Editorials embody ultimate fusions of fashion flair. These wordless storytellers with wicked and watchful eyes and esoteric vision, work their gifts and blend their best for shared, synchronous cadences of crafts for flashing lights–roles intertwined to define the seamless soiree of printed perfection.
Enthralled with beautiful chaos, four commissioned and choreographed a photo shoot using local talent to delve into the fascination of the creative collaborative process.
interviews and introduction by nicole camack
photography by erik danielson
art director and wardrobe stylist: franklin c. headen
hair stylist: kelsey deuel
makeup artist: katy albright
featuring hannah gantt of headenistic models
special thanks to zac posen, bpcm, and starworks group
Model: I actually just started modeling and I love it! I’ve done some exciting shoots so far and can’t wait to see what else is in store.
Makeup Artist: At 17 I was enrolled in cosmetology school at the Aveda Institute. I recently received the “2013 Makeup Artist of the Year” from the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA), my first entry at the age of 19.
Hairstylist: I was born in NJ but raised in Mooresville, and recently moved to Los Angeles. I worked at Savvy Salon and Day Spa for a couple of years in Cornelius. Then last year I won the Wella North American Trend Vision contest’s young talent category. The experience changed my life and opened my eyes to what I really want to do with my career.
Stylist: I was born into a family of creative people. At 14, I started interning for Charles Mo at the Mint Museum’s Historic Costume Collection. Since then I’ve dressed Victoria’s Secret bombshells, successful models and worked with fashion show producers.
Aside from your part, what do you most look forward to in an editorial process?
Model: Makeup. I am probably the worst person at doing makeup and all my friends make fun of me for it, so when I actually have on makeup that works for my face and plays up my features, it’s awesome.
Makeup Artist: Seeing the finished product on camera. It makes all the hard work worth it. I don’t know much about lighting or editing so it’s really amazing to see that transformation on camera.
Hairstylist: I’m going to have to go with the model. They are the key to making everyone else’s role look beautiful and knowing how to work it. They have a hard job and have a lot expected out of them!
Stylist: Editing. I have no idea how to use Photoshop magic, but it’s absolutely beautiful when a photographer knows how to do it well, yet not overdone.
What’s your working method?
Model: I have to be in the right mindset. Going into a shoot nervous or with bad vibes will show in the pictures.
Makeup Artist: I am a bit of a work-a-holic. I like to push the limits and step outside of the box. I believe failing is only a stepping stone to success, so don’t let yourself get in the way.
Hairstylist: Right now I’m working 12-hour days. I do hair all day long. If it’s one thing I learned from my past experiences is: if you put your whole heart and soul into what you do, only amazing things can come from it. So I continue to work hard; there are no breaks.
Stylist: I have to be inspired, first. Models and my best friends inspire me more than anything else. For editorial shoots, I get inspired by the team a lot. I get my creative juices flowing and conceptualize a theme. From there, I talk to designers, PR firms, and boutiques and decide what pieces I’m going to pull for the shoot. If something doesn’t look right, I fix it or nix it. It’s about the overall look; it’s not about the individual pieces.
Who is your style icon?
Model: Vanessa Hudgens-I’m obsessed with everything she wears. Especially the outfits she chooses for summer music festivals.
Makeup Artist: It’s really hard for me to pick just one. I really love Nicole Richie as well as Grace Kelly, Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen.
Hairstylist: My style icon ranges from Cydney Morris, Rihanna, Sophia Amoruso, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, Olivia Palermo, and Marilyn Monroe.
Stylist: I can’t pick just one. I personally try to dress like Mary Kate—circa 2007, but if I were a woman, I’d want to dress exactly like Anna Dello Russo.
What style combinations do you love most?
Model: I like random patterns that wouldn’t seem to go together. I like cheetah with polka dots or floral with stripes. I like jean on jean sometimes, and leather over lace or girly outfits to rough it up.
Makeup Artist: I love to see a dark lip with a bare eye, smokey shadow with a nude lip, textured shadow and smooth skin, highlights above the cheek bone and shadow/contour underneath.
Hairstylist: Mixing textures, having more than one in the hairstyle, and mixing simple hairstyles with bright makeup. I love big hair with lots of volume, the bigger the better!
Stylist: Structured crop tops and bras with menswear-inspired trousers, leather jackets worn with gowns, denim overalls over silk blouses, distressed jeans and fur coats, leather garments with jewel embellishments.
This interview was conducted summer 2013.