some absolutely stunning work by @narimanj and his team, using a few archival pieces.
stylist - @narimanj
photographer - @aranhahahaha
models - @realgioe + @jeremyxwatson
hmu - @tamielsombati
a few photos from a story styled by @georgiagroom for @fuuuckingyoung, using a few archival pieces.
stylist - @georgiagroom
photographer - @michaelkaiyoung
art direction - @alexandredeslauriers
model - @sean.michael.stewart
always an honour and a joy to collaborate with @vivekshraya, this time for her latest album, parttime woman, an intimate exploration of gender.
The prep for FAT2017's THOT4ME presentation was wild and beautiful. I had the privilege and honour to interact with so many lovely and unique models, and the authenticity and courage of their personal narratives re-invigorated L'Uomo Strano's commitment for the queeroes, sheroes, and heroes who boldly give gender the middle finger everyday.
Che Rosales took some bomb photos of THOT4ME, a L'Uomo Strano retrospective presented at FAT2017. I especially appreciated the slightly grainy, washed-out vibe of his images and his ability to capture the personalities of each of the models through their walks and gestures. Definitely check out more of his work here.
THOT4ME, L'Uomo Stano's 5-year retrospective, was presented at Fashion Art Toronto (or FAT2017) in April 2017. It was an interesting exercise distilling hundreds of garments and design ideas down to a selection of 15-20 looks. The process helped to emphasize silhouettes and details that had remained the same, which ones had evolved and which ones had been abandoned; ultimately, it helped to articulate a design language surrounding amorphous attachments to gender which felt very grounding. Thanks to Vanja Vasic, Calder Ross and everybody over at FAT2017 for all their patience, expertise and support. <3
I first met Ann and Sabrina of Alpha Nov on the set of the Fashion Arts Toronto 2016 Campaign Shoot. This dynamic photography duo circulated around the space arranging idiosyncratic tableaux of models and objects before snapping their subjects from the most unique of angles. They did this all while giggling and keeping the mood super light.
I asked them to shoot the Bad Girls Club L'Uomo Strano AW16 Campaign shoot for all of these reasons and Ann and Sabrina didn't disappoint. Check out this selection of the resultant images. Thanks also the Ash, Rejh and Victor (all ANGELS/models), Andrew La Rose (the best righthand man and stylist) and Charm Torres (a wiz with a makeup brush and your astrological chart).
AntiFrantik is a Toronto hiphop triple-threat; this multi-arts powerhouse produces, writes, and films. On top of all that, he is now co-CEO of Anamoly, a Toronto-based recording company committed to creating space for the silenced and marginalized to share their own sonic memoirs.
We had the privilege of collaborating with AntiFrantik for our SS14 show soundtrack, presented at Fashion Arts Toronto Week in April of 2014. What resulted was "1968", a soundscape composed of a series of dialogues that explored different facets of the black female/femme experience from the 1960s to present day. It is a powerful, audacious, and timelessly relevant piece, especially in light of what BLMTO's political sit-in during PrideTO's 2016 Pride Parade revealed about intersectionality, resistance and compromise.
Take a listen!
BADGIRLSCLUB, L'Uomo Strano's AW16 collection presented at Fashion Arts Toronto (FAT2016), was an unique experience for the label as it was Strano's first foray into articulating an everyday wardrobe for the gender non-conformist/muse. The resultant collection of leather jackets, coat and tuxedo dresses gestured towards the community, confidence and femininity within girl gangs, which was further accentuated by the show choreography, by the incomparable Andrew La Rose.