Stacey Jones Brings Us Closer to Kate Beckinsale
Part of what makes Kate Beckinsale unique is her incredible traditional beauty paired with her ability to melt into characters that are as relatable as a neighbor. It’s a mix of classic grace and recognizability that make her a special figure in Hollywood, and one who is always worth watching. For her latest cover with As If Magazine, that blend is on display reaching into retro inspiration for a shoot styled by Stacey Jones that shows off everything that’s amazing about Beckinsale.
As the Fashion Director at As If, Stacey is uniquely poised to shape the way we see stars like Beckinsale, pulling fashion from all corners of the industry to color our experience. Stacey chose flowing gowns and form fitting dresses whose mostly neutral palate plays off the color and style of an old Buick. She’s playing with high class and something a touch more accessible, drawing us into a woman who we realistically shouldn’t know but feel like we just almost do.
Happy Holidays: 2015 in Review
As we come together with loved ones and friends to close the year, we’d like to take this time to reflect on some of our favorite moments from the last year. Included here is a list of some of our favorite stories we’ve had the pleasure to share with our community and friends. This year our artists helped usher in the next generation of Star Wars stars, discovered what bacteria lurk in NYC’s subways, sent hundreds of mean postcards to adoring fans, and put their own stamp on the 2016 Presidential campaign.
Our artists have done amazing things, so let’s take some time to remember some of the best stories from 2015 before turning our focus to the New Year.
We hope you have Wonderful Holidays, and a Happy New Year.
Weeks before Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters, Marco Grob photographed the cast of the highly anticipated movie for Time Magazine. Not only did he get to photograph the human stars, he also got to spend time with the famous R2-D2 and meet the newest favorite: BB-8.
Riding the New York City subway can be a precarious situation, not because of the unpredictable riders but because of what lurks on the handrails. Craig Ward wanted to see what exactly he has holding onto every day and the answers were both beautiful and revolting.
Sawdust and Nike Reach New Heights
One project with international powerhouse Nike is celebration enough, but when Sawdust teamed up with the athletic juggernaut for three bespoke typefaces it was an honor. Not only were they creating these solutions for Nike, but they'd be paired with LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Durant, three of the most powerful names in basketball. What they created turly elevated the game.
This year Joey L joined Annie Leibovitz, Erwin Olaf, and David LaChapelle as a photographer for Lavazza's annual calendar. With the theme “From Father to Son,” Joey L examined how the tradition of sustainable farming is passed on from generation to generation, and how food gets to our tables from around the world.
People's Sexiest Man Alive is always a hotly watched and eagerly awaited issue, and frequently their most popular. When Marc Hom got the call to photograph their non-traditional choice this year, David Beckham, it was an honor and a thrill. And on the day of the shoot, Beckham didn't disappoint.
For more than a decade Stephen Wilkes has been pursuing his ongoing personal project of condensing an entire day into a single photograph. This year, Stephen showed off some of his favorite shots at the Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, a great way to look back on all the work he's done, and look forward to what's still to come.
Over the course of months with locations stretching from The Costume Institute to the Louvre's vault, and even the private archive of Yves Saint Laurent, Platon captured the epic vastness of the Met's latest blockbuster. "China: Through the Looking Glass" examines how China's history has impacted the rest of the world through design influence, and Platon was able to photograph every step along the way.
Mr. Bingo's ongoing series "Hate Mail" pits the artist against those who pay for the pleasure of being berated by him through the post. Enough fans have gotten their kicks this way that he turned them all into a book that catalyzed an enormously successful Kickstarter. Books are available for purchase now!
Living a life in the limelight isn't always easy, so when We Are The Rhoads teamed up with Taylor Swift for their latest Keds campaign, they immediately found common ground. By creating a safe space the mega celebrity was able to focus on the moments with Sarah and Chris, resulting in images that are effortlessly Taylor.
Style is communication and a stylist has the power to shape how their subject communicates to the world. For Uzo Aduba's cover of As If Magazine, Stacey Jones dove into feminine luxury, offering the Emmy Award winning actress the opportunity to step away from the orange jumpsuits that her fans so often see her in.
Paris is a hotbed of fashion and style, making it a dream destination for many and attracting artists from all over the world. Tom Corbett is no different. On his latest assignment for Somerset he really sank his teeth into the city, taking advantage of every block and street corner, capturing the beauty of the city and the ease of its powerful energy.
It's hard to describe Donald Trump's political rise, so sometimes the best option is to not even try. When The New York Times Magazine tasked Stanley Chow and Jamie Chung with an image that spoke to the story they got right to work on something that felt honest but was also a lot of fun.
When Marcus Bleasdale began his work as a photojournalist it was to make a difference, but an artist can never be sure if their hopes are going to come to fruition. Marcus' has. His work with Human Rights Watch has lead to changes in law, and even helped end a war. Their joint gallery show, "Impact," proved it.
Chipotle has seen better days, but before their troubles they made a very solid decision when they asked Harriet Russell, Sarah J. Coleman, Adam Hayes, and Dave Homer to create illustrations for their bags and cups. Each illustrator was paired up with a writer whose pieces were to serve as the inspiration, and the results are as delicious as you can imagine.
Ken Fulk is a master at interior design, and Douglas Friedman is a master at photographing interiors. When the two came together in a show-stopping shoot of Elle Decor, Fulk's vision leapt off the page thanks to Douglas' unique ability to translate space into flawless photographic composition.
Bernie Sanders represents one of the most interesting political stories this season, and like any political character his whole persona is hard to distill into a single image (even a photograph!). Ryan McAmis took his time, and dug deeply into his bag of tricks, creating a portrait for the cover of National Journal that is as honest a representation as we've ever seen.
It's not every day that passion projects turn directly into corporate campaigns, but when UPS saw Brian Doben's "At Work" series they knew they needed it for themselves. Brian extended the project, meeting with read UPS customers that happened to run their own small businesses, to see what it's really like to work with a company that caters to their needs.
Cinemagraphs are becoming more and more popular, but Chloe Aftel was there since day one. In fact, she's sort of become a go-to photographer to create these captive moments that she finds particular expressive because of their ability to inject more emotion and more story.
Sometimes the best way to talk about serious issues is with a good laugh, so when Todd Selby linked up with Evolve on a series of gun safety PSA they imagined what other things kids get into. Whether it's playing with condoms like balloons, or tampons like Wolverine's claws: the kids will get into anything and, most of the time, it can be hilarious.
Few artists are as closely watched as Banksy whose work is discussed and devoured the world over, so when James Joyce got the call to be included in Banksy's latest installation it was a no-brainer. James' contributions ended up including the cover of Dismaland's catalogue, a piece that has now been distributed the world over and marked as a coveted accomplishment for any creative CV.
We cannot pretend we know what the future will hold, but if we had to bet we'd bet on Roof Studios' vision. They were tasked with glimpsing ahead for a spot with Toshiba that envisions how our relationship with technology will continue to deepen and grow, and shows us what that will look like.
Ice Skating GIF by Nomoco.
All Hands on Deck for Jena Malone's As If Cover
When Jena Malone was cast as Joanna Mason in the Hunger Games franchise it caused a ripple of surprise. Joanna is tough but almost terminally haunted character, a deceptively edgy role that would demand every bit of technique from any actress. To that point, Jena’s resume had included typical teen roles that played off accessible anxieties and understandable challenges. It was an unconventional choice by the directors and producers but audiences were thrilled by her command of the complexities. Since then we’ve come to appreciate the actress for her ability to play in those grey spaces, something that Stacey Jones was more than aware of and took into account for the latest cover of As If magazine. The Fashion Director and stylist worked with Jena at the Bowery Hotel to display what it is that draws us into this artist’s work. Also along for the ride were Liam Dunn and Elisa Flowers to make sure her hair and makeup were on point.
Jena has explored the musical world parallel to the dramatic, and that’s the vibe that Stacey took advantage of for this shoot. We see an artist who very much looks like a girl dressed up as a woman, but it's a constructed tension that she plays for us so well. The fashion has a super high end glamour feel juxtaposed against Jena's girlish face. Her bold lip and eye, provided by Elisa, gives a red carpet feel while Jena's hair is in a towel, dipping her french fry into a bottle of ketchup. Liam has brought her hair to epic shape and texture, while Jena lounges barefoot in a window, sipping coffee out of a paper cup.
Because of each of these balanced elements we get a complex picture of an actress who has successfully redefined herself, proving that she has the complexity inside her that we've all wanted to see. It was up to us to see it, and luckily we have Stacey, Elisa and Liam here to make it easier for us.
Tom Corbett and Alejandra Espinoza Go Full Throttle
When Tom Corbett was gearing up to shoot Alejandra Espinoza for the cover of Siempre Mujer, he wanted to do something different, something unexpected. The magazine has a tradition of very bright, studio photography that works great for them (and Tom has done for them in the past), but this time he wanted to push the envelope a little and see how far they could take it. Espinoza is a young model gaining fame all over the Spanish speaking world and Tom knew she could handle something a little edgier, so Tom ventured out to make it happen.
He teamed up with David Cooper, Photo Editor at Siempre Mujer, to see what they could do that was fun and exciting but still in line with what the magazine’s readers love. “We came up with a concept of taking her outside,” explains Tom Corbett. “We found this old airstrip south of Miami in the Everglades and we set up an outdoor studio. We shot the white background cover and then shot the inner spreads using an amazing Corvette Stingray car.” The cover image is still very on brand, with the signature energy that Tom brings to his studio work, but the inner spreads evoke a more sophisticated feeling, suffused with story and intrigue. The formfitting styling by Stacey Jones keeps the images looking dynamic and full of energy. “David Cooper and I work really closely together,” says Tom. “It was very different, very different to what they normally do and that’s what made it really nice.”
The images with the Stingray are worth looking at closely because of the different view they offer those who love magazines like Siempre Mujer. There’s a deepening to the story and the creative exploration brings a certain amount of extra power to the imagery. “In the Spanish language magazine market they tend to treat the celebrities differently,” says Tom. “They're very gentle, photographed in a studio, and quite conservative. But even in the studio David and I like to push things a little bit and push the boundaries of what we can get. We’re always pushing it a little bit further, trying new things and we’re getting a great response in that market because of it.” The reaction has been overwhelmingly positive as Tom and David move their aesthetic into new territory. This challenge of the conventional is something everyone is happy to see, and we should expect even more!
Stacey Jones and Liam Dunn Make Fashion Personal
For those who don’t understand fashion there is the common criticism that all the fashionable care about is what they look like. But clothing and accessories require an incredible amount of focus, craftsmanship, and attention to detail. There is artistry and social commentary in every article of clothing, and how they’re placed together into an outfit describe how the wearer is interacting with their world. The story “Intersecting Lines” from the latest issue of As If Magazine shows what it can look like when we absorb beautiful design into our lives. With styling by Stacey Jones exclusively in Max Mara, and hair design provided by Liam Dunn, there is a perfect blend of product and consumer in a story that explores that relationship.
The photographs alternate between the shoot that Stacey Jones and Liam Dunn worked on, and images from the workshop of a Max Mara craftsman constructing a bag. It is a seamless representation of how much work goes into creating one of these beautiful pieces. Each element is carefully chosen, measured, and shaped so that it will fit in precisely where it needs to be.
The juxtaposition of these two different shoots illustrates how the style conscious construct their own representation through piecing together what’s in their wardrobe. How they disappear into their things. Liam coaxes the models hair to mirror the textile and threading in the bag, reflected in the threaded propping. At one point, the model is nearly suspended as her hair is incorporated into the threads; she is literally being absorbed into the fashion.
The model’s vague expressions play second fiddle to the bold apparel that she is dressed in, allowing the clothes to come forward. It is a study in measured balance over volume. Stacey employs texture and tone to convey subtle substance.
Together, Liam and Stacey’s work help form the foreground of a story that makes a bold statement on the personal nature of fashion, and how we can use it to express and surround ourselves.
Stacey Jones Trades Orange for Gowns
Fans of Uzo Aduba have been eagerly anticipating the return of her glowing face in the new season of her Netflix smash hit Orange is the New Black. The show was made available this week, sooner than the announced release date for this weekend. But they may not immediately recognize her in the pages of As If Magazine’s current issue. In Orange is the New Black we see her clad in orange jumpsuits and dingy white tee-shirts, the uniform of the female convict inmates at Litchfield Penitentiary. In As If, styled by the magazine’s Fashion Director Stacey Jones, Uzo is dressed replete in rich fabrics as draped luxury. Her natural exuberance flies through the pages, the fashion acting as a graceful frame.
The shift may be a shock to fans who don’t know Uzo outside of the show. In OITNB (as fans call the show) she plays the lovable and terrifying “Crazy Eyes” (a.k.a. Suzanne Warren) who suffers from an almost terminal lack of affection that she expresses too strongly, sometimes with violent results. The piece in As If is all about expression, which is something Uzo has been forced to embrace. With a name that is hard to pronounce (he mother once told her, “If they can learn to say Tchaikovsky and Michelangelo and Dostoyevsky, they can learn to say Uzoamaka”), and a gap in her front teeth, Uzo’s journey to self acceptance and expression was a long one. But she’s arrived. “The moment she walked on set she transformed into the woman who belonged in the clothes she wore,” says Tatijana Shoan, the photographer and writer of As If’s piece. The bold clothing that Stacey Jones dressed Uzo in matched Uzo’s vigor making the choices seem obvious, when they’re really the result of expertly balanced energy and style.
Tom Corbett Creates Chaos with Millennials
Magazine covers are usually reserved for movie stars and super models. They are platforms to show off celebrity and trends in the fast paced world of fashion and entertainment. But as media turns to the possibilities of online communication, fame and influence come as quickly as a well-composed tweet or beautifully styled Instagram picture. The new generation of celebrities includes a roster of young power players whose arena is online. William Valdes, Yuya, and Hector Trejo have each used their social fame to build more conventional followings, and vice versa, creating a self-perpetuating cycle of contemporary celebrity. Siempre Mujer is on the cutting edge of this trend, following this new movement and putting these three fire brands on their latest cover. The magazine tapped photographer Tom Corbett for the cover shoot, knowing his mastery of visual energy would match them effortlessly.
When working with three different young adults, a lot of energy is running around on set. Whether the three of them were jumping, tossing kisses at one another, or making the most ridiculous faces possible, it’s an incredible amount of energy to fit into each frame. But for Tom, that energy doesn’t represent something that needs to be controlled. Instead, he wants to use it. “I don’t need to manage the energy so much as harness it,” says Tom. “I like chaos, I thrive on chaos. Chaos is what I try to achieve. Controlled chaos. It gives you the opportunity to get something really special.” By engendering an atmosphere of freedom, these three millennials are able to be their authentic selves in front of Tom resulting in images that are faithful to their personalities.
Part of what made this shoot possible in its breadth and dynamism is Tom’s working relationship with David Cooper, the Photo Editor at Simpre Mujer. Tom and David work together to create visual concepts that will communicate their messaging as boldly and uniquely as possible. “We work really closely together, we talk a lot, come up with the concepts together,” says Tom. “We have a very close working relationship.” In fact, if it weren’t for their close relationship, Tom says, they wouldn’t have arrived at the triple exposure images where each of the talent is jumping with different impressions in blue and red. This unconventional use of imagery adds unexpected movement that transcends a single, still photograph.
To round out the energy on all fronts, stylist Stacey Jones assembled looks that were as fun and energetic as the kids themselves, and manicurist Titilayo Bankole brought a fresh extra hit of color to Yuya's palatte.
For Tom, much of what made the shoot so fun were the three people in front of his lens. That “controlled chaos” that he works so hard to set the stage for helped create an experience that was invigorating and inspiring. “It was just a good laugh. Some of them had never been to New York before,” says Tom. “It was a big day for them, they were really just enjoying the moment. They had so much energy, it was a real pleasure.”
Stacey Jones Proves Coco Rocha is Timeless
Coco Rocha’s career is the perfect example of what can happen when a model puts her mind to it. The “Queen of Pose” started as a dancer, and that thread of movement has traveled with her throughout her entire career. Bouncing off initial criticism her energy has become a signature, making her a veritable chameleon.
Stacey Jones, Fashion Director of As If Magazine, played off the versatility of Coco, using looks and styles inspired by a bygone era. The merger of Stacey’s styling and Coco's physicality brings a contemporary energy to the fashion making them feel as at home in today’s style temperature as their own time.
Coco is known for her movement, her poses, the shapes she makes with her body. Stacey chose pieces that coalesce perfectly with the fluidity and angles of Coco's work. Whether it’s a short dress highlighting the lines of Coco's legs, a draped waistline that accentuates a jutted hip, or a heavily accessorized neckline enforcing the strength of a shoulder, Stacey understands her model and composition. When the fashion works with the model it’s a collaboration with arresting, emotionally rich results.
Tom Corbett and Kate del Castillo
Kate del Castillo, the Mexican actress best known for a slew of lead roles in Spanish language television and a notable guest spot on Weeds, made her acting debut 37 years ago and hasn’t lost a step since. The firebrand star's latest exploit, "Dueños del Paraíso," premiered on Telemundo last month to wonderful acclaim. Her signature is the strength she draws from her bold femininity, and when Tom Corbett shot her for the latest cover of Siempre Mujer that signature is what they worked to highlight. Using a combination of elegant styling by Stacey Jones and formidable environments, Tom's compositions show the unlikely forces that have come together to be Kate’s greatest asset.
Stacey's styling went far to show off the dichotomy of strength and grace using soft fabrics on bold looks. A white dress that drapes sensually, a chic Perfecto with feminine embellishments. By encapsulating Kate's energy in each piece, Stacey's choices highlight the movement of Tom's work.
Kate is very aware of what she can represent to other women. “Women always have to be giving explanations, first to their parents, then their husband and then their children. I'm living the pleasure of being free without explanation,” Kate says. “I am the queen of my own life.” Kate is living proof that power can be graceful. Tom and Siempre Mujer took advantage of that image to remind us all that the dichotomy of strength and sexy is a comfortable one, and something we should all remember.
Stacey Jones Presents Daniel Radcliffe the Man
Because of the eight Harry Potter movies, America, and the world, watched Daniel Radcliffe go through childhood in front of our eyes. But now that the wizarding world of Hogwarts is behind the British actor, he’s entering a stage of his career where he gets to take on more socially challenging roles. And we get to see him develop into a man.
As If constructed a feature around Daniel’s upcoming work and as Fashion Director for the magazine Stacey Jones worked to show off the young man that he is becoming. The apparel that they chose for Daniel is at once fresh and sophisticated, while still being signature to Stacey's aesthetic. Significant layers in rich fabrics and welcoming tones play off Daniel’s energy and natural coloring for a combination that speaks to his personality and temperament. They help present an artist who is at once comfortable but has a point of view. He recognizes the position he is in, and chooses projects accordingly. The larger fitted apparel that Stacey directed make Daniel look both relaxed and stylish, showing a self-assured comfort that is often missing in younger talent. When styled well, apparel tells as much of the story as the subject, and Stacey’s work with Daniel Radcliffe for As If is the perfect example.
Stacey Jones Styles Greta Gerwig for As If Issue No. 4
As If issue no. 4 is soon to hit newsstands with B&A stylist Stacey Jones as the magazine's fashion director.
The cover depicts actress Greta Gerwig wearing an Alexandre Vauthier couture gown and a Ziggy Stardust-like pompadour. "For the story, [editor-in-chief] Tatijana [Shoan] and I wanted her to be elegant and sophisticated, with a hint of Old Hollywood and a slight seventies feel," Jones said. "I researched other photo shoots that Greta has done and we watched some of her movies to get a good sense of what she's already done and who she is – and to get an idea of looks that we felt would complement her." That meant an embellished Miu Miu number, a Salvatore Ferragamo trench coat paired with La Perla lingerie, form-fitting Chanel, and a Prabal Gurung silk tuxedo dress. "We wanted to enhance Greta and have her love being a part of the shoot, and I think we succeeded," Jones continued. "The energy was fantastic on set."
The issue's spring fashion story, "Portrait of a Lady," portrayed the season's graphic-art trend in an unexpected way – by using white contact lenses to turn her into a background. "I explained the concept to the model – that she would be playing a canvas – and she totally went with it," Jones remarked. "She was excited about putting in the contacts, which, admittedly, was a bit eerie. People have been drawn to the images because it's intense and absolutely gorgeous at the same time." The fashion director mentioned that she's already received positive feedback from the designers showcased in the spread.
"Portrait of a Lady" illustrates the brand of fashion-forward, thought-provoking content Jones plans to contribute to the magazine. "Readers of As If expect to be challenged, and what I create is never going to be a typical American-fashion-publication editorial," she noted. "The clothes are still going to be beautiful – I love beautiful clothes – but we're going to put twists on these stories that get people talking ... the minute that you see the images, you'll say, 'That is an As If fashion story.' "
Photographer: Tatijana Shoan
Hair: Marco Santini at The Wall Group
Makeup: Matin at Ray Brown
Nails: Alicia Torello at The Wall Group
"Portrait of a Lady"
Photographer: Tatijana Shoan at CREATETHE STUDIO in New York City
Hair: Rudy Martins from L'Atelier
Makeup: Asif Zaidi
Stacey Jones Named Fashion Director of As If Magazine
"I first worked with the magazine on the Catherine Maladrino shoot in issue two, and editor-in-chief Tatijana Shoan, and publisher Scott Fishkind, and I have always seen eye-to-eye," Jones explained. "They had asked me to contribute to the March edition [the fourth issue] and we came to the conclusion that I should spearhead the fashion content – it happened very organically."
The forthcoming As If is fronted by Golden Globe nominee Greta Gerwig, who also posed for an eight-page spread. "She was wonderful to collaborate with," noted Jones, "and she truly embodied the character we asked her to play – she loved the direction." Jones also selected the clothing for and styled "Portrait of a Lady," an eighteen-page story: "It's a play on words ... the editorial is a bit twisted with a dark sense of humor, but it's a strong story that will elicit reactions – people will either really enjoy it or be taken aback ... or both."
Jones continued, "My goal is to push As If on a fashion front so that designers, houses, and brands look to it for containing the most creative editorials in the industry. All of the magazine's editorials already evolve from an artistic perspective that you don't see in domestic publications." She added that this year promises to be big for As If with more luxury advertisers signing on.
At right, preview an image from "Portrait of a Lady" and scroll through Jones's Catherine Malandrino shoot.
Photographer: Tatijana Shoan
Brian Doben Captures the Different Sides of a Lexus
Brian Doben combined the hallmarks of his portraiture and flawless shots of Lexus's new 2014 GX for his first major automobile campaign.
"The ads showed a breakdown of the many sides of a Lexus owner," he said. "It might be someone who attends red-carpet affairs; it might be someone who kayaks or cycles; however, I tried to humanize the models. The car was obviously significant and heroic, but the people had to feel genuine, as well."
Doben devoted a week to storyboarding and traveled to L.A. in advance to scout and study locations: "I found an area outside of the city with picturesque vistas and dramatic, tall grass, and I wanted to get a sense of how the sun interacted with the environment." He and his team worked from late morning until dusk, photographing the car and each of the characters (styled by B&A's Stacey Jones and with makeup by Amy Chance).
The various elements were then composited to form a single image. "It was an absolute pleasure to have technology in my corner," Doben remarked.
Ad agency: Team One
Executive producer: Elle Sullivan Wilson
Retouching: Taylor James Ltd.
Tom Corbett's 'True Romance' With Waldorf Astoria Magazine
Photographer Tom Corbett, wardrobe stylist Stacey Jones, and prop stylist Tara Marino partnered on "True Romance," a wedding story for the inaugural issue of Waldorf Astoria Magazine. Corbett made use of every corner in the luxury hotel, following a (pretend) couple from proposal-time at Bull and Bear restaurant to entering the Waldorf's Park Avenue entrance before the nuptials, and dancing on the Starlight Roof once they become man and wife.
Jones selected attire to complement each of the spaces: an Andrew Gn silk and jet beaded sheath for the engagement dinner, a pleated Barbara Tfank dress to check in, and gowns by Yumi Katsura and Monique Lhuillier for the big night. The groom doesn't look too shabby, clad in Brunello Cucinelli, Paul Stuart, and Ermenegildo Zegna suits.
Photographer: Tom Corbett
Photo director: Sally Berman
Wardrobe stylist: Stacey Jones
Prop stylist: Tara Marino
Hair: Eloise Chung for Walter Schupfer
Makeup: Brian Duprey for Chanel Beauté
Models: Jennifer Massaux for Ford Models and Corey Wallace for DNA Models
Jesse Nemeth Does Double-Duty for Time
Time enlisted a team of B&A artists to collaborate on images for this week's cover story, "The Childfree Life."
"Although we had all of the prop elements available, communicating the concept visually presented a challenge, despite its simplicity," recalled prop stylist Jesse Nemeth. "Using a borrowed beach cart, I carefully rigged all of our props and inflatables with wire, creating a colorful beach sculpture on wheels, within twenty minutes." But his work didn't stop there; Nemeth did double-duty, posing as the Sysiphean dad, "which was easy as a father of two-year-old twins."
Stacey Jones, the wardrobe stylist, noted that the photographer envisioned a Norman Rockwell sensibility with a modern twist. "Using this as a starting point, I tried to bring a vintage style and color palette to the wardrobe," she said. "The location, which was also a throwback to that era, was a perfect backdrop to capture the overall feeling."
Makeup artists Gregg Hubbard and Sophie Haig used the afternoon before the shoot for experimentation. "My only concerns were sun protection for the models and making sure their glowing skin did not come across as sweaty," Hubbard noted. On the morning of, "We arrived before the sun was up completely and we were finished by 11:30. Awesome day."
Photographer: Randal Ford
Prop Stylist: Jesse Nemeth
Wardrobe: Stacey Jones
Makeup: Gregg Hubbard, assisted by Sophie Haig
STACEY JONES HEATS UP SIEMPRE MUJER MAGAZINE
Stylist Stacey Jones selects bold pieces that pop with color for "Body Heat", a new fashion story that appears in the June issue of Siempre Mujer magazine. Stacey worked with photographer Tom Corbett to create a five-page swimsuits spread that smolders with sensuality for the Hispanic beauty, fashion and lifestyle magazine.
Brian Doben + Stacey Jones for Chicago Magazine's Fall Fashion Issue
The O'Hare International Airport in Chicago is one of the busiest airports in the world, serving tens of thousands of passengers a day with flights to over 60 international destinations. Nearly half of the traffic in O'Hare International is operated by United Airlines, whose hub is stationed at O'Hare. For the fall fashion issue of Chicago magazine, photographer Brian Doben and Fashion Director Stacey Jones took advantage of O'Hare's expansive architectural features to shoot the video and fashion story "Arrivals and Departures," spending a full 12 hour day exploring the United Airlines terminal.
The story came to Jones as she was attending fashion shows in New York and Paris. Says Jones, "The concept was that the model embodied different characters - one being the harder, minimalistic bad girl and the opposite, more feminine, retro softer version. I wanted to shoot at O'Hare because of its clean lines, open spaces and tons of light and glass that would become an integral part of the story."
Doben and Jones have collaborated on several stories for Chicago magazine over the past five years, each one unique in its setting and concept. Comments Doben on the current issue, "The Public Relations department at United gave us full access to the terminal, which is unheard of. It was amazing to be able to shoot in the terminal, and challenging at the same time because it was so crowded. I decided to explore motion and conduct the shoot in a very cinematic way, shooting in motion and then grabbing stills from it."
Chicago magazine is a monthly publication that brings readers the best of what Chicago has to offer. The fall issue is available for sale now. Look for it at a newsstand near you.
Photographer: Brian Doben
Fashion Director: Stacey Jones
Producer: Nancy Corbett
Hair: Anthony Christiano
Make-up: Cammy Kelly
Model: Jana Wirth>