Two months of no posts have probably turned this blog barren but just before it hits its third month, here goes one of eight very delayed posts. Laziness aside, I’ve actually been pretty busy the last two months—juggling finals, the usual schoolwork and planning my legalization bash which was held last October 6(to be blogged soon, I hope) but with my second semester just starting, here’s hoping I actually get to blogging on a more regular basis. I really did miss you, Tumblr.
Last July(I get it, it’s a late post, quit judging), my cousin Michelle asked me to style her Parisian-themed debut photo shoot over at Cafe 1771. Being one of my closest cousins, I already had a clear idea of Michelle’s personal style and how to incorporate the Parisian feel into it.
That day, I decided to experiment a bit and inject some downtown street style with a bit of hip hop into what I wore, quite a difference in terms of comparing it with my usual looks. One more good thing about this look is that it’s perfect for styling because of its comfort and low maintenance. Canvas sneakers for easy movement, light, removable layers if it gets too hot and a cap just in case the rain decides to make an entrance—which it did. This also counts as one of those lazy day looks as proven by my scruffy neck in the sixth photo because c’mon, we all have those “too-lazy-to-shave” days and this was one of them. Again, do not judge, here’s what I wore:
- Khaki baseball cap-Dockers
- Black t-shirt-Lacoste
- Gray cardigan-Massimo Dutti
- Camouflage print chinos-Dockers
- Brown braided leather wristband-Divisoria
- Brown wooden beads-Baguio
- Black leather wristband w/ skulls-Baguio
- White canvas sneakers-Converse
Introducing my new school/gym bag and styling kit. Delicious, cherry red leather, slightly beat up(after purchase, obviously) to perfection and lots of room to fill. My satchel says thanks since I won’t be overstuffing it anymore.
Michelle and I decided to prepare her(and her mom’s) things for the shoot layouts the day before.
For the shoot, I decided to do three daytime-themed layouts focusing on a lot of feminine details(Michelle’s trademark) like lace, pastels, florals etc. and two evening-themed layouts with a more cosmopolitan and urban vibe, while trying to keep the Parisian feel intact all through out. Unfortunately, I arrived a bit late, just when they finished the first layout so I couldn’t take any BTS shots of the first one.
For the second look, the focus was mainly on a nude palette with gold details via the shoes and accessories. I wanted it to look mature with the blazer and pencil skirt pairing but still youthful with the crochet top.
The third look was very Lolita-inspired, especially with the socks and heels combination. Since the whole look basically focused on a black and white palette, I let her wear lace-on-lace to make it more interesting and add texture as well and topped the whole thing off with her mom’s diamond brooch which I had pinned on her collar and a gold wristwatch to give it that vintage feel.
Bulldog clips, a stylist’s best friend.
For the fourth look, which was the first evening look and also the most French, I got inspiration from classic garconne/”French boy” style using an oversized tuxedo blazer, a buttondown shirt and pencil skirt, added in pointed Mary Jane boots and a beaded beret to make it a little more feminine.
Brought in Abby to help out last minute, the girl can do wonders with hair.
For the last look, I wanted it to be a lot more mature compared to the previous ones with an edgy, cosmopolitan Euro vibe. The dress, originally with mid-length sleeves, was already great on its own but I decided to do some adjustments using masking tape to turn it into an asymmetrical dress just to show a little more skin, topped it off with a leather trench and a chunky necklace to give it a polished edge.
The shoot lasted around four hours and turned out successful! Thanks to Michelle for getting me to style and Abby for helping me out, credits go to Robert Lester for the great photos which I’ll be posting here soon.