“In 2019, the world is so much smaller, opportunities are endless, and there’s a gadget for everything. Where do we look to when in need of a reminder of who we are and why we are here? Instagram? Twitter? Our jobs? The fast pace of capitalism has revolutionized the world in some incredible ways, but at what cost? What has been left behind? Who do we leave behind or ignore in this never-ending rat race? Am I defined by this “come-up,” fueled and funded by a superficial society?”… Read the full entry on Antenna Works.
This project, photographed by Nick Shamblott, was shot in New Orleans in an Esplanade Avenue estate in a room that belonged to Lenny Kravitz. Black plush carpet, gothic folklore, and eccentric New Orleans fashion inspired this editorial and story, styled by me. I built this look with New Orleans fashion designer, Korebelle of kKofetche. The walls of the mansion told many stories, and as we styled Tyla Cobette, her character spoke to me and revealed mystery and magic of Annette for Antenna.Works Rm 220.
While in New York for NYFW, I had the chance to style an editorial featuring rapper, model, and fellow creative Baby Blue (@getsomegreens) for the second issue of This Bitch Magazine. The series was photographed by Esther Faciane in Harlem. The magazine is available online and in print.
Working with director Zac Manuel on this project was so uplifting. The song touched many people in and outside of New Orleans, and being able to bring the concept to life to tell this story has been one of my best experiences as a stylist yet. I styled the entire cast of this production and was assisted by Brennan Manuel.
I styled this editorial for Los Angeles-based photographer, Brooke Ashley Barone, featuring Tyla Cobette in vintage pieces from around New Orleans and the wardrobe of Rebecca Diaz, a local set/costume designer. The dreamy series, titled Cherry-Ripe, seamlessly fit the aesthetic of this indie magazine.
Photos by Whitney Mitchell @twomacks
I recently wrote a piece for Amuse, a digital magazine published by i-D. The article is a guide to my second home, New Orleans. New Orleans is a weird place to digest and navigate for many reasons that are too abstract for me to put into words for now. I'm not originally from New Orleans, but that also gives me helpful insight to those who are visiting the city! I enjoyed this lil' project and grew closer to the city in the process of writing the article. <3
I had the opportunity to be the wardrobe stylist for Mavis Staples' newest music video. New Orleans filmmaker Zac Manuel explains that the installation set the scene for a video accompanying a new song titled "If All I Was Was Black" by renowned folk singer and civil rights activist, Mavis Staples.
In collaboration with Slug Agency, I enjoyed this year's Afropunk festivities and had the chance to connect with some fellow style enthusiasts. I sat down with some creatives in Brooklyn to talk about what inspires their look, which was especially interesting at such an eccentric festival. People come from all over to share their styles and passions with thousands of other like-minded individuals for an entire weekend. Visit Slug Agency's blog to check-out the recap :)
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A spellbinding Mother Nature-inspired photo series by photographer Chelsea Jackson and features striking beauties Sydney Fucci and Kokie Childers, styled by Brandon Kafarela. The series was inspired by the visual team’s admiration for black female beauty and were particularly interested in showcasing the wide ranging diversity of how black femininity can appear and it’s dualities with nature.
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This series included elements of fashion and culture that I feel connected to as an artist but aren't typically represented alongside each other in a single project. I wanted to cohesively represent the urban south from a fashion forward, aesthetically interesting perspective. I styled and photographed the shoot using pieces from my personal collection of vintage clothing.
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Brandon Kafarela, an aspiring stylist and fashion photographer based in Houston and New Orleans joined forces with Blue Hyman, a creative director and rapper based in Austin, for the second time to curate a project representative of what inspires and motivates them as southern artists as well as fashion enthusiasts.
This project was put together using pieces from Brandon’s personal collection as well as the cultivation of bohemian ideals and the artists’ shared interests/styles. Based in the urban south, they’ve been exposed to unique cultures within and surrounding the communities they were raised in.
Brandon was born and raised in Southeast Houston. Being of mixed background (Mexican, Colombian, and Creole), culture is a subject he enjoys exploring with others through the arts, fashion, and travel.
Blue was born in Virginia and moved to Houston, where her creativity, music, and personal brand, @GetSomeGreens, took off. Since then, she has moved to Austin and released multiple singles, directed music videos, and much more.
Brandon and Blue have had their work and styles featured in Nakid Magazine, Complex, Ace Hotel: New Orleans, Stubborn Magazine, and Southern Rep Theater.
I photographed and directed a photo shoot promoting the local New Orleans production of Sweet Bird of Youth, a play written by Tennessee Williams. I enjoyed this project due to how deeply I had to understand the story before I could initiate any creative planning. In addition to developing an understanding of the play, I had to build a relationship with each character in order to envision their dynamic between each other and many other subtle details. This project emphasized the importance of being able to tell a story.
My art began to become its own following this series I did while participating in the Post-Studio Projects Micro-residency in Houston, Texas. Several other artists of various disciplines and I were challenged to create pieces inspired by the dollar store for an exhibition, "Generally Have a Nice Day." During my visit to the dollar store, I was instantly drawn to the toy section where I found many toy guns, imitation money, plastic knives, and other options that lead my train of thought from innocent playtime to images of vice. I embraced the idea and played off of the vibrant colors that, I assume, made the toys "kid-friendly." I have always been intrigued by the lifestyle we commonly associate with these toys (guns, knives, money, etc.) Having grown up in one of the largest cities in the nation, I have been exposed to many different cultures and lifestyles throughout my life. It's not necessarily the crime that interests me, but the motives behind it and why those who engage feel the need to. What drives "criminals" to commit crimes? Were the only toys in the area their parents could afford plastic guns or knives? Are these items strategically marketed to our children who live in certain neighborhoods? I am not sure. Regardless of the message, my creativity blended comfortably with the idea and I was fortunate to curate this project alongside fellow creative, Blue Hyman A.K.A Get Some Greens
Artist Statement for Exhibition: For this exhibition I worked with children's toys I encountered at an inner-city dollar store that were somewhat suggestive of sex, vanity, greed, and violence. What I found interesting was how, as a child, I would simply see nothing more than a toy to play with, but as an adult I felt these toys lead to a lifestyle that wasn't very child-like. My photos incorporate the apparent "cuteness" of a toy surrounded by dark thoughts and imagery my mind directed me to. I'd like this series to allow people to let their creative thought processes take a detour and find the art interesting, exploratory, and enticing along the way.
This series was one of the first to spark a serious interest to explore my creativity. From an early age I have been raised and inspired by powerful women, specifically my mother, aunt and grandmother. When I first started taking pictures, women who maintained an eccentric, enticingly edgy image were subjects I was instantly drawn to. For this project, I explored an underground environment with artistic individuals whose personalities and styles helped bring this series to life. I chose to describe them as fairies because, just like the mystical creatures we grew up fantasizing about, their unique personalities combined with their free spirited nature allowed them to standout and glow in this underground setting.