“What is the use of a book, without pictures or conversations?”
- Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
This May, I had the privilege to model a new lookbook for jewelry designer Kelly Young – the hard-charm spirit behind Deconstructed Design, an emerging Austin, TX-based accessories label specializing in one-off hand chains, body armor, and other elegantly-fantastic yet fabulously wearable ephemera.
I met Kelly some time ago when I was writing shopping guides for AOL; we clicked, kept in touch, and I think ultimately felt it was inevitable that we should work together on something more stylized and unusual. Of course I was pleased as punch when she contacted me earlier this year and suggested we collaborate on a lookbook.
As such, we assembled a team of lovely ladies to contribute to the project, anchored by the fanciful eye of Austin photographer Dagny Piasecki. Kelly wanted to achieve a trippy “Enchanted Garden”-style look, inspired in part by the works of Lewis Carroll, Colleen Atwood, and the glossy, high-fashion-meets-fairy-tale images of Spanish photographer Eugenio Recuenco – all tempered to some degree by the spun-sugar lightness of Coppola’s Marie Antoinette (“Off with her head,” indeed). Dagny’s feminine, ultra-romantic style seemed very well-suited to what we were trying to do, as evidenced by the playfully-surreal results; the first installment of images appears here for your perusal and enjoyment.
For more details on our fellow contributors and information on how to shop, please see below. More from this shoot to come – but now, time for me to shut up like a telescope. Truth, beauty, and all my love, my friends!
“Everything’s got a moral, if only you can find it.”
Photography by Dagny Piasecki; All jewelry and body chains, Kelly Young/Deconstructed Design; Wardrobe, Shari Gerstenberger/Charm School Vintage,; Hair, Lauren Dewalt/ ROAR Salon; MUA, Ivy Vine/ROAR Salon.
For inquiries, prices, and to view a selection of pieces available for purchase, visit the Deconstructed Design Online Shop. Custom pieces are available upon request.