Around this time last year, I had a spark of motivation, I thought “hey screw it, I might as well try and make a collection for the Contessas” and so I did! I had the honor of connecting with a team of industry professionals to help make this dream come true. With that, I started planning.
After a quick facebook post, I had a team! I had the pleasure of working with each of these talented artists beforehand, so I knew that whatever we created was going to be beautiful.
My stunning model, Katrina, agreed to let me do three separate color, cuts, and styles on her for the collection. This beautiful girl is over six feet tall, breathtakingly gorgeous, and has a PhD in chemical engineering. She’s basically straight out of a fairy tale. Oh, I forgot to mention, she had virgin hair… every stylists dream. This patient and beautiful human spent over 20 hours with me over the course of a month and a half creating three different looks to match our theme: Spark, Fire, and Ash.
Mike Giovinazzo, volunteered to capture the collection, and I could not have done it without him. I met Mike only a few months beforehand during a photography workshop and knew right away that we would be creating some art together! His talents include boudoir, fantasy, portrait, and so many other types of photography. On top of that, he is such a kind soul.
Jacquie Mathers from Artistry by Jacquie lent her creative makeup skills to the collection. This energetic and friendly lady practices ethical beauty in everything she does. Jacquie’s kit only holds cruelty-free items. She even offers advice for people wanting to switch to cruelty free in her blog! I gave her complete creative freedom in the makeup department, because she knew much better than I would! I certainly can’t argue with the results either!
Finally, we topped it all off with clothing from the incredible designer Rebecca Rowe of Rowe’s Fashion. Her clothes are a work of beauty. Each piece is well-made and beautifully crafted to suit the body that wears it. The most amazing part about her clothes? Most of the dresses and skirts have POCKETS.
So folks, here it is! My first collection: Spark, Fire, and Ash. This collection placed top 10 in the apprentice category at Contessa 29. The experience of creating this was humbling and has given me a creative buzz. This week I begin the work for my second collection, hopefully you’ll see it at Contessa 30!
Photography: Mike Giovinazzo
MUA: Artistry by Jacquie
Model: Katrina Roebuck
Designer: Rowe’s Fashion
Hair: Emma Ward