Chanel Fall 2010 Ad Campaign

It seems like it’s been a year since I shot behind the scenes photos on the set
of the Chanel F/W 2010 ad campaign. Now the finished ads are finally popping up in fashion magazines! I suspect we’ll be seeing even more, based on how many different photo setups I saw Karl shooting. I’ll edit this to post more as they appear, but so far these are the ads that have materialized. (Most of what’s been released appears to be shots from day 1, before I arrived.) Side by Side comparison’s are shown in relation to what I shot at the same time, when applicable.

The Ads:


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Ad scans via The Fashion Spot.

My interpretation:
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Chanel f/w '10 Campaign: 83

I’m really curious to see if they use some of the shots taken in the street. Those were by far my favorites, and I think the images where my shots will be the most similar to the actual ads! As always, you can see my entire photo set from the shoot here.

Nanette Lepore F/W 2010

Nanette Lepore is a designer who I find consistently presents a beautiful and current collection each season. I always look forward to her show, which this season had one of the most exciting color palettes I saw all week.

The collection centered around layered clothing in rich jewel tone lace, tweed, and velvet:





The perfect styling was complimented by matching jewel tone accessories:



The outerwear was just as gorgeous:
I’m a huge fan of this ruffled rust colored coat!

I found the entire collection beautiful and incredibly wearable. But my favorite pieces were the velvet dresses of the finale:



My #1 pick.

Along with the gorgeous clothes, some good looking celebs were also present. The best sighting– Mad Men’s John Slattery:
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Roger Sterling!

I was able to go backstage and talk briefly with John and his wife Talia (who are friends of Nanette’s), and Nanette herself. All were incredibly nice and kindly posed for photos (which I ended up turning in to my agency). I just couldn’t resist telling John he is on the best show on television. : )

View the entire photo set here.


Elisa Palomino F/W 2010

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One of my favorite shows this season at NYFW (and one of my favorite shows I’ve ever attended) was Elisa Palomino. Former studio head at John Galliano, Palomino also has worked at Moschino Cheap & Chic, Christian Dior, and most recently, Diane von Furstenberg. This was the very first runway show of her eponymous clothing line.

It was hands down, one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever witnessed.

The show took place in The Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen. Inside, it looked very much like an old library. A runway was set up with wooden benches in an atrium, backed by large Asian fans and decorated with dozens of hanging lanterns:

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The show was small compared to those at the neighboring tents, but the audience was full of influential people, including Palomino’s former employer Diane von Furstenberg, Lynn Yaeger and Patrick McDonald:

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The show began with the introduction of a trio of live singers:
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Gorgeously embellished dresses made of silks, chiffon, furs, and lace, and big hair dominated the show:
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Watching the models slowly walk down the runway was like going back in time to 1930’s Shanghai. A little bit “Lust, Caution” meets Frida Kahlo. With technicolor pink thrown in for good measure.

Elisa Palomino Sneak Peak

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The makeup perfectly complimented each dress, and the Marie Antoinette style head wear made the already large hair seem even more out of this world.

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An amazing, gorgeous dress.

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At the end, a smiling Elisa came out to greet an audience that had been completely blown away:Elisa Palomino 20

Even the models were cheering and clapping:
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Elisa, post-show with friends:
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I managed to briefly speak to Elisa and tell her beautiful her collection was. I’m so glad I was there to witness her very first show and meet Elisa, even if I was so excited all I could do was repeat the word “beautiful” over and over.

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Fingers crossed that the line gets picked up by all my favorite stores and I can start hunting down one of Elisa’s amazing dresses or jackets!

Much like a reader craves a sequel after finishing a good book in a series, I can’t wait to see whats to come from Elisa Palomino next spring.

See the entire photo set here.

All Photos and Content ®2010 RS/The Greyest Ghost

Diane von Furstenberg f/w 2010

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On Valentine’s day, Diane von Furstenberg presented her fall/winter 2010 collection in Bryant Park. The show was totally packed, and I was lucky to even get in to the photo pit. Entrance was highly regulated by staffers at the tents, with only “A Group” photographers from places like Getty Images and Women’s Wear Daily getting in at first. But I (just barely) made it, and found myself a spot to the extreme right of the runway. At an odd angle for a show with a double runway, but I made it work.

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A lot of the resulting photos weren’t as perfect as I would have liked, but the show was beautiful, with gorgeous clothing as usual, and some of the top models in the industry walked in it.

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Coco Rocha.

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Abbey Lee Kershaw in an amazing dress.

Rachel Zoe was there, as seen peeking out behind the models:
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When I first arrived, I nearly walked right in to Patricia Field. Here she is admiring the collection:
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Love her witchy hat!

Molly Sims was also there:
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Love her sweater, but I’m so over her. She’s everywhere, and why? The woman will show up to the opening of an envelope.

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In my eyes, Diane can really do no wrong when it comes to making women’s clothes. She’s been doing this forever, and is one designer I truly feel always understands what a woman wants. Season after season I find myself lusting over at least half a dozen of her dresses. Trends may come and go, and Diane not only keeps up, but starts many trends of her own.

More beautiful dresses:


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And a slippery runway:
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At the end, Diane and her creative director took a lap around the runway:

Stopping to hug her grandchildren:

Rachel clapping:
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Diane’s Manifesto:
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Packing up the clothes:

All Photos and Content ®2010 RS/The Greyest Ghost.

Rad Hourani’s Black Planet

On Monday the 15th, I attended Rad Hourani’s fall/winter 2010 fashion show at MILK studios. I found out the night before at 1am that I was invited– so excited to get that last minute email! I had a standing ticket, but ended up claiming a 3rd row seat right before the show started. My seating position made video seem like the best choice, so I filmed the show with my flip cam:

The show soundtrack is “Black Planet” by Sisters of Mercy.

Thank you Rad for encouraging my coat and black clothing obsessions. My inner goth child rejoiced! I would wear everything in this amazing unisex collection. Even the coats with what appear to be built in backpacks. Many items are convertible (like in the designer’s diffusion line), and everything is black, or navy so dark it nearly appears black.

For more details, check out the photos on

All content and video ®2010 RS/The Greyest Ghost

Goodbye Fashion Week

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Farewell, Bryant Park!

Fall/Winter 2010 Fashion Week is officially over! To say I’m a little behind on my posts is the understatement of the century. I skipped the last day of shows, and I’ve been up until ridiculous hours of the night the last 3 nights editing photos and planning posts. I’m still not even 1/4 of the way done. Twenty-two shows later, I’ve got over 5,510 photos total to edit! But never fear, the reviews and photo posts are coming. Slowly but surely.

Here are some of the things you can look forward to in the coming days:

Richard Chai, Betsey Johnson *, Twinkle, Frank Tell *, Jeremy Laing, Rachel Antonoff *, Peter Jensen * Diane von Furstenberg, Graeme Armour *, Katie Gallagher *, Rad Hourani *, Samantha Pleet, Michael Kors, Nanette Lepore, Phillip Lim, Elisa Palomino, Anna Sui, BCBG, Christian Siriano, Tim Hamilton, Street Style & Celebrity Photos, IFB Panel Videos, “What’s Inside my Gift Bags”, “NYFW in Review” and even some GIVEAWAYS!

* = Shows that also have video.

I’ll also be making a few big blog related announcements.
Stay Tuned!