I've taken the plunge and have moved myself to a tiny place called NYC. It has been such a tremendous learning experience working as a stylist in Hawaii for the last several years, but I know that my growth from moving will only prove to strengthen my bond to the Islands.
What a phenomenal experience it was to be in the presence of the Curate Décor + Design team. If you're unfamiliar with the creative team, they are a group of talented guys that bring stories to life through immaculate decor (see that ghost chair chandelier up there?) and thoughtful design. Their work spans wedding receptions, editorials, advertisements, and I see so many amazing things for their future.
Their 1 Year Anniversary is celebrated through this new advertorial image just released today and I was lucky enough to style it for them. Thank you to Abner, Chris, and Jayson for letting me be a part of this fantastic journey!
Diane von Furstenburg, the iconic design house that transformed womenswear forever, celebrates 40 years of the iconic and timeless wrap dress. I got to attend a lovely packed party of DVF-devotees adding great new pieces to their wrap dress archives! Lots of laughs, champagne, and smiles from everyone around.
Thank you DVF Ala Moana for having me!
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Sabrina Banta is a NY-based photographer currently in her senior year at Parson's The New School for Design. A little background on Banta; born and raised in Hawaii, alumni of La Pietra, and enjoys the ocean just as much as I do (not very). We had a chance meeting on New Year's Eve to discuss her senior thesis which involves launching a magazine entitled, Tabula Rasa (Latin for "Blank Slate"), juggling preparations for her works to be viewed at Milk Studios, all the while working full time at, Art + Commerce, one of the most prestigious creative agencies in the world. To say she is ambitious would be an understatement...I love it.
But more on the launch of Tabula Rasa! Currently, Banta has been working steadily with other photographers to create a publication that focuses solely on the artistic expression of new talent. She's focused on eradicating the formula for traditional fashion publications; no advertisements, free choice of models and wardrobe, and not playing to what is in "season" or "trend" to tell stories. Currently, the magazine will feature a distinguished set of seasoned and young photographers which include George Pitts, Therese + Joel, Daniel Scott, Elena Montemurro, Trevor Little, Su Mustecaplioglu, and Monet Lucki, as well as current Parson's seniors Sergio Mejia and Zach Ranson.
Considering Tabula Rasa is an upcoming magazine without any form of advertisement (which sufficiently keeps large publications afloat), the team of people behind it are asking for private backers and investors to help make this dream come alive. A kickstarter page was started that garnered 7k out of the 12k goal, so unfortunately those funds were lost...but still, there is hope! Another funding website called IndieGogo allows any funds donated by investors to be kept by the participating parties. I truly believe in the vision of Tabula Rasa; it's fresh, it's strong, it's thoughtful. There is such new talent that needs to be discovered. With that said, I do want to encourage you to help our local girl's dream come true by donating any amount of funds to Tabula Rasa's IndieGogo account (I'll provide a link below).
Sabrina's talent and sincerity is so tangible. We've met twice and her thoughts are so fluid, inspiring, and motivating. I think people of Hawaii, New York, and the world need to see what this girl can do. Please think about what type of ways you can help spread the Tabula Rasa word, whether it's sending the info out to others in our industry, donating money, etc.
January has brought on both good and bad already, but let's discuss the good! I'll be starting off January with Honolulu SHOPS Magazine trend pages, will be working with graphic designer Annie Nguyen on a special collaborative project, and have another exciting announcement that I'll put on a future post. I am very committed to making this year the best year for my work so far. Watch me.
Thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout this entire year; the photographers, editors, designers, branding consultants, creatives, stylists, boutiques, brands, stores, friends, colleagues...this year has been so fruitful because of the work we created together. It's been a tremendous growing journey as a stylist here in Hawaii and I'm so excited for the next year to see what else we'll be able to do together. There have been many trying times this year and several setbacks, but I wouldn't have it any other way. The work, the experiences, and the growth I feel in my soul has been ignited so fiercely this year; I feel more driven than ever. I'm so grateful, so humbled, and so taken back by everything that's happened. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Here are some broad strokes of some of my favorite pieces of work or experiences that I truly cherish. Find links to each post after the jump! Till next year :) 2014...I'm coming for your weave!
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Shot for Hawaiist magazine this week with a plethora of Spring options for next year. Get ready for a new look, new layout, new designers, and just...newness. Any guesses on the trends that'll be featured? Hint: It's not print based.