While showing my high school best friend, Steve, around Finland…
A while back I teamed up with the super chill dude Philipp, behind Philipp-Maier.com to shoot my first personal styling project. The importance of this project to me was that it was the first where the clothing has truly really been the focus. Finding the correct way to capture the juxtaposition of the materials put together or the intricate symbiosis of the layers put on was a challenge but a high rewarding one.
I’ve been feeling so negative lately, without a cause to pin-point as the source of my upset state of mind (other than the obvious: I suck as a human being) I was surprised that pushing myself into yet another fashion project could actually make me feel alright again by connecting to me the core of my love for the industry: the art behind the clothes.
Why? (You probably didn’t ask but I’ll explain it anyways)
Usually looking through photos my thoughts resonate something like this:
-Hate my crooked nose
-Hate my flat hair
-Hate my short legs
-Can’t stand my man hands
-When the hell did my chin start to grow like Pinocchio’s nose?
But this time I couldn’t even focus on myself because all I was thinking of was:
DAMN the clothes look good.
Needless to say working on new project with someone so chill and open to my awkward personality helped me gain some more ground on what I want to do with myself in the future. It was only a few months ago I considered doing work as a stylist, and I can’t help to feel that this could now actually be a possibility as my first styling project gets the validation stamp of vogue. If not for a career path, this stamp at least marks a huge milestone for me personally. I feel I always get swept away in the negativity of the industry where the fake morals bubble to the top and I can’t remember why I ever chose to be a part of it. So it genuinely feels amazing when you find an organic way to re-connect yourself to something you love. I was insanely proud of this project when Philipp first sent me the editorial, and having it being published by Vogue Italia is well….the cherry on the top?I’m so genuinely over filled with gratitude that I can’t even come up with some self depreciating sassy caption about how this doesn’t really mean anything and yes I still suck as a human being.
But in all honesty I am so grateful for the amazing work Philipp has created with me, and hope that the few of you out there who wanted to see the full editorial enjoy what you see. As for me? I’ll keep paper bagging it until I find the next styling project I can be a part of.
Happy Weekend Loves!
Photography by the ever lovely Philipp Maier
WOOL WRAP SKIRT _ GINA
PVC RIDING BOOTS _ MANGO
SHEER CRÊPE TURTLE NECK _ KOREAN STREET MARKET
GRAPHIC TEE _ MISSY EMPIRE
STYLING + MUA BY ME