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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.

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

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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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Mr. Fabulous! Was just contracted to do the interior of the White House! This of course is the project of a lifetime!!! Take a look at some of Mr. Smith’s interiors.2009-01-13-gasl_michael_smith_daras_022009-01-13-gasl_michael_smith_daras_032009-01-13-gasl_michael_smith_daras_042009-01-13-gasl_michael_smith_daras_09

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I was once asked to describe “New England Style” to a person from the Midwest. I got to thinking about all the influences that create that very distinctive North Eastern architectural and interior design style, and being rooted in history is obviously what first comes to mind. Colonial, and then later Shaker influences shape the foundation of New England Style. A minimalism, or an austerity was born from the idea that form follows function, however form was to be derived from the English architectural ideals of proportion and scale. The other component is superior craftsmanship. Historically, New England’s seaport towns were home to the finest boat builders in the world. Skilled craftsmen abounded and this was seen in everything from sea captain’s homes to fine furniture and cabinetry. As the modern world has demanded a more comfortable lifestyle, the strictness and severity of a historical New England style has softened, and a warmer more inviting way of living has been incorporated into classic design. What has not changed however is an appreciation for superior craftsmanship. The premier cabinetmakers, custom furniture makers and builders in the country still hail from New England, and there is a standard of quality that is very rarely seen anywhere else.

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custom furniture using reclaimed lumber

custom furniture using reclaimed lumber

solid cherry, custom shaker style bed
solid cherry custom shaker style bed

NewEngland stained glass artisan
New England stained glass artisan

solid cherry custom kitchen cabinetry with local NewEngand hewn granite.

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