Well, I have to say that 2013 is the year of potential. I truly must admit that I have gotten off my lazy ass and just started putting my creative energy to good use with other creative people. “Energy creates energy!!” Something that I can hear Gina saying in the back of my head but you know what its true.
I’ve come into contact with truly fabulous people from makeup artist, stylist, wardrobe stylist to photographers. What makes it great is that we all think outside of the box and are not bound by what society says is normal. We are simply creating our own normals and creating beauty in ways that we see, while still making sure others can understand the concept. Anyways….
Photographer Matt Wright is always asking me to style and shoot. I actually really enjoy styling hair a lot but I do not get the chance to anymore, only due to the fact that where I work is a departmentalized salon. Usually when he asks, it never works because it always last-minute, however this time it did work out(depending on how you view “worked out”). There were some key components that we should have planned for but for about a weeks amount of time we did good considering that we have hectic schedules. We were able to secure place, a few models(coworkers and friends) and a very talented newcomer to the fashion world:Rufus Dixon IV Designs
Rufus Dixon IV and I are from the same area outside of Boston. So it’s natural that we would run into each other at the same nightclub in Worcester occasionally. However, it wasn’t until about a year and a half ago that I realized he went to Lasell College and was in their fashion design program. Words cannot describe how beautiful the garments actually are. While some designers opt to create pieces that are pretty and pink, Rufus goes the other route. Edgy, dark and a bit of punk but still feminine is the Rufus Girl. The Rufus Girl is sexy, animalistic, strong and she’s empowered. The pieces really all have their own personality and I found that each piece has a message.
The weave dress is one of my favorite pieces, I was so excited when he said that we could photograph this collection. His graduating collection was one of the lines featured at the Natick Collection when they allow the graduating students to showcase a few pieces of clothing in front of Neiman Marcus. Having traveled to London and Paris to study abroad, Rufus became inspired for this first collection by Girmorium Verum a piece by Martin Schongauer entitled Saint Anthony Tormented by Demons. Looking at the bigger picture within the picture he became intrigued with the different demons and noticed the differences between the creatures.
Fur, Spikes and Scales…Oh My! Taking these elements of the demons, he began to design a collection in which each piece is his vision of the demons. When looking at the pieces in person, you really begin to see all the different textures and colors that pictures. He really knows how to accentuate a woman’s body with placement of color and texture, even being daring and using multiple textures within a garment. I was lucky enough to feel empowered when I got to wear one of the dresses for shits and giggles and then actually was able to be a model. Although, I still think Georgina Castellucci could have given the dress the justice that it deserved but there’s always next time.
Although I don’t have any of the shots from the first half of the shoot, I think hair wise we definitely hit the mark on that. There will be more opportunities as well, I’m sure. I have to say a special thanks for everyone that came out. It was fun despite starting later than expected but life happens and it’s a learning experience.
So all in all it was exciting and I’m glad that some of my coworkers spent the day helping out. Special Thank You’s to Matt Wright, Georgina and Rufus Dixon IV Designs. Thanks to Carolyn, Jenna, Gabriella, Rachel and Mariah.
So before I end this, The Liberty Hotel used to put on Fashionably Late in the lobby as a way to showcase local designers in the New England area. Rufus works for The Haute House and they will be retailing some of his garments after their show on January 31st at the Liberty Hotel in Boston.
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