an open letter to media makeup

To Media Makeup,

Recently, on local creative page that I am a part of on Facebook, I came across a post from one of your students. The student was seeking a model for a shoot as a part of one of her assignments for you. In her post, she claimed that for a whole day’s work, the model would receive one image for her time, and would have to purchase every other image for her portfolio.

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FIRSTLY

[I spent half an hour staring at my computer; dumbfounded; trying to start this paragraph.] A model having to purchase her photos? I can’t honestly believe how ridiculous it is that I should have to explain it. I’ve had modelling agencies warn me that if someone tries to charge you for your own photos, to get outta there quick smart, because they are scamming you. Creatives have been fighting this for years, amateur or professional. Listen to us! We are not slaves or servants. You are seeking models (or any type of creative) out as amateurs/professionals that deserve to have their time compensated in one way or another. Why? Because they have a skill that you do not possess, that you need. THAT IS WHY YOU ARE HIRING THEM.

Your student sent me a personal message after I commented on her post, asking why I was so upset, and that I shouldn’t be because she herself has to purchase the images too. Which, of course, made my head nearly implode. You charge $11,800 for a diploma in Makeup, plus the student has to buy pictures of their own work? Who are these photographers you are are using, and why are they and you yourselves, scamming students who are just trying to learn? I’m beyond astounded.

I’ve been modelling for six years, and working as an editorial stylist for three. I consider my skill of considerable worth, and I charge accordingly. Now, considering how you are conducting and letting your students be a part of the aforementioned shoots, I’ll have to assume that perhaps you’ve never been a part of a professional, creative photoshoot for example a magazine, or advertising. IMG_4226You see, the way it works is that each creative person (photographer, creative director, model, makeup artist, hair stylist, so on) are compensated for their time, in the monetary amount decided by themselves, or an agent. Photos that are created on this shoot are not exchanged for monetary value (unless being used for licensed advertising, but thats a whole other issue), they are distributed to the team because they deserve those images; those images are their work.

SECONDLY

You are a school. You are responsible for students. These people are passionate fresh minds, and you are responsible for helping shape their ideals, their creativity, their confidence, and their self-worth, both today and for the rest of their careers. By showing them that people in creative fields will pay money to work, you are not only lowering their inevitably low self-worth when they launch themselves into the creative work force, but you are also lowering the standards of local creatives everywhere. By the end of their course with you, they should know that 1) you do not pay for images you work on yourself, 2) sometimes it’s okay to work for free when starting out, but only if you feel confident that the images will be worth it for your portfolio or experiences, and 3) you deserve to get paid for what you do, because what you do is important and wonderful!

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Advertising on a creative Facebook page is not the greatest of ideas for your students. The page itself is used for TFP or paid work, and generally, trying to charge creatives for their own time while receive incredibly hostile feedback – not something that students need at the blossoming stages of their career – ESPECIALLY if they expect the creative to be experienced/skilled (like in this post, ‘Model needs to be confident with posing’). Professional people will get angry (somewhat like I am now) at your students for trying to get them to work for free or trying to charge them for their time and skill. If your students are planning on advertising for amateur models or creatives for their assignments, it comes highly recommended that you allow your students to do it TFP. That means time for prints, by the way. I can confidently assume you might not have heard of that term because you were too busy trying to make money. Please feel free to get back to me via email to explain this process, and why you are ripping off local creatives, and the students that you are entrusted to protect and teach.

Thanks,

Chloe Sargeant

– I have protected not only the student’s name (as she is at no fault whatsoever) and also the name of the creative Facebook group, to protect the admins who played no part in the interaction at all –

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seven seconds

You know those enigmatic people you meet, and you’re like ‘shit, I’m so glad I got to meet you/work with you now, because you’re destined to be huge’? You just have that feeling about them. That person for me is Christopher Arblaster. At the beginning of 2014, I decided to style a shoot featuring Arblaster’s clothing, his debut collection after graduating from fashion design at TAFE SA. His vision and talent is something that I adored from the moment I laid eyes on his designs.

Chris agreed to lend me the collection to shoot however I wanted, and I was stoked because that level of trust is rare. The editorial was shot by the talented Haley Renee, with hair and makeup by Ali Ancell. I styled and modelled the shoot, with styling assistance from the wonderful Ellycia Kruger. We spent a cruisy Sunday in a studio in Adelaide creating these images, and I love them.

The editorial was recently posted by Spook Magazine, who featured me as a stylist and asked me some questions about myself, my work, and this shoot. You can read the full interview here.

How did this shoot happen?

I went to a runway show and saw some fashion design graduates’ debut collections – one of them was Christopher Arblaster’s, and I fell in love with his designs. I got love hear eyes over every single piece. I had wanted to work with Haley for ages; both her and Ali are stupidly talented and have such an amazing editorial eye. And I had a rad styling assistant, Elly, who was my organised saviour when I got frazzled doing two jobs at once, or when I had to wash my hair in a sink. I looked around for models, but couldn’t find anyone that was reckless enough to pull off Chris’ clothing, so I decided to just do it myself. I’m glad I did, I couldn’t find anyone else willing to get their tits out and drag on ciggies.

What’s the location?

A studio in Adelaide’s CBD.

Where are the clothes from?

All of the clothing is Chris Arblaster’s debut AW14 collection. His completely black and white debut collection shows inspiration from Rick Owens, Margiela, Yohji Yamamoto and Junya Watanabe, and some pretty bang-on early 70s punk themes. It photographs just so well. It’s so strange that a collection so anarchistic can translate through to a really beautiful femininity. All the jewellery is thrifted.

 

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SHOOT CREDITS

Photography: Haley Renee
Makeup/Hair: Ali Ancell
Styling Assistant: Ellycia Kruger
Stylist & Model: Chloe Sargeant

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agent provocateur

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I struggle to think of myself as ‘feminine’ or ‘sexy’ most of the time, especially by conventional standards, but Agent Provocateur is the brand that somehow turns me into a some kind of maniacal sex kitten with a penchant for suspenders and whips. Like, do you remember the first time you watched Basic Instinct? And even though Sharon Stone was a homicidal psychopath, you were like, ‘damn girl, you are a sexy majestic woman, i wonder if I’d look that attractive stabbing a guy while having sex with him?’ That’s pretty much the sexy/powerful feels I get from Agent Provocateur.

Adelaide’s never had an AP before, and they invited me to have some champagne and take some photos at their opening in David Jones Central Plaza, off Rundle Mall. It’s always good vibes when some bigger labels open in Adelaide; we always tend to wait longer than some of the bigger cities and its a celebration when it finally happens.

It’s a gorgeous little showroom. Head past all the shoes on the lower ground level, and soon you will find the little pink counter surrounded by perfume, whips, and lingerie – unless I’m there, then all the lingerie will be mine.

Cheers to Golightly PR for inviting me, and also for the following image of me shooting models in lingerie, pretty cute.

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t r y s t

I’ve been involved in some pretty amazing projects recently, so I thought I’d share some of them!

This video, shot by the gifted Luke Eblen, was created in Adelaide while shooting Jason Fassbender’s AHFA Collection, Tryst.

Jason, a renowned hairdresser and creative director from Parlour Hair Unley, is a forward thinker in the Australian hair industry. He creates not only beautiful hair, but stunning collections that are easily mistaken for fashion editorials. More of his work can be found on the Parlour Hair Unley Facebook page, here.

The collection, photographed by the always brilliant Sydney fashion photographer Daniel Noone, showed eight glistening looks, featuring luxurious satin and silk – a nod to a rich hotel lifestyle, and the alluring women who enjoy a opulent manner of living.

All round talented team, which turned out incredible results. Some images are are below. Very proud of everyone.

Credits

Film/editing: Luke Eblen

Hair/styling: Jason Fassbender

MUA: Stacey O’Leary

Models: Melissa ‘MJ’ Johannsen (Finesse Models), Kat, Chloe Sargeant

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haley renee workshop

I’ve had the opportunity to work with talented Adelaide photographer Haley Renee recently, on a few different projects. And to my delight, she also asked me to be a part of one of her workshops, for photographers wanting to learn more about photography and what a fashion photoshoot is all about. So, I got to be a part of this huge workshop as the stylist, work with some talented people, teach budding photographers about a stylist’s role, and put beautiful clothes on beautiful models – dream day!

While I was running around styling the two lovely models, Carolyn and Emilia, I decided to get out my own (comparatively tiny) camera and take some shots of the girls myself, so I could show you guys, and document my work. I was surprised at my own ability with the camera – I’m no pro, but I think my shots turned out pretty good! (Must’ve been paying attention to Haley’s wonderful teaching?!) Then again, it was nearly impossible to take a bad photo of the lovely Carolyn Uphill and Emilia Zygocki. I took way too many photos throughout the day, but these were my favourites.  I wanted to play with different editing techniques with each image, to see what I could do with them, and I’m reasonably happy with my efforts.

Big styling thank you to Australian Fashion Labels, Jaimie Sortino, Cristina Tridente, Julie White, and Miss Rose Sister Violet.

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Styling Credits

Look 1 + 2
Top & Necklace – stylist’s own; Skirt – Keepsake the Label

Look 3 + 4
Top – Keepsake the Label; Skirt – couture + love + madness

Look 5
Dress – couture + love + madness

Look 6
Dress – Keepsake the Label

Look 7
Dress – Jaimie Sortino

Look 8
Dress – Jaimie Sortino

Look 9
Dress (right) – Jaimie Sortino; Dress (left) – couture + love + madness

All headpieces supplied by Miss Rose Sister Violet

See SWTC on Facebook for behind the scenes, and more images of the day!

For any styling enquiries, please contact me on swimwiththecurrent@hotmail.com.

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harris scarfe surprises everyone: rundle place vip opening

Recently I started got a job at Harris Scarfe. In the lead up to the opening of the store, I haven’t had a spare second to think (Read: I’m sorry I’m haven’t been posting!). In the past month, I have worked in a warehouse, on a worksite, and helped in setting up a huge department store – definitely a little way out of what I usually do! It’s been an overwhelming, exciting, amazing experience as a whole, but what happened towards the end of the set up definitely shocked me.

To celebrate the opening, Harris Scarfe threw a VIP party, complete with a fashion show of it’s new wares. You may have noticed that Harris Scarfe have really, really stepped it up in terms of their focus on fashion. You would be right in noticing that. Harris Scarfe have really focussed more on trend within the labels they stock, including Luca & Marc, Khoko, Diesel, Calvin Klein, and Boutique – the latter, none other than Christine Centenera styled for the VIP show. This was certainly unexpected, you’d probably agree. What was shocking, was that my manager asked me to assist the woman herself the day before the show, to assist with fittings and anything else she might need.

Assisting Christine with fitting was a dream come true for me. She is a idol of mine, in terms of both her personal style, and her styling work. She was very quiet, and incredibly friendly. As each model would try on their outfits, she would take such notice of tiny, tiny details to make the outfit completely right. If she wasn’t sure, she would start again. That level of perfectionism that is admirable. Her innovation blew my mind – who would have thought about putting white skivvies under the outfit? I wore those in kindy. And my god, did they look good. All in all, the day was nerve-wracking in the beginning (wouldn’t you be nervous? I don’t think I spoke for the first two hours!), but by the end I was in a dream haze of happiness.

So yeah, a part time job in ladies wear, and the chance to assist the senior fashion editor of Vogue. The two don’t generally go hand in hand, but for me they did this time. Definitely a strange turn of events, but my god it was incredible: it was amazing watching her work. Obviously I am starting my career in styling myself, so being able to watch her style ten outfits really was inspiring beyond belief.

Boutique boasts a range of drapey, oversizes items, including sharp black shirts, cocoon dresses, graphic print draped pants, soft tees with contrast panels, and thick trench coats with leather trims. All with a colour palette of black, royal blues, with a few elements of silver and beige. It really is a gorgeous collection, but it is quite simple, so I was really interested to see how Christine was going to style it. Adding long black gloves, touches of gold and/or clear accessories, and roll neck skivvies to tie in the pieces, Christine really made each look very different and very expensive. She also really made me want a pair of black leather gloves.

The show was really quite amazing, and I promise I’m not being biased in saying that. I was really overjoyed during the show, because I knew the calibre of show was higher than Adelaide usually sees. It was classy, the styling was great, the music was subtle and in no way gaudy, and the Finesse Models who showed were all amazing, as well as Harris Scarfe ambassador and face of Boutique, Kyly Clarke. After the show, I had more than ten conversations where people were surprised and really positive about the show, saying things like ‘Harris Scarfe have really stepped it up’, and ‘why aren’t all the shows in Adelaide like this?’ which was obviously more than wonderful to hear.

all photos by the wonderful Chanelle of Not So Naked

So yeah. Well done Harris Scarfe! Well done Christine Centenera and her team. Well done Belinda Humphris and Charley Venning, who styled the other Harris Scarfe labels in the show. Well done Lara Inc. Well done Joe Barberis, on the opening of such a wonderful store. Well done everyone who was involved in the production. But most of all, well done to the team of people I’ve worked with over the past 5 weeks, setting up this huge store and making it look amazing – very hard work that has 100% paid off. If you haven’t had a chance to go visit Rundle Place yet, I highly recommend it. It looks super great. Even if I am being a little biased, this time.

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adelaide fashion festival: part one

So the Adelaide Fashion Festival has come once again, and I was lucky enough to be able to attend many of the events that showcased South Australia’s incredibly talented designers, and wonderful boutiques. I thought I’d roundup some of my favourite shows so far for you.

 

AFF OPENING LAUNCH PARTY

The launch party, to open the AFF for 2012, was held at Government House this year. Guests were invited to meet the Governer of South Australia, the Honourable Kevin Scarce and his wife Elizabeth, and were treated to canapes and drinks while being serenaded by a beautiful string quartet. It was an absolutely gorgeous setting, and a group of Adelaide models modelled Adelaide designers in a preview of what was to come in the festival. It was the night that I got to debut my brand new pixie cut too! Here’s a photo of myself, Lauren of The Urban Silhouette, and Cristina, designer of couture+love+madness at the event!

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VARIETY ON KING WILLIAM

The next event I absolutely loved was Variety on King William. Such a stunning day for it! Part of King William Rd was blocked off, and tables were set up for guests to wine and dine in the sun, while watching a stunning fashion show featuring boutiques from King William Rd. I attended with gorgeous friend of mine Chanelle of Not So Naked blog, and we ate a lot of incredible food from King William Rd restaurants such as The Pot and Parisi’s, as well as incredible wines from Tomich Hill Wines. Albeit a little long (I had to take sit down breaks from standing and photographing in my gorgeous, but painful, strappy sandals!) the show was a fantastic showcase of the eclectic range of stores on King William Road.

first photo by Simon Cecere, all others taken by myself 

 

FINESSE ‘FASCINATION’ LINGERIE SHOW

This is always one of the most fun events on the AFF calendar! The show was really, really fabulous this year. Melissa Johannsen opened the show in a Pretty Woman-esque one piece, with a python wrapped around her shoulders. Incredible! Really loved the huge range of lingerie, from the tomboy-ish white sports bra’s and boy legs teamed with creepers, to the raunchy black lace (bordering on a scene from ’50 shades’ of grey’!), to the extreme theatrical, including an ‘Americana’ section. Huge range. All looks were from Harris Scarfe, and it very much inspired to go buy me some new lingerie! Love.

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Will keep you updated on everything AFF!

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