We are so excited to share Institute Magazine’s feature of an editorial shoot we did with the wonderful photographer Pieke Roelofs! Click Here to view!
We’ve been working on our brief for i-D Magazine. The title was “Youth Now!” and we wanted to share our thoughts and some of our final images. Model: Emma Mannheimer, Photos by Ben Trivett. Makeup, Hair, Styling by Coleen Scott.
STATEMENT OF INTENT: I’m looking for the coolest young people I know, and hoping to make believable, interesting, optimistic, sexy images, full of life and vigor, full of the motivation to change the world in their own individual way. The concept is clean, minimal makeup, showcasing natural beauty, and showcasing each models’ original look and style. If color is used, it will be unconventionally, trading the stereotype of red lips and blue eye makeup for just the opposite. Red lipstick on the eyes and blue on the lips, symbolizing individuality, rebellion from the norm. Our friend Emma is the embodiment of the hopeful side of youth now. She’s a mover and shaker, and we’re excited to see what she does next. We’re pretty sure there will be good food involved, as she’s really got her finger on the pulse of what’s trending on NYC’s food scene.
I was inspired by other artists in The Val Garland School of Makeup to title my idea for this editorial. The brief is “Youth Now”, but I think I would call this: “Youth Now: Live Forever”. Generally, young people have that zest for life and adulthood that you can sometimes lose as you get older. In general, they don’t have quite as many responsibilities or attachments that hold them back from living every moment to the fullest. On the other hand, the general societal pressures and ideas about the state of the world, also leads youth to have a “live now, worry later” attitude- always reaching for what is the most fun, wildest thing they can do at any moment. This doesn’t necessarily lead to productivity, it can be laziness that is the chosen activity. Leisure. Living beyond your means to make every moment the exact way you want. Satisfying your whims. That can be youth now, too. When you’re young, you feel like you’re going to live forever and you can do anything. When you’re young in 2015, you do whatever you can, however you can, to keep yourself engaged and satiated, and distracted from the negative. Youth Now: Short Attention Span Lifestyle. Or, as I like to call it: “Shiny Penny Syndrome”. Go wherever the pretty fun things are. We explored both sides in our shoot with Emma. The hopeful, exuberant side, and the “I don’t care, as long as I’m having a good time” side. They both have their merits. Check them out below.
The final image we selected:
Our current homework in The Val Garland School of Makeup is an editorial brief, set by none other than i-D Magazine. The theme is “Youth Now”, and we’ve just begun our research on the creative team and their work, as well as the foundations of the magazine itself, currently in it’s 35th year!
We are so excited to be a part of the Val Garland School of Makeup course, offered through Mastered.com! What an honor to share time, creativity and knowledge with a hugely talented group of people! We will be focusing on makeup projects, products, and tips this summer, so keep in touch with us!
In the meantime, here’s a link to our first project, still in progress!
Did you miss the Oscars Red Carpet? We have some of the night’s biggest looks for you, sorted by the color trends. For more in depth coverage, check out People Magazine online!
We’ve been rooting for Justin LeBlanc this season on Project Runway All Stars, and thought it fitting that we re-post our interview with him from this summer. Stay tuned for more interviews with current All Star Designers!
In Season 12 of Project Runway, the incredible batch of designers did not disappoint. Shining in the forefront of the talented group was Justin LeBlanc, Assistant Professor in The College of Design at North Carolina State University. Justin, who has interned with Alexander McQueen and Nick Cave, was a designer who demonstrated innovative style, and a fighting will to win. Justin is no stranger to overcoming obstacles; he grew up without his sense of hearing. Through a recent cochlear implant he has acquired hearing, but his developed sense of creating strong visuals was honed without the sense of sound, and we think this lends so much to Justin’s original aesthetic. As a finalist in Season 12, Justin wowed the audience with his unconventional gown made of test tubes and his 3-D printed accessories. It goes without saying that Justin’s designs inspire. They inspire awe, creativity, inquisitiveness, and most of all, we know that they will inspire the future of fashion.
HOW JUSTIN LEBLANC MAKES IT WORK
1. Who are you, and what season/s did you participate in?
My name is Justin LeBlanc, and I was on Season 12 of Project Runway. I was one of the top three finalists.
2. Please give a brief description of your design style.
My design style focuses on the exploration of new materials and technologies ranging from the use of innovative materials, to 3-D printing. Through the use of technology, I am able to challenge the viewers as to what is considered to be the norm in fashion.
I also utilize architectural and textural elements in my designs. You will always see interesting combinations of textiles and the use of shape and form in my garments. Intricate gathering and layering are characteristic of my garments. I also use patterns to accentuate the form of my garments.
3. What was the most challenging thing about the Project Runway experience BESIDES the challenges themselves?
The most challenging thing about Project Runway was the day-to-day schedule. It was grueling, both physically and emotionally. There was constant uncertainty about what the next day would bring, and very little time to create. It required a great deal of stamina and focus. You had to be at the top of your game without the support of friends and family, and in the midst of what was, at best, organized chaos.
4. Who have you met or worked with during or since the Project Runway experience that you are most proud of or excited about?
Well, that would have to be Tim Gunn. I haven’t spoken to him since the PR days but through his support in tough times, constructive criticism, constant respect, and endless encouragement, he made me a better designer and person.
I have been able to channel my experience on Project Runway into what I love the most—designing and teaching and (I hope) challenging students. I learned a lot about designing and my abilities as I worked through each PR challenge. I learned through the failures and triumphs. I have also been able to reflect on that experience and use it to inspire my and challenge my students, and to share my experience with students in other universities.
5. What have you been working on, and what are you excited about professionally since Project Runway?
I’ve recently finished teaching the Spring semester at North Carolina State University. I also presented my recent Fall/Winter Collection 2014/15 at Charleston Fashion week, and more recently at a show in Houston. It has received wonderful reviews, and I can’t wait to show my next collection. I am currently working on my Spring/Summer 2015 collection, which will be my first solo show, debuting at the end of August.
6. Besides the basics, what sewing notion or tool could you NEVER do without?
I could never live without my rulers! I use them to plan the intricate layering and outlines of my garments. And of course, I want to make sure that I use the measurements needed to create the best fit for whomever wears my garments.
7. Is there anything else you’d like us to know or see?
If you want to keep up with me, make sure you follow me on Twitter and Instagram to get the latest news and events relating to my work at @JLeBlancDesign. Also, you will soon be able to buy products from my Fall/Winter Collection and 3-D printed items on JLeBlancDesign.com
We’d like to thank Justin so very much for all of his generous input, and beautiful images. We wish him the best of luck in everything he does in the future, and hope to stay in touch! It has been a pleasure chatting with you, Justin! -C. Scott
All text and photo content provided by Justin LeBlanc, and photos credited to Curtis Brown, unless watermarked, linked, or specified.
The Project: Make It Work household is just full of cool people. Our housemate and favorite photo editor at People Magazine, Ben Trivett, had the opportunity to test out a recipe from amazing chef Sean Brock’s (see: Mind of a Chef, Season 2, PBS) new cookbook, Heritage.
Ben prepared the recipe as part of People.com’s new column Tiny Test Kitchens, featured here.
We of course, got to partake in the delectable meal for four, and it was a special treat. Below is a before and after photo, taken by Ben. You can see and read more about the cooking process at People.com’s Great Ideas.
Check out the article AND the cookbook for more great recipes from a wonderful chef!
There are so many makeup products out there to choose from, where does one begin? We took some of our favorite products and gave our model, Chloe Worthington, three beautiful and very different looks. Whether you’re headed out to a holiday party, to a weekend brunch, or out shopping for the day, these products and looks will get you through it all, and leave you feeling fabulous whatever the occasion!
If you haven’t heard of Besame’ Cosmetics, get online and find them, now. The beautiful makeup line, created by “artist, cosmetic historian, and designer Gabriela Hernandez”, is a must-have. The packaging alone, inspired and created to resemble various vintage makeup products, is worth decorating your shelves with. The products themselves are highly pigmented, creamy, and classic. For Chloe’s vampy look, we used the lipstick in Noir Red, the Crimson Cream Rouge, and the 1932 Black Cake Mascara, used as a liner as well. We also highly recommend the Brightening Violet Powder. Right now, the site is selling beautiful gift packages, perfect for the holidays!
Urban Decay has been around for over 15 years. We remember when they first arrived on the scene and we were excited about their vivid colors, glitter-filled makeup, and great product names (we were in High School at the time). While we still love all the glitter we can get, UD has matured as a company, and it is truly their best seller- the Naked Palettes– that have our attention at the moment. Additionally, their 24/7 pencils for eyes and lips are fantastic. We used Naked 3 (colors: Strange, Dust, Burnout, Limit, and Nooner) on Chloe for this soft, feminine look, and filled her lips with the 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Streak. Check out their Naked On The Run Palette for a great holiday gift!
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner is our favorite waterproof product out there. It is a staple in our kit, and a staple in our everyday makeup bag. We used the liner on Chloe for a more dramatic cat-eye effect, and then kept the rest of the face simple by using Stila’s equally brilliant product Covertible Color in Rose for use on cheeks and lips! We also love Lillium and Poppy in the same line, for pigmented color that you can use oh-so subtly. Check out Stila’s Holiday Gift Guide 2014, for some of their best products in pretty packages.
During the academic year, our creator, Coleen Scott, is an instructor at the wonderful and well-known private school in Brooklyn, Saint Ann’s. (Alums include Zac Posen and Lena Dunham). Over the last two years, Coleen’s High School students in Costume Design, have been blogging on Tumblr with weekly inspirations. The blog is image based, and is truly from the point of view of the teenagers, who clearly have their fingers on the pulse of what is now. Please enjoy Tailors In Motion!
Oscar De La Renta, famous fashion designer, most recently known for Amal Clooney’s Wedding Dress, died today at age 82. (See ABC News Report here)
De La Renta has been designing stunning gowns for decades. Sarah Jessica Parker paid special tribute to the designer by wearing his signature embroidered into her gown.
A quote from Parker about her gown and how it got the designer’s signature: “Did you see his name on the back?” Parker asked, twirling around so we could see the designer’s signature in red script across the gown’s tail. “I said to Mr. De la Renta, please let me use scarlet embroidery thread, and splash your name across the back. It was my idea. He would never in a million years have done it, he’s far too modest.” (source)
And finally, some highlights from this Spring/Summer 2015 Oscar De La Renta Collection:
Thank you for all of the beauty you created over the years, Mr. La Renta. You will be missed, but you will be remembered in all that you’ve left behind to inspire us! -C. Scott