The assignment for my fashion photography class this week was to create three photos that are reminiscent of how we were once perceived. The photos needed to feature an accessory and highlight the use of changing light.
Below is a quote from curator and writer, Charlotte Cotton, who was featured in Issue #216 of Aperture Magazine.
“Fashion photography is rightly characterized by constant change for being porous, reactive, even predictive in its visualizations and reflections of consumer society. While this has continued to be true… this century has so far failed to deliver a climate for image-makers to truly innovate…” (Charlotte Cotton)
In some ways, I couldn’t agree more with what Cotton is saying here, but in others, I totally disagree. While technology has made fashion photography more accessible and efficient, amongst an endless list of other adjectives, it has also changed the way in which we view art. I think it is a fallacy to assert that there are no influential creatives of this time period. What we must consider when evaluating the state of current fashion, is that different doesn’t always mean bad, especially when it comes to art. Photography is constantly changing and evolving, and while I believe there is a teeter-totter effect to be mindful of, reminiscing about a time period we cannot return to seems to be a waste of valuable time.
Unlike what Cotton is suggesting in this quote, I believe there is no limit to creativity, and if we ever hope to live in a world that is truly inclusive, accepting and real, we must stop bashing our fellow creatives to make a name for ourselves. Fashion is often characterized as a cruel and inhumane industry, but is this description simply an outdated theory that is begging to be disproven?
I sure hope so.
I am incredibly excited to show you all some of my favorite shots from a recent photo shoot I did with Vicky Cain and Eddie Miles at the Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design in London. This experience was nothing short of life-changing, and I am so honored to add to these gems to my styling portfolio.
To add some context for you, the brief for the shoot was to utilize a "classic fashion item." From denim, to leather, to a little black dress, the choice was entirely ours. I ended up shooting Vicky in this oversized, vintage leather jacket that had been painted by a South African street artist. To juxtapose this amazing jacket, I added a pair of iconic Burberry trousers, which are straight off this season's runway. Minimal hair, makeup and accessories finished this look off perfectly.
After this whole experience, all I can say is how inspired I am for the future, and I can't wait to get started on the next shoot!
Model: Vicky Cain
Photographer: Eddie Miles
Stylist: Andrew Paulson
Studio: Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design
Although I was born and raised in the sweltering heat of southern Arizona, I've had a challenging time mastering how to be fashionable in the heat. Without chunky sweaters, oversized tweeds and weathered leather boots to ground my outfits, I began to wonder what I was left with. Determined to figure out a way to beat the heat without sacrificing my sense of style this summer, I set out to create an outfit that solved my summertime styling stumbles.
My go-to summer outfit starts with a pair of 100% Italian Wool Smarty Pants from GANT Rugger. I'm in love with these pants for several reasons, but the prominent front crease, slim silhouette and slate grey color are all at the forefront of what make these pants great.
As I stressed in my previous article, "Turning Accessories Into Focal Points," every cohesive outfit should have a clear focal point. For this outfit, I want eyes to be drawn to my new favorite pants. That being said, I decided to pair these pants with the SUPIMA Cotton Crewneck Short-Sleeve T-Shirt by Uniqlo. This extra-long fibre cotton tee is one of the softest and most breathable shirts I own, which makes it the perfect addition to this heat-friendly ensemble.
I rounded out my outfit with a pair of Black Canyon Classic Sandals by Malibu x Missoni. These hand-woven nylon sandals are the most comfortable pair of shoes I own, not to mention my favorite purchase of the summer! Whether they're paired with weekend gym shorts or structured business slacks, these sandals have kept me cool and confident all summer long.
To compliment this combination, I finished the look off with my black leather tote, my everyday black watch and my go-to Warby Parker sunglasses. This nods to the Scandinavian simplicity that has become a mainstay in my outfit inspiration.
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Thanks for reading! Enjoy the weather out there.
Good afternoon everyone! I apologize for being M.I.A. recently, but I've been working on some very exciting stuff these past few months that I cannot wait to share with all of you shortly! In the meantime, I'd like to share a few comments on the fascinating Harper's Bazaar article, Photographer's Arresting Images Test Boundaries of Being Gender Fluid in America, by Chaédria LaBouvier. I recently came across this stellar article on my daily commute and instantly knew that I needed to explore these ideas further.
While I absolutely loved the article as a whole and commend all associated parties on their outstanding work, dedication and bravery, there were a few things that didn't sit exactly right with me, the first of which being the quote: "The photographer explains that women have been allowed to embrace masculine things, even masculinity, in a way that’s become normative: pants, short haircuts, having a career." (LaBouvier) I'm not sure if it's the coupling of the words "women" and "allowed to" in the same sentence, or the condescending and archaic stereotype of masculinity that rubs me the wrong way more, but I found myself wondering why wearing pants, having short hair or pursuing a career is still synonymous with masculinity. Have we not learned anything?
The reliance on this old-fashioned, outdated and offensive definition of what it means to be male and female, constantly widens the gender gap we're hoping to close. Furthermore, leaning on these stereotypes only breathes more life into the misogynistic mindset that needs to be dismantled if we hope to live in a world where all are considered equal.
For the last few months, I have had the pleasure to work with my good friend, Camille Frye, at HAVEN Collective Yoga.
I first met Camille at Pure Barre Williamsburg where we instantly hit it off! When Tracy, the Founder and CEO of HAVEN Collective Yoga, asked if I knew anyone who would be available to take some product shots, I told her I had just the girl for her! Thus, a friendship and collaboration was born.
As a Professional Dancer, Pure Barre Instructor and fellow foodie, Camille's talents continue to amaze me every day. She is everything I could ask for in a model. Not only is she willing to take direction and work through discomfort, but she also brings new and exciting ideas to shoots that make a collaboration truly enjoyable.
If you would like more information on how to book Camille for your upcoming shoot, let me know!
Check out the results of my street style photo shoot for Black Star Brands! We shot in East Williamsburg on perhaps the coldest day of the year, but I think we got some great photos. Let me know what you think by commenting below!
Model: Matt Tighe
Assistant: Emily Tree
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Below is a sneak peak of the shoot I did for HAVEN Collective Yoga. I am currently interning at HAVEN, and I am having a blast learning the ins and outs of the fashion industry. Check out their Instagram for more photographs like these!
Model: Emily Tree
Assistant: Rachael Morris
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending the Fashion & Luxury Inustry Insight conference hosted by the Fashion Society at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Not only was this experience incredibly rewarding professionally, but I also learned a lot about myself in the few hours I was there. I heard from two outstanding speakers: Ulric Jerome, the CEO of matchesfashion.com, and Zoe Souter, the Marketing Manager at Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design. While the speeches were entirely different, the importance and relevance of both of them cannot be underestimated.
Mr. Jerome, the first speaker, began his lecture by introducing us to his website and explaining the seriousness of understanding and serving your customers with grace, pose and efficiency at every point throughout the day. Below, are some interesting quotes I wrote down from his talk.
The next speaker, Zoe Souter, was nothing less than a godsend. She graceously took us through the many positions available within the fashion industry, and gave us outstanding advice along the way. Futhermore, she listed off some of the things we, as students, can do to prepare ourselves for a career in fashion. They follow below.
Overall, to say I learned something would be a severe understatement, and I hope that by reading this, you are as inspired and as motivated as I am to prepare for the upcoming years. Thanks for reading, and as always, comment or share below!
Good evening everyone! Tonight, I'd like to take the opportunity to share with you one of my favorite assignments I've completed all semester. In my Fashion Marketing and Promotion module, I am assigned weekly tasks that encourage me to look at the fashion industry in lots of different ways. This week, I looked at the current social media campaign of one of my favorite brands, Acne Studios, and evaluated its effectiveness. Below, you can see the presentation I created to explain their "Small Leather Goods" campaign. Check them out on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest and let me know what you think!
MEET THE EDITOR
Hello! My name is Andrew Paulson and I'm a Marketing and Advertising student, with a focus on the Fashion Industry, at Pace University in New York City. I am extremely passionate about creating editorial content for fashion and lifestyle apparel brands, which has lead me to become the Creative Marketing Director at HAVEN Collective, where I assist in the creation and execution of innovate marketing campaigns that increase both brand awareness and sales. If you'd like to meet up for coffee to learn more about how I can help your company, please do not hesitate to reach out. Thank you!