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Francy Z Graham: Punk Promoter Skater Chica

I love to bask in other people's coolness. Old, young, ladies, men, it doesn't matter; I love to talk with and photograph people who seem to emanate their own intimate kind of swag. The last person I photographed last weekend was Francy Z Graham. Francy (don't you just die for her name? I love it.) is a punk rock band promoter with a bag stuffed full of paper fliers who rides a neon pink skateboard


Francy also has the most bomb-diggity rockergrrl  hair around, very post-Karen O. 

And she's in high school. WHAT?!?! I can assure you, I was not this cool when I was in high school. Francy rocks because when asked, she'll tell you crazy amazing stories about each of her necklaces (one is from the band Semi Precious Weapons, obviously). She understood my mission to capture style and stories, and even though I was behaving really excitedly (NEON PINK SKATEBOARD!!), she entertained my wildness to take some photos. 

Thank you Ms. Francy. 

NYE 2012: Sequins, Snakeskin, and Silk

For New Years' Eve, my cousin and I threw an intimate cocktail party before we all went out for some late night adventures out on the town. As I guessed here, our  party was filled with all manner of stylish wildness, including massive quantities of sequins, glitter, fur, Hendrick's, champagne, and quality terrace time.  I had a blast with lots of friends, including GoKateShoot regulars Cheralee Lyle, Elise Peterson, Cat Diesel, Mundy Spears, and Michelle Ferng. 

Elise is rocking a vintage hand-beaded shawl worn backwards as a scarf, paired with a velvet minidress and super-vamp lips. 

Yes, that cigarette matches my dress. I don't smoke but couldn't resist snagging one for coordination's sake!

Elise and Mundy sampled our fabulous Ghirardelli's chocolate-covered strawberries. 

Miss Lyle and I rocked dueling vintage sequin dresses. Mine is courtesy of It's Vintage Darling, of course.  Peep the detailing below. 

Actress Mundy Spears and her super-glam makeup. 

I love the tile in our entryway; it is complimented with 20' ceilings and triple crown molding that carries into our apartment and is just to die for. 

Smoking is bad. These rainbow-colored cigarettes look really, really good. Can I just carry them around and not smoke them? 

I love how soft-focused these shots of Cheralee and Oliver came out

Drink it, Mundy. No confusion. 

There is an INSANE floor-to-ceiling mirror in our entryway that is perfect for checking outfits before going out, or for big ol' group shots that include the photographer!

Cheralee rocking her vintage sequins with Oliver's jacket on top. Love that masculine/feminine mix.

Cat Diesel and I get our hair cut by the same wild-and-out stylist, Tyler Larish. 

Photos courtesy of a team-team photo attack by myself and photojournalist Michelle Ferng. Happy New Year, all!

You're Like Velvet

Last Friday night, I hit the town with some of DC's most fabulous bloggers and style setters. We relaxed on some cocktails at El Centro before making our way to my favorite bar in the city, Velvet Lounge. I lived two blocks from Velvet when I first moved here and end up there more likely than not when I go out now. With a grungy, intimate vibe, my favorite DJs, and plenty of outdoor space, Velvet is my jam. 

I may or may not have closed out the bar that night...

I go out pretty frequently. As my friends (or anyone who has met me, frankly) know, I am extremely social and enjoy nothing more than sharing a meal/drinks/madcat dance party with new friends. I was excited to take some of my blogger friends to Velvet for the first time. I frequently meet people out at Velvet who have interesting stories about their style. You know that I am passionate about collecting people's stories, and I have heard some wild ones in the graffiti-filled back patio of this nondescript little bar. 

That, my friends, is a tie clip that looks like a rifle. It is indeed more awesome than you first thought. Did you catch the subtle print on that tie? Yep. 

Katya of Spicy Candy DC rocked a full-on update of Sandra Dee, complete with high-waisted satin pants and leather jacket. I loved it. 

Krystin's dress is an original piece by one of the other attendees, the lovely Katherine Martinez of Le Petite Marmoset. With the help of her grandmother, Katherine reworks vintage pieces to make them more modern. I love that her grandmother is involved; my own passion for style is a result of my mother and grandmother, so I love to see other young, modern women who are moved by the same thing. 

I had the pleasure of meeting Kimberly Andree, who told me the story of her rings. Her Roman numeral piece is one she bought for herself when she graduated to remind herself to take advantage of her time and make good use of it. I love that! Life is too short not to live it fully and appreciate it. I was so glad to hear that from her. 

I was really glad to meet and immediately become good friends with Miss Cheralee Lyle, who recently moved to the DC area from South Africa. She has lived all over the world, and has a thoughtful appreciation for many of the same lovely and simple things that I do. Her vintage-infused style is always impeccable and accessible, and you know I love another lady rocking bangs with me! She came to my NYE party and then we met for coffee today (photos forthcoming from both), and have several excellent projects in the works so she'll certainly be a regular on the blog. 

Some people are easy to photograph, and she is nothing short of a delight. 

Another rifle tie clip, this time on the locally designed tie of Lukas B. Smith, founder of Derringer Friday. Check out this fun little photo of us together here

I'm a sucker for a redhead with a fuschia lip! So much fabulous sass. 

Hats are something that are sadly neglected nowadays, but I'm loving how the gentleman is rocking one out on the town. Very breezy dapper kind of vibe with the flip scarf, yeah?

The unmatched DJ Smudge. We're Twitter friends that became real life friends. It's hilarious.  

Style musings and muses are 
Cheralee LyleAllix WrightCarlis and KatyaAshleyKrystin, and stylish other friends at Velvet. Several of the bloggers also covered the night, so peep around on the links I provided...I was dressed in some wild neon-dandy lipstick and argyle! 

Fly Girls: The Details

As promised, here are some of the detail shots of the Fly Girl five year anniversary party last week. 

Only the fabulous Michelle German (Chic Makeup Geek) can pull off blue lipstick like this; she's so killer! And the vintage Gucci? Yes? Are we seeing this fabulous framed bag? Adore. I'm not a label hound by any means, but this bag fits with her 'you-wish-your-grandma-was-this-fly' look. Her pants are sheer and meant to be worn in the summer, but I love this chic update with tights underneath. 

Can we talk for just a minute about how Kimee Brown (The Model is Wearing) has SEVERAL of my favorite things going on here? As you all know, I love bow ties, turbans, and menswear-inspired anything, and she is completely rocking it. And her LEGO Chanel pin? Fabulous. So much.

As always, my partner in crime and stylist Elise Peterson (IVD) was super fresh; I love the tied up chiffon blouse with the encrusted jeweled skirt. This is a great example of taking a look that is perfect for summer and making it work for colder months. As usual, we both rocked vintage fur. I know, I know...but once you start wearing it when it's super-brr outside, there's nothing warmer! I will choose to be both warm AND fabulous, thank you! Her envelope clutch is killer and I love how she mixes slightly different shades of nude to create a softer, feminine look with a masculine flavor from the buttoned-up top.

Photo of me courtesy of Elise; when we got back to my apartment and figured out we hadn't documented ourselves! My hat and mink are courtesy of IVD, and my fabulous 1940's-inspired silk pants were a sneaky backroom sale from Anthro. I love the classic lines of the hat and veil, and even though it's a little kooky was really excited to wear it. Life is too short not to rock a big hat! Besides, I'd rather be That Girl In the Hat than a lot of other things!

This last photo is not really up to snuff in terms of quality, but I included it anyway for it's energy; the free-spirited fun vibe between Elise and I in the entryway of my building is completely indicative of our style partner in crime relationship. I love how sassy fresh this is!

We then went inside, took our crazy heels off, and ate pasta on the couch. Sometimes the best nights end the most simply. 

Fashion Film Overlay

Here is one of the fashion-oriented shots from the New York film. I love the overlay of frames and the colors are so beautiful in this. In a marathon of eventing, I went to three different parties in two hours last night: crazy! I took some really cool photos, met some amazing people, and can't wait to share it all, so keep an eye out over the weekend. 

Happy Friday!

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. 

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! 

A Little Bit Showy

I love mixing scale, whether it be in fashion, interior design, or the creation of a photo. Though her hair and makeup are minimalist, art historian and scholar Joanna Bojda's brass-knuckle-esque ring suddenly gives her a surprising edge. Offset by the colorful night lights of Istanbul, the skewed proportions of dancer Kelsea Burch's body to her shadow make the middle shot dynamic. In the last shot, I love the striking colors and extreme perspective shot from the base of the wall; suddenly a little 3-story house is making quite a statement indeed. 

Photographed at DC Here Now and Submerge DC art events last night. Had a great time, met dynamic people, and of course got some amazing photos. I'm going to keep them under wraps for now, but keep checking back! Can't wait to share with you.