Behind-the-Scenes: Victorian-Era Luxe

‘English Roses’ get an edgy upgrade with leather and spikes.


Photo and art direction by

The historic Hay-Adams Hotel with its dark wood and glittering leaded glass windows provided an ideal Old World backdrop for Washington Life’s holiday photo shoot, titled “English Roses.” Models (pictured) and — friends who’d gone to the same high school — were game to go back in time in flouncy silk gowns and braided updos.

Special Thanks:

Photography and Art Direction: Violetta Markelou
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Wardrobe Styling: , THE Artist Agency
Assisted by
Makeup: Kelly Muse using MAC Cosmetics
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Manicure: Titilayo Bankole
Models: Courtney Hoff and Kathleen McGonigle, Modelogic Wilhelmina

Photographed at the Hay-Adams Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Holiday 2012 Washington Life Editorial Shoot BTS from Martin Lourd Philippe on Vimeo.

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