashion / beauty editorials and the business of styling?
That it is all fun and glamour. Sure, I have fun because I love what I do but it is a lot of HARD WORK! There’s lots of planning, preparing, and physical work involved.
8. What is your secret to keeping a happy balanced life while following your passion? It’s all about balance and making time for all the important things in your life. For me, I make time for work, physical exercise, friends and family, my fiancé, and me time. No matter how busy or wrapped up you get in life, never forget to enjoy the ride. It’s no easy task but the pursuit of balance is better than not at all.
9. Music feeds the soul and often motivates. What music are you playing while you are shooting?
Beyonce. I don’t necessarily love her music or lyrics most of the time but she does the whole refined diva thing better than anyone else. She just makes you feel immediately confident, sexy, and ready to take on the world. For other daily music listens, I enjoy Wild Belle, The Black Keys, Bob Marley, Lorde, Janelle Monae, and lots others.
10. Words to live by? “Life is not about finding yourself, life is about creating yourself” –George Bernard Shaw