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.
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 :)
Read the article on Afropunk.com
Read Digital Issue 03 of Toksick Magazine
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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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.