As I have stated recently whether it’s my Tweets or my previous posts – Dandy Sachs’ styling career is about to take off! With five shoots in the books for this month and two, being publication commissions, life doesn’t seam so dreary anymore. I might add that there are two shoots in the works at the moment as well…so that’s seven in total – woah! From zero to hero, no?
To start them off was today’s shoot: cocktail rings, colour blocking and Dynastic glam! Essentially a beauty shoot for submission to Culture magazine, the styling took a supporting role as it usually does when it comes to beauty shoots. Today’s focus was on the make up and hair and my role today was to support and to highlight that which I believe I achieved. But today’s standout was not the creative team behind the camera (although I boast we did a pretty good job) but instead the creative being in FRONT of the camera. Model Hannah Green @ Chadwicks worked glam in her hands, her shapes and her facial expressions in every shot and I mean EVERY shot. A true modelling superstar. Dandy Sachs believes that she will go far if she keeps up such a work ethic.
Photography: Pedro Virgil
Photographer’s Assistant: Mark
Styling: Genesis Mansilongan (Dandy Sachs)
Hair: Koh Tanyawanichapong
Make-Up: Kristyan Low
Model: Hannah Green @ Chadwicks
Thank you to Nicola at Grandma Takes A Trip for access to the warehouse! More sourcing tomorrow and another shoot on Monday!
I wanted to take a moment to reflect on my successes and failures as a freelance stylist so far. The few months of flying solo can be summed in a few words. Exhilarating. Nerve-wracking. And humbling. Humbling…because I know where I’m coming from and I acknowledge that I’m starting from a place where the greatest made their first steps. I will be honest and admit that the rejection and the snobbery hasn’t been easy to deal with. However, that’s just the fashion industry. The young blood in me doesn’t want to give up just yet and my ichor is pumping with fresh ideas. A stream my creativity benefits from.
I’m ready and willing but with that comes the consequence of failures. It’s just part of the equation. I regret that from the very start of my styling career, when I first started assisting, I had not begun to put away earned dollars to build my stylist’s kit. Instead I spent frivolously on designer fashion. A stylist is nothing without their kit. Clips, pins, shoe tape, etc make the stylist’s job key to a shoot. However my kit, although small has been put together in an essentials-first process and so I have all the basics and I am now saving for expensive kit items.
Another mark against my name would be the fear I let cripple me when it comes to being a social networker at fashion events. I used to hide behind my old boss and never extend my hand first. So now I’ve got the daunting task of introducing myself to everyone at fashion events whether they want to meet me or not. I wish I had utilised the opportunity to be a social butterfly back then. Imagine the contacts…they’d be double what I have in my business card folder!
The other side of the equation is success and that’s what I’ve been able to achieve, here and there. I’ve been quite triumphant, i.e. having worked with some great photographers as well as some great brands this early in my career. Pride does not even being to describe the feeling I feel when the image I created surpasses the plans and sketches prepared earlier. Having learnt from my failures has also lead me to probably my busiest three weeks. I have three shoots. Two womenswear and finally, a commissioned shoot that is going to be published! Yay!! Can you hear the excitement in my voice?!
Finally I am going to leave you with a few words (as if this hasn’t been wordy enough). When Anna Wintour was first interviewed at American Vogue, the then editor-in-chief Grace Mirabella, asked Wintour what job she would like if she came to the magazine. “Your job,” Wintour said. Now thats the guts and the kind of bravado I want to have with me for the rest of my career!
Everyday is day an opportunity and I’m going to make them mine!
Vote for my friend Simon N in the VMAN Model Search 2011! He’s such a sweet guy and super talented. Did you know he’s also a stylist and a jewellery designer?! Not to mention, the perfect gentleman.
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Image courtesy of Simon N and Angels & Demons model agency, Paris.
Winter in the southern hemisphere is coming and so is RAFW. I’ve been on SSENSE.com all morning and can’t get my eyes off these pieces I’ll need for winter and to wear to Fashion Week. Question is: can I justify the spending? I’m loving that ocelot print!
Photos courtesy of SSENSE.com
Warning: run of the mill outfit post!
Bowtie: Giraffe Banquet
Bag: Alexander Wang
This photo was taken of me by the amazing Xiaohan Sen of Xssat! (P.S. I will be working with her very soon on an upcoming editorial) You can click on her website here!
Photo courtesy of Xssat!
The next few weeks are a very exciting time in the life of Dandy Sachs, as a fashion stylist and as a recent graduate. All the world’s a stage and I’m ready for my close up. Very very ready. Recently I was a little crestfallen about my profession of choice but thanks to a few people who were enable to enlighten me in regards to the potential I have as an ‘artist’, I cheered right up. An artist who ‘styles’ fashion and art with heart and mind.
I would like to think that today’s shoot where I got to work with a very prestigious label was a manifestation of my new work mantra. Today again was another menswear shoot which involved autumn/winter pieces. I think I have found a passion for creating fashion images for men. The enjoyment is there and I feel I can be so much more creative. The opportunity to push the envelope even if it’s ever so slight is there.
Here are some behind the scenes snaps…enjoy!
Photography by Pedro Virgil
Photographer’s Assistants: Mark & Emilio
Hair & Make Up by Koh Tanyawanichapong
Styling by Genesis Mansilongan (Dandy Sachs)
Model – Jeremy @ EMG Models
Clothes and accessories provided by Ralph Lauren, Polo Ralph Lauren, Hermes and Calibre. A big thank you must go out to Patrick-John Esangga at Ralph Lauren for the wonderful opportunity. So to my dear follows I have plenty more up my sleeve. I urge you..WATCH THIS SPACE!
Online shopping has become such a temptation as of lately but with the savings account being fiercely defended by my non-spendthrift counterpart I really haven’t given in. A regular viewer of SSENSE.com I came across these beautiful bags from Marc by Marc Jacobs. Aren’t they delicious. Perfect for my sleepovers at the paramour’s house or the Europe and NYC trip I have planned in September.
Click here if you are in the mood to shop.