When Jeff Shell from the Neal Hamil Agency asked me if I would like to shoot the editorial for this years Little Black Dress Designer I was thrilled. I immediately had an idea and inspiration for what I wanted to do. Having just come back from Paris my thought process was all about vintage, roaring 20’s, cafe feel to the photos. Not only that but with a location like Boheme in Houston, I knew this would be perfect.

If you’re not familiar with the The Little Black Dress Designer read below. For the editorial shoot, the Top 10 dresses by some very talented designers were provided and accessories by Charming Charlie. This and a incredible team made for some very beautiful images.

About the Little Black Dress Designert:

The event will showcase the Top Ten Little Black Dresses by upcoming fashion design students who were invited to submit their version of the LBD in March. The Top 5 winning designs are picked by celebrity judges, and awarded $7,500 in scholarships through the Fashion Group Foundation of Houston, Inc. The event is presented by Momentum Porsche, with additional sponsorship from Macy’s, More Than You Can Imagine, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Tootsies.

LBD 2012 Celebrity Judges include Albert Rubio (Saks Fifth Avenue), Chloe Dao (Dao), Christine Goins (Tootsies), Clifford Pugh (CultureMap), Edward Sanchez, Elaine Turner (Elaine Turner Designs), Jody Schmal (Houston Magazine), Joy Sewing (Houston Chronicle), Kate Allen Stukenberg (Papercity Magazine), Lenny Matuszewski (fashion show producer), Roz Pactor, Stacey Swift (Neiman Marcus), Tamara Bonar (fashion show producer).

The Little Black Dress is one of the fashion icons of our time, inspiring designers from the moment it was introduced by Chanel in 1926, through Givenchy’s 1961 creation for Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, to the myriad current fashion designers the world over. It is in this sartorial spirit that this contest was created to support young, up-and-coming fashion design students from Texas. More info at www.littleblackdressproject.com.


Hair: Dennis Clendennen and Team (AVEDA/Dionysus)
Makeup: Laura Martinez (Lead), Virginia McConnell, Danielle Tiara and Eliy Bell
Stylist: Rose Tran (Lead) and Katherine Fan
Models provided by Neal Hamil Agency: Phoenix Hamilton, Lacee Teel, Caroline Mathis, Audrye Williams, Briana Whitsett, Amber Castillo, Erin Marquez, Jessika Rodriguez & Kara Pyle
Special thanks: Jeff Shell, Apollo Stackwell, Patty Castillo (Charming Charlie) & Nadira Baker from Boheme