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.

   

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Keith Ape, Rich Brian & Higher Brothers in Jakarta

Photographed the 88Rising crew– Keith Ape, Rich Brian, and the Higher Brothers backstage at the Djakarta Warehouse Project last December. Here are some of the photos below, taken on 35mm.

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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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DJ Tigerlily for MISSBISH

During my memorable time at the IT’S THE SHIP festival in Singapore, I had the pleasure of photographing DJ Tigerlily for her Missbish interview. Read it here, as she shares tips on how she balances her life as a DJ with a healthy lifestyle. Included some of the images I took 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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Reggae on the Rock

Upon arriving on the Caribbean island of Jamaica, you are immediately engulfed in vibrancy. From the vivid hues of each building, lively local music echoing through the streets, and the ceaseless roll of the ocean waves in the distance, every inch of the tropical paradise teems with an infectiously dynamic spirit. To experience the unique culture of the local population is to truly experience this eternal atmosphere.

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I had the opportunity to immerse myself in the Jamaican lifestyle for a few short days as a guest of Red Stripe Beer, the leading local brewery on the island. Founded in 1928 with the slogan “born from a little island with a big spirit,” Red Stripe has become an integral part of Jamaican heritage. Our itinerary was packed with thrilling adventures from coast to coast in order to highlight the passion and beauty of the island, including an private tour of the brewery’s facilities.

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The weekend was a whirlwind of daring escapades and indescribable natural phenomenons. Our first full day began with a tubing excursion through the Ocho Rios rapids to the hidden waterfalls of the Irie Blue Hole before taking flight over Montego Bay for a private avian tour. Known for its stunning white sand and crystal clear turquoise water, the popular tourist destination appears as a breathtaking aquamarine gem from above.

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Another day was spent primarily at Rick’s Cafe in Negril, a local restaurant and bar famous for it’s breathtaking sunset views, delicious local cuisine, and live local music. After happy hour, diners can watch their fellow travelers cliff dive 35 feet from nearby rocks into the inky teal abyss. For those lacking the (liquid) motivation to take the daring leap, there are two shorter cliffs that still allow for thrilling challenge.

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Nevertheless, the climax of the trip was the three-night reggae festival Sum Fest, As this year was the 25th anniversary of the incredible event, the crowds were bursting with vigorous intensity. Attendees embraced the Jamaican spirit by wearing radiant tones and unprecedented festival styles, often inspired by the rasta colors red, green, gold, and black. The epitome of my experience was my exclusive interview with Grammy-winning artist Sean Paul, which will be published shortly.

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While my time on the island may have ended, Jamaica has forever impressed into me the unparalleled vitality and culture of its locals, and I am already looking forward to the next adventure there.

 

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Bukunmi

Styling Smart

It’s safe to say that – amongst other important factors – styling is key in the success of a fashion shoot. If, like me you spend most of your hours searching for great deals on-and offline on just that dress you won’t see anywhere else or a particular color to go with your models skin tone, I’m sure you noticed how exhausting styling your own shoot can be.

Which is why, I was thrilled to discover Hollywood Closet Rentals. A site that works similarly to Rent the Runway, but offers a far more contemporary selection of high quality, modern brands.

Having been a stylist herself, the owner, Roxy Ortiz, revealed that Hollywood Closet Rentals was actually born from a desire to make “pulling” easier for stylists, while offering the average guy/girl a dream closet (at a supremely affordable rate).

Here are some of my favorite finds from HoClo, as the girls like to call it.

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SHOOTING ANGELA SIMMONS

BlogMy good friend David Giampiccolo invited me out to AV for Jeremy Brown’s birthday with a special performance from Trey Songz’s.  Christopher Mannor  joined us, we spoke briefly and he mentioned a few exciting projects and suggested that we work together soon. The next day Chris hits my line and asked me to shoot his good friend Angela Simmons for Culture Starved Magazine. Sure! A week later, we’re at Studio 1017 with Christopher, Deedee, Maisha, and Angela Simmons shooting several looks styled by Christopher.

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