Fashionable Life: Last Days of Summer

by Editorial

Taking one last look at glamorous days filled with sun and surf.

Story and photos by Violetta Markelou

Photo by Violetta Markelou

I am constantly inspired by the elegant construction and detail of vintage clothing. I love that dressing in past eras was a more formal affair on a day-to-day basis than in today’s society. Nora’s platinum cropped hair cut and alabaster skin inspired me to envision her dressed and styled as a screen siren from the ’50s. I wanted to create a 2012 version of Marilyn Monroe, but with much more edge and attitude. The clean lines and colors of Vida Penthouse Pool club also inspired me a great deal. The rooftop setting feels more like L.A or Miami than Washington, D.C. so I thought it the perfect place to stage the fantasy.

I think I can speak for my crew on the shoot when I say that we all crave a little bit more edge and a lot more glamour than what you typically find in conservative Washington. I love that fashion photography gives you the space to create any kind of fantasy you desire. With a talented crew pulling out all the stops in the styling, hair and makeup, the fantasy can come true — even if it’s just for an afternoon.

Vintage bathing suit and accessories, Uesa Goods Vintage. Marni shoes, Barney's Co Op.

Vintage kimono and hat, photographer's own. Bathing suit, Uesa Goods Vintage. Alexis Bittar bracelet, Barney's Co Op.

Vintage suit, jacket and accessories, Uesa Goods Vintage. Vintage earrings and cuff, photographer's own. Sam Edelman shoes, Sam Edelman.

Vintage bathing suit and umbrella, Uesa Goods Vintage. Choker, Fallon. Alexis Bittar cuff, Barney's Co Op. Vintage hat, photographer's own.

Vintage bathing suit and accessories, Uesa Goods Vintage.

Photography & Art Direction: Violetta Markelou
Model: Nora Sommerkamp
Wardrobe stylist: Tara Papanicolas
Makeup: Carl Ray,
Hair: Jody Rusnak
Photo Assistant: Dariush Samari
Location: Vida Penthouse Pool Club Washington, D.C.

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