During my last week home in Sacramento this summer, I shot with Janine, a great friend and one of my very first muses.
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Friday, September 21, 2012
Last week, a few friends and I attended Rookie Mag's Prom at the Ace Hotel in honor of their one year anniversary and the release of their first yearbook. Some of the pics are featured on the blog for a wonderful and new quarterly zine The Fly By Night!
The decor was fittingly sparkly and frilly, excessive in the best way possible.
We danced for hours to a perfect mix of girly tunes including picks like "Cherry Bomb, "Dancing On My Own", "Hit Me Baby One More Time" and "Smells like Teen Spirit".
Among the incredible Rookie staff were guests such as Alexa Chung, Dev Hynes (of Blood Orange), and Florence Welch (!!!).
Avi met her idol/college essay inspiration, Ira Glass (of NPR's All Things Considered/ Showtime's This American Life)
Tavi (Rookie Queen Bee) addressing her royal subjects.
Hazel reading her piece on guilty pleasures
Tavi talking to Vanessa
Here is Avi, Vanessa, Maddie, and I throwing up some Spice Girls-inspired peace signs with Tavi at the end of the evening.
xx jacqueline harriet
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
At the end of the summer I visited Nick in Portland, Oregon.
Since it was my first visit to PDX, we made sure to visit almost all of the 'touristy attractions'.
The breathtaking landscape of Crown Point at the Columbia Gorge
Voodoo Doughnuts 2
Dinner with Nick and his mom Molly at the restaurant Departure at The Nines Hotel
Driving back to Nick's house in the 'couv, Washington.
I felt really good vibes from Portland and I hope I can visit again as soon possible. I'm so happy, too, that Nick is now living here in NYC as well!
Saturday, September 15, 2012
The first time I went to Coney Island was last year with my good friend Colin, it was beginning of my first year of college and we had just rewatched Requiem for a Dream together. The film portrays Coney Island as a sort of wasteland, a place that once was. And last year when we visited on an overcast day, the area was deserted and remnisicient of that ominous scene painted in the film.
Over the school year, I went back twice more: on one beautiful, sunny day in September and once during an eery thunderstorm in November.
When some friends decided to go to Coney Island a few weeks back, it was strange to see the area in full swing. The clouds hung low and warned of rain, but crowds of people (families, especially) were swarming the park and beach, dressed in colorful threads and full of energy.
Anna was in town for the weekend because she's off to London for the Fall semester. Since I'm going to be in Paris in the Spring, it will be nearly a year until we'll get to see each other next.
It was great to reconnect, too, with Jessie and Metin as well as with wonderful new friends who just moved to the city, Rockie and Lissy.
Monday, September 10, 2012
On Saturday morning, I was honored to shoot backstage at Prabal Gurung for Refinery29. Every year Prabal Gurung's show is met with much anticipation, a star-studded audience, and of course a top model roster.
It was incredibly surreal to be behind-the-scenes watching familiar faces like Joan Smalls and Frida Gustavsson getting their makeup applied.
Frida Gustavsson reading quietly amongst the bustle
Prabal Gurung answering interview questions backstage
The beautiful, smoke filled opening
Sunday, September 9, 2012
I've been back "home" in NYC for a little over three weeks and it's been a whirlwind of a welcome back thus far. I haven't had much down time (or sleep for that matter...) which explains why I've been posting less frequently.
I've got summer rolls of film to develop, photographs to edit, blog posts to make...but in the meantime I thought I'd update real quick about my second NYFW experience as of this weekend.
I just finished my first week as a photography intern at Refinery29, which can best be described as a fashion/lifestyle blog that prides itself on its trendy and relatable original content. I've been following the site for some years now and am happy to be considered part of the team this semester. The staff so far has been incredibly supportive and helpful, I've been given a lot of opportunities since the get-go to make connections and shoot interesting events.
My first week shooting for Refinery29 happened to be the beginning of Fashion Week, which meant my first assignment included photographing a presentation for Veronica Beard's spring collection, inspired by Morocco. Bobbi Brown was the makeup artist and Angela from Gallery Girls was there photographing the event!
The presentation was held at the Gramercy Park Hotel and I was given access backstage where renowned makeup artist Bobbi Brown was working with the stunning models. Bobbi was incredibly down to earth, asking the models for their show cards and promising that they'd stay in touch.
I've read some of Bobbi's books on the idea of natural beauty and I wear her makeup line, so I was a little more fangirl over being in her presence more so than being backstage at a fashion show in general.
The models were arranged in backdrops with beautiful props that made the presentation look as if they were a real-life version of a fashion editorial.
One of my photographs from this presentation was featured as Refinery29's photo of the day for its first day of fashion week!
The next day I was sent out to do some street style around Lincoln Center and then to photograph the presentation for the Singaporean indie label RAOUL over near Bryant Park (NYFW's stomping grounds in years past).
RAOUL had a much more intimate vibe than Veronica Beard's presentation that had been swarming with crowds of people. Backstage was a tiny room at the brand's headquarters and I was able to meet the whole team, including the designers themselves.
The clothes were extremely sophisticated and the prints reminded me fondly of Prada.
Tomorrow, I'll be posting the pictures + words from my experience backstage at Prabal Gurung (hint hint: Joan Smalls, Frida Gustavsson, Sui He).....