January 17, 20129 Comments

Work: Lydia by Loulou Loves You


Lydia by Loulou Loves You: photography by Joshua Spencer, creative direction by Jazzi McGilbert, styling by Jazzi McGilbert & Natalie Toren, hair & makeup by Dina Gregg, modeled by Papa at NEXT, and special thanks to our on-set puppy, Fozz.

add'l wardrobe: BLK DNM leather jacket, Marc by Marc Jacobs buckle boots (similar), Kelly Wearstler Cinnabar fur gillet

I did this mini-lookbook for one of my favorite people in the world, Loulou, while she was here in L.A. I very simply adore Loulou and her new 'Lydia' lingerie set. Seriously: a lingerie designing babe, holistic masseuse with a British accent, the kindest spirit and perfect pouty lips... Yeah, I'm still not entirely convinced she's real but she's the best dream girl ever. I will never be over having such talented friends.

Lydia will be available on www.louloulovesyou.com this Friday and you can shop the rest of the site at 30% off 'til then! I personally own and love the Lola peter pan collar and floral headbands.

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December 29, 20107 Comments

Work: Assisting Imogene Barron for Oyster #90


Oyster Issue #90, Let's Get Hitched: photographed by Ben Sullivan, styled by Imogene Barron, hair and make-up by Sandy Ganzer, fashion assistant Jazzi McGilbert, model Charlotte @ Photogenics

Working with Imogene, Ben and Sandy was truly a gig to remember. Immy and I worked side-by-side for a couple of weeks locked in motel rooms, cars and motor homes between pit-stops at vintage stores and Swingers. Immy and Ben were here from Australia on a Great American Adventure, shooting for Oyster (where Imogene is Fashion Director) and a campaign (and roadtrip) for Levi's and I was along for the ride. I loved every minute of it except maybe the time I came running to her because I found a bug in my bed and all the Aussies laughed at me but damn it, I'm phobic!

Imogene is a brilliant stylist and I had so much fun while learning so much from her. That's something I haven't been able to say in a while, truthfully. She's a master with accessories and favors indie designers which makes her a girl after my own heart. There's also an element of street culture in her work that is so authentic and not forced and she breathes attitude into everything she touches. Immy is the type of honest-to-goodness "cool" that so many try (but fail) to emulate - it was intimidating at first, but that faded quickly after a few goofball moments and blasting old school hip hop on K-DAY. Can't speak highly enough about this woman. I hope she gets back to Cali stat!

As for this shoot for Oyster, I just love how it turned out. Amazing what a small, but mightily talented crew can churn out. A welcome reminder that a huge budget and craft services are a luxury but by no means a necessity. I can't remember all of the credits (you'll have to pick up the mag for those) but I know the Rorschach skirt is by Dion Lee, gold bar belt by Gucci and the first black patent look by Olima.

Oyster is simply killing it with their editorials (and the articles are quite good too!) and I highly recommend you all pick up the issue. The cover of Meghan Collison alone should sell you.

And you know I couldn't resist slipping on those sky-high boots and I'm proud to report I didn't topple over in them. The shoes plus an outtake below the cut!

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August 21, 200911 Comments

My Work: Garfunkel & Oates by Verity Jane Smith

Outtakes from my BUST mag shoot with comedienne/musical duo Garfunkel & Oates (Kate Micucci & Riki Lindhome) by Verity Jane Smith!

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June 28, 20087 Comments

On Set With: Shwayze for MTV

[running on 4 hours of sleep, hoping this is intelligible.]


Had to make a point to see my lovely Melis during my LA visit... and if you know Melis, you know that the easiest way to get to her is at work.

So I hopped on board to assist at a video shoot for Shwayze, Skeet, and Cisco (Adler) for some upcoming MTV spots (those ones you see after absolutely everything on MTV). We got to play dress up at a siiiiick house (mansion?) in the Palisades overlooking the Pacific.
There were the usual cute PAs, cute talent, and yummy craft services - we had a blast.

It was my first time meeting Skeet & Co., though we have some mutual friends.  They are super fun to dress, don't take themselves too seriously, and know how to chill and have fun - I would have put all 3 of them in my back pocket to keep forever if that wouldn't have been such a difficult task... not to mention just plain weird. (I could make some pun about putting their music in my iPod and therefore having them in my back pocket, but it's way too early).

In conclusion, you WILL be humming Shwayze's Corona & Lime while sipping Corona and lime very very soon.

Also, Skeet was working on one of the sickest remixes of "A Milli" during the shoot... so uh, listen for that too - and if you find it, send it to me. Please&thankyou.






PS - Yes, that is Pauly Shore.

October 26, 20075 Comments

Confessions of an Intern #3: Organizing a Shoot

Behind the scenes at a (really) big budget shoot at Smashbox. I organized hundreds of shoes and maybe 10 full racks all by my lonesome. This was a painful shoot, yet a brilliant learning experience. It was also my first big one.

Behind the Scenes of a Photoshoot (in a Studio)
Your job on-set as a fashion intern is to make things as easy for the stylist as possible. Meaning steamed and organized. Color/Style coding is great. Familiarize yourself with the wardrobe, it's fun to look at & you'll learn a lot.  S/he might say, "bring me the gold Dries wedges in a 40," know exactly where they are. Basically, be borderline OCD.

  • Wardrobe Room (this is where you'll set up racks, hang/steam clothing, organize)
  • Steamers. More on this later, but look around for distilled water, there usually is some. If not, fill the jug in the bathroom or with water bottles.
  • You'll have lots of trunks. Keep them open and neatly separated. This will save you time packing at the end of the day. Which you'll be given like 10 minute to do, so stay 3 steps ahead.
  • Organize shoes by color/style/size and clothes in what ever way seems most logical... usually by color/style, sometimes by designer, depending on the shoot or unless otherwise directed. Some stylists are very particular about this, so it's safest to ask before you start organizing.
  • Everyone hates hangers that aren't plastic/uniform. Use anything else as a last resort.
  • Jewelry. If you're lucky, guards are assigned to keep track. If not, I was taught (by one of my greatest internship bosses and mentor-- she knows who she is!!) to guard it with your life! Count and recount everything. Note imperfections. Take pictures. This is where there's real potential to lose your job.
  • Accessories can be hard (large floppy bags, not enough space), but just keep them as organized as possible in jewelry trays or on a table.
  • Keep any items that get shot together, or make note. The stylist/editor will have to do credits, so this will help them out.
  • Makeup/Hair room (stay out unless invited in. and even then, ask yourself if you need to be there)
  • Craft Services! Sooooo yummy! Eat!
  • Lots of waiting around. Golden Rule: Look busy or steam, prep for the pack-up and ask if anyone needs help (if appropriate). It's an art.
  • Observe your future colleagues at work!
Behind the Scenes of a Photoshoot (on Location)
In general, same rules apply. But instead of a rooms, you've got a tiny tiny trailer, or tables outside.

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