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23.4.17

Bruh

Karina So Ses Reveries Manchester Fashion Stylist London Editorial Commercial Leeds
BRUH

A bit of context: we shot these at 12:30 yesterday and Rachel had these bad boys edited and sent out by 20:00 last night.
As in, less than four hours after we wrapped. Turnover goals.



Karina So Ses Reveries Manchester Fashion Stylist London Editorial Commercial Leeds

Karina So Ses Reveries Manchester Fashion Stylist London Editorial Commercial Leeds

in photos above:
jumpsuit - Topshop, socks - Adidas, sliders - Fila via Topshop

I can't really explain the calm and reassurance that comes with working with female photographers. Not without betraying the fact that I scarcely got on with other girls growing up so this still feels pretty new to me. Everything just feels a bit more natural, chilled. Even the most sensible of summertime bare legs suddenly feel like the most empowering sartorial choice in the purest sense, devoid of any and all connotations surrounding the male gaze. "Sexy" is no longer synonymous with "beauty", but merely one of the many, many subsets of the word alongside quirky, androgynous, terribly plain - you name it, there's beauty to be found in it with zero judgment.
Karina So Ses Reveries Manchester Fashion Stylist London Editorial Commercial Leeds
Karina So Ses Reveries Manchester Fashion Stylist London Editorial Commercial Leeds
Karina So Ses Reveries Manchester Fashion Stylist London Editorial Commercial Leeds
below:
bodysuit - Fila via ASOS


in these photos:
Jumper - Dickies via Urban Outfitters, denim shorts & socks - model's own, trainers - Ellesse


Karina So Ses Reveries Manchester Fashion Stylist London Editorial Commercial Leeds

The framing is kinder, the poses more playful as flirting with the camera suddenly seems dumb and unnecessary regardless of sexual orientation or any potential feminist agenda - or lack thereof, if they so wish. It's still a performance of the photographer/creative director's intentions, but it feels truer to the model's sense of self, his or her own interpretation of it rather than what they think is expected of them. Whether it's upsetting the patriarchy or a casj walk round a car park, the model's personality is as crucial to the story as their look or the clothes, location or light. It sounds obvious but I know you know what I mean.

Karina So Ses Reveries Manchester Fashion Stylist London Editorial Commercial Leeds
Karina So Ses Reveries Manchester Fashion Stylist London Editorial Commercial Leeds
above:
glasses - Zara

below:
t-shirt - Adidas via Urban Outfitters

Karina So Ses Reveries Manchester Fashion Stylist London Editorial Commercial Leeds
Karina So Ses Reveries Manchester Fashion Stylist London Editorial Commercial Leeds
Karina So Ses Reveries Manchester Fashion Stylist London Editorial Commercial Leeds
you know what I mean...


Karina So Ses Reveries Manchester Fashion Stylist London Editorial Commercial Leeds

above:
hoodie - Brandy Melville,
dungarees - model's own


below:
denim trousers - Zara
sliders - as before


Karina So Ses Reveries Manchester Fashion Stylist London Editorial Commercial Leeds


Karina So Ses Reveries Manchester Fashion Stylist London Editorial Commercial Leeds
Karina So Ses Reveries Manchester Fashion Stylist London Editorial Commercial Leeds

I'm not saying all male photographers are predatory. The same way I'm not saying all female photographers speak with the same visual language I'm talking about. There are so many brilliant, conscious photographers out there today that discussing gender in image-making will soon become the tired rhetoric of writers stuck playing yesterday's game, and I am so down for that (ironically). May we know these woke creators, may we work with them, may we encourage them to keep challenging beauty ideals, not oppressing models and viewers alike with them. But at the same time phuck a perfect photo, I'm talking about the process here. I'm talking about the atmosphere on set. I'm talking about having opinions about the fashion you want to shoot - and the dress sense to back it up, if you feeling fancy. Because being able to accompany your stylist to a Topshop sale and split up to tackle the racks is what makes shoots like this one, where wardrobe was literally picked out an hour before call time, feel less like luck and more like chemistry and mutual trust.

Karina So Ses Reveries Manchester Fashion Stylist London Editorial Commercial Leeds

Karina So Ses Reveries Manchester Fashion Stylist London Editorial Commercial Leeds
Karina So Ses Reveries Manchester Fashion Stylist London Editorial Commercial Leeds

Karina So Ses Reveries Manchester Fashion Stylist London Editorial Commercial Leeds

Pull a spare rosy pink lipstick out of your bag in the absence of a make-up artist, show me the emergency nude thongs or bottles of moisturiser and water to keep your model shiny and hydrated. Set aside your ill-conceived notions of gender roles and get involved, man. Then you can officially say you've impressed me.
Karina So Ses Reveries Manchester Fashion Stylist London Editorial Commercial Leeds
in this photo:
dress - model's own

Credits

Model - Emma Crawford (J'adore)
Photographer - Rachel Cottam
Stylist - Sum Yung Ho
Karina So Ses Reveries Manchester Fashion Stylist London Editorial Commercial Leeds
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