This story was birthed from frustration. Frustration from incessantly contacting magazines to shoot together, either with no response at all, or with interest followed by the subsequent “no response”. In fashion photography, especially for editorials, magazines must give the wardrobe stylist an accreditation letter, or pull letter, so that they can acquire the right pieces for the series. Today, magazines have almost started to refuse these letters, even after they’ve accepted the photographer as shooting for a new issue.
This frustrated me to no end, because you can only be so creative in a fashion series with no fashion. So I decided, to hell with them, we’ll shoot anyway and just worry about clothes later. I had Marcus virtually pick the looks he loved the most, then the model posed as if she were wearing the pieces. This was followed by sending the final photos to Kevin Lancelin, who drew the pieces in Milan. Then, the photos were sent to Charlotte, North Carolina, where graphic designer Jason Woodberry did the coloring. And here we are, an idea was born out of desperation.
Make-up was done by Michael Chau, and hair by Brittan White. The designers used in this series were (in order of appearance): Alexander McQueen, Iris Van Herpen, Dior, Zuhair Murad, Dior, Ralph & Russo, Valentino, Schiarparelli, Elie Saab, Giambattista Valli
Karolina Smetek shot by DeMarcus Allen for ELLE Magazine, styled by Simon Gensowski. Make-up by Lorandy, hair by Chiao Chenet.
This series was shot in Harlem, New York, featuring model Caroline Corinth of Marilyn New York. Styled by Marcus Ivory, with make-up by Dana Arcidy and hair by T. Cooper.
This series was shot in Paris, France, with model Meri Gulin. Styled by Simon Gensowski, with Make-up and nails by Lorandy, and hair by Henry Olivier.
Night shooting in the city with model Beata Grabowska, styled by Fanélie Patras, make-up by Océane Sitbon Ghoula, hair by Shuihei Nishimura
L’Officiel Switzerland, couture special featuring Elena Melnik. Styled by Simon Gensowski, Make-up by Piia Hiltunen, Hair by Olivier Henry. Featuring designers such as Ashi Studio, Giorgio Armani, Valentino, Alexandre Vauthier and Iris Van Herpen, among others.
Harper’s Bazaar Ukraine, featuring top model Alla Kostromichova
Haute Joallerie editorial special for L’Officiel magazine, shot by me in Paris with model Galina Arkhi. Styled by Simon Gensowski, Make-up by Lorandy, hair by Olivier Henry. Featuring jewelry collections from Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Tiffany & Co., Chaumet and others
Yue Han, shot by me in the streets of Paris. Styled by Séna Aurélia, make-up by Emilie Plume and hair by Mayu Morimoto
Monica Cima for L’Officiel Magazine, Switzerland. Styled by Simon Gensowski, Make-up by Lorandy, Hair by Henry Olivier, assistant Anthony Marco.
Editorial for L’Officiel Brazil featuring Renata Guerra. Styled by Lucas Magno, Make-up and Hair by Guto Moraes at WeDoMgt