I am shooting this week with a long standing client of mine who has just gone through a huge rebranding effort and is really on the fashion radar these days. Michelle Obama has been spotted wearing several of their looks on the campaign trail recently as she tries to make headway for the democrats for this mid term election season. I decided to ask several people at the shoot about what is influencing them stylistically lately. What they have been looking at that is visually inspiring them, what trends are interesting, and what they feel is informing their personal style. Here is what they had to say….
Tony Foote, a freelance art director and designer, most recently at
Calvin Klein feels that the Eco movement is developing stylistically especially in the home sector with companies like Flor and the forward architectural trend that is happening around sustainable
design. As far as personal style, Tony describes himself as a devotee to american modernism, clean, sporty, minimal. This aesthetic direction reveals itself in both fashion and home.

Elizabeth Serwin, a freelance stylist based in New York City, is inspired by floral prints and patterns as of late. The mix of geometrics with floral, a Versailles meets the Bradys combination is both modern eclecticism and vintage remastered. Elizabeth is a fan of Vanessa Beecrofts recent work, spattered paint, as in the 1960s pop culture tradition, and French country. she describes her personal style as “casual, sporty, classic with a twist”.

Sharon Monteforte is a fashion editor at Talbots and is part of the rebrand of that classic american apparel company. She is crazy about the “Mad Men aesthetic” and how the understated sensuality of that era translates to a lost glamour that is both sophisticated and now feels modern. With Louis Vuitton’s recent campaign featuring the fitted waisted, full skirted, proper ladies wearing their gloves and exposing an ankle and a little cleavage, the 50’s/60″s influence is making people want to get “dressed” again. Sharon has also been loving the circular bookcase by David Garcia’s archive series.
Sang An, a photographer who divides his time between NYC and Sanfrancisco, and who’s work can be seen on this months cover of Martha Stewarts Living, as well as many other editorial and advertising campaigns, describes his personal style as truly modern ecclecticism. He works with a foundation of minimalism mixed with vintage Japanese textiles and both modern and vintage African textiles. the combination of old and new, clean lines with an infusion of texture generates and develops a rich and visually interesting aesthetic.


I am shooting in Zacatecas Mexico and we had the pleasure of shooting in this amazing old hacienda over easter.

I am fortunate enough to have a client who is not only an amazingly talented art director for one of Americas oldest and well known brands, he is also an expert gardener. He is my new go to guy for tips on gardening! Winterize
Your gardens my removing dead leaves and debris from the beds, it is essential to avoid getting a fungus. Wrap fragile or vulnerable plants such as boxwoods or any plant that might be hit with salt or sand from road crews in the winter with burlap and put hay around your roses! More tips from Scott Furrer, gardener at large!

I was just shooting in Los Angeles and one of the locations we shot at was fashion photographer Phillip Dixons house in Venice. Phillip has bought the property 1978 and over the years transformed it into an oasis that really reflects his aesthetic and lifestyle. It again shows me that when you have a strong visual point of view it translates into everything you create! It doesn’t matter if you are making a photograph or designing a house, a style that is your own shows through. Phillip has a strong sense of style that he has developed and honed over the years of having a creative life in pictures. His house reflects this. The use of nature as both inspiration as well as the main elemental theme of the interior creates a palette that is neutral and harmonious. The exposures and light design with skylights and angled walls keeps a glow throughout the day. It is an experience of space and light.

This is such a beautiful location! We are shooting fashio here and I am doing props. This is perfect for the amazing antiques of Paula Rubenstein!
Paula is an expert in Americana and has the most beautiful textiles. Homespun from the turn of the century on an adirondack style chair. Amazing!!

I love the change of seasons and getting ready for fall is a blast!

So this is it! Fall is upon us and it is time to change the bedspreads, throws, and slip covers to warmer comforters, sheep skin rugs, cashmere, alpaca , and wool. It is so much fun to get into the changes of the seasons for your home. I love it when the fall comes and I become much more homecentric. I read more, sit in front of the fire, and I love to cozy up the house, and focus on comfort of indoors.

Giving back

It is time when everyone should be more mindful of their lives and the abundance we all have. We all have so much to give and teach and pass on to others and in these hard and uncertain times it is all of our responsibility to do just that. Pass on what we have to those in need.
I was raised in a family where there was a legacy of service to others. My grandparents raised their childeren to always be involved in helping others and consequently they passed those values onto us. We all have heard about the starving children in foreign lands, but not many of us have the family down the street who is eating out of the food bank on our radar. All of us have skills and expertise in something that could benefit other people and we can all develop and grow creatively and humanitarianly by these kind of practices.

Mary Cooper is an extraordinary colorist. I was shooting her house in the late spring in New Orleans. She lives in this turn of the century bargeboard house that sits at the edge of the devastation of the 9th ward. Her street is dotted with the x marked abandoned homes ravaged by Katrina. Her place is fabulous! Humble architecturally, crude craftmanship in places have been transformed into modern, chic ecclectisism. Her stylistic perspective resides somewhere between shaker, early colonial americana, traditional japanese and organic modern.  The mix of found objects, the limited resources have culminated into a space that is warm yet mercilessly edited. The almost monastic and austere decor is completely juxtaposed with interesting , suprising and unlikely color combinations. The paint finishes are flat and harmonious with a twist. warm pumpkin and ochre  with an infusion of tuquoise lifts the palette in a way that only a real sophisicated eye could know. Her choices are considered and true to her overall vision.

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