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Going Western in West Marin

Stylist Leah-Marie and assistant Kasia Pawlowska give the inside scoop on the Fall 2016 fashion shoot.



Fashion spreads are enchanting, seamless worlds filled with flawless faces, opulent fabrics, dazzling baubles and oh-so-cool-attitudes. Fashion shoots? Not so much. And the journey from conception to creation is one of meticulous planning, long days and tape. Lots and lots of different tape. For the Fall 2016 shoot, stylist Leah Marie looked at the runways for inspiration, “After reviewing Fall runway reports, I noticed a strong theme of Western apparel running through some of my favorite lines.” This led her to adopt a similar theme while hinting at boho and veering Western. “The western twist being cowboy boots, fringe, leather, denim, big buckle belts, turquoise and bead jewelry and Aztec prints,” Marie gushes.

Long-time Marin Magazine collaborator Elizabeth Chang was brought on again to create a sultry look, read: smoky eyes, nude lips, flushed cheeks, a little dewy. For hair, Chang styled model Emily Arnold with loose curls that can easily transition into a low pigtail, or side pony, and back to down and flowy again. With her expertise this happened before you could say, “eat your heart out Karlie Kloss.”

Capturing the magic were Milan + Shannon, a talented husband and wife duo with an uncanny ability to catch sultry, intimate moments on film. Their first time working with the magazine was nothing short of sensational. Galavanting in and around Point Reyes the production caused a stir, garnering lots of wandering eyes and a few fans, too.

The idea for this shoot differed from some of our previous ones, as well, with wearable fashion being at the forefront. “Wearable meaning comfortable, fashion forward, reasonably priced and flattering,” says Marie. And the clothes are also accessible geographically speaking. “You will see that most of the apparel and accessories are from local Marin County boutiques –– it was really fun to bring it back to our roots here in Marin.”

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