TransFusion Stills

Yesterday I had the pleasure of photographing and making several short films with the talented and stylish Deena Odelle Hyatt. Here are some stills of her looks; you can see the rest by attending the DCWEEK Closing Party (tickets HERE), where my short film TransFusion will be debuted (as part of the Ford Artist Grant I received), and Submerge DC, where I will share our collaborative video installation and am one of the featured artists for my still photography work as well. Be sure to register for the Submerge opening on the website above; it's free to get in, but you do have to register. 

Happy Monday, all! 

And what am I wearing for all of this artistic galavanting? Why, layered vintage graphic prints, of course! A little bit tribal and a little bit down home, I can't get enough of layering these pieces as the days get cooler and I have a grower desire for coziness. 

Know Fashion: Behind the Scenes

As I mentioned, I made a short fashion film for the Know Fashion event and did a large-scale video installation (check it out HERE), so of course I had to attend in full GoKate flair. I wore a men's white button shirt as a minidress, leopard-print tights, and some killer 6" heels (seriously still feeling them!). It was a blast, but of course I couldn't resist take some snaps of the party and backstage with all the models as well. ;) Enjoy...there may even be a little video soon as well. Maybe. 

Get tons more after the jump!

Eliot Payne, designer at Accoutre

Freddy Reyes

The Stussy/Commonwealth team looked streetwear fresh, as usual

Stylist Quincy Jones getting styled by Eliot Payne for the Accoutre runway

Usual silliness.

Victor Zapanta, original badass

Dioni Rey, who brought the house down with her swag and walk

Eric Schulze, co-founder of Thirst DC

Perfect layering. Seriously. 

Songstress Deena Odelle Hyatt, effortless

Sequins on fur on natural hair and great attitude? Sold.

So many people dress for others, or dress to impress, but Natalie just has an excellent sense of effortless style in how she carries herself.


Actresses Catalina Lavalle and Melinda Diachenko

The perfectly glamourous, effervescent smile.

Runway from the Kolton J. presentation

Getting up close and personal with Tabi Bonney for his performance


Lisa Markuson channeling a modern swing on French style

I love Ashley's studded jacket (who, me? Loving studs? WHAT?!) ;) 

Best menswear look of the evening? Yes.

Best duo of the evening, form the print to the headwear and hair - excellent

Saved one of my favorite's for last - Stef's smile and "bows on bows on bows" for Accoutre are so much fun!

My FreeFest Style

Happy Friday!  I got VIP access to shoot style for Refinery29 at Virgin Mobile FreeFest (check their picks HERE, more coming from me this weekend!), and this is a peek at what I wore to shoot. My typical purple/fushcia lip, handmade leather earrings from friends at Butler + Claypool, a silk scarf from a trip to India, and my new fall my favorite fall boots, which are perfect for getting wild shots down in front in the pit during the shows. It gets rough in there!

 You can see my full look below - I was snagged by the 7 For All Mankind team while shooting around in VIP for their Instagram. 

915 F Street: Fashion Film

Long time no...well, anything. I'm working like a maniac, so thanks for your patience! That being said, I'm so excited to share my newest project with you! My friends over at No Kings Collective commissioned me to put together a video in advance of the Know Fashion event, which is an art/runway show/music exhibition that you can't miss - it's the perfect fusion of edgy street and high end fashion. 

I tapped model/muse KC Ellis Sledd for this dark, romantic art film, which will be a large scale video installation on site tonight. We shot everything in 1 hour on Tuesday night (two days ago, so reasonable...), and used an incredible sheer vintage nightgown I snagged from my friends over at Butler + Claypool. I didn't have this project on my plate when I bought it, but oh my, I'm glad I did! Then I edited until the wee hours Tuesday and last night, when I wrapped around 1:30am and then went straight back to the space to coordinate the video installation. Phew! I wanted to give you an advanced preview of the video here, and would love if you could get tickets and come out tonight. You can get tickets through ScoutMob, HERE.

My installation is part of the newest pop-up exhibition space by No Kings Collective, called the Pallet Project. This show is incredible - a grand, million dollar space in the heart of Chinatown that has been gutted and abandoned, and now filled with art made entirely of pallets. Fashion runway made of a vintage bowling alley? Check. VIP seating made of rehabilitated church pews? Double check.  Get ready to get rocked by this incredible space - my video, and these gorgeous stills I shot offer a sneak peek. 

Worn Magazine Issue 4 Party

Last Sunday, I had the pleasure of photographing the Worn Magazine Issue 4 launch party at Capitol Skyline Hotel. The space was fantastically mid-century mod feel, the crowd was stylish, and the weather behaved itself, mostly. I went shooting on assignment for Washingtonian Magazine, which you can check out HERE.

The Worn team of Nicole Aguirre and Eric Brewer did a great host as graceful hostess and host; thank you for having me! Enjoy the passel of photos below, being sure to go all the way to the end for a truly WILD portrait of Eliot Payne. 

What I wore - gold brocade crop tuxedo pants (Anthropologie), leather bomber (Zara), silk ruffled shirt (BCBG), olive green booties (Modern Vintage, from Gilt), handmade leather tassel earrings (Butler + Claypool), vintage 1940s Swedish military bag (Foundry). Love that she and I match with the gold!

Bespoke menswear designer Sim Khan

Holley Simmons, Washington Post

Haya Tetroashvili

Freddy Reyes

Martin Swift, painter

Deena Odelle Hyatt

Erin Derge, Ginger Root Designs

Victory Zapanta, designer

Eric Channing Brewer, founder of Dandies & Quaintrelles, Creative Director of Worn Magazine and Worn Abroad

Eliot Payne, founder of Accoutre (being typically whimsical haha)

Beth Rogers, the Daily Rider

This is my favorite portrait in the set. Beautiful.

Manly men, in skirts

Martin has a delightful man van, perfect for packing in artist friends to hit the town!

Martin, in his element. Perfect placement of this car, yes? Love it.

Doo Wop Beauty Shop

I recently went to the "Doo Wop Beauty Shop" party at DC hair mecca Urban Style Lab, and bumped into some seriously stylish Washingtonians. Enjoy, and have a great day!

Coming up...
Photos from the Ra Ra Rasputin 5-Year Anniversary
Photos from the Worn Magazine Issue 4 party, for Washingtonian Magazine
Photos from the (e)merge Art Fair VIP party, shot for 
Washingtonian Magazine
Photos from VIP, All-Access at Virgin Mobile FreeFest, for Refinery 29
...and other crazy things I can't share just yet, but I promise they're awesome!

My hair stylist and guru Tyler Larish

Dog Days: Casandra

On to more Dog Days summer style (you can see the first two of this series HERE and HERE). Casandra is a fabulous vintage-loving chica who I met at the DC Flea while shopping for some serious finds. My bad gal side fell head-over-motorcycle boots for her edgy tattoos, leopard print, and boots softened by her feminine style (the lips! the hair!). 


Featured: BYT Fashion Video

I went to the Fashion Night Out press preview last week and saw lots of GoKateShoot regulars and fashion friends, including Holly Thomas (editor of Refinery 29), Dominique Vu (Washington Post), Rachel Cothran (Project Beltway), and Eric Brewer and Nicole Aguirre (Worn Magazine). I'm excited to be involved this year, and can't wait to share some of the street style snaps I took at the party.

In the meantime, here's a sweet fashion video by Stephanie Breijo for BYT that I was featured in with lots of friends at the party talking about what we're most looking forward to for fall fashion. My picks? Watch and see...I'm wearing my right-now-favorite Turkish breastplate necklace and blue ombre top.

GoKateShoot for Washingtonian: Rikka Johnson

This week for What I Wear to Work, I photographed the lovely Rikka Johnson, manager of Wolfgang Puck's The Source. We had a whirlwind shoot where we raved about designer shoes, wearing family heirloom rings, and mutual appreciation for a robust drink at the end of a long day. I loved her clean-meets-edgy style, particularly her silk cut dress in red and newsprint print; luckily, we got to shoot at the Newseum, so it was perfect! Enjoy the full feature HERE and outtakes here on the blog. 

The Ladies of Butler + Claypool

Last weekend, I stopped by the Butler + Claypool pop-up shop to peruse their lovely vintage wares and catch up with the ladies (who I first photographed HERE when I first moved to DC). Of course I some quick portraits along the way. Pictured here are Holly Thomas (editor of Refinery 29), Krista Haywood, and Rachel Cothran (who I also photographed HERE and ). Kristin Guiter is not pictured, but is also on the team (I photographed her most recently at the Corcoran Ball, HERE). These ladies are the original leaders of DC style and do a fantastic job with B+C; make sure to check out their next pop-up!

Sneak Preview: Tweed Ride Photo Shoot

Hey team. As I mentioned before, I partnered with Dandies and Quaintrelles to produce and photograph the promotional photo shoot for the upcoming Tweed Ride. In a day and a half, I gathered an amazing team and gorgeous vintage from It's Vintage Darling, Pretty People Vintage, and the private collections of the stylists on the shoot (myself, Kimee, and Elise) that made the photo shoot go flawlessly on Sunday. The clothes were such an important part of the shoot, so thank you to the local vintage shops who so generously lent us pieces from their incredible collection. The ladies looked amazing and did a great job!

I'm excited to bring you the photos, full details, and the low-down on who was involved later tonight, but in the meantime here are two photos to get you in a tweedy mood. Don't forget to RSVP for the Tweed Ride and after party here. The party always sells out and will be absolutely fabulous. More details after the jump.

PS - My leather pants are vintage Max Mara. This buttery soft hotness was $34. YES. 

Shannon Cusello of Immortal Beloved, wearing a vintage Miss Dior hat

The fabulous creative team: Kimee Brown (assistant stylist), Michelle German (makeup), Elise Peterson (head stylist), and myself. 

Behind the Scenes: Vintage Photo Shoot {Styling}

If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I have been prepping like mad for a photo shoot. I am partnering with Dandies and Quaintrelles to produce and shoot their promotional campaign for this year's Tweed Ride. We will be shooting at Smith Commons in the H St. corridor, where the after-ride party will also occur. I spent several hours last night and today working with my fabulous stylist Elise Peterson, who is the buyer for It's Vintage Darling. We had an absolute blast going through several vintage shops, their back rooms, and secret stashes to find the most tweed-tastic fashions for the shoot. 

Here are a few behind-the-scenes shots to whet your appetite for the shoot and the ride, which is next Sunday, November 13. I'll be posting for D&Q all week on top of my regular posts here, so be sure to check them out. 

Register for the ride here, and get your tickets to the sure-to-sell-out after ride party here. Hope to see you there in all your dapper duds!

All photos of me by Elise Peterson. 

Refinery 29 DC Launch Party

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the Refinery 29 DC launch party, hosted by Madewell. With such an intimate fashion scene here in Washington, it was great to go to the party and know well over half of the people there. People don't host enough events for us all to get dressed up and have our picture taken at! Though, I can't provide details yet, but that is a problem I plan on personally addressing within the coming months. 

But anyway! 

The party was filled with a mix of DC fashion scenesters and Refinery 29 fans alike, decked out in their fashionable best. Here's my gripe: a lot of people I see at these parties dress in a sort of cookie-cutter way that I'll call "blogger stylish" without truly expressing a sense of style. Step it up girls, and express an opinion! Go hunt some vintage! Shop at obscure British boutiques online and worry customs will detain your beautiful new Saville-Row blazer! Live a little, and have some fun with you fashion! And live I did; I wore an early 1960's vintage car coat in bright blue and white silk with gold braided trim and gold buttons. Layered with one of my go-to well-tailored red dresses, black tights and a killer pair of pumps, my vintage-meets-power woman look got lots of smiles and snaps. I'll be sure to post photos as they emerge. 

But enough about me, this post is for the people! 

Here are some snaps of my favorite people, looks, and details from the party. I'll try to ID where I can, but this pile of lady biz cards next to me is sky-high and I need all the help I can get; leave me a comment or tweet @GoKateShoot with your name, link, info, whatever so I can fill in the blanks. 

Thanks team. Enjoy

My vintage fashion partner in crime, Elise Peterson of Its Vintage Darling

Shannon, manager of edgy DC salon Immortal Beloved, blogger of the District Darling, and fellow wearer of octopi necklaces!

Andrea Pippins of Fly and her incredible broach 

Style consultant Star Flood 

A fabulous local jewelry designer

Arm candy on the stylista behind Curious Chase

Mera Anwar, in a skirt of her design for her line Miri

Kristen of Ginger Root Design, a fabulous local designer that repurposes vintage and creates their own vintage-inspired looks

Studded smoking loafers, which you know I've been hyper for for a hot minute

The fabulous Miss Sai of Because I'm Fabulous in all her finest feathered frippery

Kristen of Ginger Root Design hamming it up for my camera

The lovely ladies behind Spicy Candy DC; love the fall-ready burgandy lipstick

One of the jewelry designers who presents her stuff (she's wearing it, check it out!) at Ginger Root Design

Miss Elise Peterson's fabulous vintage cube ring

Jason of IPO Clothing Co. wearing one of their shirts and amazing feather necklaces

Miss Shannon of Immortal Beloved; I love her half horned-rim glasses and hair color. Not to mention I'm a fan of ladies who join me in pulling out and pulling off the powerful red lip.

Interesting contrast between Shannon's open-backed shirt and feminine rose tattoo

Kind husbands and boyfriends came and entertained the kids; and what stylish gentlemen they are!

DC vintage fashion icon Stephanie Mills

Love Stephanie's two-tone manicure

Make-up guru Michelle, totally pulling off yellow lipstick

I love Kimee's dark and mysterious dark and lipstick, so perfect for fall! 

Fashion District Meet and Greet

A couple weeks ago I went to the ReadySetDC Fashion:District Meet and Greet. It was a night filled with fabulous friends dressed to the nines...and my camera died after three photos. Eep! Sometimes even the best laid plans go awry; that'll teach me to get too excited about velvet pants and not enough about charging my camera! Haha. 

I love this sheer houndstooth with vintage necklace and harder leather to anchor it; she has a great balance of textures! You know I love a fellow lady in a red lip too. 

German Travel Friend

One of my partners in crime while in the remote Turkish village of Olympos was this German, Julian. He was a member of our spontaneous group of friends that emerged over 4 days on the Mediterranean. There is something so special about the friends you make while traveling; you know in your hearts that you will never see one another again, but that simply serves to make the present all the more sweet. 

I love his beach style and attention to detail with his jewelry; the leather thong necklace, and his lip and eyebrow rings say something definitive about who he is without being ostentatious. 

I also photographed his girlfriend Fiona quite extensively; I can't wait to share those photos with you.