As described by the designer herself, “Cityzen by Azin transforms aerial views of cities into wearable art, taking inspiration from colors and patterns of the earth from above. It promotes a global dialogue and diplomacy through fashion by transcending physical and mental borders believing that the arts bridge differences, technology reveals beauty, inter-connectivity leads to new discoveries, and taking the long view brings commonality into focus.
The Cityzen bespoke apparel connects the heart and soul of the city with that of the body. Form follows topography with mountains defining necklines, rivers meandering around the curves of the body, and roads marking transitions in a garment, retaining a sense of bespoke individuality that transports the wearer to another part of the world.
The Cityzen scarf is a universal piece of clothing that links women and men across the world sharing their commonality and respecting their differences. It provides a breathtaking perspective of the world and is accompanied by a mini guide that celebrates each place through the 6 senses of sight, sound, touch, taste, scent and thought.” – Azin Valy
Behind the scenes of the mens fashion editorial I styled with Photographer Geoffrey Badner featuring tailored menswear from David Hart, Cake for Monarchs, Marc Jacobs, The Kooples, Vince Camuto, and Prada. This season is all about 70’s inspired prints and patterns, and Lulu’s Lounge at the W Hotel in Hoboken provided the perfect backdrop for our editorial. It was a true challenge mixing all of the colors and patterns in this editorial, but I am so happy with the final results!
The 70’s are back in a big way this summer via large geometric prints, eye-popping colors, and large 70’s inspired belt buckles! Lulu’s at the W Hotel in Hoboken provided the perfect backdrop for Photographer Geoffrey Badner and I to play with all of the bold patterns and styles of the season.
The key to pulling off these types of looks is to not over-do it with the patterns, allowing your look to have a retro feel with a modern edge. Choose one key statement piece, such as David Harts yellow and black geometric blazer, or Marc Jacobs floral t-shirt, and allow the rest of the outfit to really show off this piece as opposed overwhelm it. These kind of bold statement pieces can be very intimidating to a lot of men, but done right, you will be the most stylish man in the room! (I promise!). An easy rule to follow when styling an outfit around a piece with a bold pattern is to choose one of the secondary colors in the pattern and integrate that color somewhere else into your look (for example: I paired David Harts yellow geometric blazer with a black Kooples shirt and white Vince Camuto pants). Yellow is such an overwhelming color that the black and white were really needed to tone down and modernize the look. You never want to match it exactly, as more often than not this will leave you looking like you are wearing a costume from the 1970’s, as opposed to modernizing a specific trend.
Another way to integrate this trend into your look is via accessories. I LOVE large belt buckles like the one on the Prada Belt that I paired with David Harts burgundy suit. Click here to read my article on my favorite large buckle luxury belts this season.
The final trend I focused on in this editorial was the huge trend of wearing white trainers with tailored pieces for a clean, fresh look. I LOVE these white Penguin trainers with gold accents, as well as these ones from Ted Baker. Every man should have a pair of basic white trainers in his wardrobe. They are fresh, clean, modern, and can go with pretty much anything. I LOVE how fresh white trainers look with outfits that are a bit more tailored and polished…………adding just enough of a casual, fashionable edge.
Photographer Kourosh Sotoodeh and I teamed up once again to create what we think is an amazingly powerful image and message. Underneath, we are all the same: LOVE HAS NO RELIGION. LOVE TRUMPS HATE. We all love, we all have desire, we all have passion, and we are all beautiful. No matter what clothes we choose to wear on the outside, once that is stripped away we are left with one thing: HUMAN DESIRE. This image captures the essence of what it is to be a woman in an East meets West landscape.
With everything that is going on in the world it is easy to get caught up in the media, and start passing judgements based on stereotypes. I was always taught to not judge a book by it’s cover, and to love freely. Being a Fashion Stylist and Designer I know that with clothing, and with the right hair and make up I can make anybody into anything. I have worked with models, performers, and actors from around the world. I watch drastic transformations happen everyday working on photoshoots and film sets………but then night falls……….and the clothes come off, and the make up is washed away………and the truth is revealed. This truth is that once the “mask” is stripped away, we are all the same. We all have the same desire to be loved.
For this editorial I again teamed up with amazing fashion Photographer Kourosh Sotoodeh. The idea was to fuse edgy, luxury eyewear with lingerie that would complement the pieces through styling. I chose to pull lingerie from Bordelle and Conturelle, and use Pretty Polly and Trasparenze stockings. The graphic lines of the lingerie was the perfect match to the harsh geometric lines of the eyewear, and the Bordelle garter belt completed the illusion of the spider frames. Mission accomplished…………….FIERCE………….FASHION.
Most recent styled Fashion Editorial I styled with Photographer Kourosh Sotoodeh and Hair Stylist Giuseppe Bicceri
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As I was perusing the web the other day I came across this image, and in one image it managed to define and fuse my bodies of work together. I have been a stylist for 13+ years, and spent many of those years specializing in lingerie. Recently, I have dove into menswear, and in particular, the world of custom suits and personal styling via a company called “Wall Street Stylist.” It was always hard for me to articulate a connection between these two worlds, and what drew me to them in particular……………but now it makes sense. Deep down I knew there was a connection. This connection lies in the attention to detail, the subtleties, the fit, and the allure of both lingerie and tailored menswear to the opposite sexes. No matter what path I go down, these things will always follow me.
Welcome to Spring! For this shoot I teamed up with Photographer Kevin Zupp and Hair/Make-up Artist Tyhree Hall to create these fresh spring looks based on mixing fun, flirty neons with pastels.
This is one of my favorite shoots thus far. Model Alissa Bourne was the perfect muse in this edgy Marilyn Monroe inspired lingerie editorial. The idea was to keep a hint of Marilyn Monroe while adding a more modern and edgy sex appeal with the styling and poses. We also wanted to keep clean, graphic lines to complement Alissa’s beautiful curves. This was the 3rd shoot in this b+w series that I have styled with Photographer Jason Obrotka.
A small seaside motel in the Hamptons set the backdrop for this stunningly sexy boudoir photoshoot with Photographer William Stowe Richards. The idea was to keep it a little voyeuristic – a glimpse into a seductive Hamptons weekend – from getting ready in the morning, to strolling the boardwalk during the day, to waiting patiently for her lover to come home at night.
Here are some images that I styled for Bare Necessities Valentines Day campaign. Gentleman, you can never go wrong with lingerie, jewelry, and flowers on Valentine’s Day, I promise! 😉
Below are images from my most recent editorial shoot for Eluxe Magazine, which was co-styled with my partner in crime D.Webb NYC, with Photographer Dalton Louis, Make up artist Jitka Kluglova, and Hair Stylist Laura Vignola. After weeks of discussing a theme for the shoot, we began to conceptualize which designers would be best to bring our vision to life. We decided to pull vintage Chanel and Versace jewelry from Despuis 1924 International, as well as lingerie from Huit, Madame Supertrash, and Nevaeh Intimates. Although the shoot has a slight retro feel to it, it was very important for us to keep a sexy, clean, modern edge……………mission accomplished. Now “JUST DRIVE.”
Even after years of styling numerous campaigns, I still get excited when I get to work with my 2 favorite things: luxury lingerie and designer jewelry. Yes……..I will always be that little girl that loves to play dress up at heart ;-). For this editorial (sneak peak, the issue will be out in November), I teamed up with D.Webb, and after going through countless look books and inspirations, we decided to pull from 3 stunning lingerie companies (Huit, Madame Supertrash, and Nevaeh Intimates), and pair the lingerie with vintage Chanel and Versace jewelry from Depuis 1924 International. Paired with the PERFECT location, a beautiful model, and an amazing team, we created some truly sexy images, and are very eager for the magazine to come out next month.
A perfect day at the beach, what more could we ask for! Once again I teamed up with Photographer Natalia Artemieva to style this sexy beach editorial. Natalia is always fantastic to work with, and has a true talent for defining seduction. Her shoots are always very sexy, sensual, and erotic………….and this was no exception. What a perfect way to end our summer!
I have always been very inspired by the screen sirens of old Hollywood. Perhaps it was the grace, or the elegance, or the sophistication………..but everything seemed so beautiful and classy. For this shoot, I teamed up with Photographer Jason Obrotka once again to create some beautiful images. Our model was Diana Banya, Hair by Kirsten Bode, and Make-Up by Fiona Thatcher. The outcome: a beautiful old Hollywood inspired boudoir shoot. I used garments from Mission Control, Trasparenze, Pretty Polly, BCBG………….and of course Jacci Jaye corsets. I think all women should aspire to be this glamorous!
I have always loved bow ties. They make a man look dapper, classy, elegant, sexy, and most importantly; completely confident and in control. This series that I styled with Photographer Natalia Artemieva shows Stefan progressing through an evening. He begins his night playful….on the prowl….then things take an intense and sexy turn when he sets his eyes on someone in the room worthy of his seduction. What woman could resist this gaze?
These images are from a shoot I styled last weekend with Photographer Jason Obrotka. I wanted to push the boundaries a little bit, using strong lines in the jewelry and lingerie to define strength and power. Although I wanted the look to be really feminine, I wanted to stay away from the typical soft lace and frills of much of the lingerie that has typically been on the market. As of recently, lingerie designers have taken a turn to exhibit more of an edge to their designs, incorporating straps, metal rings and hardware, combinations of leather, lace, and mesh, and more masculine closures such as exposed hooks and eyes, zippers, and snaps. Although the lingerie market has been headed in this direction for quite some time, especially in Europe, I think the mainstream appeal has been expedited by the popularity of the “50 Shades of Grey” novels.
I selected designers that would enhance this aesthetic, pulling a corset and neck corset from D.Webb, stockings from Agent Provocateur, and big statement jewelry from Tavia Sanza. I even included one of my designs, a black satin garter belt that corsets up the back with satin ribbon. Our model, Solveiga Mykolaityte, was absolutely fantastic. The end result equals mission accomplished…………strong, sexy, fierce…………beauty defined.
This might be my favorite crew shot to date! This was from a shoot I co-styled with D.Webb NYC, and shot by Photographer H.James Hoff. We styled an editorial based on a “Fight Club” theme, and chose to pull from designer William Watson’s edgy yet masculine menswear collection, as well as jewelry from RockLove and exquisite watches from BlumLux. Ahhhhhh, crew love! 😉