Kreatives

Sometimes we at Team K like to get creative, and when we get creative we like to drag our friends into the action. In a previous post we were gushing about one of our favorite face painters Denise Daly. Denise recently had eighteen pages picked up by the bible of the industry, Italian Vogue. It is always an amazing experience to see someone we consider an original talent get noticed, and when that talent wants to introduce you to her rock star friends it is hard to say no.

Denise Daly putting on the finishing touches for the foundation.

We recently took part in a laid back photo shoot as an excuse to pull together some amazing people for our roster. We met with Denise in her colorful and exuberant apartment for a few glasses of wine and a whole lot of makeup. Upon arrival Denise was breaking down her impressive kit that had any and every color you could imagine. It proved extremely difficult not to want to try all of them.

After a few minutes our new favorite fresh face entered the apartment. Stephanie Nicole Podasca instantly reminded us of one of our old friends and “it” girls Julia Dunstall. She had an easy going attitude with one of those faces that could easily morph from classic beauty to uncontrollable rockstar. The role of the model is often downplayed and sometimes the beauties we shoot are referred to as mannequins. It is important to drop this  outplayed mindset. A wide variety of girls and guys walk into a shoot and bring their own perspective that not only helps you identify their strong point, but can also be the factor that takes a commercial look to the high fashion pages of Italian Vogue.

The Natural and Nude selections from Denise's extensive kit

Denise went straight to work on one of the hardest looks one could attempt, a natural complexion with a dramatic eye. After a good minute of meticulous makeup work we were ready to take off to our next location. We grabbed a few bottles of wine and made our way to the impressive loft space of camera equipped Rocio Segura. We were finally getting back to the root of all creative endeavors. The feeling of orchestrating a story for the sake of creating has long been abandoned in the professional industry. We had a collaboration one could only dream of on a shoot. Everyone seemed to get along seamlessly. Without any egos we were able to create some amazing looks and even better shots.

Behind the scenes shot of the Girls at work.

Team K took a back seat and watched the ladies work as they created something spectacular out of a simple concept and a back drop. More often than not the editorial pieces that we have come across recently seem to lose their voice behind props and editing. It was a great refresher to break down the process and go back to the basics. Perhaps next time we will drop digital all together (fingers crossed).

Denise putting on a hot pink lip.

Each look seemed to take seconds to switch out and the versatile Denise Daly was able to generate colors and textures that only come with knowing the tricks of the trade. Our model was beyond verssed in her own face, which if you have ever worked with an uncooperative model, you know is a blessing. Rocio Segura had walked us through her impressive book earlier in the night and we quickly realized her success lies in her grasp on the core concepts of photography; lighting, proportions, and timing.

Stephanie playing with smoke for a shot

We are more than thrilled to have a network of individuals who are immersed in the industry and willing to work for a concept, not a check. There are already ideas flowing and projects in the works. For a closer look at the individual work of our favorite new team members follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and keep an eye out for the finished shoot that we will post as soon as we get our eager hands on the finals.

To see more of our girl Rocio Segura’s work click here.

Foxy Fashions

Our new favorite fashion den is blazing a trail for fashionistas and Brooklynites alike. Brooklyn Fox houses a wide selection of local designers and imported pieces that are sure to make your mouth water.

Cynthia Rowley Neoprene Pant

Mara Hoffman makes a bold statement with her techno print dresses, while Cynthia Rowley amazes us with her hypnotizing printed neoprene pants. If you are looking for gorgeous evening wear Tibi has you covered. Their full length silk dresses are a guaranteed show stopper, and for the girls out there looking to drop a jaw or two slip on a Norma Kamali and never take it off. We were also delighted to learn that Brooklyn Fox is an avid supporter of one of our favorite French brands, Surface to Air. The line has an effortless, but functional backbone that we can not get enough of. Whether it is a sculpted heal, or a boyfriend short with added zipper detail they are a must have.

Definitely make sure you stop in a few times a month to check out their ever growing collection of designers that have yet to break through to the barrier of the Brooklyn Bridge. We have contemplated setting up camp to wait for the whispered additions to the store’s Fall line up including; Rick Owens, McQ, Nicholas K, SkinGraft, and the list goes on. We are ecstatic for such a dramatic change in what we are used to seeing on Bedford. No longer will you have to wade through racks of “vintage” clothing that has a made in China label tucked in the back.

Bijules Rings and Pushmaataha Cuffs

And for the girls (and fabulous guys) out there with a penchant for the perfect accessory Brooklyn Fox has the hook up. The selection varies from local designers to amazing soon to be staples. Bijules’ knuckle and nail rings have the intricate pieces covered, and Australian brand Pushmataaha fuses a rock star look with the elegance of rare stones and pristine metal work.

Brooklyn Fox Interior

The sleek, elegant, and simple layout of the store lets the clothing speak for itself while showcasing one of our new favorite bag designers, Angel Jackson. Hailing from the UK Jackson has a firm grasp on the statement piece. Her rooster feather bag lends itself to a couture piece. In contrast Fiona Paxton’s double wrap bracelets and necklaces contain Indian metal worker inspired detailing with splashes of electric pink and yellow.

Fiona Paxton Double Wrap Bracelets and Pushmaataha Brass Skull and Crystal Necklaces

Angela Jackson Angelic Shimmy Fringe Bag

The buying for the boutique is impecable and we just want to hug the people responsible and not let go. Owner Alexis Isadora has found major success with her award winning lingerie and swimwear store located just feet away from her new prized gem.  We at Team K avidly support anyone willing to take the risk of going against the grain not only in business but in life. Alexis has a strong eye for pieces that captivate and intoxicate. From her understanding of the importance of a classic fit to the captivating fashion pieces Alexis is definitely in the forefront of building up Brooklyn’s fashion elite.

 

Be juled.

If you haven’t noticed by now we at Team K live for anything shiny. It only makes sense for us to be drawn to the jewels and gems crafted by Jules Kim. The appropriately named Bijules line has paved the way for a new understanding of how to wear your favorite pieces. To those not familiar with Bijules (and it’s equally awesome creator) get ready to fall in love and into debt.

Jules Kim Modeling her Nail and Stackable Rings

Her work with statement pieces, such as the nail and single bar ring, has opened new doors in the industry. Suddenly the hard decision of which of your favorite pieces to rock has all but been eliminated. Jules mainly works with collage rings, and has been a major influence in the popular trend. Her aesthetic incorporates the use of previously forgotten placements such as her knuckle rings and “handlets” that use the entirety of your hand as a canvas.

Jules Kim Modeling her "Handlet" Piece

Kim has yet to lose her wow factor and has even gone as far as to create custom pieces for close friends in the industry, and if you are lucky enough to get your hands on one hold on tight. Kim’s shock factor has been perfectly matched with one of her biggest supporters, Rihanna (don’t believe us? Peep the pictures below.) She even found her way to becoming the solo force behind the twisted accessories of the psychological thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The reasons behind this amazing opportunity can be summed up from a pull from Jules’ own website,

“Jules Kim, the creator of Bijules, is unapologetically conquering the balance of art and aesthetics in jewelry. This makes her one of those rare artists who harbor the ability to create objects that mirror the beautiful and chaotic world we inhabit: with all its humor, tragedy, ambivalence, love and hate…”

Candid Photo of Rihanna Wearing Bijules

Jules Kim finds a way to put her energy and personal aesthetic into every single piece and at times it is hard to imagine her work on anyone but the artist herself. The whimsical and dark understanding she holds inside of her brings forth an energy understood by anyone, and manages to mold itself to every individual seamlessly. It is a rarity for such a strong voice to find a way to transcend a single aesthetic and customer base. This understanding of herself and the industry makes her a force to be reckoned with. Kim has charted her life and experiences around finding a truth in her work that speaks to her. Jules separates herself from the masses with her underlying belief that every piece in the collection reflects  a struggle, accomplishment, and a memory in an individual’s life.

Rooney Mana Modeling Bijules Pieces Especially Made for the Film

We are hypnotized by her amazing beauty, talent, and understanding of the human condition. Bijules has been featured in numerous fashion editorials including juggernauts like Italian Vogue, Numero, and L’Officiel. We highly suggest following her blog and keeping and eye on her steadfast progression as a staple in accessories design. We look forward to running into her at a dark smoke filled bar in paris, and picking her brain in exchange for a few glasses of red wine.

Jules Kim Modeling Her Work