MNFashion Kick-off Season by Lucie Jane

Its coming! MNFashion week is coming soon! This season’s fashion week will be held September 22 through 28th. There are trunk shows, boutique open houses, etc, and best of all: The Shows! The Shows are a series that MNFashion has been producing for the past year or so, showcasing successful local designers by putting on a show with full collections. This year designers include ArielSimone, Christopher Straub, Blasphamina’s Closet, Emma Berg, and others. Find out more info, and buy tickets, here.
This past Sunday I had a great time modeling for the lookbooks and promotional material for two of my all time favorite designers: Christopher Straub and ArielSimone! Christopher’s line showcases his talent with digital prints and gowns, and Adrienne’s line features some of her famous and unique swimwear. Here are a few sneak peaks below!

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Hope to see you at the shows!
xoxo Lucie Jane

BB – WHATS IN A NAME by Kate Johnson

BB Creme…. Unless you have been in a beauty-starved cave for the last couple months, you have probably heard of, seen and hopefully played with some BB Creme.  There are so many out there and most aren’t sure what it ACTUALLY is…..But I will tell you this– it’s AMAZING!
BB Creme was originally developed for post plastic surgery and  burn victims to rapidly repair and regenerate the skin. The high intensity of anti-oxidents that are not found in any other products on the market and the incredibly rapid way that they absorb into the skin have made BB Cremes a huge success for years in Asia. For whatever reason, the American market only in the last 2 years has jumped on board with this phenomenon.
While up until December, it was only skin care lines that had come out with BB Cremes  but now a couple makeup lines have come out with them. I wear the Smashbox one because it actually has a color range of shades (where most are one) and gives quite a bit of covereage without making me look shiny or opalescent, which I find some of the others do. As I have oily skin, I need the hydration it provides (water) to balance me out but want a more natural matte finish. Technically,  a primer is built in so this is an all in one product for that person who is on the go. And with an SPF ranging from 25-50, it also quite effectively takes care of sun protection needs while giving you that natural glow you often get from a tinted moisturizer. It gives light to medium coverage depending on the brand, protects with anti oxidants and SPF, hydrates your skin and most importantly controls oil.
So how do you wear BB Creme? 
  • As an all in one product? YES
  • As a PRIMER under foundation for complete coverage of redness or hyper pigmentation? YES
  • As a FOUNDATION over primer if you need instant visual results on oil-absorption or fine lines ( This is me)? YES
  • As a CONCEALER in any of the above situations? YES ( it will lift and firm the under eye area)
Now all you need is a little tiny bit and have someone show you how to apply this… this is not your basic foundation. You do not need to move this in circles. Fan this out with your fingers from the center of your face outward. Always going in one direction. As an example, just go down on your nose and out on your cheeks and under eyes. Take the face in sections. This will help with the pigment placement to look amazing still at the end of the day. The BB sets quickly and you will have your face done in less than 30 seconds after the first time.
So at the end of the day YES just wear it. Like your favorite pair of jeans that you can dress up or down, that go with everything and make you look your most amazing. Its the perfect summer foundation that will have your skin and wallet thanking you when Fall comes around.
by Kate Johnson, of Kate Johnson Artistry

We All Know Peter = Photography Genius

OK, so we kind of feel like this Friday Feature doesn’t need much of an introduction, but in order to stay true to our format (a little consistency goes a long way!), we have a wonderful local artist to share with you this beautiful Friday the 13th. Peter Jamus of Peter Holme Photography is a reputable and extremely talented Minneapolis-based photographer that we have had the pleasure of getting to know and work with.

AS: So tell us about your involvement or interest in fashion…

PJ: That’s a pretty interesting story, actually… as I have never really been invested much in fashion. It was only until I was invited to shoot a show a couple years ago that it started to snowball into what it is now. Initially I had a bit of a distaste for most things fashion, really. I never really liked the images I would see, whether it be in magazines or otherwise. Besides not knowing (or caring about) anything in the fashion industry, I found most of the (mainstream) fashion material I would see to be empty content-wise and conceptually there was nothing which interested me about it. They were vain, luxurious, and so ‘Americanized’ (if you catch my drift) that it was actually kind of disgusting to me. This of course changed as I learned and saw more but at the time I had those feelings, I was very focused on being a fine artist (even though at the time I had no idea what that really meant).

















Things changed slightly as I started to shoot fashion shows. The first fashion show I ever went to, I probably shot more images in a small amount of time than I ever had before. I remember filling up both of my memory cards and having to borrow a friends in order to keep shooting. It was nuts! But I wasn’t ever really shooting the runway, ironically enough. What interested me more was everything else; the luxuriously-dressed fashionistas, the waiters, the wine glasses…the atmosphere. It was all so foreign to me, it was like I had entered another world– one which I only saw in film or some magazine or something. So, I kept going to shows and kept shooting. Eventually I even grew to appreciate what these shows were organized for…the clothes themselves. When I actually was able to shoot backstage things started to get even more interesting! I would be shooting these models right before they hit the runway, finding interesting ways to contrast the dirty, grungy hallways they came out of with the lush, rich…high class clothing they were wearing.

After a while I would go to shows only to shoot models, but not necessarily for beauty (although I was able to get numerous beautiful shots of them before they hit the runway), but for the interesting contrast they would provide in a brief moment, with them usually unaware. It was all very interesting to me. Here we have these models…these ideal human beings, beautiful people… walking up and down a runway simply as canvases to the art they were wearing. In that moment they aren’t usually seen in the same way we look at people. They were simply objects. Where else in culture do you see something like this? I found it fascinating, and still do… although showing that in my images is the real challenge. I feel like I still haven’t really breached the same hard-hitting ideas that I think of when I shoot, but I enjoy the challenge.

AS: How would you describe your personal style?

PJ: Fhew… That’s REALLY tough for me, as I love to dabble in different ‘genres’ of photography. I still always think of myself firstly as an artist, and a photographer second. There are so many things one can do with photography, it is such a flexible medium. And I’m young, I used to be very conscious about my age, as many would confuse me for someone older, but now I’m proud to be where I am and doing what I’m doing at only 20. I feel accomplished in that sense. But as far as style? I think I could probably verbally describe it, but not visually, as it changes every time I click the shutter. In words, I would say that I am a finder of truths; more specifically, I unveil ironies and like to show the reality of moments. A lot of my artwork and projects tend to revolve around the city, or around popular culture and how our society or ‘cultural ethos’ shapes us…and what I dislike about that. While I love living in the city, there are many aspects of that lifestyle that deep down I disagree with wholeheartedly; I try to show that in my work as best I can.

Besides that, I am a portrait photographer by trade (gotta make the dough somehow, right?)… and I love it for different reasons than I do my artwork. It’s amazing, really. I love to capture people being who they are… I feel very much like a psychologist at times. I have to examine and realize what makes my subject ‘tick’…what makes them smile naturally, what makes their eyes tell the entire story. Then I have to have the abilities to capture it at just the right time. I love it.

AS: What are you impressions of the Minneapolis fashion community?

PJ: It’s very interesting. I like how small it is for my needs…as most know me and my work by now, and I can easily get backstage and shoot what I want… however for everyone else? Not so good. I think it’s a relatively hostile environment to new-comers who aren’t as lucky as me…something needs to change in order for it to grow and flourish to support the kind of amazing artists we are known to create in this lovely state. I would love to see more shows which are focused on the art…the creations made by creative designers…instead of the focus on selling. Yes, I understand these designers may have mouths back home to feed…but I do wish they would make art for arts sake every now and then (and they do! just not very often…). I also wish the events were more opening to the rest of Minneapolis, instead of stuffy, private shows which only those in the industry (or press) get to ever really see firsthand.

AS: What is your creative process like?

PJ: Very spontaneous, I take an idea and run with it. Either that or the opposite… I spend months developing an idea in my head, putting it to paper, then to photoshop, then I go out and make it happen finally.

AS: What projects are you currently working on?

PJ: Currently I’m still working on my fashion series (have been for a few years now). As well, I have quite a few commercial and fine art projects that I have been keeping under wraps for a while now until they are published (yes, published!). Excited to share them once everything is finished. I also am in the middle of a ‘365’ project, where I take images every day. Although it has evolved into a ‘take photos on the weekdays, rest on the weekends’ sort of thing…I still want to be pushing myself as often as possible to create work. It is very demanding on me, as I am quite the perfectionist when it comes to my imagery. I have just returned from Peru and Washington state!

AS: Any influences or anyone you look up to when it comes to your work?

PJ: Oh man, too many to say here in one long-winded post… but I will say that I am deeply inspired by the ‘masters’, the classic artists who shaped what photography is today.

AS: If you weren’t creating, what would you be doing?

PJ: I used to play soccer 5 days a week on a very competitive and demanding team, but quit because it was too draining. I was pretty good, I played with an Olympic Development Program for a few years before I found my feet deeply seeded in art. I think if I hadn’t been exposed or pushed to explore that more, I would still be kicking balls in the net. I still play a couple days a week, but nothing like I used to… I was even given a few scholarships to various colleges, but never went through with that.

AS: Lastly, any words of advice for aspiring artists?

PJ: Do what YOU have to do in order to create exactly what you want. Opinions matter… and are a very important part of growing as an artist/photographer…but you need to follow your own gut. Also, never give up, and never be satisfied with where you are with your form… challenge yourself and you will find opportunities await around every corner.As ‘fortune cookie’ as that may sound, it is very true; if you focus on creating good work, people WILL eventually notice and you will find yourself being desired by those who need your kind of imagery.

My Boyfriend, the Artist by Lucie Jane

Through out my blog posts here on the Arielsimone blog and my own page, I have mentioned my boyfriend, Kevin C. Walker, and used some of his photography.  I thought today might be a fun time to actually introduce him as the artist he is and show off more of his work.

Kevin has been involved in photography and videographer work since before I met him three years ago, but lately his work has been getting even more and more refined.

Here is some of his work (with me as the subject) that hasn’t yet been seen here:

 Taken at an old school skating rink 🙂

Taken after a show I did for The Minnesota Design Diaries and designer Laura Fulk last spring. Loooove the makeup!

                      Spur of the moment photo shoot on our 2 year anniversary outing ❤ 

Outtake from the shoot I wrote about 2 weeks ago .

Kevin is also an avid videographer and quite talented.  He is currently working on the creative team of a very successful national short film that is being made into a feature.  Check out this post on my blog of a video he shot featuring me!

Kevin is also a talented wedding, event and senior portrait photographer as well as fashion.  Check out his portfolio on his site or his flickr.

by Lucie Jane