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Quincy's "Occasion" Party


Happy Friday! I'm blogging live from my Virgin America flight to San Francisco - there's nothing like a little purple mood lighting to get me in the mood to share some style! ;)

Quincy Jones knows how to party, and look damn good doing it. My good friend and DC stylist extraordinaire had an intimate party celebrating an occasion that wasn't not his birthday. ;) Filled with stylish Washingtonians with distinctive taste in the glamorous, unique, and vintage, it was a perfect opportunity to get dressed for some serious Monday shenanigans. Monday's the new Saturday, haven't you heard?!

Above, Michelle German and Kimee Brown of Neon V Magazine, and below, Chloé and Birkin. BAG PORN! More after the jump.  


Quincy Jones, the birthday boy himself

Custom Christian Louboutin wedges, worn by Quincy's sister

Minimal camel and leather sleeveless blazer

Carmella and Michelle of Neon V Magazine

Mesh and studded Christian Louboutins

Songstress Alison Carney

DC menswear icon Lamine, of Rag & Bone

Quincy and Eliot Payne of Accoutre getting a little lush

Dion in perfectly easy smoking loafers, with a Balenciaga woven tote


Michelle's vintage tunic was covered but seductive with her sheer mesh briefs



Stylist Tara Papanicolas

Gentlemen's footwear


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!




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.

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!



Dog Days: Kate (Me!)


All this week, I'm going to run a little style series I'm calling Dog Days. Since it's been so oppressively hot here in the District, I'm always amazed by how people use fashion to escape the heat. But since I'm never one to ask my subjects to do something I wouldn't do myself, I'm going to start the series off with myself. 

I often have to dress to be able to go from day to night in one look, so my wardrobe is a often a challenge of mixing relaxed and formal pieces. To keep cool in the summer, I love statement-making pieces that also move well and keep a breeze going, so this look is a perfect example. 

Here, I'm rocking a fresh white tank top (from Target or some such) with a silk Rachel Zoe slitted maxi skirt I got a wicked deal on at the Gilt warehouse sale (I followed the girl holding it around for almost an hour and waited until she realized she was too short to wear it, and then offered to take it off her hands lol). I tossed on a vintage handkerchief scarf, some red platform sandals (that are actually life-alteringly comfortable), and my favorite fuchsia lipstick. For jewelry I added my handmade leather tassel earrings, courtesy of my lovely friends over at Butler + Claypool.  I'm fully addicted to them and basically haven't stopped wearing them since I got them earlier in the summer - I love that they add an rugged edge to everything. 

Enjoy the photos and keep an eye out for new posts daily this week! 








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

GoKateTravel: San Francisco Film


If you follow me on Twitter and Instagram, you may have noticed that I've been traveling all over the place recently. For one of those trips I headed out to San Francisco for a week for some work, style inspiration, and some serious play. I loved it! I got some serious quality time with my hometown friend Abbey, who is my oldest friend in the whole world (almost 20 years of friendship!). We grew up doing dance together so it was great to bop around the city together. I also got to see my artist friend Katy from Vermont who now lives in SF. It's so nice to catch up with old friend! We traipsed all over the city but spent a huge amount of time in the colorful Mission district, an arty, up-and-coming Mexican neighborhood with great coffee spots, hole in the wall boutiques, and the most mouth-watering tacos I've ever had. 

After the sudden demise of my vintage film camera (DAMN YOU, TINY OBSCURE BATTERY THAT DIED!), I ran out and got some awesome old school disposable cameras. There's something wonderfully nostalgic about going on summer vacation with the same kind of camera I took to summer camp when I was shooting growing up, and you know how I swoon over the colors from film. 

Check out these super-colorful snaps that document one day of my explorations! I took a whirlwind road trip around the city, from the Mission to Dolores Park and the Golden Gate bridge, documenting all the way. This is a tease, too; I'll be jetting back to San Francisco for a trip to Tahoe in about a month, so there's lots more West Coast love to come! Click through, and enjoy.




Abbey and Katy on the way to Dolores Park


The view of the city from Dolores Park


















My first In-N-Out burger, FINALLY! Yum!




I love the beach.




Abbey and I trying on some sweet shades while shopping in the Mission






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.










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!
















Film Style: Men and Art


You know I love to shoot film, as it is one of those throwback activities that I truly do for love. The lack of control is liberating, and the need to get the shot in one go is empowering. Thus, here are some style film shots to ease you into the weekend; a set of menswear style and a set of the late LATE night set-up of the warehouse art pop-up I collaborated on, the Water Street Project. 

Above is the ever-dapper Grant Harris, menswear aficionado and founder of Image Granted. More snaps below, with even more film photos later this week...enjoy!  





Antonio, of Jack Spade



Eliot Payne and the gentleman of Jack Spade

Georgetown afternoon with Eliot Payne of Accoutre fame...shopping and cocktails at Martin's...old school DC at its finest.




Street artist Billy Mode, hard at work, and other photos from the set-up of the Water Street Project



GoKate Update




Photos taken by Shannon Cusello during this shoot.

I've been brief recently, so let's do a quick GoKate update. I've been shooting more than ever, with intensely interesting projects with my main clients, my fashion section of Washingtonian Magazine and the Corcoran Gallery and School of Art. I am in the midst of shooting a style feature for the September issue of Washingtonian that promises to be inspiring to a wide array of people, and I continue to photograph behind the scenes and student life at the Corcoran as we re-imagine their brand images together. I've been getting a lot of great press, and am excited to have started shooting for the Washington Post and Pinkline Project. You can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Additionally, I am transitioning to an exciting new job as the co-Community Manager of Uber, a rocking tech start-up that delivers on-demand private drivers via an app on your phone. Why yes, I'd love to arrive in a town car! The company is creative, dynamic, and will capitalize on my love for all things social media, communications, and marketing. They were in Time! Washington Post! NY Times! TechCrunch! On and on...and I can't wait to work for a company that did on-demand BBQ at SXSW last year. Cool? Abso-freaking-lutely. The job will have me working closely with Alex Priest, who may be the only other person in DC who is more hyper than me, and who I'm good friends with...can't wait to get started! 

And finally, I want to thank all of you for following and being so supportive. I am grateful for the opportunity to make work for love and great clients, and adore our dialogue here, on social media, and in person. 

GoKateShoot for Washingtonian: Kassie Rempel


Kassie Rempel is on her game. This stylish Washingtonian is the founder of Simply Soles, a shoe company receiving rave reviews for their exceptional selection and exemplary customer service. She also started her own styling business called Kassie's Closet, and is raising a family. Shazam! As a fellow independent woman focused on her career, I found Kassie to be absolutely inspiring, and enjoyed our talk. I had the pleasure of photographing her for the What I Wear to Work column in Washingtonian this week. Check out the whole feature HERE, and outtakes below.













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. 
















Street Peep: Get Arty


Happy Wednesday! Here are some street snaps I've been collecting...summer is definitely in full swing. 


I photographed these ladies at the Meridian Hill drum circle. It was 90 degrees and pretty toasty, so their looks are weather appropriate. Aside from that, they are also incredibly on-trend. Vintage super-crop bra tops walked runways like Prada, challenging women to become a bit more comfortable with a little stomach action. The turban on the right as well; this is a perfect way to rock summer hair. Plus, the pattern trends of print-mixing and polka dots continue at full tilt here. So much amazing personal style!



I photographed this gentleman while walking around Dupont. While you wouldn't necessarily give him a passing glance for his overall look, upon further inspection the detail of his boat shoes makes him very modern. Neon soles! Awesome! 



This is my friend Whitney, who I have photographed before (here and here) for her unique approaches to workwear. Here, she is sporting a floral dress and necklace that are the right balance of stylish and work-appropriate. 


Have a great day!


Thirst for Style: What I Wore


As you may recall, at the end of May I spoke at Thirst DC. I never  ask my subjects (you lovely, stylish people!) to do anything I am not willing to do, so I thought I'd share what I've been spotted wearing recently. Above is my look from Thirst; this vintage 1950's cocktail dress selected by my friend and stylist Elise Peterson was perfect for being on stage. Paired with a bold lip, it made me feel ultra-feminine. 

Fashion District, Spring 2012


Last Thursday I had the pleasure of going to ReadySetDC's Fashion District event, shooting on behalf of Washingtonian Magazine (find my photos and their writeup HERE). Of course, my flash died the instant I walked in the door, leaving me stranded on client assignment to shoot a space FILLED with stylish people. Seriously. Filled. It was like a reunion; almost all of my favorite people were there...and I had no flash. Potential for crisis was high. BUT IT WAS FINE! I actually really like shooting with available light, so I sucked it up, slowed down my shutter, and asked all of my subjects to stand stil please and thank you! And they did! So here are the pictures and I kind of completely love them, because the tone and feel of the evening came through and they show how much fun I had. 

I would label this with pithy and fun captions, but I'm tearing through making a stop motion video and would rather do that, frankly. I'll show you tomorrow, don't worry. 

Extra thanks to the whole Accoutre and Hugh & Crye teams for being complete rockstars, and to Uber for the delightful ride in style. 

Photos of me taken by Philip Soriano.



MORE PHOTOS AFTER THE JUMP, SO CLICK THROUGH!









Jordan Culberson, the mastermind behind the event