Sudan Archives “Nont For Sale” Style Direction for Vogue

Late last month, Leonardo Volcy mentioned that he was set to work with multi-instrumentalist Sudan Archives on a music video for her recent single, “Nont for sale” and asked me to come on board for Styling and Style Direction. After several conversations about style direction, we finally came together early May for what turned out to be one of the most magical experiences this year. The video is now out!

I also had the lucky opportunity to chat with Vogue on my inspiration and intent behind the styling approach.

The style direction for Sudan Archives video was an amalgamation of her origins, personality and inspirations. I wanted elements that showcased that she’s an Afrophile (my new favorite word btw) but also highlighted her midwest 90’s roots. Therefore the direction was an attempt to embed elements of 60’s Africa as you would see in a Malick Sidibe portrait but still keep it hood hence pieces like the Joyrich velour track suits and Vida Kush jewerly. The pieces that really tied those elements together were the detailed No Sesso x Come Tees garments brought by my styling partner Autumn Randolf paired with streetwise brands like Marna Ro and pieces from the Hannah Jewett eclectic jewerly collection. All in all, it was a beautiful marriage of creative minds.

   

Full Video.

Vogue.

Laguna Beach for LADYGUNN

Had the chance to style and photograph the budding 16-year-old model, Chelsea Mckenzie ) for an editorial shoot with LADYGUNN. Some of the pieces she wore include Cadieux, Jessica Elliot Jewelry, and Seven til’ Midnight. Check out some of these beautiful images below!

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Miki for Astonish Magazine

Had the chance to style the beautiful Miki Hamino, who rocked chic, edgy pieces from Saint Laurent, Elizabeth and James, Kenneth Nicholson, and RIIA in this editorial shoot I worked on for Astonish.

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Faux Fur Fantasy

Had the pleasure of collaborating with renowned Dominican artist Uzumaki Cepeda to showcase her fantastically furry installation in conjunction with denim designer Melian J. The juxtaposition between the vibrantly playful sunshine yellow and jarring destroyed denim highlights the unique eccentricity of Uzumaki’s unprecedented medium.

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Uzamaki credits her whimsical aesthetic to her Dominican heritage and upbringing, as both contributed essential elements to her unparalleled installations. While her Latino roots inspired her vivid color palette and dynamic energy, her adolescence in the Bronx encouraged her to create art from any available material, thus inspiring the uncommon faux fur motif.

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Uzumaki Bukunmi Grace Artist

This photoshoot melds Uzumaki’s fuzzy fantasy with high fashion in an unusually alluring partnership, allowing both aspects to compliment each other. The soft background texture compounded by the rugged blue jeans creates a simplistic yet strikingly couture atmosphere within the images.

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Young Paris

Photographed and Styled Young Paris for  Highsnobiety.

Read below for more info on Jay-Z’s protege:

Published 10/25/ 2016

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“You can imagine how theatrical our house was, there were colorful costumes everywhere,” says Milandou Badila via FaceTime. He’s relaxing at a friend’s apartment ahead of a Redbull Music Academy performance in Montreal. Badila, who goes by the stage name Young Paris, enjoyed a childhood that spanned three continents and was shaped by constant exposure to the arts. His father, who passed away in 2011, was a dancer, choreographer and musician as well as the co-founder of the National Ballet of Congo, the country’s first internationally recognized dance troupe. The ballet’s formation came at a critical point in Congo’s history and helped create a sense of unity in the country during the tumultuous time of independence in the 1960s. Paris’s mother was equally immersed in the creative scene; she worked as a playwright and professional dancer. The latter career choice led her to become acquainted with Paris’s father. “She was invited to dance at my father’s studio [in Paris]. Long story short, they fell in love and had seven kids. He had three before he met her so I have 10 siblings in total,” Paris shares.

When the rapper was around seven the family moved from Paris to upstate New York. Still, the change in environment did little to uproot Badila’s familial ties to Congo, where his mother and father would take him to visit between return trips to Paris. This cross-cultural range of experiences soon influenced Badila’s taste in music. As an artist, his interest in divergent genres creates a unique soundscape that blends tropes of traditional hip-hop and trap with EDM, afrobeat and afrohouse.

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“I was involved with a lot of different music styles, ” Badila explains. “I grew up with a lot of traditional African music from Salif Keita to Papa Wemba, so most of my young life was African music. Then, growing up in America, I became interested in hip-hop, I wanted to rap like other kids. As I got older I started going to festivals and I’d hear EDM and trap so I just started mixing all of those different sounds. Now seeing what’s happening with afrobeat it’s created another lane for me because my music already has a lot of those elements.”

In this last year alone global megastars like Drake have turned an eye to the African continent, tapping artists such as Wizkid for chart-topping features. As a result, a new permutation of African-influenced American hip-hop is emerging. It creates a prime opportunity for someone like Paris, whose first-generation experiences position him in the crosshairs of two cultures. He has essentially emerged as a human bridge between traditional hip-hop and the music of the African continent. Following in the footsteps of his mother and father, Paris has created a platform that uses popular culture and performance as a tool for injecting African histories into Western conversations. In 2016, he released the African Vogue EP, which spawned its own hashtag on Twitter specifically dedicated to highlighting the accomplishments of the black diaspora.

 

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Click here to read full interview on by Stephanie Smith Strickland on Highsnobiety 

 

Selena Sloan in Hollywood

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