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Get Down for Inauguration


As I discovered last weekend, DC gets down for inauguration. This is the first time I've lived in the District for an election, and anyone who has a pulse, even the old and totally square, goes out to celebrate the swearing in of the president. Since it was hosted by my friends of No Kings Collective, I opted to stop by the Millennial Ball at the very cool converted warehouse space, M Central. Of course, I couldn't resist taking some snaps of the stylish attendees, including GoKateShoot regulars Martin Swift and Eliot Payne (with the victorious return of his mustache!), two of my favorites! There's a particularly hilarious set of the two of them toward the end, plus a couple of me all dolled up for the festivities. 

Happy Sunday!



































Anti-Hibernation Scene


I'll be the first to admit that I've been hibernating. 

With winter seriously set in, a birthday, new apartment, trip to Vermont for the holidays, jetset to Sydney and Melbourne for a couple weeks, and work up the wazoo, December and January have been a whirlwind. That coupled with a serious artistic drain in the aftermath of my recent show at Submerge, a shift in a new direction was much needed. I did take some super sweet Instagram snaps along the way - you can check those out HERE, and I'll be doing a round-up from my travels Down Under.  

But never fear, I'm back for 2013 and ready to continue with more photos and video in the works!  I'm planning some big thematic and visual changes for GoKateShoot in the coming months, and am really excited. In the meantime, I'll continue sharing what I'm shooting, with interesting characters, wild style, and adventures sure to end in calamity! 

Per usual, as I'm sure you know by now. 


These photos are from a series of nights out on the town in late November - a little jaunt to the Warby Parker VIP party, which was insanely trendy and had truly excellent music (and glasses on a bus, whee!) is coupled with the social photos I took at Submerge, where I was showing, and snaps from Shannon Cusellos oh-so-fabulous birthday bash. The usual cast of characters are all fabulous and present, plus photos of Eliot getting hugged by, well, EVERYONE! Edgy and DC street with a little dash of crazy, these night out styles are to die for. Make it to the end - I really, really love that last photo.

Enjoy, and welcome back!























































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.


Want.

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


Inked

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!

A Private {Art} Affair

Painter Martin Swift, in his signature glasses and vintage sweater, worn as a scarf

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of going to the private opening of a new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. First, it's a complete dream to be in the museum with only a handful of other people in the middle of the night; the atrium (one of my favorite places in the city) is even more breathtaking. More importantly, the exhibition, entitled "Poetic Likeness," was wonderful. I studied (and wrote) poetry extensively while living in New York and Barcelona, so it was really nostalgic for me to see portraits of my favorites poets. 

I was beside myself with excitement when I bumped into Cat Dawson, who was one of my first friends here in DC (please, ask either of us for the story of how we met, it's priceless), who is off getting her PhD in Visual Studies and generally being brilliant about art and 23,496 other things. After a little meet and greet and wine and dine among the art, our stylish group dashed out for a night at the French Embassy, where Brightest Young Things were throwing their French Underground party. Zut alors, we had a blast! Here are some simple snaps from the night...


Micah Greenberg, looking completely dashing in his pea coat

Cat Diesel Dawson just killing it in leather trousers, Ralph Lauren dress shoes, and the most perfect blazer/shirt combo I've seen, well, ever. The blazer is short-sleeved and the shirt sleeves are black on the botton half for mix-match perfection.

Joseph Palermo in some serious 3-piece tweed



Bonjour, Maison de Francaise!

Morgan West of Panda Head Magazine in a modern take on suede/lace prairie chic. She put together the beautiful feathered teepees and headdresses...trés chic.


The ever-stylish Amy Vong - creative, model, wild woman extraordinaire. Letterman jacket? Oh yes please.



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


Trillectro 2012


I'm a complete music junkie, so when my friends over at DC promo powerhouse DC to BC offered me an all-access media pass to shoot the first Trillectro, a new DC music festival that marries electronic dance music with hip hop, I was in. Stay-in-the-night-before-to-rest-up kind of in, so you know it's serious! With Flosstradamus, Schoolboy Q, Casey Veggies, and Body Language headlining, I was fully hype. I got interested in live electronic music while living in Barcelona in 2009, and just jump at the chance to see anyone major now...my super dancey self loves it! 

The guys were good enough to let me skip the 10am media call (Ha! That was never going to happen.), so I sailed in around 4 and started started chatting with and shooting the talent all hanging out in VIP. Sound check and interviews were long over but the crowd was still reasonable, so I was able to get some awesome shots of what they were wearing to be stage-ready. 

The street style was RIDICULOUS. Potentially the best I've seen since moving to DC. That good. I was having a moment for approximately 6 continuous hours. It. was. AWESOME. Refinery 29 featured some of my style shots, which you can check out HERE.

There are 111 photos. ONE HUNDRED AND ELEVEN. Check it!




What does one wear to shoot a music festival? This!

An ultra-fem croquet crop top, denim cutoffs that I studded by hand (I think I'm adding more, actually), a silk fringe necklace, leather fringe earrings by Krista of Butler + Claypool, my 1930's Swedish military bag that I can't stop carrying around (it fits my camera perfectly!), signature purple/fuschia lip, and my ultra favorite rugged gal combat boots. A gal's gotta stay safe when she's elbowing her way through the pit!  


People were dancing like mad, EVERYWHERE!


I had access to the main festival, VIP, backstage, and on stage...all of which you'll see in the photos below! Enjoy! 

Printed pants are going to be huge for fall, but lots of people are getting a jump on this trend already!

So many prints! And the little tat...so cute!



Intense nail art is widely becoming the norm, but this chica was rocking some seriously next-level nails

Floral hat, some serious accessories, and a not-so-serious attitude

More printed pants...I love them with the scarf on her bag below


Graphic tribal print mixing

Me! Getting a little sassy, of course.

Mundy Spears, actress and 80s style queen extraordinaire on the left, with a friend rocking local lifestyle brand Goodkin's t-shirt 


Guys from local lifestyle brand The Goodkin

The hat is everything.

A major color palette, and some serious guy style

The backpack is back in a big way, folks! Here's one done right.

Perfect statement shades, with a little eyeliner pop

This is my favorite look from the festival...maxi skirt with a slit to here, bondage top, graphic chest piece, sweet cropped locks. Swoon!

So intense! I love it.



Do you need an excuse to wear lingerie in public? No? OK good.


Some tough fem styling with these tights and boots

Another favorite look...so much wonderful layer play

Hats off to anyone ballsy enough to rock a studded fannypack. 

These tattoos are everything...and her hair...and I've photographed her before!

Hello floral love!

I love her commitment to her military look with this hat and blue lashes


Hat cocked just so - very fedora vibe, but with a baseball cap. Cool street take on classic styling.



These gals sing backup for Mary J. Blige, and have the awesome looks to match! Hats! Prints! Leopard!






Bangs!

The unforgettable ladies of Neon V Magazine



Perfect rings, in "The Pit"




Watermelon socks backstage? Oh yes.



This is all the everything...leopard, metallic pockets, mocassins, accessories...yes.




Great rock and roll vibe


Eyeliner, leather earrings, and great swag



People loosing their shit during local DJ icon Tittsworth's set

Oh hello again! So happppppy!

Mix gingham checks


During the last couple of sets, it started to rain. Not just a little, but a full-blown, oh shiiiiit, well, OK, fine, I'm DRENCHED kind of rain. And while things could have gone horribly wrong, it just made everyone in the audience get even more elated and made the show incredible. I was squeezed and pulled and pushed all over the Pit (the closed off area for the media right in front of the stage) but got some sick shots before heading for a quieter scene back stage. The green on the edges of some of the frames? I had to wrap my camera in a tank top to keep her dry. ;) Check it!


In the pit








Alexander Gorman

Chanel

...and then everyone rushed the stage. And it was awesome.







Just doing the Dougie with Doug E. Fresh. Just another Saturday night...


At this point I'd had enough in the Pit, so I hopped up on stage for the rest of the show. It's damn near impossible to get a bad picture from onstage, let me tell you! I was up for Flosstradamus' set, and despite having it shut down early, it was fantastic! 

Oh, by the way, none of this was shot with a zoom lens...35mm prime the whole time. If you want the action, you have to get up in the action. So that's just what I did. 














The moment before he touched down on this crowd surf






Endless thanks to DC to BC for having me, I had an incredible and loved making history with you guys (if the Post says it, you know it's real!)


Ink and Moonshine

The lovely lady DJ from ESL at the FNO Media Soiree with the most perfect makeup

Summer is waning, the press are asking for my trend picks for fall, Fashion's Night Out (FNO) VIP party and shooting plans are being made (or broken, if I jet to Tahoe a bit earlier than anticipated...), and I can't seem to stop buying booties (no but seriously, I need them). And while I'm ready for fall, I'm still having a blast celebrating the end of summer, and have style photos to prove it. From the FNO Media Soiree to a moonshine-fueled, ultra-late night at the Passenger, I'm loving the edgy city style that seems to get better by the day. 

Photos below. 

And, for those of you who have been asking every day, Trillectro photos are done. They're coming. I promise. Getting #trill in honor of the weekend in a super-ultra-mega post tomorrow, so get hype!!

Matt, at Rue 14, fresh white T and ink

Insanely beautiful color at the Dupont Farmer's Market

Mixed prints and chilling with Holly Thomas, editor of Refinery 29 for DC

Thirst DC co-founder Eric Schulze, with moonshine he brought to an intimate cocktail party I hosted

Shannon Cusello, Manager of salon mecca Immortal Beloved and her hilarious reaction to moonshine


Mick Perrigo, bartender and booze guru at the Passenger, with his ink and trusty scooter

Straight skateboard chillin' outside the Passenger, late night

Mick's style...we met when I photographed him for a Washingtonian Magazine style feature


Tom the chef, in a great summer shirt and porkpie hat outside the Passenger

Dog Days: Andrew Nguyen


Here's some menswear inspiration for your Wednesday. Andrew Nguyen, owner of Rue 14, was rocking some serious urban cowboy aesthetic on a recent boiling Saturday afternoon. I love how modern he makes his Stetson feel with the bandana underneath and the ultra-now printed shirt. Who says men can't mix prints? Enjoy this trio of portraits. 




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!). 

Enjoy!




Dog Days: Armando


For the second installment of the Dog Days style series (check out the first one featuring me HERE), I'm excited to highlight my friend and artist Armando López Bircann. I've photographed him several times for both his personal style and his moving art performances at the Corcoran, but his gallery chic pastels are perfect for summer. His light blood orange sorbet shirt paired with faded denim and mustard shoes are a color palate worth swooning over, for sure! I love the proportions of the shirt and how the sleeves are the same length as the shirt! Add some perfect accessories (hellllllllo purple cocktail ring! Silver bracelet!) and a top knot and he's ready for the summer heat. 

This look is on-trend without being painfully so; it's delightfully laid-back and effortless. Major swoon. Armando's strong sense of personal style is inspiring, so I hope you enjoy!



Heat Street


It's time for some more sweet street style! I've been out shooting street on assignment for some awesome style publications - most are still under wraps (shh) but THIS set of summer sundresses came out in Refinery 29 last week and I'm really excited to share it with you! I took these other photos while out shooting for that, since I just couldn't resist. You can see why, I'm sure. It's been meltingly hot here in DC (seriously, the tarmac at the runway melted two days ago), so the fact that these Washingtonians manage to look so fresh is a miracle. Hats off, for sure. Enjoy, and happy weekend!

PS - I'm going to TRILLECTRO tomorrow (many thanks to Modi for the all-access hookup!) and will be shooting some awesome festival style and giving away Uber credit and swag. Get your ticket, come find me (tweet me to do that) and show me your rad style. Hope to see you!


There's more!








Dwayne Brice of Hu's Wear is one of DC's most stylish gentlemen, and I took these snaps when I popped into the store to say hey and visit. 




Deena and her wedge sneakers are so incredibly trendy and I love it.


Performance artist Holly Bass getting her sundress spin on

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. 






Seersucker



I'm remiss! But alas, a new job that I love and lots of travel make me a busy GoKateShoot...but never fear, I'm shooting all the way and wracking up lots of adventures to share! 

So here, finally, even though they've been done for ages and ages, are the photos from Seersucker Social. I know that I usually curate my photo sets to be just exactly the right number, but instead I'm giving you anything worth sharing. Oh yes, gratuitous style photo love! It was a glistening 100 degrees but lots of Washingtonians came out to this summer event that promises style eye candy galore.

I went very neuvo-vintage with floral hot pants, a fringed tank, fuschia brogues, and piles of my favorite accessories. Photo courtesy of the talented Julian Gwyer.


Check out the dozens of photos below, and enjoy! Happy Saturday everyone!





























































Summer Guy Style


Last week, I was back in DC for 48 hours in between jetting from Vermont to San Francisco. I was working like a maniac, but managed one evening to be social and out on the town. I was invited to attend a small party celebrating InStyle Fashion Director Hal Rubenstein's new book at the menswear shop Alton Lane. Stylish Washingtonians were about and dressed in their summer finest; at a balmy 105 degrees, even the most fresh fashion fans have to get creative on ways to stay cool. Luckily I had just been shopping in Vermont, which is home to a myriad of intimate boutiques that are a mix of high end and quirky smaller designers. Major swoon every time I go north! I'd picked up a few new pieces (and more than a few new pairs of shoes) that were perfect for the InStyle party! Two snaps of my kelly green dress and studded shoulder bag are over at My Designer Dreams if you'd like to check it out (thank you darling). 

Here are some snaps from the party featuring GoKateShoot favorites (and friends) Quincy Jones, Robert Sacheli, Eliot Payne, and Tara Papanicolas...enjoy, and check out the photos below.










GoKateShoot for Washingtonian: Shannon Cusello


Photo has introduced me to many people, including my close friend, the adorable and fiesty Shannon Cusello, manager at trendy salon mecca Immortal Beloved. I met Shannon at the Refinery 29 launch last fall (a moment documented HERE), and we've worked on several projects together since then. Her style is very Brigitte Bardot goes to Austin, all voluptuous flaming hair, French silhouettes, and rockstar girlfriend details. 

I had the pleasure of shooting Miss Shannon for Washingtonian Magazine. I'm slightly behind releasing the outtakes, but here they are! Check them out below, and then bop over to the full post HERE. She's also rocking new accessories from DC accessory designer Ciao Nina...who doesn't love beautiful hair flowers, studs, and bows? 

I'm still in SF working and tearing all over town finding little coffee shop nooks, the best giant avocados I've ever had (35 cents for one?!), and swooning over the street style. Though I was warned by friends near and far that I'd love the city, I've been swept off my feet. I'm falling hard for San Francisco... ;)










Summer Street: Style and Restaurant Openings


I love bopping around town, and part of that is mixing GoKateShoot business and pleasure; I love being social! Meeting new people and talking about style is one my favorite things to do. Street style photos are close to my heart, because these are the people who inspire me. Thank you to my subjects, who put up with my intensely friendly and effusive self, and for letting me photograph you. The photo above is one of me with three women I was photographing at the Brixton (ah, yes, and I got a haircut, so that's a little preview of the new 'do, many thanks to rockstar stylist Tyler Larish!!). 

Photos in this set are from...

 The G.L.A.M. fashion fundraiser, which I was invited to attend as a VIP. Many thanks to the team for inviting me! 

The opening of the new Taylor Gourmet, which is a DC sandwich shop that I love. Their PR guru, Doug, was a delightful host (and incredibly charming) and the party was AMAZING! 

The opening of the Brixton, the new restaurant and night spot by the gentlemen who own some of my favorites like the Gibson and Marvin's. I'm so lucky to be good friends with the team and was excited to go to the opening. It was a great party with some amazing style: the perfect Sunday! 

Anyway, enjoy the photos! I have more that I can't wait to share. Happy 4th of July, everyone!
















Ginger Moxie


I've always had an appreciation for red hair. When I was young, I dreamed of having long, luxurious gingery locks reflective of my love for fellow independent ladies Pippi Longstocking and Anne of Green Gables. As I grew older, I came to appreciate the ideas of wildness and independence...and developed friendships with redheads both natural and adopted who embodied that devil-may-care attitude, eyebrows cocked and flaming manes flying. Yesterday after our shoot for Washingtonian Magazine, my friend Shannon Cusello indulged my request to take some photos fully celebrating her hair. The following series is just that; a joyous expression of drama and moxie. 

Hair by Immortal Beloved
 










GoKateShoot for Washingtonian: Hon Fest 2012


HONFEST. I'd never heard of this Baltimore tradition before in my entire, New England-originated life. A "Hon", short for the term of endearment "honey", refers to particularly sassy blue-collar women from the Baltimore neighborhood Hampden. A Hon rocks her beehive high, cat eye glasses, and relishes all things fabulously tacky. Hon Fest celebrates the local "Bawlmer" culture in a weekend-long festival filled with ladies and gentleman alike rocking the essential Hon look. 

I went on assignment for Washingtonian Magazine to document all of the wildness. I may or may not have really, really enjoyed dressing the part. Who says going under cover can't be fabulous? There was high-top hair, cheetah print, and enough hairspray to choke a drag queen...naturally, I loved it. You can find the feature HERE, but I have some of my favorite outtakes below.