Our Traveling Muse of the Month
We had a very exciting August with the help of our favorite designers, new collaborations and of course our Muse of the Month, Deepa Akula. It was fun to get to know Deepa and her husband Santosh Rachuri, together they are the founders of the OurTravelStories9 blog. I had found their profile on instagram and was instantly drawn to the cities they had traveled to. With me coming back from my trip from Europe, I decided that Deepa would be the perfect muse to create a few designs for.
The vision I had for Deepa were bright colors to show off her fun personality and waves of fabric flowing as if a summer breeze had blown through the city. During our photo shoot, the wind didn't quite work the way I wanted to so, we had to improvise. Let's say we made it work with a little bit of effort from my right arm.
For the most part, I thought the photo shoot was a success. Especially, since mid way through the shoot the unpredictable New York rain decided to show up. But at that point we did some studio shots and we kept up the fun vibe even inside.
Here are a few of my favorite photos taken by Matt Selvagn at the 9 Studios.
The first photo Deepa is wearing a dress custom designed Jennyvi New York dress fitted to her measurements. We styled the dress with a matching train, Image Diary scarf that we used as a waist tie, and jewelry by Cassy Saba Jewelry.
The second look is Deepa in our Black Tube Top Maxi Dress with earrings from bridal jewelry designer Cassy Saba Jewelry who lent out some pieces for the shoot. The necklace is a piece I bought from Muse Gems for the Shakira concert I wore it to.
In August we started a new collaboration with one of my favorite silk scarf designers Scottie Kersta-Wilson with Image Diary. In these photos Deepa is wearing our ImageDiary Bamboo Silk Wrap created from the ImageDiary piece called "A Daughter Returns: Joss Sticks paired up with a organic bamboo silk I had found in the heart of NYC's Garment District. I wanted our pieces to still have the movement of a scarf, but the versatility to be a cape, wrap or a skirt.