Artist Feature: Prachi Sharma & Farah Magi by Alarick McGlory

By: Sky Braun, MFM Editor/Writer, Instagram: @skybfree

Aiming toward a fusion of traditional and modern, I’d say Prachi Sharma, (@thirddimension) fashion photographer reigning from India, accomplished her goal. Incorporating this overall theme into not only the styling, but also the area’s culture and way of thinking, she further explained:

The pictures come out as a tangent to the clichéd use of traditional costumes by keeping their ethnicity with a tinge of modernity. For example, as we are a part of this whole developing world where one cannot choose extremes such as ‘Am I a traditionalist or modernist?’ One generally tends to have flavors of both. Similarly, a modern woman here may not be a hardcore traditionalist or modernist but an evolution of both the forms, yet retaining her individuality. The modern fashion is reflected in her styling and the poses on one side while on the other, a traditional costume that has an amalgam of both the extremes and yet, can be worn in daily life.

The model chosen for this project, Farah Magi (@farahmagi), is a blogger from a metropolitan city called Bangalore, a totally different city from the location of the shoot, not just in terms of geography, but also tradition, culture, and development. The location, Jaipur, India, was chosen for its historical roots in context of women, as they say it was built for the royal women to take a peek of street festivals, while remaining unseen indoors. Magi stated Jaipur has always fascinated her for its richness, both historically and culturally. She also shared that during her shoot, as a woman in the city, “which is still conventional in terms of culture, one does have to go through all the glaring and staring – not just by men, but curious women as well.”

Magi’s goal was to portray Jaipur from the perspective of an outsider. Therefore, she also wanted to shoot with a photographer born and raised in Jaipur, more than familiar with its culture. She very appropriately called the project a “collaboration of two creative minds and a juxtaposition of two distinct perspectives,” as she went on to explain, “we did not want to keep it completely ethnic and traditional. We kept the styling rather fresh and modern, but the soul was the beautiful heritage city that Jaipur is. We put a lot of love and care in picking out each and every single element. The crisp white shirt signifies the men of Jaipur: rather austere and sometimes defiant of cultural change. The skirt signifies the women of Jaipur: vibrant and multi-hued. The skirt and jewelry were sourced from the original Banjara tribes of Rajasthan; they're all handmade. I personally went down to the tribal village and requested them to sell it to me. The finishing touches were a pair of heels, disheveled hair, a negligent smoky eye and an attitude of nonchalance that only an urban outsider can permeate. It was a stark contrast between the old and the new.”

An excerpt from a post on her very own blog informs that:

Jaipur – a city that a lot of people associate with women who cower to the trope of patriarchal wish fulfillment, creates interesting and layered narratives. It is the cultural miscellany with influences that are simultaneously global and local, that draws me towards this city. For me, it represents a city, which underlines the attempt made by a woman who steadily tries to enforce her agency in a corseted society. I met a lot of powerful women with a relentless heart, the real backbone behind this ‘heritage’ site. Women artisans keep the traditional crafts alive, lending the bazaars a wide array of colors that is not just limited to pink, and that is the sort [of] rainbow umbrella you want to be under. Gota Patti, Bandhani, Laheriya, Block-printing, Kinari, Tarkashi, Meenakari…and the list goes on and on. During this visit, I picked up one product with each of these traditional techniques just to keep in my bedroom and constantly keep inspiring myself. Jaipur, hence, is not just a single color. It is every single color in the spectrum. Albeit a relatively undercooked broth of female talent.

Clearly, being a photographer or model in these areas of India is not the easiest task, but it is as interesting as it is difficult, Sharma explained. Many factors play a role, ranging from access to locations, culture, gender, to language and so on. She reminds us of the positive though, by offering an alternate perspective. In a country with such diverse geography, terrain, and people, it is definitely possible to find and produce any kind of fashion shoot imaginable – if you’re as passionate and forward thinking as Prachi Sharma and Farah Magi, that is. 

Artist Feature: YAEL by Alarick McGlory

Painter Feature: Yaël Hupert

By: Sky Braun, MFM Editor/Writer, Instagram: @skybfree

We are delighted to announce that a series of Yaël’s work will be featured in the art category of our upcoming issue. Please check out her entire gallery at www.yaelhupert.com, where you can also read more about her:

 

LILIAN, ACRYLIC ON CANVAS.

"Yaël is a young artist from Antwerp, Belgium. Passionate, curious and a traveller, Yaël expresses a unique view about her time, taking inspiration from the world around her. The emotions, colours and flavours in her work convey a lively, fresh and honest tone that immediately sets her apart. Yaël’s paintings mostly acrylic on canvas, have quickly found an audience, transforming a hobby into a true, yet fun artistic journey."

"Bleeding Gold" Video Feature by Alarick McGlory

Photographer/Videographer Feature:

Chad Cosper

By: Sky Braun

"My love of photography and film began at an early age. From the time I snapped the shutter on a 110 Kodak with the rotating flashcube, I was hooked.

During my teenage years, I laid hands on my first VHS camcorder and my life was never the same. I quickly learned that I could transfer my still photography skills into capturing moving images. After all, video is just about 30 still images strung together every second.

To me, organic beauty is seen in every passing glance, wind teased hair, and flutter of fabric."

"Bleeding Gold" Sneak-Peek by Alarick McGlory

Photographer Feature Sneak-Peek from December Issue:

Melissa Cosper

By: Sky Braun

“My introduction into photography was mostly by accident. It started as a way to raise money to go on a mission trip to Africa and blossomed. Once there, I realized the need for perspective in America. America is the land of excess; people always wanting more and never happy with what they already have. While in Ghana, I experienced a life with the bare necessities and witnessed people who were genuinely happy, even though they had very little. I came away from that experience wanting to keep that perspective as much as possible.

I have a photo that I took while there that has been turned into a painting that hangs in my living room. It hangs there to remind me to be grateful for the little things, and to appreciate all the bonuses that life affords as an American citizen. At first glance, you might only see the dirt road and dilapidated buildings, but all I see is the beauty of the bold red dress and the contrast of the blue wall behind the little girl. It inspired me to continue to create and capture the beauty of life in all aspects.

What began as a hobby quickly became my passion. I began working as a professional photographer, which has since given me opportunities to travel the world, work with celebrities, and capture some of life’s most meaningful moments for many people.”

Art Basel Miami Beach: Dealers, Designers, & Dollars by Alarick McGlory

By: Sky Braun, MFM Editor/Writer, Instagram @skybfree

Art Basel, for those of you who are unfamiliar, is an international art fair made up of three shows held annually in the following cities: Basel, Switzerland; Miami, U.S.A.; and Hong Kong, China. Each show features modern and contemporary artwork from both newly emerging and established artists.

Art Basel Miami Beach, more commonly known as ABMB, is one of the most anticipated events, but not just in the art world. Often time, and by that I mean to say all of the time, fashion at the fair takes center stage. Being street-style ready is essential and style experts come prepared. More interestingly, though, they come to be inspired.

“A Queen Within: Adorned Achetypes” at Art Seen Cultural Center really puts the relationship between art and fashion on full display. Over-the-top accessories and high-end, captivating work by designers like Alexander McQueen sate our longing today through December 5th, all in a totally juxtaposed warehouse setting. From regal to complex to edgy, this exhibition presents the multifaceted nature of women and the designers who dress them. Expect work from Vetements (i.e. $10,000 hand-painted boots!), Vivienne Westwood, and many others. 

So, count on getting your fashion fix! Spending time around such artistic beauty is bound to translate to your wardrobe, but if you are unable to attend, just be sure to check-in daily for Art Basel fashion updates. I know I’ll be!

The Top Three Chic "Cold" Colors by Alarick McGlory

By: Sky Braun, MFM Editor/Writer

Is it just me, or do the rest of you notice and admit guilt to wearing only dark colors as soon as the temp. drops? Why limit ourselves?

Now, I’m definitely not suggesting neons, but infusing our winter wardrobes with a few lively shades seems reasonable. Brighten up with me, as we consider these three hit hues street-style stars are already donning: