FETE, Champagne for breakfast

You may remember the photos I shot for FETE before, well we are back in the gardens and this time with the beautiful Juju.

I am so happy to share this shoot I did for my friend and colleague, Emily came to intern for me at Wildfox during my favorite years there, and she ended up as my full time assistant. Emily has magic in her fingertips, she went on to create this beautiful line that celebrates the petite girl. It is so her- magic, lace and easy bake ovens. 

Very proud and happy to support such a wonderful woman. Hope you enjoy the photos we created together.

Photos by Kimberley gordon

Juju Ivanyuk

beauty by Julie Brooks

See more of my work on my portfolio site wedreamoficecream.com

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God Save Queens, Welcome to Exile

I was lucky enough to art direct and shoot the latest God Save Queens lingerie campaign, a beautiful polish brand with stunning undies. 

I imagine queens through the ages in their underwear, this one I felt pulled by a 17th century queen, a mistress and a confidant. After becoming vampires they are exiled into the country where they live alone, pining in their underwear, feeding on pet birds and reading Justine by Marquis De Sade over and over again. 

I look forward to more campaigns with God Save Queens in the future, along with more of my own secret projects so keep following for updates!

Enjoy!

Models:

Photos: Kimberley Gordon

katiusha feofanova

Helene Desmettre

Veridiana Feirrera

Makeup: COLLEEN RUNNÉ

Hair: Linh Nguyen

Casting: Julia Samersova & Kimberley Gordon

Assisted by Ian Fenger & Marcus Congleton

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Cult Mermaids. Michal Pudelka, gold once again

Valentino Spring Summer 2015

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Clementine Deraedt, Grace Simmons, Hedvig Palm, Maartje Verhoef, Vanessa Moody

photos Michal Pudelka

Fashion Editor Karl Templer

Hair Tomo Jidai

Make-up Petros Petrohilos

The Feeling of summer... WILDFOX 2015

Our summer collection is finally here, and clothing will hit the online store first thing tomorrow morning, WILDFOX.COM and will be getting more and more product over the next 3 months! So cute and easy and so many things to throw on with your friends for a beach trip! I wanted the collection to have the feeling of reading an easy summer beach house novel, with addicting female characters staying at their beach house in the Hamptons, they are 1970’s New Yorkers that Woody Allen would have obsessed about. I also wanted to convey the true feeling of summer, what it is to me; going barefoot down the back path out onto the beach, coming back to the house after a long day in the sun with big easy T shirts and slightly sunburned skin. I love in the summer when you have all your girlfriends in the house and there are wet bikinis strewn in the shower, sunscreens and perfumes all over the sink counters, the smell of bacon at 11am… Dad singing in the kitchen, and just the freedom to do nothing, maybe a little shellfish grocery shopping at the corner market and blasting Frank Sinatra in an old family vacation home. I love in the summer when you’ve been out late with the girls and wake up together in bed, sand all over the sheets, still wearing your bathing suit with just a hoodie on over it. Summer is magic. California has almost a permanent summer and growing up here leaves you with tons of unforgettable beach memories, but what I really love is after the beach… the parents house that you laze around in and call boys for hours to arrange that nights bonfire.

My muses were absolutely Dianne Keaton circa 1970’s, and also my girlfriends in High school who are just stunning and wild… we were unstoppable in the summer.

Honestly I couldn’t sum this up with a paragraph, that’s why I was so compelled to write a short story. I hope you enjoy it!!

I love this version by Michael Buble, I know it's cheesy but it's so feel good summer to me! Play it while you read and look through the images :)

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Starring Josefien Rodermans & Aurelia Gliwska

Photos by Mark Hunter, with Kimberley Gordon

Hair by Nina Lucas

Makeup by Carlene K

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See the whole look book below:

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"She's a Gypsy" WILDFOX Spring 2015

I'm so happy and proud to announce our Spring look book!

Photos: Mark Hunter with Kimberley Gordon

Models: Jena Goldsack, Alyssah Ali, Clare Settje

Hair: Ryan Taniguchi

Makeup: Carlene K

Styling: Kimberley Gordon & Toree Arntz, jewelry by FAUXTALE

Production team: Kimberley Gordon, Toree Arntz, Stephanie lavaggi , Jessie Kybartas

Set production: Justine Mcfee and Matthew Heinrich with Catherine Macfee design

Haven't had enough? Here's more! Flip through the slideshow for lots of outtakes!!

 

 

 

 

Here is my inspiration behind it all

What is the inspiration of this new collection? 

What is the inspiration of this new collection? 

 

This past year was quite a turbulent one for me, and it seems maybe for the world also! I think I had this overall feeling of wanting to escape and live off the land, I visualized a group of girls with a whole lot of passion and fearlessness and absolutely nothing to lose. They would beg, borrow, steal their way through countries, hypnotizing boys and working odd jobs to make a little money. Their lives were only for each other and themselves, there was a freedom in the collection, a way for me to feel it along with them even though I worked harder than ever to bring it to life!

 

 

Who are your ideal muses for this collection (from any era)?

 

When I was 23 I would go to tons of festivals, really hippy ones, and I made these fleeting friendships that were fast but have been so important to me in my lifetime. These girls were so free, one was a nudist and she had beautiful long blonde hair and we did lots of body painting on people together, one was this fantastic artist who wore just thrown together scraps of printed clothing she'd collected along her life path, she had natural dreadlocks that formed under her hair and she wore them in a bun. Another was an Indian belly dancer at Burning Man, a dancer by night but an engineer by day… she was bold and beautiful without a touch of makeup, but she wore great coal liner when she danced, two opposite identities at peace with each other. 

 

What made you identify with and/or choose this concept? 

 

There is something so carefree about your early 20s, and I just missed this feeling of electricity, about being able to run off at the last minute, quit your job and not look back… or just take a risk with something big, your 30's you carry evidence of your 20s… like beautiful, luxurious baggage, I love my baggage and I wanted to give a nod to it with this collection.

 

 

If you could sum up the Spring 15 collection in one word, song, or destination what would it be?  

 

Honestly Shakira's "I'm a gypsy" while I was driving on a road trip was what sparked the whole thing, which is silly but I friggin love that song.

 

 

Provide three adjectives that best describe Spring 15: 

 

Free, spiritual, bold

 

Name three staple styles from this collection you would recommend to the Wildfox customer:  

 

I love the friendship tees (Like the eat, pray, love ones) and the mismatched prints the most! I also love the white label pieces, they are so traveling girl!

 

What is your personal favorite piece in this collection and why?  

 

The White label poncho, because I would have worn that to every festival ever. These girls are the new Coachella… the new glastonbury… this is definitely a festival collection.

This past year was quite a turbulent one for me, and it seems maybe for the world also! I think I had this overall feeling of wanting to escape and live off the land, I visualized a group of girls with a whole lot of passion and fearlessness and absolutely nothing to lose. They would beg, borrow, steal their way through countries, hypnotizing boys and working odd jobs to make a little money. Their lives were only for each other and themselves, there was a freedom in the collection, a way for me to feel it along with them even though I worked harder than ever to bring it to life!

Who are your ideal muses for this collection (from any era)?

 

When I was 23 I would go to tons of festivals, really hippy ones, and I made these fleeting friendships that were fast but have been so important to me in my lifetime. These girls were so free, one was a nudist and she had beautiful long blonde hair and we did lots of body painting on people together, one was this fantastic artist who wore just thrown together scraps of printed clothing she'd collected along her life path, she had natural dreadlocks that formed under her hair and she wore them in a bun. Another was an Indian belly dancer at Burning Man, a dancer by night but an engineer by day… she was bold and beautiful without a touch of makeup, but she wore great coal liner when she danced, two opposite identities at peace with each other. 

 

What made you identify with and/or choose this concept? 

 

There is something so carefree about your early 20s, and I just missed this feeling of electricity, about being able to run off at the last minute, quit your job and not look back… or just take a risk with something big, your 30's you carry evidence of your 20s… like beautiful, luxurious baggage, I love my baggage and I wanted to give a nod to it with this collection.

If you could sum up the Spring 15 collection in one word, song, or destination what would it be?  

 

Honestly Shakira's "I'm a gypsy" while I was driving on a road trip was what sparked the whole thing, which is silly but I friggin love that song.

 

Provide three adjectives that best describe Spring 15: 

 

Free, spiritual, bold

 

Name three staple styles from this collection you would recommend to the Wildfox customer:  

 

I love the friendship tees (Like the eat, pray, love ones) and the mismatched prints the most! I also love the white label pieces, they are so traveling girl!

 

What is your personal favorite piece in this collection and why?  

 

The White label poncho, because I would have worn that to every festival ever. These girls are the new Coachella… the new glastonbury… this is definitely a festival collection.

 

Do you love me, little surfer girl? WILDFOX SWIM 14

Oh summer, you are approaching! It's almost time to run along white sandy beaches, fall in love under the moonlight and skinny dip in warm, clear water. You're gonna need a new bathing suit!!

Dreamy, tropical, and pastel perfect prints mixed with fun island explorer graphics reminiscent of "The Beach" and "The Blue Lagoon" You are going to want to live in these new babies!!

 

Enjoy these calm and relaxing pictures of Pro Surfer- Hanalei Reponty also starring Emma Stern Nielsen, and listen to a beachy book on tape as you sit at work today!

Sasha Luss is the new Dior Addict

Joining Daphne as the new face of Dior makeup is Sasha Luss, predictably a star Sasha has already sold me the mascara... haha. Oh advertising, you get me every time! Sasha reveals this is the reason she went platinum blonde, not gonna lie I hope she goes back to her natural color now (she looks so incredible as a brunette.)

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Royal Romance, WILDFOX summer 2014

I'm so excited to share our summer romance collection with you, it means so much to me!

This last year has been really crazy for me when it comes to love... I got the love of my life back and felt swept away by happiness! It made me truly understand love better and I wanted to dedicate a collection to how I felt for him. He is going through a hard medical condition and my girlfriends were immediately there for us in ways I couldn't have imagined. It made me see that true love really comes in 3 forms, family friendship and romance, even the family you make for yourself... we need all equally! I felt certain revelations from going through such intense issues, and for the first time I understood marriage and what it meant to commit yourself to love, I understood children and what it meant to start a family, I think I began to see love in a real way outside of the fairy tale, and what it meant in life. I found it fascinating to think about the fairy tale romance that I have all my life believed in, and I was sort of sad to let it go. For me this collection is a love letter to my imagination and how I have to remember to use it even when things get hard.

For the inspiration this season I really felt a connection to the 60's and royalty, I thought of a princess trapped and forced into marriage, but who was secretly in love with a soldier, maybe she elopes with him in the end. I liked how she was sad, but also so alive! She relied on her friends and sisters to make it through things, and no matter how rich with material goods, it would still be a struggle to find happiness in herself.

Listen to: Moon River by Henri Mancini

Personal favorite piece:
Probably the I married an Angel because I want to be able to wear that about my guy sometime soon!

The gorgeous muses this season:

Queeny Queeny Van der Zande, Camilla Christensen, and their "little sister" Dacoda

Photos: Mark Hunter & Kimberley Gordon

Makeup: Carlene K

Hair: Anna Lee Fiorino

PS. I miss your comments! Please know I will respond to comments below. XX

This stuff is not ALL in our store now, it will be trickling in over the next 6 weeks, so if you dont see it available when you click the photo, check back soon!! Bridal and jeans will be coming out in May :)

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Daisy's Girls, Wildfox Fall 2013

I'm so proud to release our Great Gatsby inspired photoshoot, I really hope you love it as much as I do!! Please leave your comments, I love to read them. XO


Kim

  The girls have been at Jay’s since February and have no intention of leaving soon. The decadently beautiful house overlooks the Hamptons coast, and when there aren’t any raging parties going on in the backyard, they make their own. The fun never stops; night after night of champagne-fueled dancing, skinny dipping, dressing up, and loud jazz blasting from the radio.    They slip into beautiful sparkling dresses and wrap themselves in colorful, billowing coats.  They write love stories and act them out while dancing across the large banquet table. When the sun comes up, they sit on the balcony to watch; beautiful and barefooted, with make up smudged from the night before while sharing gigantic, silk blankets. Breakfast consists of endless stacks of pancakes and more champagne in the company of balloons and barreling laughter.  So you see, the party just carries on and on. One day they will have to say goodbye to this life and pursue their dreams, but for now they are young and they have each other.  They understand that friendship and love is truly all they need...that and lots of strawberry ice cream.

-Love, Kimberley Gordon 

   

Photos by Mark Hunter & Stephen Meirs
Production and photo edit by Kimberley Gordon
Makeup by Carlene K
Hair by Tyron Dupre & Anna Lee Fiorino

Styling by Kimberley Gordon, Meredith Leyerzaph
               Emily Siegel & Janell Shirtcliff
WILDFOX TEAM Aurora Rivera, Megan Feely
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER  Jimmy Sommers

Designer Kimberley Gordon describes, “It's amazing how we are approaching the 20's again, but for our generation! I was really inspired by this decade for the first time in my life. Generally, I'd found the subject a bit dull, but after re-reading The Great Gatsby I realized it really felt so Wildfox! Parties all the time, driving into town, spending money, falling in love, big mansions and gardens, the ocean, brewing your own alcohol, best friends and broken hearts...it's just so amazingly fun. It was all sparkle, true love, dancing, and champagne!” She adds, “So many quotes from Gatsby feel extremely Wildfox and this one inspired the 4 characters in for the collection: ‘In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.’”

Wildfox says, "VOTE!"

 

It's so important to vote tomorrow, these pictures are a preview from our summer 13 campaign! I wanted to reach out to all of you and remind you that women have come a long way in history and voting is a way to stand up for yourself and your rights!! XOXO

 

Voting is totally cool and totally sexy!!

Kim

 

Photos: Kimberley Gordon

Model: Valerie Van Der Graaf

Make up: Carlene K

Hair: Tyron Dupre

Styling: Kimberley Gordon, Meredith Leyerzaph, Emily Siegal

 

Pam Platt | Remember, the suffrage fight led to our right

"When I sat down to write this week’s column, I pulled the purple and white one from the mini-display. It shows the old photograph of a woman in profile, hair pulled back and a white-collared dress framing her neck and shoulders. Three words are stamped beneath this portrait of resolve: “Failure is impossible.”

A story I read in preparation for writing reminded me that this was the rallying cry of suffragist Susan B. Anthony one month before she died in 1906. At age 86, after fighting for women’s enfranchisement for half a century, she traveled from New York to Baltimore to tell women one more time, and one last time, that “failure is impossible” in their quest to win the right to vote. Fourteen years later, long after “Aunt Susan” had passed, it was finally true for women throughout America when the 19th Amendment was ratified. As Abigail Adams had urged at the birth of our country, the “ladies” were forgotten no more.

But maybe, in fact, they have been — by those of us who have benefited from their heroic struggle. Do we really know what had to happen in order for women to be guaranteed the right to vote?

Several pieces in this edition of the Sunday Forum look at important issues involving voting.

Bobby Simpson, president of the Louisville Bar Association, writes about the range of laws being enacted that could thwart the ability of millions of people to vote in several states.

Raoul Cunningham, president of the Louisville branch of the NAACP, details a voter empowerment plan being undertaken by his group to register voters and to get voters to the polls Nov. 6.

I want to add my voice to their chorus of voter awareness in reminding women of the long road that was blazed and traveled in order to deliver greater freedom for us. For those who came before us, that greater freedom meant the right to vote.

Do we know about the women who were beaten, who were jailed, who went on hunger strikes, who were force-fed, who sacrificed their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor so that we could go to school, that we could own property, that we could work, that we could be paid, that we could have the same right to self-determination with our votes?

 

I don’t think so.

I’ve done a fair amount of reading about this in my life, and still I learned a lot when I found a piece put together by the University of Louisville Women’s Center (louisville.edu/womenscenter/suffrage-history). Just a sampling from the beginning of the alphabet:

• Inez Milholland Boissevain, lawyer and World War I correspondent, led a 1913 suffrage parade in Washington on a white horse. She died while on a lecture tour about women’s rights in the West. Her last words were about liberty for women.

• Olympia Brown, ordained minister and editor who spoke almost 300 times in 1867 for Kansas suffrage. She was older than 80 when she burned President Woodrow Wilson’s speeches during a protest.

• Lucy Burns, teacher, political prisoner and Yale grad, who was arrested six times for protesting (she also picketed the White House). She and other suffragists — including Alice Paul — organized and went on a 19-day hunger strike while in Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia in 1917. She was beaten and force-fed during her incarceration.

• Anna Elizabeth Dickinson, orator, champion of equal rights for blacks and women, actress, playwright, the first woman to speak before Congress. Her sister had her committed to a hospital for the insane, but Dickinson fought for her freedom and won damages when she was released.

• Abigail Scott Duniway, pioneer, mother of six, shopkeeper, newspaper publisher and indefatigable organizer and traveler for women’s rights, “barraged by rotten eggs” in one city and ultimately honored as Oregon’s first woman voter.

• Addie D. Waites Hunton, who worked in World War I with black troops in France and “challenged the National Woman’s Party to support black women: ‘No women are free until all women are free.’ ”

• Sara Bard Field, missionary, poet and pacifist, drove cross-country from Oregon to deliver a women’s suffrage petition to President Wilson, an audacious undertaking in the days before highways.

• Abigail Kelley Foster, publisher, lecturer, abolitionist of the 19th century, who would not pay taxes on her farm, arguing it was “taxation without representation.”

The list goes on for 20 pages. And that’s just one list.

It’s easy not to value something — such as the right to vote — if you don’t know how it came to be.

But if you’re reading this, you don’t have that as an excuse anymore. You know a few names now and a little of the stories of some of our founding mothers who taught us that failure is impossible.

Voting is their legacy, and, thanks to them, our birthright. Don’t squander their precious gift."

 

Pam Platt is the editorial director of The Courier-Journal. Her columns appear in the Sunday Forum.