Monday, October 11, 2010

Fashion Meets Finance at NYC's Sky Lounge

I was fortunate enough to model for Brooklyn brand, Triple 5 Soul at AKA Events "Fashion Meets Finance Party" at hot new venue, Sky Lounge.
Here are a few photos from the event...



Thursday, September 16, 2010

New York Fashion Week - Jinxedaposed Clothing

Well, I have been extremely lazy with my blog of late, so I thought it would be a nice way to start off by talking about the first show I did for NYC Fashion Week.

I worked with a male model, Justin Rinhart on Salme Dahlstrom's music video "So Delicious".  He was kind enough to put me in touch with Texan designer, Valerie Abergo-Liszewski from Jinxedaposed Clothing.

Valerie came to NYC to showcase her new range at NY Fashion Connect - and I was fortunate enough to model one of her gorgeous designs.

Check out her website (and a couple of photos of me on the runway ;) )



Thursday, May 27, 2010

Brooklyn Bridal Shoot - by Jason Lanier


A few weeks back, I collaborated with "LA's Best Photographer" (according to Fox News)  Jason Lanier for a Bridal Shoot.
We racked our brains for a kick-ass location, and I could only suggest one place...Magicland!
He had a rental car, and all of his equipment, so it made perfect sense for him to drive to Williamsburg and park his car without any dramas.
Needless to say, Jason fell in love with location.  It is an incredibly versatile space - and the natural light that comes through in the afternoon is astounding.

Jason also had a spare dress with him - and my Brazilian room mate, Patricia came home just in time to be a bride, too!  We threw her in the deep end, but she rose to the challenge, and had a ball.  (You can read a bit about that in an earlier post of mine http://becfordyce.blogspot.com/2010/05/magicland.html and see a shot of her with Jason in the loft)
The next stop was the famous Magicland rooftop.  We waited for the sun to go down a bit to get the perfect lighting - and decided that the Manhattan Skyline would be the perfect back-drop.

The rooftop is a little scary - there is no fence or barricade...and we're a significant way up...but, if you aren't drunk (or just lack spacial awareness and/or balance) - it really is a remarkable spot.

* How it passes building inspection in a country where they put warning labels on the most ridiculous things is beyond me...but, I guess that's part of Magicland's "charm".

A HUGE kudos to Jason for being such a good sport, and for producing some really beautiful images.


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Central Park Shoot


Over the weekend, I finally made it to Central Park.  I have been back in New York for almost 2 months now, and I have not been down there.

I did a quick little summer-themed shoot with the lovely Joseph Quevedo.  Joseph is only fairly new to fashion photography, but he has got an extraordinary eye (especially, since he is only 16 years old...!...)

Joseph was quite the gentleman - and got the job done efficiently.  Check out his profile page on Model Mayhem, and you'll see what I mean by an up-and-coming talent http://www.modelmayhem.com/1560948

...and as a side note, Joseph has earned big brownie points with me - his idol is Edie Sedgwick!


 

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Lady Gaga Shoot by Slexii Photography in Sydney, Australia

Let's be honest here...everybody loves Lady Gaga.  She is a genious - I have never seen a woman generate so much buzz...and she can sing.  I thought she was a fraud for a long time, but if you see her during her NYU days as a brunette performing,  that girl has a set of pipes - and knows how to market herself.
So - when I got the opportunity to do a Lady Gaga shoot - I (needless to say) jumped at the opportunity!
I shot with a young Sydney photographer called Alexis of Slexii Photography out in Inner-Western Sydney Suburb, Annandale.

Alexis is an incredibly talented young lady.  She provided the wardrobe - and even designed a few of the outfits that I wore.  It was such an amazing shoot to be a party of!

Behind the scenes of the Party Ave web viral skit

I have finally landed my dream job!  I am now a reporter for "Party Ave TV" - a website that explores the social melting pot of people and music.

I was certainly thrown in at the deep end on my first day, and I loved every minute of it!

The first thing that we did was film a promotional skit that will be released as a web viral to promote the site.  We didn't have a good location to film at - so - I was quick to suggest the awesomeness that is Magicland...which proved to be a hit with the wonderful team.

I was fortunate enough to flex my acting muscles for the video - which was nice, because I haven't really been doing all that much acting of late...and it's nice to know that I wasn't rusty.

Look out for the web-viral on YouTube soon - it is going to be hilarious.

I also want to quickly acknowledge the wonderful Patricia Faolli for being such a legend and stepping in at the last minute to be the other actress in the sketch, Bryan Fitzgerald for his awesome acting skills, Yesenia Gonzalez for her wonderful direction and scripting and our producer/CEO, Rob Romulus. xx

http://www.partyave.com - don't forget to check out the site, tell your friends, and refer all your indie musician friends!!!!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A date with a Skeleton



A few weeks ago, I was sourced by "Kids With Candy" Productions to do a conceptual shoot for submission for "Details" magazine.

Doron Gild (check out his work on the link posted) - came up with a concept to have an "All American looking girl" go on a first date with a skeleton.   The idea behind the skeleton was the age-old idea of a girl going out with a "dead beat".

I was fortunate enough to collaborate with an incredible team that day.  We had a great stylist who works for Bloomingdale's in Soho arrange all my incredible outfits.  Jennifer Nam did an AMAZING job on my hair and make up... And the props stylists were second-to-none.

Keep an eye out for the magazine when it hits the shelf!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Katie Perry Photo Shoot

I shot for the Australian designer, Katie Perry back in early March for her Spring/Summer 2010 - 11 range.  She caused a lot of controversy in the media as she happens to have the same name as the pop singer.  She was sued by Katy Perry's management - but they backed down, as her name is actually Katie Perry - whereas the singer uses her name as a stage name.

We have received some publicity in "The Mosman Daily" on page 44 - so check it out online http://digitaledition.mosmandaily.com.au/

The images will be seen on Katie's website around August - so here is a sneak peak of what is coming...




Monday, May 10, 2010

Images from Rinze's shoot at Magicland

Here are some of the images from the collaboration with Rinze Von Brug at  Magicland.
It was such an amazing shoot!  You can witness us singing into alligators too, by the way :)



Big congratulations to my new models slash roomies - Shepherd, Armand and the very sexy Patricia!

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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Andy Golub collaboration...











I collaborated with famous New York body-painter, Andy Golub (http://www.andygolub.com)in Times Square on Thursday.

Andy is famous for painting his models in the middle of Times Square - and, on this occasion, we had an Emmy-award winning documentary crew film the shenanigans.

I knew it would be one helluva day. We initially did live painting in the middle of Times Square, which attracted its fair share of attention to say the very least. Then we had a more outrageous component to the day - we crashed Maria Abramovic's "The Artist is Present" at the MoMA and upstaged the nude performance artists.

Anyway...back to the story...

I would have to say that taking off my clothes in the middle of Times Square would have to be one of the craziest things that I have done in my time. It is incredibly nerve racking to put it mildly. You really have to psyche yourself up to do something like it. It's like pulling off a band-aid. It's more the "before" part that is scary.

Once I mustered up the courage to take off my clothes, you realize that all dignity is out the window.

We attracted all sorts of people - fellow artists, the press, tourists and more than your fair share of freaks. I literally stopped Times Square. That is a pretty cool thing to do.

After spending four hours in Times Square being painted and photographed, we moved on to part two of the collaboration.

The other model, Bella and I had to upstage the nude performers for Marina Abramovic's "The Artist is Present" at the MoMA. We got given a plan of action, and had our film crew go with us to get sneaky footage of the performance.

I knew that this was going to have repercussions, I just didn't know at what level. On a side note, I felt really disrespectful to Abramovic...I really think she is an incredible artist...but in hindsight, it was still pretty cool to do something so irreverent.

My instruction was to take my overcoat off in a position where there weren't many guards and just see how long I could get away with standing in the exhibition wearing only body-paint and a g-string. Then, when I would inevitably be escourted out of the MoMA, Bella would then take off her overcoat. The idea behind this was to be seen as two random people off the street - who coincidentally happen to love a bout of public nudity.

I went into position at the MoMA and took my overcoat off. I managed to get away with standing on display for about ten minutes until the guards cottoned on that I wasn't part of the exhibition. Needless to say, the guards did not find my little prank very funny, and I was "kindly" escourted out of the museum. The security guard who escourted me out asked for ID (which I didn't have on me) - and he threatened to hand me over to authorities.

*In my most personal and humble opinion, I think that the NYC cops have more important things to worry about than a silly prank by an artist...but there you go.*

Thank god my friend, Pete was there. I left all my things in Andy's car, and I had no way of contacting him. I felt very vulnerable and I didn't know what was going to happen, and if I was going to find Andy again very easily.

We were finally reunited after what seemed like forever...and we had a few drinks to take the edge off. I was a little shaken fretting whether or not I was going to find Andy.

We then crashed a few more art galleries around mid-town, and finished the night off at a Picasso exhibition. That was pretty cool.

When Andy gave me a lift back to the West Village, I thought that my crazy little day had come to an end...but oh no! This is where it gets really trippy... A woman in an overcoat with body paint is going to attract just a little bit of attention...I managed to attract the attention of some people partying in an ICE CREAM TRUCK! (Yes, you did read that right...)

They cried out to me and asked me to come on an adventure with them.

How could I resist? So I climbed in to the magical ice cream truck and met some advertising execs who rented an ice cream truck to party in (...as you do...)

We then went to a bar in the Meat-Packing district called The Brass Monkey, where I chatted and partied with the advertising execs. They were total trippers. They do a lot of crazy publicity stunts.

Then I ended the evening at Company - the little bar across the street from my boyfriend's apartment.

What a surreal experience!

Magicland


The week that has just finished has been the most surreal week of my life.

It all started when I moved into my new apartment in Williamsburg. It is no ordinary apartment. It is called "Magicland". It is the trippiest place I have ever seen.

Imagine a place where every time you look around, you find something weird and wonderful to laugh at.
We have all sorts of insane things in this apartment... kitsch LP's (artists like Wham!, Janis Joplin, Prince to name a few...), animal masks, peacock feathers, hookahs and candles with Pope John Paul 2nd.

The first night I moved in, we had a dance class in the loft. It was designed to open up the chakras - so there were lots of sunshines and rainbows being made by all.

I then had a bridal shoot with LA photographer, Jason Lanier. He was after a location, so I suggested Magicland to him. He just so happened to have a second bridal dress. My room mate, Patricia's came home and was surprised with her very first photo shoot! We shot up on the roof top against the Manhattan Skyline and on the loft. Patricia was really natural in front of the camera. It was so much fun watching her work!

I then had another photo shoot in the apartment with Dutch Photographer Rinze Van Brug on Friday. I had my room mates participate again...This time Shepherd and his partner, Armand joined in the fun. We shot all sorts of crazy stuff...we used toy alligators as microphones, and I got to "rock out with my cock out" (literally - I was holding a plastic rooster - complete with a mostache!)

I think we will have some amazing images from that - so I will post them up once we get the images back.

What can I say...NYC is one helluva crazy place!

I am loving every minute of it!