Once you know that the Los Angeles-based brand Co is the shared endeavor of Stephanie Danan and Justin Kern, you understand the name. Co, as in co-founded. But what you can’t know right away is that the pair are veterans of the movie industry and bonafide professional film buffs.
A look from Co’s spring 17 collection; all images courtesy Co.
To celebrate the fact that we’ve just added Co’s chic and earthy shapes and gorgeously rich fabrics to Nordstrom’s Designer Collections, we talked to Stephanie and Justin about their new spring collection and the big screen moments that inspired it.
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“I guess what I do is create images for myself and for others,” says Petra Collins. “I create worlds that people can experience and, hopefully, find themselves in.” We asked the Toronto-born artist and photographer how she would describe what she does to someone who knows nothing about Simone Rocha, Balenciaga, one-shoulder tops and fashion sneakers, because in this image-saturated world, it’s getting harder and harder to convey why some pictures are evocative while others just scroll on by. So why not go straight to the source?
“I can’t say what makes my work so special, but what I can say is that I need to create with work and it comes from the bottom of my soul.”
Lumia Nocito, National YoungArts winner and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts candidate for photography
and Adinah Dancyger, a filmmaker.
All images by Petra Collins.
Olivia Kim, who has long admired Petra’s work and commissioned the images you see here, put it this way: “[Her] photos capture moments that are real and honest, even when the moment is just friends hanging out talking about pimples and politics. It validates those conversations in the flash of a second. Those are sometimes our most important moments—that is modern life.”
This—our spring brand campaign and video, with the photographer’s friends and familiars in new-season looks from Belstaff to J.W.ANDERSON—is modern life too. We talked to Petra about spring—and other things that feel both of the moment and in the future.
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The ethereal looks in Maria Cornejo’s Spring 2017 collection evoke romanticism with a sophisticated simplicity well suited to the modern woman. It’s often said that Cornejo makes clothes that showcase the individual. Her design ethos is instantly recognizable, yet it never overpowers. It’s always the woman that shines.
All runway photos: InDigital Images
This season’s graceful silhouettes are a case in point. Working predominantly in white, Cornejo’s lineup of fluid looks, shown on barefoot models, feels unfettered and luminous—and the makeup is perfectly in tune.
Created by Dick Page, lead artist for Shiseido, the makeup celebrates natural beauty, with an emphasis on gorgeous, blushing cheeks. The key to nailing the look yourself lies in where and how you apply your blush.
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