Behind-the-Scenes: Victorian-Era Luxe

by Editorial

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

By Anne Kim-Dannibale

Photo and art direction by Violetta Markelou

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 fashion photo shoot, titled “English Roses.” Models Kathleen McGonigle (pictured) and Courtney Hoff — 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
Assisted by Yassine El Mansouri and Michael Butcher
Wardrobe Styling: Stara Pezeshkian, THE Artist Agency
Assisted by Stephanie Dyer
Hair: Jody Rusnak
Makeup: Kelly Muse using MAC Cosmetics
Assisted by Lauren Dew
Manicure: Titilayo Bankole
Models: Courtney Hoff and Kathleen McGonigle, Modelogic Wilhelmina
Videography: Martin Lourd Philippe

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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