Recently we were able to catch up with Co-Founder Mark Launiu and Art Director Max Ayalla of MADE Urban Apparel for the Steven G. Round Table. We talked streetwear, entrepreneurship, struggles, and what's next for this urban streetwear brand. Check it out!
This year's fall model workshop was nothing short of amazing! I had an incredible team of creatives that enhanced the looks even better than I would've imagined; from the makeup artist who created simple looks and later transformed them into editorial art, the hairstylist who created innovative styles that complimented and enhanced the models' features as well as the overall look, and the wardrobe stylist who craftily pieced together pieces from some of the most talented designers and boutique owners around. We truly made magic.
Meet The Team
I initially created the model workshop to create an opportunity for models to enhance their portfolios, create development points and a great networking opportunity with other creatives. I also wanted to utilize this opportunity to create something magical with some awesome editorial work that would allow any image to stand out in everyone's creative books. I believe we did just that.
There was a lot of planning that went into the workshop. Each team member was hand selected and their work was thoroughly reviewed to ensure they would be the best fit for the model workshop. Thank you team for making it all possible. I also wanted to be sure of the perfect location to accommodate all of the models, team members, and additional items that were needed. Artis Event Space took care of every need. We also had to have food because "Feed the Models" of course. Couldn't have lasted the 6+ hours without being rejuvenated with one of the best catering companies Green Designs and Catering providing excellent ready made food and drinks.
Special Thanks to Designers: Coutume Canvas, Kyrie Eleison Apparel, Blacque Onyx Apparel, Coco and Ilia, Sheraz Pompey, House of Rena
Overall, this experience was amazing and one that will surely last a lifetime. Again, sending a huge thanks to everyone involved in this beautiful process. Be sure to join the email list to stay updated with the latest news, events, and imagery from Steven G. Also follow us on Instagram and Like our Facebook Page to keep up with what's next. See you next workshop! Stay tuned...
Take a Look at the Final Images
If you were to ask anyone what fashion is to them, most would say staying up to date on the latest styles, being original, and looking fly at all times. While all this may be true, for some individuals it dives deeper than just looking fly. For Neffy Alexandria it’s an extension of her personal growth in life combined with her desire to push the envelope.
Artist, stylist, nudist, and model are some words that describe Neffy Alexandria. The nineteen-year-old woman based in Georgia is well known for her social media presence along with her unique sense of style. Her style derives from a number of sources, which all ties into who she is as a spiritual being. I got a chance to sit down with the young creative and touch on subjects on how she developed her style, modeling, and how most people react to her style of fashion.
When did you start your journey into the fashion scene? Who were your influences at the time?
“I started exploring deeper into fashion around my sophomore year in high school. I was 16 and I listened to a lot of rock and metal which influenced me to try different things as far as how I dressed or the style of my hair. I also watched people like FKA Twiggs and Tyler The Creator. To see the impact they had with their music as well as fashion really just fascinated me.”
How would you define your style? How do people usually react to your outfits?
“A combination of alternative and grunge definitely. I do a lot of glam styled makeup which usually causes my looks to stand out more. I always dress how I feel, if what I wear doesn’t feel right then I won’t wear it. As far as the reactions I get…there is always a mixture of responses from “What the f**k?” to some people saying they love my look and think it’s unique. It’s kind of like art, how you see my style is subjective."
Did modeling in any way affect your style?
“Modeling more so affected me more than it did my style. I had started with runway modeling, and soon afterwards I found out that wasn’t me at all. After that is when I found out print modeling fits me perfectly. It helps me more actively express my ideals and art. Being a nudist print modeling helps let me show the body in an artistic form and not as taboo.”
What’s in your closet that you’ve found yourself wearing a lot lately? Is there anything you wish to add to your wardrobe?
“I’ve been wearing a lot of colors…like pinks, tans, and greens. Which is different from my usual black. I’m trying to add some body harnesses (I loooove body harnesses), platforms, grills, and more silver in general to be honest. I’ve got to accessorize more.”
What’s some advice you could give to anyone trying to find their own style?
“Don’t let anyone tell you what looks good or what will work for you. Fashion is art and art is subjective. Take influence from things around you whether that be music, people, nature, or fashion shows. Take what you see and find a way to make it your own. Oh, and have thick skin. People will judge you and talk about you. Learn to not care what people say and be great.”
It was a pleasure speaking with and capturing images of this style icon in the making. Who do you know has dope street style and should be featured on Steven G. Photography? Is it you? Send us an email, comment below, or hashtag your favorite street style looks on Instagram using hashtag #SGPStreetStyle.
Post Author & Photojournalist: Kendrick Carter