This project was SOOOOOO much fun to style for the 900 North Michigan Shops in Chicago. I frequent this mall to hit great stores like Space 519, Bloomingdales, J. Crew and Galt Baby. Therefore, I was very excited to be able to create a body of work that will be used for many years around the mall and for their website. For this project, I exclusively pulled all the wardrobe, shoes and accessories from Bloomingdales, which is one of my favorite stores to shop for commercial wardrobe assignments since they have a great selection of designers and killer return policy. Since I knew this series would be published in black & white and on display for up to 10 years, I wanted everything to be timeless, elegant, full of great fabrics and textures. I loved what LA photographer, Fab Fernandez was able to capture.
The style direction from the photo director was simply to work in a sharp suit with the Nike gear that had to be featured. A big thanks to Bloomingdales for allowing me to pull some awesome gear and this amazing FOX umbrella. I wasn’t sure how I was going to work in a $300 dog head umbrella, but I knew it was a must. Unfortunately, the tip broke off in my car on my way to return it and now the sucker is mine. These are the risks you take on doing editorial and test photo shoots. You put a scary amount of money on your credit cards knowing that if something goes wrong, your wallet may become a bit lighter. Amazingly, I have never (knock on wood) broke/lost a single item in the past. (Crazy, right??? I even impress myself sometimes.) Therefore, when I discovered the umbrellie injury, I knew the time had come to proudly display my first wounded warrior in my apartment.
Back to the photo shoot, Marco was a delight. We mostly tapped into his personal wardrobe, which was full of everything you wish your boyfriend would wear. He was game (basketball pun) for sporting (again) anything we asked, and a hell of lot of fun to spend the afternoon dressing. These are the dreams Sunday afternoon photo shoots of NBA players in their apartment are made of.
Let’s not forget hair and make up by the masterful Karen Brody.
Also, make sure you check out Brian’s website HERE. He’s bonkers talented.
The worst part of my job is affecting other people’s jobs by doing returns. I know it screws up a store’s numbers for the day, I know sometimes it takes away a sales clerk commission, but unfortunately in Chicago I have no choice. If there was some kind of rental policy, wardrobe stylists would jump all over it. But there isn’t, therefore we have to abuse the return policy by returning everything that wasn’t used.
So, how do I redeem myself to the poor person that just got my return wammy (this week is especially a killer, YIKES)? The only way I have found is to report online my positive customer service experience. Granted, I don’t always get to do this, not all stores have this set up, but you can write positive reviews at Macy’s, Nordstrom and Bloomingdales. Does anyone who has retail experience know of any other way to polish the turd we leave at your register?