Living Urban Culture Fashion Show

On Sunday, September 21st, Living Urban Culture hosted a fashion show at Dred Surfer Grill in Rockaway, Queens. It included a collaboration of a few designers and their brands: Creative Era by Whitney House, X Z O T I K S W I M by Ashley Couture, Shinade Martin, Designs by Xaiken Ford. As the sky grew darker, the light from the boardwalk lamps spilling in to meet with the brightness of the colorful space at the venue, the room seemed to grow, with onlookers taking seats to see the hard work displayed by the designers. For pre-show interviews check out our previous posting: L.U.C. interviews.

CEO and Founder of Living Urban Culture L.U.C., Eudora N. Chioma provided more information on her company, for those who are interested in fashion:

“Living Urban Culture. L.U.C is an uprising fashion company that combines African, Ameican and other cultures into one to create a new style(s) of living. L.U.C. is a movement for all artistic minds to come together, work together and bring each other up. We also incorporate this “style” into our clothing and accessories for both genders.

Film Syrup asked Eudora what L.U.C. means to her. She responded with a knowing respect for the culture(s) and style she promotes and explores. To Eudora, ” Living Urban Culture is a way of life. It’s a company that shines on all ethnicity and cultures, on all races, or all forms of art and fashion, whether is music, illustration, film, photography, modeling, designing, we do it all. We’re the company that has everything you need under one roof.”
Eudora told Film Syrup that she does not have one “favorite” designer, adding “every designer inspires me in different ways.” In the name of all things Film Syrup! we asked Eudora what her favorite films are. She responded that she enjoys the Harry Potter Series, Twilight Series, and the Hunger Games series, but she enjoys other films as well. She would be able to give great fashion advice to Katniss Everdeen (no offense, Cinna).
Film Syrup asked Eudora a few more questions:

What do you love about fashion?

“I love how the designer expresses him or herself through clothing and accessories and I love how each individual can put different pieces together to create a look that expresses something about them. It’s art.”

What do you love about Living Urban Culture?

“I love the fact that we’re one big family supporting each other and growing together. We all have different goals and we all help each other accomplish those goals.”

Where/who does your inspiration come from?

“From life, from the streets, from individuals, artists, poets, African culture, my family, music, designers etc.”

Eudora’s passion for her niche is impressive and reflects through her ability to organize events that allow fashion professionals to interact with different industries. Last Sunday, September 21st, Film Syrup was honored to attend L.U.C’s fashion show to experience the creative expressions of designers and models who hold inner beauty that they channel into the art of fashion:

Creative Era by Whitney House

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X Z O T I K S W I M by Ashley Couture

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 Designer: Shinade Martin 

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Designs by Xaiken Ford

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Living Urban Culture also collaborated with music artists:

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You know that when everyone breaks out into the “Electric Slide” that it has been a great night.

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For regular updates on Living Urban Culture, visit L.U.C’s Facebook: LivingUrbanCulture or for clothing:

Living Urban Culture’s Fashion Show: pre-show interviews

Film Syrup traveled to Rockaway last weekend, on Sunday, September 21st, 2014 for Living Urban Culture’s (LUC) Fashion Show. Our team presented themselves with their talents and positions: Vice President and Stylist, Roxanne Pfaus interviewed models, along with contributing writer, Jordan Danner, with our creative director, Paige Skelly and creative advisor, Sarina Penza as accompanying photographers. Phil Zorawski interviewed designers, with Tommy Stang, Grace McGovern, Shaun McMahon helping our cause. Colleen Rowe, Film Syrup’s founder and managing editor of the blog, photographed the fashion show.

Below are the interviews we performed as a collective group, because before anything else Film Syrup is a team.

Interviews by Jordan Danner:

Model: Denecia
Wearing: Designer, Sinead Martin
Favorite Designer: Chila 4 Fun
Favorite Film: Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Her favorite thing about LUC is the unique designs and how you will never see another like them at other shows.

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Model: Ashley
Wearing: Creative Era, Designer Whitney
Favorite designer: herself, Crookid
Favorite Film: Eve’s Bayou

Her favorite thing about LUC is that it is a melting pot of everything that she loves artistically in film, fashion and music.

Model: Ashley
Wearing: Creative Era, Designer Whitney
Ashley does not have a favorite designer because she says everyone is different in their own unique way.
Favorite Films: Taken and The Fast and the Furious
Her favorite thing about LUC is being able to work with a variety of different cultures.

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4. Okeema (MC of the event)

Dress by Eudora of LUC and accessories by MoonGoddie
Favorite designer: Eudora of LUC because she makes and envisions all of her outfits
Her favorite films are Baggage Claim, the Twilight series, Think Like a Man and The Best Man

Her favorite thing about LUC is allowing every model to express their individuality and not discriminating based on race, gender or size.

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 Sarina Penza and Jordan Danner conducting interview with Okeema, the fashion show’s MC.
Interview by Paige Skelly:
Model’s Name: Julissa
Where are you from? The Bronx.
What brand/designer are you wearing? Creative Era
Favorite Designer? Carolina Herrera
What is your favorite movie(s)? Titanic, Avatar, The Notebook
What do you love about Living Urban Culture? Meeting people and traveling.
Interviews by Roxanne Pfaus:
In speaking with some of the show’s models and getting an up close look at the garments, I was able to gain a better understanding of the brand Creative Era, a collection that was completely hand crafted. -Roxanne Pfaus, Film Syrup Stylist


What is your name? Raven Salmon

What designer are you wearing? Creative Era by designer Whitney House

Who is your favorite designer? Highly Humble

What do you love about LUC? I love that it is so unique and different

What is your favorite movie? The Exorcist

Models Raven and Denecia Raven was wearing a top made of both lace and denim, giving a sheer quality to her back. She was also wearing leopard print skinnies. Her outfit was accessorized with the designer’s signature bow tie and thick brimmed glasses, giving her a spunky urban culture film syrup 2

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What is your name? Joshua Smith

What designer are you wearing? Creative Era by Whitney House

Who is your favorite designer? Asher Levine

What do you love about LUC? I love the diversity, and that it is like a big family that comes together.

What is your favorite movie? Alice in Wonderland, the Tim Burton version

Joshua was sporting a plaid blue flannel, opened so that you could see his white tee underneath. He was also wearing black skinny jeans, along with his retro styled bow tie and glasses.

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Interviews by Phil Zorawski:

Designer name: Sinead Martin

Favorite thing about fashion: “People are able to see and identify with who i am, and how people use my ideas so they can benefit themselves and others in the future.”

Designer name: Yalken Ford

Film: Blood Nightmare

Favorite designer.: “None. Mine!.” (laughs)
Inspiring designer: Kiki palmer
Inspiration for designs: My grandmother.
She says of designing: I love the joy it gives me to see others enjoying my clothes.

Sinead Martin and a friend during L.U.C’s Fashion Show at Dred Surfer Grill in Rockaway, Queens. September 21, 2014.

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Stay “tuned” into Syrup for the fashion show, Part 2! With designs by Creative Era, Sinead Martin, Living Urban Culture, etc. To be released soon!

Hello, High School Flashbacks

Hello, Film Syrup viewers, we’re back! Film Syrup’s creative team: Paige Skelly, Roxanne Pfaus, Colleen Rowe, and our NEW creative accomplice – Sarina Penza! We have provided the following post and photos to recreate generally well known movie scenes and character interactions. It’s a reunion and you’re all invited:

Infamously horrifically portrayed, high school is often considered by many middle-aged bar goers at happy hour as a chunk of their prime years, while  others, tortured by the memories of themselves as the classic “geek,” pretend that it’s a portion of their history that’s unaccounted for. If you’re anything like me, you don’t care either way, but you expect the people who portray it to be so wonderful or so oppositely horrible to want to leave it behind and make new memories. As often is the case, logic is thrown out the window and run over by a steam roller when filmmaking is involved and stories have been and will continue to be created to exhibit remnants of these high school stories, whether they are exaggerated or completely made up. IMG_5529Among the high school movie classics, there’s a commonality for jealous or resentful friends to become murderers of the “Queen Bee.” It sounds extreme, because it is. Along with a setting and victim, this teen villain needs a weapon. For a sweet ending, the weapon in this case is a jawbreaker, (yes, the candy).

Pictures inspired by: Jawbreaker (1999), written and directed by Darren SteinIMG_5537On the left, our model portrays the originally innocent, “Fern Mayo,” (Judy Greer) who inadvertently walks in on “Julie Freeman,” (Rebecca Gayheart) portrayed by our model on the right, as she and her friends attempt to cover up the “accidental” death of the high school-famous, Elizabeth Purr. Fern makes a deal with the devil, Julie’s friend, Courtney Shayne, and trades her promise to keep their cover up a secret, so long as she becomes one of the most popular gals in school – ladies, I hope you are not taking notes.IMG_5533Fern Mayo renamed, “Violet,” is given this chance to surpass her role as a mousy “geek,” swimming helplessly at the bottom of the high school social pyramid, into the world that Julie Freeman and her friends control. For the first time in her life, Fern is making the decisions that lead other people to trip and fall before her.IMG_5596With this new found power, Violet has the world at the tips of her fingers, or perhaps, just a jawbreaker that is shaped like the world (It’s okay, sometimes people get confused about planet sizes. Astronomy isn’t typically a high school class). With this metaphor for power, the Jawbreaker, Violet sits on her throne, blinded with the power that her sweet tooth introduces her to. She just doesn’t realize that her throne is made of fake gold.IMG_5612Eventually, Violet loses the one true friend she might have, Julie, because of her obsession with being someone great – someone that people will remember.IMG_5611Regardless of what or who you want to be, you’ll always be the person you were before the facade someone else made for you melts like lipstick in the sun. It’s better to be just Fern Mayo than an accomplice to a murder. Choose the name you were given – if you resort to calling yourself a flower, there’s obviously something wrong with you. “I killed Liz, I killed the teen dream. Deal with it.” -Courtney Shayne (Rose McGowan) *** IMG_5650Surprisingly Jawbreaker isn’t the only movie where the protagonist is an accomplice to a high school murder. The infamous Heathers (1988) did it first. Directed by Michael Lehmann, Heathers follows a group girls, three who are appropriately named “Heather” and the other, “Veronica” (Winona Ryder). After one of the Heathers mysteriously commits suicide, there’s a buzz where this act of sadness becomes a craze, like a fashion statement would.IMG_5620Rudely absurd, this 80s flick is beyond ridiculous, especially when psychopathic J.D. (Christian Slater) comes into the picture. Why is everyone playing croquet when there are murders and faked suicides taking place? Here, we’ve replaced croquet with golf, modernizing the comedic aspects of the film, because regardless of what anyone says, this film is surprisingly, a comedy – well, a black comedy.IMG_5643J.D. definitely arises serious animosity between Veronica and the Heathers – or at least the ones who remain alive. Originally friends, these bratty chicks become enemies. What else is new?IMG_5678Watch out, Heather(s), with J.D. on her side, Veronica is unknowingly becoming the hottest murder accomplice in town. I wouldn’t get on her bad side.

IMG_5659The issue of Veronica attacking her friends becomes controversial, because the Heathers are typically horrible. With their feigned sadness and pouts, you start to hate them for their complete disinterest in the deaths of their friends and classmates, especially Heather Duke (Shannen Doherty).

IMG_5637Remember to keep your friends close, but your Heathers closer. *** IMG_5688With a lighter tone, we enter the world of the brave and the clueless. No, wait, it’s just the clueless. In the 1995 Comedy, Clueless, written by Amy Heckerling, rich and thoroughly aloof, Cher Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone) is obsessed with creating projects for herself to make over those who are, in her opinion, in need of extreme help.IMG_5732 IMG_5730Compared to the “teen dreams” in Heathers and Jawbreaker, Cher is much more open to helping others rather than screwing them over. Or really, in the case of those movies, killing them. She adopts confused, new girl, Tai (Brittany Murphy) as one of her projects – to re-do her shy, stoner girl “look” and make her into a member of the crowd. There is one aspect of Tai’s personality that doesn’t have to be redone for her to fit in: she is completely clueless.clueless 3While Cher dominates, it is not with vengeance, malice, or regret. Her original motives to impress her love interest and prove herself to him with charity work, something that he generally admires, turns into a mission that shows there are more depths to a seemingly clueless gal than expected.clueless 1 IMG_5695Although these girls aren’t very intelligent, they prove to be good people. Are these movies teaching us that you have to be mean, manipulative, and vindictive to resemble any form of a logical human being? Do we have a choice to be a clueless good-doer or an informed bitch? Just grab your furry pen and write a complaint, I guess. *** IMG_5757Cult classic, The Breakfast Club (1985), written and directed by John Hughes, should never be forgotten when referring to great setting-based high school films. The two female characters within the film, Claire (Molly Ringwald), and Allison (Ally Sheedy) are opposite poles with skirts on. Stuck-up, popular, Claire, and Grunge-inspired, introvert Allison are stuck in detention on a Saturday with their three male classmates.

the bfast clubThey’re portrayed as these female high school students who live in completely different worlds – Allison’s is painted black and Claire’s is showering her with diamond earrings. Criticized separately for being who they are, one assumes that the “perfect” high school female attraction would be a girl who sits at the median of their rotating spheres.

IMG_5769 IMG_5765After admitting to past offenses, getting stoned, dancing to a classic 80s playlist and requesting that the male “geek” write their papers as a joint effort, they eventually learn more about each other than they originally plan to.IMG_5799Don’t, Don’t, Don’t, Don’t forget about the basket case and the princess. Don’t you.. *** “This is what I know…I´m 25 years old and I have never really kissed a guy. A geek to the core, most of my childhood years were spent doing extra homework I requested from the teacher. High school was more of the same…IMG_5810I will stand on the pitcher´s mound for five minutes prior to the first pitch. If this man accepts my apology…I ask him to come kiss me…for my first real kiss.” (Never Been Kissed, 1999) Directed by Raja Gosnell, Never Been Kissed depicts the life of Josie Gellar (Drew Barrymore) and her return to high school at 25, as an undercover reporter for the Chicago Sun Times.IMG_5828Critiqued by the “popular” girls, Josie attempts to fit in by partying at the local venues where her classmates dwell, only to fully embarrass herself in front of everyone who matters for the success of her journalistic report. Her original objective becomes unfocused, but the result of her return to high school is unexpected.IMG_5871Initially, Josie’s high school experience (#2) isn’t successful socially. Her car is stolen by the “in” crowd, she’s repeatedly called a loser, is forced to wear a sombrero in her Spanish class as a result of her tardiness, and the list goes on like a consistent throb.IMG_5916With the help of her brother, Rob (David Arquette), who accompanies her on her trip down memory lane, Josie is accepted into the “cool” crowd, where prom costumes are styled based on Barbie-related wear.IMG_5926Regardless of her newly improved social status, Josie must still conform to popular norms, including beginning to ignore a classmate who was nice to her when everyone else treated her horribly.IMG_5930Kirsten (Jessica Alba), thinks that “YOU SO DO NOT DESERVE TO BE PROM QUEEN,” Josie Gellar. Which is probably a good thing…since you’re 25. Take it as a compliment and get back to your extremely legitimate job, leaving the ghost of high school past to perish in waves of forgotten memory behind you.

You should only return to high school in real life  when there’s a reunion or maybe not even for that. It’s a part of your past just like the period where you learned how to walk is. It happened, you learned “stuff,” -completely necessary stuff- and you moved on. For now, if you’re ever feeling nostalgic for unnecessarily small lockers, watch one of these films and reminisce. Stick to the films that preceded High School Musical – don’t be lame!


Writer/Photographer – Colleen Rowe

Stylist/Co-Photographer- Roxanne Pfaus

Model- Paige Skelly

Model- Sarina Penza

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What a Scene and a “Costume” Mean to a Character’s Place on a Set


Contributing Stylist, Roxanne Pfaus, has put together six different outfit combinations that have proven to be ideal for the specific locations Film Syrup photographer, Colleen Rowe, has chosen to display them. These carefully crafted clothing-location combinations have generated scenes that could be imaginable within different films, or perhaps Film Syrup and its collaborators will inspire you to make them imaginable within the crevices of your own minds.

Accompanying Rowe and Pfaus on this creative venture is filmmaker & singer-songwriter, Paige Skelly, who has been chosen to model Pfaus’ clothing choices, transforming these “costumes” into outfits. Among other components, costume choice is extremely important to film production so it’s very key that filmmakers choose the right stylist to make sure that the outfits chosen parallel the scenes presented to audiences. Fashion meets film with a firm handshake in this particular photo shoot, or perhaps it is always dwelling in the shadows, waiting for an opportunity to pull viewers deeper into the scenes that contain it.

1. Zombieland

Colleen Rowe: Running from a Zombie is pretty difficult, or so I’ve seen in various TV shows and films. Zombies are “in” right now—it’s just a fact, especially in the television world, crediting the popular TV series, The Walking Dead with this newly found love for the undead. The 2004 zombie film, Shaun of the Dead also drew audiences to appreciate “Zombism” with its lighter comedic taste. From these moving pictures depicting very fast moving zombies, zombie apocalypse survivors usually become really good at running and if they’re not, well, they’ll become better at it once they have turned into, the commonly used phrase from TWD, “walkers.” Generally, survivors’ clothing becomes tattered from running through deep woods, the branches catching on the edges of the fabric. Since there are rarely comfortable places to stay during a zombie apocalypse, clothing becomes dirty from the lack of cleaning resources. Basically, what I’m trying to say is that, you’re probably going to look like shit most of the time, but don’t quote me on my eloquence.

Roxanne Pfaus:  In this caseThe tattered look of the jersey knit fabric conveys a disheveled look.

IMG_4673Colleen Rowe: What a lot of people don’t know or really attempt to contemplate, probably because they’re so worried about their favorite characters getting eaten by their approaching undead foes, is that every zombie apocalypse survivor needs some flexibility in their survival-wear. Now I’m not talking about spandex with screwdrivers stitched in, but I am talking about a short dress that allows extensive leg movement—specifically for kicking, running, and driving away from dead people who aren’t capable of thinking enough to change their clothing to strategic running-wear.

IMG_4685Colleen Rowe: Here is where remaining human survivors have a special advantage—knowing your opponent’s weaknesses. In this particular case—Paige is wearing a short dress that allows her to use her legs to attempt to defeat her opponent, while the zombie unsuccessfully attempts to kick her—this is actually pretty resourceful for a “walker,” since usually they are only really good at grunting and binging on human flesh. Movement is key during a zombie apocalypse, where fashion is judged by necessity, rather than excess.

Roxanne Pfaus: This costume portrays a startled woman, acting on the set of a film. In fearing for her life, Paige’s outfit is minimal, but practical. The subdued color of her empire waist mini-dress provides her camouflage, while the textile allows her movement and comfort. This mushroom taupe fabric is able to cast a chromatic appearance, not only with the brick backdrop, but imaginably among a variety of earthy tones as well. IMG_4675Colleen Rowe: Don’t be surprised if you happen to see Beth Greene wearing this outfit on the show that has made her the only known vocalist left in the world. If she’s not already a man magnet on The Waking Dead, she’ll definitely be one now with this outfit! Hopefully, she will have better luck than Paige.

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2. Those Romantic Walks on the Beach with that Girl Wearing the Beetle Juice Hat


Colleen Rowe: Spending time by the water is a perfect opportunity to shed some clothing and anticipate a refreshing cool-off while on-lookers check out your body, possibly with flaming green flecks in their eyes. Although bikinis are ideal, something nice to slip over a two piece is always flattering. Perhaps the mysterious female standing in the shadow of herself on the sand is a character with a burning desire to impress every fisherman throughout the local boatyard with her all-black attire and bare feet screaming for a, as Austin Powers calls it, “sensual massage” (remember to use the British accent when you say that in your head). Whatever her motives are, she is obviously turning heads so the suggestion is here: if you’re going to create a seductive female character within a film, make sure that something about her is quite signature and her own.


Colleen Rowe: For example by contrast, don’t bore viewers with a Jessica Simpson look-alike. Also, if you decide to put her in a Velour jumpsuit please expect her credibility to be tainted. For now those are two rules to film by.

Roxanne Pfaus: The stark contrast between the actor’s dark wardrobe and soft scenery creates a dramatic delivery. Her woven, straw, piece- dyed hat keeps the sun out of her eyes and offers a theatrical focal point.


Colleen Rowe: Since walking on the beach is usually considered a typical activity for a first date, Paige is playing the part, so imagine an over-dramatized scene where two lovers meet to confess their attraction for one another beside beach rocks. The unknown lover is unbelievably attracted to this dreamy woman, her black skirt long enough to show audiences that she’s classy with her cowgirl-Esq, politely revealing vest giving this impression that she’s experienced and confident. The Beetle Juice patterned hat really pulls this “look” together to exhibit her unconventional uniqueness.

Roxanne Pfaus: The light-weight, cotton-spandex blend that composes her skirt keeps her cool and a gust of wind will surely provide a cinematic fluttering effect. This edgy suede vest embellished with metallic beading and tassels is able to flatteringly reflect sunlight.


IMG_4727Colleen Rowe: Remember to the pick the correct female for her chosen role in your film, but also take into consideration what she will be wearing because a shirt’s V-neck and the length of her skirt says everything you need to know about her character, or the façade her character wishes to present.

3. Accessories & Contrast Count, Even in Sportswear

Colleen Rowe: Quoted in films like Dead Poet Society, Henry David Thoreau spent years in the woods attempting to detach himself from conventional society. Although revealing tank tops and tight pants were not available during the 19th century when he was alive, you can bet he would have worn them as a substitute to his pretentious suits while he was finding himself in the fish pools at Walden Pond. Walt Whitman would absolutely approve.


Colleen Rowe: Not only are these outfit options comfortable for summer hiking weather, they also provide contrast for the scenic greenery surrounding Paige. The bright backdrop behind her powerfully makes her the center of the photo, or scene as she stands in a black-grey combination outfit. The blue pullover vest adds to her color, absorbing the light and giving her a sporty appearance.

Roxanne Pfaus: This look resembles a more utilitarian woman. Her mesh tank top is sporty in appearance and, additionally, is able to whisk away moisture and sweat. Durable pants allow the subject to participate in wear and tear that other fabrics wouldn’t be able to compete with. They are also multi-pocketed which is seldom offered in women’s wear. This is important because this allows Paige to carry additional hiking gear that could be necessary to her endeavor.


Colleen Rowe: Remember shoe tying is a key activity while hiking, because constant activity invites laces to be tied often.

IMG_4745Colleen Rowe: Realistic actions make intentionally realistic film scenes more probable, but props as simple as sneakers with laces and sport watches make that necessary.



Like many other situations, it’s the little things that count.

4. A Female Character by Herself


Colleen Rowe: We have already established that colors really exaggerate a mood within a scene. For some reason whenever I see someone wearing a yellow shirt I always associate them with Ronald McDonald, which is pretty misleading especially if this particular person is a vegetarian. Basically, if you dress someone up a certain way, they can be perceived completely differently from what they actually are—which is subjective anyway. Colors and styles really play on emotions. One thing that this outfit really exhibits is a word comprised with one vowel: Bliss.

Roxanne Pfaus: Paige’s down to earth ensemble works congruently with her sandy scenery. This sun dress not only provides a nautical style, but also allows her to bask on the beach with ease.  The dress’ engineered printed stripe design plays up the actor’s looks with an optical illusion that is favorable to any woman’s figure.

IMG_4767Colleen Rowe: A sundress is perfect for casual encounters and to show off legs, but sometimes characters, and people really, need to be alone to really feel themselves and who they represent themselves to be. Isn’t it important to be alone sometimes? In this scene we see Paige’s character as someone fully content with who she is, completely alone and dressed up for the company of herself.

IMG_4781Colleen Rowe: It’s important to catch a female character with at least one scene on her own, “dressed well.” A scene like that is a compilation of all those moments she spent sitting in front of her vanity making eyes at the person she wants to be. When girls dress up just to impress their mirrors before they have anywhere to go.

Roxanne Pfaus: Her knit Raschel shrug creates a lace like effect that utilizes Lurex yarns to enhance the costume with a metallic detail.


Colleen Rowe: That time alone is essential to character building, in both forms—the fabricated character and the character within us that shapes our souls.

IMG_4780Colleen Rowe: Since films are, a lot of the time, based on reality or real human emotions, and vice versa, it’s so important to capture this alone time, in a scenic setting, with your chosen subject dressed for themselves, rather than the audience who watches them. In life and film, feigned confidence is very apparent.

5. When Everything Around You is Big, You’ll Make Yourself Bigger to Compete

IMG_4789Colleen Rowe: Have you ever wondered why everyone in New York City is so cranky and rude? It’s because of the big buildings that surround them. The people feel small because they are given this scale of size and are secluded to the bottom of it. Is that why everyone is dressing so nice? Since when did everyone who can afford it become a “fashionista”? Everyone’s making themselves look beautiful because it makes them feel bigger and the truth is, you do feel more badass with a fedora on.

IMG_4826Colleen Rowe: While surrounded by concrete and metal giants, I think people feel that they need to grow thicker skin—so they literally pile on layers and drop two shades darker to make “attitude” become more than a look.

IMG_4828Colleen Rowe: Of course you can add the classic “sneer,” because that’s just so urban. It’s definitely important to increase your character’s “tude’” if they are wearing a specific outfit. Women in spandex are always so much angrier than women in sundresses because the tighter material usually cuts off the circulation to…

Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that when you’re surrounded by a scene that really exhibits a dangerous setting, make your character more valuable by coinciding with the backdrop.

Roxanne Pfaus: An amplified attire is necessary in order to stand out in an urban environment. The featured knit dress conforms to the contours of the actor’s body, while the synthetic piping offers a subtle linear detail that is reminiscent of the surrounding architecture. The actor’s digitally printed and embossed cosmic leggings are modern and avant garde, while offering elasticity in the core spun spandex.


Roxanne Pfaus: Her felt fedora compliments this esoteric, street- smart look, in a place where attitude and perspective are key elements.

IMG_4856Colleen Rowe: A cage-like fence will automatically make a character feel confined, so dress her in an outfit that will allow her to break through the metal.

6. Use Your Character as a Prop

Colleen Rowe: When you create a scene that’s very specific and you have this perfect opportunity to use your character as a prop, do it!


Colleen Rowe: Placed specifically next to an antique shop, Paige is dressed as a doll—a typical antique collection item. Numerous films and TV shows have portrayed dummies as coming alive. The infamous Child’s Play scared children away from ever owning a ginger doll. Can’t cute dolls break out of the antique shop for the sole purpose of impressing people? Perhaps she has other motives, but the important thing here is not to conform to doll stereotypes—they’re very hurtful and no one likes a racist.

IMG_4882Roxanne Pfaus: This last look is less functional and more decorative. Paige’s blotch printed floral knit dress is nostalgic of a typical feminine demeanor.

IMG_4868Colleen Rowe: For this particular photo shoot, tights and lace socks are used to really stick to this dollish theme, while excessive blush exemplifies her rosy cheeks.

Roxanne Pfaus: Her jacquard knit argyle tights are a classic and conventional design, while her lace socks replicate what you would find on a toy doll’s feet.

IMG_4884Colleen Rowe: It’s remarkable when you remove the model-turned-prop from the specific scene she was made a prop for, she becomes more human and alive. Out of the context of the antique shop, we’re seeing this outfit transcend the boundaries of artificial to real.

Roxanne Pfaus: The inspiration for this style is heavily reliant on the location, where you could imagine seeing a porcelain doll for sale.

IMG_4898Colleen Rowe: Location really is everything, but outfit selection is excessively important. Remember not to leave the scene before your work is done, but also keep in mind that there’s always a back door to get back to where you need to be.

Photographer/Writer, Colleen Rowe

Stylist/Co-Writer, Roxanne Pfaus

Model, Paige Skelly