Culture Clash

Wow, finally a new post! Thank you all for the sweet comments on Camilla’s photography, we loved reading each and every one. It has been a very long week so far. Tuesday, I finally under went my eye surgery for that blocked tear duct and the recovery time has been a bit longer than planned. Lets just say I’m a lightweight and anesthesia mixed with pain meds don’t work well for me. Thank god for my loving family.
Last Sunday Camilla and I headed up to Chinatown to do a shoot we’ve been talking about for a while. The Asian culture has always been a fascination for us and with the Chinese New Year approaching on February 14th, we thought it would be good timing.  We talked about mixing colors, patterns and layering, and then shooting in the middle of bustling Chinatown as a celebration to the new year of the Tiger.
So much of Asian culture we find inspiring, from the vibrant colors, intricate textiles to the fine arts. But of all our reasons, their love of nature and family has to be the top of the list. I have always been a follower of the Japanese designers since my introduction to them in the 80′s and have collected many pieces from Comme des Garcon, Matsuda and Yohji Yamamoto.
Here is some visual imagery from some beautiful movies where the costume design and scenery is awe inspiring.
“She paints her face to hide her face. Her eyes are deep water. It is not for Geisha to want. It is not for Geisha to feel. Geisha is an artist of the floating world. She dances, she sings, she entertains you, whatever you want. The rest is shadows, the rest is secret.”
Sayuri- Memoirs of a Geisha

The Last Emperor  1987
Camilla is wearing a Vintage skirt, Virgin Mary tee shirt from Lucky Brand, Fuchsia silk wrap blouse from Calypso, Vintage boys school blazer, Vintage scarf from Hermes, Gladiator Heels from Forever 21, Various necklaces from Anthropologie and cuff from India. Fuji Polaroid Camera. All Polaroids are shot by Camilla.
XX Valerie and Camilla
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