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Brandy Kraft

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Stina- Full Steam Ahead!

Last summer I had a great time working with a beautiful young model named Stina Rapp Wastenson. It was one of her very first shoots (her 3rd officially, I think ) and she was a bit shy. I styled her out in the Stockholm archipelago with photographer, Ingrid Sjödahl, and ended up putting together a gorgeous editorial for Z!NK magazine.  

Nowadays Stina is shooting for Elle Sweden, Vogue Turkey, Vogue Italia Beauty, and shot the Valentino Red spring 2013 campaign with Tim Walker.  She was also seen on the runways for fall 2013 walking for Thakoon, Valentino, Prada, Philip Lim, and Balenciaga. 

I just picked up the latest edition of W magazine and found a few photos of her in one of their feature editorials.  Apparently, a lot can happen in one year! Congrats, Stina!  I can't wait to see how far you get another year from now! ;-)

Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit in Stockholm

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier- From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk exhibit at the Arkitektur Museet in Stockholm was the best show I've ever seen, hands down. Director, Nathalie Bondil, and curator, Thierry-Maxime Liriot, did a fantastic job.

The retrospective boasts over one hundred couture pieces are on display along with their accompanying accessories. The volume, detail and intensity of the show is just astounding. And it's quite easy to get lost in the maze of over the top extravagance that is couture. Iconic pieces on loan from Madonna from several of her 90's tours can be seen on display and next to them you will find the original sketches by JPG. 

Singing mannequins are a super thrill.  Many of the life-sized dolls have real faces projected onto their heads which make them seemingly come alive!  Speakers set up behind each model enable them to sing and engage with passers-by.  One mannequin made in JPG's likeness speaks to the audience in his native French and then again English.  He jokingly asks that we do not make fun of his thick accent.  Elsewhere in the room, a choir of women break into song a various intervals, each vying for your attention.  It's really very entertaining.

The exhibition is divided into six sections, each with its own theme. (The Odyssey of Jean Paul Gaultier, The Boudouir, Skin Deep, Punk Cancan, Urban Jungle, and Metropolis).  As you make your way through the rooms and delve deeper into JPG territory, you really begin to grasp the genius of Gaultier's vision and understand his innovative development.  After over 35 years in the business, the niche he's carved out for himself is quite clear, and his influence is undeniable. 

If you are in Stockholm any time in the near future I would advise a stop at the Arkitektur Museet to see the show which runs through September  2013.  But if not nearby, do not lose heart!  This wonderful spectacle is a traveling show and New York and London are next on the list. 

Design Bureau cover shoot

Last week I had a great time shooting a cover for Design Bureau magazine with photographer, Billy Rood. The theme of the issue is the future of architecture so I had to style the model in a way that looked futuristic and use garments that had strong structural elements.

The issue will be out in October and you will have to wait until then to see the final shot. In the mean time, here's one outfit that didn't make the final cut but still looks great!

Special thanks to Nansen loaning us the Google Glass, it was the perfect touch!

Gold Teeth & Gallery Aesthete!

Last week I had great fun shooting with photographer Billy Rood We shot Guo from Ignite Models at Billy's studio in Chicago. All wardrobe was provided by Gallery Aesthete which is the only boutique in Chicago to exclusively carry a wide range of designer menswear including Raf Simons, Commes Des Garcons and Rick Owens.

My shoots generally revolve around one "piece de resistance" and this time it was a (fake) gold tooth that I picked up in NYC. ;) The model got into character and may have possibly started channeling a Chinese gangster because he looked super sleek and a bit sinister! I can't wait to share the photos with you when they're out.

Special thanks to Gallery Aesthete!

Miami - rainy weather shooting!

Today I had the opportunity to shoot with photographer, Allen Henson, two beautiful models from MC2 and hair and makeup by Casey and Casey from Artists by Timothy Priano. The editorial will run in the July issue of South American womens fashion magazine, Revista Trendy.

It rained the ENTIRE time we were shooting but the crew were troopers and we pushed through it!

We shot at a few different locations around Miami, including the beach, on a dock, in a pool and hotel courtyard. On location shooting is a challenge for me as a stylist because clothing likes to wrinkle when you stuff it into bags and then into the trunk of a car. Studio shooting is definitely a more preferable option since it's easier to control. But every once in a while it's fun to get caught in the rain, loosen the controls and laugh at yourself.

In the end we created some compelling imagery, and built a little character! ;)

Versus Versace Party

Last night I had the honor of attending the Versus Versace party at the Lexington Armory in New York City. The runway show/concert/A-list party was well, if one word were to sum it up- impressive. The show was a kick off for the launch of the Versus collection, a collaborative effort between the Versace line and Irish designer, J.W. Anderson.

New York’s finest fashionistas crowded around and were wooed by musical performances by Angel Haze, Dead Sara, and the adorable nymph, Grimes.

The clothing was a mix of bold graphics and textures with lots of black and white. I noted huge safety pins on the bags and one male model in a little black dress. Punk is definitely back.

But clothing aside, this was a whole body experience. The huge dark room was literally pulsating, as if entering into a different reality. One that vibrates on a different frequency where everyone is really, really ridiculously good looking. There was not only fantastic music, but visuals too. Huge screens projected massive psychedelic graphics. There was a ton of model eye candy, and even a male model riding around on a bike with a twirling rack of handbags attached giving rides to people on the back. There was an open bar with exclusively male model bar tenders, and doughnuts handed out at the end of the night. I have no clue what doughnuts had to do with anything but it did leave the guest with the feeling of full sensory entertainment. Celebrity guests included Heidi Klum, Mena Suvari, Lady Gaga, and I think a couple of Jonas brothers.

DJ Maxwell spun music center stage after the shows were over and the inner raver came out in everyone that was left (me and Chloe Noregaard included). We all danced like crazy peopleon drugs.Did I mention the rave scene is back too?

Below are a few of the highlights. A Versus model modeling new garb, the twirly handbag bike thingy, and me with two adorable Versace models.

Thanks Versus Versace and New York city’s fashion scene for a memorable night.



Special thanks to Harry Driggs.

Thrift shop

You never know what you are going to find when thrifting, and I suppose that’s part of the allure. This gem doesn’t suit me but it’s perfect for a hair stylist friend of mine in Nyc. I hope she likes it!

Club Monaco - Flip Time!

As a part of the fantastic visual merchandising team at Club Monaco, I go in a few times a month to help them flip the store. And by “flip”, I mean exactly that. We swtich the whole store around, top to bottom. It can sometimes be called an “overnight” as well, because we are usually there until the wee hours. It’s a lot of work!

We are given style directives from the corporate handbook along with a box of tools. Materials are also sent along from the company to ensure that all the stores look the same.  We change mannequins into the new collection, hang lights, paint walls and lots and lots more.

Here are some snaps of the past few days of work.