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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LIVE FAST MAG

Although I’m typically on the photographer’s side of the camera, sometimes I happen to be on the other side for a change. Had an awesome time modeling for this feature for Live FAST Magazine, at the delightful Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo. The rooms were beautifully decorated in pink, with dreamy vibes that I’m still thinking about. Check out some of the photos below.

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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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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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Selena Sloan in Hollywood

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