"...but style you possess." Iris Apfel
My second year of shooting my two eldest for Homecoming, was challenging. During the night before, on the street where we live, the flora morphed from summer green(s) to brilliant fall: a cacophony of emerald, amber and fire. The day was extremely overcast, chilly and wet. But even that added to our set's beauty: the week's constant rain turned the color of the asphalt from blah to moody; the wet tree trunks and branches were rendered a deep black - all of it adding the perfect contrast, breadth and depth. Our street looked like an oil painting - vivid. deep, heavy and clear. The low level(s) of natural light were especially daunting, I knew I'd literally have to shoot around shadow. Still, to my artist's eye, it was the perfect backdrop and runway. Of course we had to shoot outside. Rory, Sage and their gorgeous dates did the rest, and it was magic...
"[Fashion] is in the street...the way we live, what is happening." - Coco Chanel
Rory and Sage's street fashion-sense is a delightful mix of vintage, army surplus, sportswear, cheap clothing chains and mid-priced indie-labels (my apples don't fall far ;-} The 21st century twist? They have access to haute couture at street fashion prices (thank you Jane Pabon). For Homecoming, Rory and Sage went full french girl's wardrobe. They knew exactly how they wanted to look: a more intense version of their every day: Rory channeled his suave 007; Sage rocked Tina to the nth degree (those mile long legs!).
"They got the beat. Kids got the beat. Yeah, they've got it!" - the Go Go's (1982)
Here I think they look like an 80s rock band album cover. While I was shooting, that Go Go's song kept playing in my head ;-}
Doesn't this look like and editorial shoot for Vogue? Or a promo shot for Empire?
The Fashion Breakdown:
Rory: Black silk button down: BLC; Bow-Tie: Calvin Klein; Cropped Pants: Zara; Shoes: Calvin Klein.
Sage: Tuxedo Jacket w/ leather trim: Bailey 44; Sequins and Mesh Dress: French Connection; Stiletto Booties: Steve Madden.
Eliza went full Marlene Dietrich: crushed velvet blazer, dress shirt, trousers (Old Navy), classic Oxfords (UNR8ED).
"[Style], It's a matter of being yourself on purpose." G. Bruce Boyer
I love that Rory, Sage and their core group of friends are so sure in who they are and how they choose to express themselves. Style is a matter of being yourself on purpose. I didn't fully get that until I reached my fabulous 40s. These 'kids,' with their smarts, talent, savvy and confidence: World. Oyster. Theirs. And I'm gonna shoot their journey, frame by frame.
Vivre, Rire, Aimer,