A Film from The Motion Workshop


This face! Isn't Madeleine Alexandra gorgeous?! She is a fashion blogger with insane style and taste. She also is a dancer and moves and models like a pro. Ale Vidal of Imaginale Design hired to me to create beautiful vignettes for her workshop attendees to capture in motion. There is so much to share! I will be sharing the art direction and styling process tomorrow, but I wanted to just focus on this moment - this film that Ale made.

There was a whole team behind this vignette, but yet it seems so simple. One dress, some flowers, great hair and makeup...The planning for this simple moment started several months ago. Ale wanted a high-fashion bride that embodied a sensual and haunting quality. It might be a weird request, but that girl knows what works for the camera.

I'm so happy I get to work with such talented people. Enjoy the film and come back tomorrow to see how I translated her vision for not only this shoot, but three other ones in ONE DAY!

Madeleine Alexandra at The Motion Workshop from Ale Vidal - Imaginale on Vimeo.

The Motion Workshop - An event put on by cinematographer Alejandra Vidal to teach photographers and artists about direction in video, storyboarding, product creation, and the art of human connection through motion: www.themotionworkshop.com

Film by Ale Vidal // www.imaginaledesign.com

Styling and Art Direction by AVE Styles // www.avestyles.com

Dress by: Fame and Partners // www.fameandpartners.com Model: Madeleine Alexandra // alexandrafashionco.blogspot.com Make-up: SN Makeup // www.snmakeupartist.com Hair: Miriam Kenly // instagram.com/mirmaidkenl Florals: Hilary Lamb // hilarylambphoto.blogspot.com Assistant: Mary Claire // maryclaire-photography.com

Why Women Love Shoes

I don't really like shoes, and it's because I have giant, narrow size 10 feet. Thus, shoes rarely feet me, and shopping for them can take a whole day. However, I would say that the majority of women in this country LOVE their shoes. They probably have at the minimum 12 different pairs, and the numbers grow from there.

I always thought my mom was strange to have a MASSIVE collection of shoes, but after personal styling for almost two years, I'm learning that I'm the odd duck.

So, why do you think that women love their shoes? I was just asked this question by the College Times, and my answer is, "Because they know they will always fit."

Every person has a love hate relationship with their jeans. Why? Because our bodies can easily yo-yo up and down causing us to go out an buy another pair or not fit into our favorite skinny jeans. Not so much with shoes. Every time we reach for those cute boots or put on a pair of rockin' heels we can count on them fitting.

I also think women love that shoes can quickly transform their body shape by elongating their legs and making them taller. It seems that most women under 5' 5" are addicted to heels - even heels on their slippers. I would also say that women that are 5' 8" and taller LOVE flats. I'm in the second boat.

Well, there is a documentary film coming out called, God Save My Shoes, and it explores the relationship women have with their shoes and why it's the most addicting item in a woman's closet. The film even gives a peek into the never before seen Vogue shoe closet (reason enough for me to go see this film). If this sounds like something you would love to see, the Phoenix Art Museum is doing a special showing of the film on Friday, October 28, 2011. I'm definitely going, and I would love to see you there too!

Watch a bit of the trailer below, and definitely let me know if you end up purchasing tickets!


Marie Antoinette Sneak Peek

So, there are a couple of shoots that I've had under by belt that I have been DYING to share with all of you. One of them is a Marie Antoinette inspired shoot in collaboration with SO MANY talented individuals, but most importantly Jeanette LeBlanc Photography and Beautiful Day Films. My role with this project was stylist AND producer. Yes - my first shoot that I took creative control over. EEK! haha.

I still can't release the photos because we have high hopes for getting published (photos shown are a couple behind the scenes pics by Jennifer Boonlorn), but I'm SOOOO happy to be able to share with you a little fashion video that Beautiful Day Films put together to showcase our hard work.

Another post will be coming soon about how this all came together, who contributed and the inspiration behind the vision. It's a BIG & LONG story, but it's soooo good that Beautiful Day Films created a documentary. =) Coming soon...

Marie Antoinette::Orpheum::Fashion Edit from Beautiful Day Films on Vimeo.

My Top 5 Fashion Films

There are so many films that have spurred fashion trends such as Breakfast at Tiffany's and Clueless. Though those are definitely films I know well, there are so many others out there that evoke a desire to dress a certain way, make you want the wardrobe or just explode with so much beauty that  it makes you feel beautiful and pretty. Here are my top five without any order of importance because, well, that's just too hard. =)

1. Pride & Prejudice (2005) - This film OOOZES beauty! The art direction is INSANELY good. Sunlight plays a huge role in the film giving enhancing the antique and vintage ambiance. The actual clothing isn't something that I long to wear, but the lace, ruffles, cool earth tones, simple makeup and hair create a desire for feminine simplicity.

2. Sweet Home Alabama - This may be a cheesy chick flick, but I just think that Reese Witherspoon looks flawlessly beautiful throughout the movie. From New York elegance to southern casual, there's a part of me that just wants to be her. Maybe it's also because she plays a fashion designer. =)

3. Pretty Woman - This is no brainer. I mean, the title gives it away. From the black lace cocktail dress to the red full length gown, every woman just walks away not only wanting her body, but desiring the confidence and elegance Julia carries with each outfit.

Marie Antoinette - The talented director, Sophia Coppola, gave her costume designer a dream job with this film. The clothes are nothing short of decadence, frill, royalty and avante garde.

5. Funny Face - Audrey Hepburn is a style icon for many reasons. Most people remember Breakfast at Tiffany's when they think of her, but my all time favorite Audrey film is Funny Face. A musical with Fred Astaire as a fashion photographer and Audrey Hepburn as his muse. The black capris and black turtleneck that she wears is the simplest combination, and I adore it. There honestly are SO many gorgeous looks throughout the movie. Watch it!

So, if you need a fashion pick-me-up, rent one of these films!