RAINEY FORKNER BY ANDREW MORALES

 

Photographer: Andrew Morales @lifeinreverie
Stylist: Fausti @sofausti
Model: Rainey Forkner @raineystarforkner at The Industry Model Management @theindustryny
Hair and Makeup: Andrea Disabatino @finding.andrea
Photo Assistant: Dante Corbett @donnieGQ
Stylist Assistant: Savannah Avant @slimsavvy

Dress by Fausto Puglisi from Lidow Archive / Ring by Maiko Suzuki / Earrings by KASHA

Top and Jeans by Mark Gong / Shoes by Jimmy Choo / Earrings and Necklace by Latasha Lamar / Gloves by Lidow Archive / Belt by Brighton / Hat by Western Express

Jeans by Fendi from Lidow Archive / Gloves by Mark Gong

 

R: Dress by Scarlet Sage L: Skirt by Moschino from Lidow Archive / Shirt by Carolina Herrera / Earrings by KASHA / Rings by Latasha Lamar

 

Top by Angel Chen / Shorts by Area / Necklace by isshī / Earrings by iny by isshī

 

Sweater by Moschino from Lidow Archive / Bottom by Lord Von Schmitt / Hat by Masario / Earrings by iny by isshī

 

Skirt by Angel Chen / Top by Magda Butrym / Necklace and Earrings by isshī / Cuff by Latasha Lamar / Shoes by Gucci from Lidow Archive / Socks by Uniqlo

QUINTANA BY EMILY HLAVAC GREEN

Outfit by Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, Hat by Sorella

 

Photographer: Emily Hlavac Green @emilyhlavacgreen
Fashion Stylist: Rap Sarmiento @rapisoffensive
Make up: Mitch Yoshida @mitchyoshidamakeup
Hair: Ava Mihaljevich @hey.babe.your.hairs.alright
Photo Assistant: Evelyn Freja @evelynfreja

Coat by Altuzarra, Vest by St. John, Bodysuit by Kenzo, Shoes by Blondish

 

Blazer Dress and belt by Balmain, Skirt by OxygeneUs, Shoes by Beautisoles

 

Dress by Christian Siriano, Shoes by Juliana Heels, Leggings by Calzedonia, Earrings by Erickson Beamon

 

Top and pants by Isabel Marant, Necklace by Erickson Beamon

Bodysuit by GCDS, Top by Agape by Simona, Boots by Beautisoles, Necklace by Erickson Beamon

Gown by Christian Siriano, Boots by Isabel Marant, Earrings by Erickson Beamon

SHAWKAT BY BEN DUGGAN

Shirt – Daily Paper,  Denim Print Jacket – Pyer Moss, Bomber Jacket – Marcelo Burlon, Shoes – Givenchy

 

Photographer: Ben Duggan

Stylist: Jacqueline Trevizo

Grooming: Samantha Lepre

Model: Shawkat @ Photogenics

 

Shirt – Daily Paper,  Trousers – Salvatore Ferragamo,  Jacket – Iceberg

 

Jacket & Pants – Iceberg

 

Track Jacket – Marcelo Burlon,  Denim Jacket & Pants – IISE,  Shoes – Ermenegildo Zegna

 

Shirt & Briefs – Ralph Lauren, Pants – Daily Paper, Jacket – Marciano, Shoes – Givenchy

CLOSER : A PHOTO ESSAY BY ANASTASIA GARCIA

 

When quarantine started in the early Spring of 2020, I like many, thought I’d be home for two weeks. I couldn’t fathom a reality where I’d spend months at home alone, unable to leave my 500 sq ft, Brooklyn apartment. After two weeks, restrictions tightened, and photoshoots quickly became too risky and stopped, thus halting my work entirely. And I, like so many others faced financial hardship, separation, depression, and anxiety. My experience isn’t unique. Quarantine was and remains still incredibly challenging and lonely for all of us. 

Pre-pandemic I took my life for granted. I couldn’t fully appreciate the bonds that being a fashion photographer has allowed me to form with my subjects. For the last year, a photographer being in close quarters with anyone, let alone a model was a luxury. A luxury, that forced me to the realization that no amount of designer objects can equate to the value of human connection. Fashion was no longer the commodity, closeness was. This work explores that realization through polaroids and film images of intimate moments captured, in New York,  during the COVID 19 pandemic. Shot over the span of six months, to safely allow for quarantines and COVID tests, the project explores what happens when fashion is not the commodity, closeness is. These shoots on rooftops, in bedrooms, and in dark hotels were my lifeline to human interaction and creative expression. These moments behind the lens were more than just documenting my quaranpod during a pandemic. These women, these shoots were the breath that sustained me. On my darkest days, it was these women who in trusting me and allowing me in, lifted me out of the dark. 

xx

Anastasia

 

SCREEN TEST: LONDON & NYA

Dress – Aeron / Bib – Tibi / Shoes – Maryam Nassir Zadeh / Earrings – Stylist’s Own

Photographer – Christopher Thomas Smith

Stylist – Mary Sucaet

Hair Stylist – Kazuhide Katahira

Makeup – Clare Read

Models: London @ Elite / Nya @ Elite

 

Suit & Tee – Tibi / Sandals – Maryam Nassir Zadeh
Tee – Maryam Nassir Zadeh / Skirt – Tibi / Socks Stylist’s Own / Shoes – Ann Demeulemeester

 

Dress – Bevza / Shoes – Vintage / Earrings – Model’s Own

 

Jacket & Skirt – Christopher John Rogers / Shirt – Vintage / Shoes Vintage

 

Sweater – Tibi / Bag – Baserange / Tights – Maison Soksi

 

Top – Baserange / Shorts – Giu Giu / Pants – Vintage / Shoes – Maryam Nassir Zadeh

 

TÉ TIME WITH ANDREKZA

Bow top by Morphine / Gloves via PR Solo

 

Photographer: Josef Jasso
Creative Director/Wardrobe Stylist/Interview – Adrian Joseph
Make up: April Nicole
Hair: Jefferson T
Assistant: Danny

Few creatives can simultaneously connect music, visual storytelling, and fashion together much like what is exemplified in ANDREKZA’s evolution. With her definitive style of music which combines the traditional dembow riddim and reggaeton, along with eclectic rhythms found in dancehall, ANDREKZA’S music represents harmonies that have stormed into the music scene with a ravenous and poetic sound.

On the edge of the release of her EP “Cassette: Lado A”, and inspired by the memories of her first cassette player, ANDREKZA unifies her creative experiences through her latest endeavor: “Everything was created through my imagination. From the topics I wanted to touch to the creative direction of the videos. I call this album a mixtape because of the variety of rhythms. I’m a mix of different things, which I wanted to embrace on the album. I don’t want to label myself as just reggaeton or Pop.”

Leading the project is “TÉ,” a playfully light track that showcases her stylistic transitions in melody and lyricism. It’s also the creation that solidified her essence: “It’s one of the songs that left an imprint in my life. When I wrote the song, everything made sense. It all came together; I finally found my style, my sound, and voice.”

As the first Latina signed to Steve Aoki’s new Latin imprint – Dim Mak en Fuego, ANDREKZA keeps one goal in mind. “I hope to encourage people to express themselves through various art forms.”

 

Dress by Jovana Louis SS21 / Ear Rings- Bitch Fist / Socks – Dolls Kill

Before you were writing songs, you were writing poetry at a very young age in Venezuela. When did you write your first poem, and do you know what inspired you to do so?

I think I was 10 when I wrote my first poem about the moon. I love the moon, I didn’t understand why we could only see it at night until I understood that it was only necessary to look up to the sky to find it, red, gray or gold.

What music was in your house growing up and what impact, if any, do you feel it had on your music today?

Each person in my house had a preferred musical style and genre, but when it came to sharing, we were all DJs for a bit. I think that when you connect with music, it automatically moves your feet, I go into the studio, close my eyes and let myself flow. I always have influences in my heart, but no idea or style that I cling to in particular.

Reggaetón, Salsa, Venezuelan Rap, Rock, Pop, Celia Cruz, Oscar de Leon, la Fania, on the Reggaetón side, Wisin y Yandel, Daddy Yankee, Tego Calderón, Tres Dueños, Apache, Residente, Pink Floyd, the Beatles, Natalia Lafourcade, Jesse & Joy, there are so many.

 

Crystallized Jacket, ruffle pants by Morphine / Fashion Top – PR Solo / Earrings – Stylist Own

I know you graduated high school at age 15, who did you stan musically when you were a teenager? And are you still a fan of them? 

Yes, definitely! When I was 15, I loved Natalia Lafourcade, La Mala Rodríguez and Residente and I still admire them a lot.

Your first EP Cassette – Lado A (Side A) just released with your catchy and infectious first date anthem “TÉ,” the song produced by Orlando Vitto. What makes a good first date for you?

Spontaneity, tea and a good sunset, the most beautiful show in the world and it’s free every day.

I know you probably get this a lot nowadays. What’s your favorite kind of tea? 

It really depends on my mood. In the morning I love to have black tea, in the afternoon passion fruit tea, and in the evening green tea with lavender.

Cassette – Lado A features “Nerviosa” which is a track that showcases your versatility as a singer with trap rhymes and melodic verses. You accompanied the song with a video directed by you and Macksimo. What inspired you in the creation of the “Nerviosa” music video and story?

We always wait for a special moment to celebrate, but every day is special. Macksimo and I wanted to celebrate the feelings, the connection between two people, with a “happy non-birthday” party.

 

Bow skirt by Morphine Pink / Crystal hem jacket by Pink Crystal / Top by PR Solo / Boots by Current Mood Dolls Kill

 

What would you like people to take away from listening to Cassette – Lado A?

That fear of speaking only takes away the opportunity to know each other and live. Say what you feel and when you feel it. Let’s not have it be a taboo, let’s be emotionally free.

In your recent single “Tuve” ft. Gabriel Garzón-Montano your chemistry is unmatched, and you follow that by being featured in his “Mira my look” remix! How has it been collaborating with the fellow artist?

I’ve never admired an artist’s creative process as much as I do Gabriel’s, I feel very fortunate to be able to share art and love with him, we are working on a very cool project together, which we will soon be able to give more details about!

I know it’s a challenging time but what are you most looking forward to this year? 

I’m looking forward to sharing my art, being able to hug each other again, and having people enjoy my full debut Album CASSETTE, which will be available in September!

 

Dress by Morphine Fashion (Harpers PR)/ Earrings by Bitchfist / Ring – PR Solo

 

 

NOUR BY ANDREW MORALES

Dress and Bag by Salvatore Ferragamo, Shoes by Brother Vellies

 

Photographer: Andrew Morales @LifeInReverie

Model: Nour @NourGal @TheIndustryNY

Fashion Stylist: Torian Lewin @TorianLewin

Hair Stylist: Kazuto Shimomura @kazuto_hairstylist_new_york

Makeup Artist: Liz Schroeder @Liz_Schroeder

Digital Tech: Dante Corbett @DLCoreVisuals 

 

Dress by Bibhu Mohapatra, Shoes by Salvatore Ferragamo

Dress by Angel Chen , Headband by Gucci, Shoes by Schutz

 

Top by Dsquared2, Cardigan and Skirt by Scarlet Sage, Shoes by Schutz

 

Full Look by Private Policy, Shoes by Boohoo

 

Dress by Scarlet Sage

 

Dress by Angel Chen, Shoes by Gucci

Bikini top & Skirt by Angel Chen, Shoes by Salvatore Ferragamo

 

Full look by Shuting Qiu, Shoes by Schutz

FREDERIQUE AND THE CITY BY ELLEN VON UNWERTH

Frederique and The City

Frederique van der Wal by Ellen von Unwerth

Clothing by Georgine

Makeup by Romero Jennings

There is no denying that Ellen von Unwerth and Frederique van der Wal are legends in the fashion world. Between the photographer and Supermodel, there is a prolific collection of coffee-table compendium worthy images that, through the years, have inspired a generation of photography enthusiast and fashion fanatics alike. 

The universe brought the two fashion juggernauts together when they discovered they lived in the same New York City apartment building. Together, with fashion designer Georgine Ratelband the two icons have created images in Ellen von Unwerth’s unmistakable aesthetic of “sex, fun and rock & roll.” Iris Covet Book documented the chat between Ellen, Frederique and Georgine on how this shoot came together, staying creative during lockdown and their plans for 2021.

IRIS: Hi ladies, can you give us a little background on how you and Ellen met and how long you have known each other.

ELLEN: Ok yes, we know each other because we live on the same floor in the same building in New York and we run into each other often. You know, we’ve always said let’s shoot together but never found the right time. But this one morning I came home and saw Frederique with a totally new look. Her hair was totally blonde and you know how I love a blonde! I said “Oh my God this is the moment. We have to shoot!”. So, I called Georgine and I asked her if she wanted to join and Georgine offered us pieces from her collection.

FREDERIQUE: I’ve always adored Ellen’s work and strangely enough we had never yet worked together. Somehow it hadn’t happened until both of us, this past September were stuck in New York City.
Then it all came together…this sexy rock and roll Ellen element mixed with the city and the roof. It was very inspiring. For me sometimes, you have these moments when you really get your adrenaline going and that’s how the shoot felt for me. It felt great! It was a day where the playfulness was there, the fun, the sexiness, the rock and roll. It was so Ellen and then the fantastic clothes by Georgine.

GEORGINE: It was very spontaneous And it came together very effortlessly which I enjoyed very much! I think Ellen called me two days before the shoot, I pulled a variety of looks for Frederique that I thought would suit her and we were ready to rock & roll!

ELLEN: Yes, but also you look incredible in the pictures! It’s one thing to see you coming in and out of our building every day but when you see the pictures, you’re like “Wow! There’s Frederique the supermodel!”. I was really blown away when I saw the pictures. Also, it’s very intimate because it’s in my apartment and our roof. A small home production with friends.

IRIS: Frederique, I was reading about a new venture that you have called lifecycles. Is that a project of yours that we can look forward to later this year?

FREDERIQUE: Yes, I created a series with newswire.fm where I visit friends and or celebs from different industries. I’m always riding around on my bike and I talk about life in New York and what keeps them there and we discuss their ups and downs and inspirations. We did our first seven and we featured a bunch of people from different artistic backgrounds. As in fantastic singer Marieme Diop, actor/director Griffin Dunne, designers Badgley Mischka, architect Winka Dubbeldam who did both Ellen and my apartment. An amazing mix of people and it’s coming out this year. It was really fun and it’s a good thing to show the love we all have for New York City. It’s funny, I’m not a Native New Yorker but I do feel like I’m a Dutch-New Yorker.

Whatever happens, the city breathes a sort of inspiration. It’s the mix of people, the wild experiences which can happen in the city at any moment. It just makes it such a special place. I think New York has such a heartbeat. It keeps you coming back to it.

ELLEN: Each time I’m coming from the airport and I see the skyline I just think “Wow, I’m coming home.” You know? I really feel like this is my city. It is so special because even when I’m in Paris, Berlin and all these other beautiful cities, it’s still not like being in New York. Of course, it’s a sad time at the moment, but I love how quickly and creatively they built up all the outdoor seating restaurants. Some of them with really nice decorations and music. It’s nice to see how New York always overcomes challenges.

FREDERIQUE: And also, that resilience of a New Yorker. It’s interesting to see it from a European perspective. For example, the Dutch if you would say to people you have to take another job or you have to come up with an idea to have a different approach to what you’ve been doing, it’s harder for them. But here in New York people are like “Yes let’s go for it! Come on let’s do it!” And I love that.

GEORGINE: New Yorkers are so strong and also very flexible and easy to adapt to a new situation.

ELLEN: It’s also kind of a survival mode of being a New Yorker. You don’t have the luxury to wait things out, you have to be creative to make it there.

IRIS: What are some things you have been doing during the lockdown to stay creative?

ELLEN: I still have been working but of course much less than normal. Productions have slowly started again with many precautions with testing and mask and everything. You never know how the virus reacts so it’s always stressful after a shoot to not know if you might have it or how your body might react to it. I also did some facetime shoots. Like facetiming a shoot in Paris and another in LA. So, I guess we have found new ways of being creative which is the good side of things I suppose.
It can be kind of fun because you feel very voyeuristic since you’re practically in somebody’s apartment.
And then I’m like “Oh, I want to see what is over there… ok you could just sit over there you know and pose like this.” It does feel weird. I would much rather be with somebody in person of course.

FREDERIQUE: I think that the future will be more about coming together. I think we will see more value in what we are doing because of this time of reflection. And be a little bit more focused on what we really want to do. And I think when you do that, as in organizing this shoot and being surrounded with people you like, it creates something great.

ELLEN: I don’t always photograph the people I love for jobs, but I think we can definitely focus more on what we want to say through our work. Now that we see that time is precious and we can’t waste it, I think it’s more important than ever.

IRIS: One of the things that you talked about is reflection. Since we all had much more time for personal reflection, was there anything that you learned about yourself this past year?

FREDERIQUE: Well, I was quite lucky that I could escape to upstate New York where I have a farm. We were able to go back and forth from there and back to the city. It was so nice to be in nature, how healing that was actually. And I realized how much I loved the time I spent in nature and in the garden. Planting and gardening with all this free time felt new to me and it was different to have this solitude with just a few people at my house. Of course, I miss going out and I’m dying to go dancing and to go to all the fun events, but it was interesting to realize how much I actually love being more in nature and working with my hands. So, I ended up creating gardens, planting vegetable, and painting. I loved it.

GEORGINE: We got back from Paris Fashion Week and doing a last minute trunk show in Texas and enjoyed the time off. We are always on the run between places and running around so it was great to have a moment to relax. Catched up on a lot of tv shows and re-watched some classic movies and of course did a lot of cooking.But after a couple of weeks I felt very restless and needed a project. We have always wanted to renovate our showroom and give it new light. This seemed the perfect time for it. If not now, then when? We started with the kitchen area, and before I knew it, we reimagined our entire space and were living in a construction zone for the next 8 months!

ELLEN: And we went to our country home and we always go there for winters. We have a huge cherry tree in the garden and we actually got to see it blooming this summer and it was so amazing. It was a good time to really appreciate it. We also did some vegetable gardening. I also just photographed everything in sight from rain drops on the leaves, to the bees, to my neighbor’s horses. And I really feel like I experienced nature in a very intense way.

IRIS: What new projects should we expect from you this year? Frederique let’s start with you.

FREDERIQUE: Yes, there’s a couple of shoots that I did. I did a story for Vogue Living on my place in upstate New York and I’m actually working on a television program. It’s a bit futuristic where we will use virtual reality. We will follow how certain products come to us. In 2D and also in 3D. For example, the artists from Studio Drift, they create amazing light art and we follow their journey through their creative process. I’ve also decided that I should write a book. It came to me while I did a ‘journey’. I will see once I start writing if it indeed moves me and if it’s something I would like to see to completion and published.

IRIS: Georgine?

GEORGINE: Actually, as I’m talking to you guys, I’m sketching some proposals for the First Lady. It’s very exciting! After redoing our space I’ve ventured into interior design besides designing collections because many of our clients that have come over to our space since we did the renovation were so enamored by the space that they asked me to help them redo their homes! I’m also working on a new spring line and trying to improve my italian by taking classes via zoom.

IRIS: And then Ellen what about your plans for 2021?

ELLEN: I am planning to do another photography book because people are still so fascinated with the time of the supermodels and I lived that time you know? I shot with Naomi when she was 16, I discovered Claudia and Eva and I have so many pictures. So, I think it’s actually a good time to pull them all out. The glamourous fashion from the nineties in a book will be my next project. I also got asked to do a very exciting project which is to create a cabaret burlesque show in Los Angeles in a very special venue. It’s not really what I do but why not? I want to try different things, so why not? It’s good to go in a bit of a different direction sometimes. Everyone is going to be so ready to go out, so I’m super excited about it.

Frederique with designer Georgine

Photography: Ellen von Unwerth @ellenvonunwerth

Model: Frederique van der Wal @frederiquevdwal

Makeup: Romero Jennings @romerojennings

Clothing: Georgine @georginestudio

COMFORT CURRENTS BY ANDREA RAMÍREZ

Photography By: Andrea Ramírez @andrea5ramirez

Directed By: Karen DeMaio Weber @kwyoyo

Director of Photography  (for video): Alice Boucherie @alicebushwick

Model: Nyah Brandl @nyahbrandl Agency: JAG Models @jagmodels (Scout: Rachel Payne)

Stylist: Ashley Rose Weber @ashleyroseweber

Hair Stylist: Christina Beman @harleydoeshair

Makeup Artist: Natalia Thomas @duchessnatalia

Floral Designer: Sunnie Kim @femmefloraledesign

Set Design: Karen DeMaio Weber @kwyoyo

Song (in video): “Elephants” by Lizzy Young @lizzzyyoung

 

YanYan Knit Sweater, Top, & Pants / For Love & Lemons Earrings / UGG Slides

 

Moncler Jacket & Leggings / Proenza Schouler Turtleneck / Havva Boots / I’MMANY Earrings

 

Ganni Jacket, Dress & Turtleneck / Bottega Veneta Boots / Vanessa Baba Earrings

 

WE11DONE Sweater / Nanushka Trousers / New Balance x XRCT Sneakers / I’MMANY Earrings / I Hate Mondays Socks / Oakley Sunglasses

 

Stine Goya Dress / For Love & Lemons Earrings / UGG Slides / STAND STUDIO Tote / ANDTHEOTHER Coat

 

Acne Studios Scarf / For Love & Lemons Earrings

 

RODARTE Dress / Havva Boots / Rachel Comey Earrings / Maison Margiela Bag

RODARTE Dress / Havva Boots / Rachel Comey Earrings

 

SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES

Dress – N°21, Poncho – Red Valentino, Earrings – Federica Tosi, Gloves – Duecci, Bracelet – Darkai, Ring – Aurèlie Bidermann, Boots – Red Valentino

 

Photography – Mirko Morelli @mirkomorelliphoto / Styling – Eugenia Book @eubook / Hair – Cosimo Bellomo @cosimo_bellomo / Make-up – Martina Gentili @martina.gentilii
Model – Amina Roveda @amina.roveda / Model – Nika Groh @nikasogo both at Special management @special_management

 

Dress – Brognano, Belt – N°21

 

Dress – N°21, Earrings – Federica Tosi, Gloves – Duecci, Bracelet – Darkai, Ring – Aurèlie Bidermann, Boots – Red Valentino

 

Dress – Brognano,  Belt and Bracelets – Ambush and Darkai

 

Nika:  Jacket – Max Mara, Shirt and Pant – Nanushka, Gloves – Duecci, Bracelets – Darkai, Earrings – Paco Rabanne

Amina:  Blazer – Red Valentino, Shirt – Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, Skirt – MSGM, Gloves – Duecci, Earrings – Federica Tosi and Gibot

 

Dress – Erika Cavallini, Hat – Ruslan Baginskiy, Earrings – Federica Tosi

 

Amina: Dress – Paco Rabanne, Earrings – Federica Tosi and Gibot, Bracelet – Darkai, Ring – Aurèlie Bidermann
Nika: Dress – Paco Rabanne, Earrings – Federica Tosi,  Bracelet – Darkai