We partnered with Moki Media and Bucketfeet this month for a campaign to promote the company’s line of wearable-art sneakers. Bucketfeet is a shoe company that collaborates with a global community of artists to design limited-edition shoes.
Because the brand is all about making a statement through creativity and individuality, I reached out to some of the most fun and creative women I know in the DC area to model our looks: photographer Emma McAlary, style blogger Alison Gary of Wardrobe Oxygen, fashion blogger Tammy Preston of A Loyal Love, knitwear designer Virginia Arriseuño of DeNada Design, and jewelry designer Sophie Blake of Sophie Blake NY.
Bucketfeet co-founders Raaja Nemani and Aaron Fierstein believe in the power of art to bring people together and connect. Their shoes are designed to “spark conversations, and create a brighter world.” These amazing women are doing the same for our community right here in DC.
Photography by Carsten Oblaender.
Emma McAlary, Photographer
Emma is one our favorite DC photographers. She travels the world capturing breathtaking scenes in the most exotic locales. She also specializes in fashion shoots, working with some of our favorite local style setters, including Monling Lee. One of their most notable ventures was a collaboration with J.Crew. When she’s not busy hustling on her latest photoshoot, Emma is spending time with her husband and adorable corgi.
These “It Was Rainy” slides reminded me of a Matisse painting and they popped perfectly against the slouchy, neutral wardrobe pieces that are so Emma — California Cool all day, everyday.
Alison Gary, Style Blogger, Wardrobe Oxygen
By day, Alison has her corporate hat on as a government contractor. Off duty, she is juggling work as one of the top style bloggers in the country. She provides women with no-nonsense, real-world style advice, delivered with her patented mix of fashion savvy and humor. And let’s not forget, she is also a wife and mom with Girl Scout-filled weekends!
Her personal style is rocker chic with a dash of boho print and color. I chose the “The Republic Plum,” because they were a fun, sporty contrast to her leather leggings and paired beautifully with her floral bomber.
Tammy Preston, Style Blogger, A Loyal Love
Tammy is a young mom on the go. These days, when she is not blogging and partnering with brands, her life is filled with the joys and challenges of chasing down a toddler. Style-wise, she is a chameleon, blending classic, minimal, funky, and French elements.
I wanted to highlight the mixture of her styles for this shoot. We layered a black turtleneck with a ruffle detailed blouse and paired with light-wash cropped flare jeans. I chose “Watercolor” and love how these sunny slides brighten up her ensemble. Perfect mommy chic!
Virginia Arrisueño, Knitwear Designer, DeNada Design
Virginia’s DeNada knitwear line — designed here in DC and produced in Peru — is sold around the world. Virginia has combined artistic creativity with razor-sharp marketing and brand savvy to build an ever-growing business. Her latest venture is a children’s line. You can catch her adorable son modeling these pieces on social media.
Virginia’s style is minimal with a rocker edge. Hello, black, black and more black! It was a must to incorporate her knitwear, and DeNada’s asymmetrical poncho was one of my favorite pieces from the fall season. We paired it with black skinny jeans and a black tissue tee. I chose “Tropics Mid Top” to add a dose of whimsy to her monochromatic look.
Sophie Blake, Jewelry Designer, Sophie Blake New York
Sophie is a powerhouse mix of femininity and strength — like her jewelry designs. Her line is carried by retailers around the country, and have been featured in Vogue and Elle. She has two local outposts: one in the Mosaic District and, most recently, a new location in Tyson’s Galleria.
Sophie’s style is feminine and sexy — with French elements mixed in. The “Birds of a Feather” chukka sneaker gives her outfit a fun, youthful feel — cute and sexy with a little tomboy thrown in. We incorporated a few of her jewelry pieces as well — including the gorgeous bracelet pictured.
One of the best parts about being a stylist is collaborating with businesses and local creatives that inspire me. A special thank you to all the women that took part in our shoot, Moki Media, and Bucketfeet!
Interested in working with us on a photoshoot to promote your brand? Contact me at [email protected] for more information.