Thursday, January 22, 2009

Hey now what's that sound..?

A most special THANKS to DJ Journey for hooking up the HOJB blog thang with some mood music. A very talented and very cool DJ from LA, Journey is currently pursuing the bi-coastal life, taking gigs every other week here in NYC. Not only is he sickly gifted, but he’s an enviro-friendly activist, spinnin’ and raising awareness at the same time.

 DJ Journey Go Green

Check this out a) if you like reading anything I write because I’m on there too b) because its informative yet hip twist on global issues is definitely worth a look-see c) why wouldn’t you? It’s green and glam.


Sunday, January 18, 2009


Well Jackie and Emily have left New York City for Miami recently. Best of luck and I hope you two are loving it down there thus far :)

Monday, January 12, 2009

Coney Island: Electric Couture take 1

It started with a whirlwind of hairspray & heels; with eyeshadow & earings covering every visible surface in the photographer’s studio apt., a hop skip and a jump away from Union Square.

Marley Rizzuti: the new all-star photographer in the HOJB family, Jillian Villofane: layin' on that funky makeup all heavy and hot, Laura Lalanka: teasin’ hair extraordinaire, Gia Gutierrez: super-stylist, Rachel Zoe move over, and me: the intern.   

Anyway, hustling out of the room, balloons and bags of shoes in hand, we were ready to embark on the first official shoot of Electric Couture.

          The drive was nerve-racking, considering the hour of sunset was unknown at that moment, as was the duration of the traffic jam in which we found ourselves. It wasn’t what anyone would particularly call a “sunny” day either. And what will fall rapidly approaching, we could be losing the light before we knew it.

It was Jackie, Emily, Gia, Laura and I in one car, Jillian, Marley, Deirdre, Gabriella, and the other model, whose name escapes me now, in the other. (Ok, I know I spent the entire day with her, but considering the fact that that model spoke particularly broken English, therefore refrained from making much conversation with me, the intern, really makes me less of an ass for not remembering her name, right?) 

So we get there. Some of the ladies hit the famous—or infamous, depending on personal taste—Nathan’s hotdogs.

Emily and I were elected to run and ask how we might go about shooting inside of the gated-off, creepily deserted, completely depressing, and almost overwhelmingly eerie Coney Island Astroland Rides.

What used to vibe gleefully, emit quintessential NY fun, and color the summers and lives of those who enjoyed its shores, now lie defeated and empty, except for the toothless man who we shamefully tried to coax into letting us in. We smiled, we laughed, we mentioned swimwear models, only to find out that this man had no authority whatsoever. He did, however, have a finger to point us in the right direction of civilization (security office) and the ability to totally embody everything you could possibly attribute to or associate with a Coney Island carny… at their absolute best.

 With him, I regret, we have no picture.

Still a little shaken, we hurried up some metallic stairs with hope and a grip of balloons still in hand. After asking the officials politely and attempting to bribe them with those same balloons, we were ultimately shut down. If only we had called sooner or at least taken a stab at setting this up, we probably could have had a shot. Whatever. It was back to the boardwalk.

Within an hour of shivering, yet sexy poses, Marley had called it a wrap and we were set.

I think despite the obvious beach-bathing suit connection, Coney Island was a perfect spot, at least artistically, to shoot.

A more electrifying backdrop would have jolted the viewer, muted-retro was the way to go.

I dug the shoot. All women on set. Great ambiance. A bunch of people meeting for the first time and working together. You really should have been there, really.



Alright so we're up and running! I suppose I should start off by summing up what we've been doing as of late. Electric Couture is almost set to hit the market, as we're finishing up the photo shoots soon and heading to Miami this upcoming weekend for Art Basel, which should be a complete blast might I add. 

Shooting the new line has been great. For those of you who are unaware of what we're soon attempting to bring to a store with a great rep. near you, this is a brief and I guess official write-up of our new baby:


High-voltage colors, wildly outrageous patterns, and a charge of flashy textures are what House of Jackie Brown’s Spring ‘09 line—Electric Couture—bodaciously channels from the 1980s.  In a time where style defined substance, and “Material Girl”s were all “Pretty in Pink”, swimwear rocked some of the hottest cuts the industry has seen. For those women lucky enough to have experienced this age of free-spirited fashion expression, the vintage fabrics will take you right back to that rad time when neon paint-splatters against black & white was funky-fresh and mesh material totally meant sexy. But not to worry younger generations: the soft spandex, iridescent material, and rouged designs incorporate a modern twist to these re-vamped, innovative pieces; allowing girls of all ages to get a taste of bold bathing suit culture.

With the new line shot in traditional, timeless NYC locations—the ever-energetic Coney Island boardwalk, in front of a couple classic Keith Herring murals, and of course, in a quintessential city nightclub—Electric Couture’s image screams beat street urban-chic.  In addition to the signature Brazilian-cut bottoms, Jackie Brown now offers adjustable slipknots to give that extra American-style coverage. The tops, apart from their distinctive bandeaus, will include triangle and bra-support constructs, giving us that extra little lift we love. Any shape will feel completely comfortable in these hot bikinis or one-pieces, the collection consisting of five of each. Owning classic, culturally iconic names synonymous with the 80s, such as “Karma Chameleon” and “Dynasty,” the pieces capture the time and place in which Jaclyn York (born ’83) and Emily Brown (’81) spent their childhood days.



So there’s a bit of what we’re about at the moment.

We’ll get up some accounts of the shoots soon J

Stay tuuuuuuned.