Description You may not find it in the dictionary but you totally know what it means. The Iconomists — Sam and Ashley Owens, Haley Wollens, Oroma Elewa, JD Samson, Hisham Bharoocha, Marina Muñoz, Shantell Martin, and Caroline Ventura — are style stars with unique looks that can't be copied. We looked at them from every angle, even through a mirror here and there, and decided that yup, these guys and gals are as good as gold.
Sponsored by Levi's.
Credits Piera Gelardi (Creative Direction), Katelyn Kappel (Art direction/Design), Sara McDowell (Photo Editor), Kate Hyatt (Producer), Kava Gorna (Photography)
Sydney Hass, Ammiel Mendoza, Isabel Castillo, Julia Sadler - Design
Piera Gelardi - Creative Direction
Gabriela Alford - Art Direction & Design
Printing by Proof7
May 26, 2014
Photographed by Dan McCoy. Modeled by Sonia and J'Nara / Parts Models. Make Up but Ashleigh Ciucci.
Manicures by Miss Pop/Deborah Lippmann
July 28, 2014
Photographed by Bon Duke, Modeled by Lana / Women Management, Make Up by Jessica O'Jea, Hair by Natasha Leibel, Nails by Titilayo, Prop Styling by Amy Taylor, Styling by Emily Holland
July 15, 2014
Photographed by Eric Helgas. Modeled by Susan Schell at Parts Models. Food styled by Claudia Fica at Apostrophe. Manicure by Claire Beaudreault.
August 6, 2014
Photographed by Stephanie Gonot.
Fashion Week Moments
September 10, 2014
Epic Not Basic
June 16, 2014
Photographed by Meredith Jenks. Modeled by Megi Xhidra at Fusion Models. Styled by Jessie Tate. Hair by Clay Nielsen. Makeup by Mari Shten.
August 10, 2014
Photographed by Landon Nordeman. Styled by Emily Holland. Modeled by Mia Woolrich at Elite Models. Hair and makeup by Sophie Haig.
We Like It Hot
June 29, 2014
Photographed by Aaron Richter; Styled by Emily Holland; Hair by Adam Maclay; Makeup by Sophie Haig; Special thanks to the Hotel Tides; Special thanks to The Saint
November 1, 2014
Joanna McClure - Photography
Julia Finch - Art Direction
Eat Your Organs
May 20, 2014
Description Livers may not seem like the most beautiful food item ever to be photographed, but Andrew B. Myers would beg to differ. Myers did a fantastic job creating three still lifes to accompany an editorial feature making a case for liver. Whether you're enjoying a home-cooked meal, packing a picnic lunch, or dining by candlelight, Myers' images demonstrate that livers are totally an organ for eating.
Credits Photographed by Andrew B. Myers; Creative Direction by Piera Gelardi; Art Directed by Julia Finch; Prop styled by Lacy Barry
May 3, 2014
Description Fashion and wellness meet in the bedroom with this editorial feature. Sure, the images might make you the subject of some serious side eye as you sit staring at your phone screen on the subway, or computer at work. But your kinkier, inspo-seeking side will thank you for flipping through Isa Wipfli's stunning pics.
Credits Photographed by Isa Wipfli; Creative Direction by Piera Gelardi; Art Directed by Julia Finch; Modeled by Bridget at Muse Management; Modeled by Yulia at Red Model Management; Styled by Daniela Gutmann; Makeup by Bethany Brill; Hair by Natasha Leibel at Artists by Timothy Priano
Beauty in Bloom
May 8, 2014
Description Mother Nature proves yet again that she is the ultimate beauty queen. This spring's flowers had us absolutely entranced. So much so that we were eager to paint our entire faces perfectly pink, peacy keen, blue-blooded red, and the most mellow yellow. With such bright hues in mind, we called in makeup artist Tina Turnbow from Avon and hairstylist Clay Nielsen to create four beautiful looks. Contrasted against edgy, all-black outfits, these ethereal styles make one thing clear: This season has never looked so damn fine.
Credits Laura Miller (Art Direction and Photo Editor) Ben Ritter (Photographer) Gabrielle Korn (Editor)
May 18, 2014
Description The Anti-Diet Project is the brainchild of R29's Senior Features Writer Kelsey Miller. Twice a month, Kelsey shares her progress on Refinery29. And what an incredible journey it's been! For this installment, photographer Stephanie Gonot created vibrant still lifes to accompany four diet myths. Allow Kelsey and Stephanie to show you why it's okay to eat after 7 p.m., why cleansing isn't necessary, and why the fact that we were once Paleolithic people does not mean we should all be on the Paleo diet.
Credits Stephanie Gonot (photographer), Julia Finch (photo editor)
April 10th, 2014
Description In honor of National Sibling Day, we photographed four pairs of notable siblings. These stylish duos are forces to be reckoned with. They're musicians, entrepreneurs, writers...and that ain't even the half of it. And what better way to celebrate two adult siblings than take them back to their chilhood days. Primary colors and oversized building blocks created a seriously fun-inducing stage for the sibs to reminisce, share secrets, and even jump around a little bit. Just like old times.
Credits Photographed by Winnie Au. Creative Direction by Piera Gelardi. Art directed by Julia Finch. Hair by Jonathan Mason at Artists by Timothy Priano. Makeup by Sophie Haig at Bernstein and Andriulli. Written by Gina Marinelli.
Making It Rain
April 28, 2014
Description This spring, while everyone else was singing "Rain, rain, go away!" we danced to the tune of "Rain, rain, BRING IT ON!" Inspired by April's incessant downpour, we created a shoot featuring the best waterproof makeup in the biz. We put the products to the ultimate test by splashing, pouring, and dripping water on our amazingly gracious model. The beauty looks remained smudge-free! Tens all around.
Credits Laura Miller (Art Direction and Photo Editor) Meredith Jenks (Photographer) Gabrielle Korn (Editor)
The New Provocateurs
May 27, 2014
Description The second installment of Beauty Nation is an eight-part series that celebrates inspring, rule-bending women who can't help but shake things up in their creative fields. They're quirky, smart, passionate, gutsy, and unique. They are "The New Provocateurs". Refinery29 and Revlon joined forces to showcase — through originally-shot photographs and in-depth interviews — what it is exactly that makes these powerhouses so special.
Description Food, glorious food! As Refinery29 expands into the ever-delicious world of living, home, and FOOD content, the Creative Department has made sure to have plenty of distinct, zany, and fun art to show. Clay Hickson has some serious skills when it comes to good-enough-to-eat illustrations. And his junk food images are some of the first to enter our archives.
Description The perfect nail color can really make an outfit... or six outfits! This collaborative feature, created in parternship with Essie, showcases not only six show-stopping ensembles inspired by Essie's spring collection, but also reveals a fresh way of looking at products on Refinery29. Each outfit collage is accompanied by a designed slide that mixes texture and color with the Essie polish to match.
Description SoulCycle, CrossFit, Ballet, Yoga... what do these forms of exercise not have in common? The type of music that accompanies the sweat-dripping workouts, of course! This collection of five tailored playlists and five bright, energy-filled illustrations make taking that first step just a little bit easier.
Description Every girl has been the culprit of a beauty blunder or two. Us included! Which is why we called upon the creative talents of London-based illustrator Laura Callaghan to add a litte color to those cringe-worthy experiences. Fall asleep with your makeup on? Stay up all night binge-watching Orange Is The New Black? Just refer to this handy-dandy guide filled with "Beauty Fixes For Last Night's Bad Decisions".
"Love love love the illustrations! the facial expressions are so spot on. :)" —Carolina Verbina
"This article was legitimately helpful and I LOVE the illustrations." —Anne At Large
"Great illustrations! They really enhanced the content." —Lulu
"Everything about this is flawless. LOVE the illustrations so much!!!" —Dana What
"One of my favorite posts yet. Props!" —BeautyOrBust
April 3, 2014
Description Sure, it's easy to tell what 100 calories looks like when you're picking up a carefully marked snack pack... but what if you're reaching for something that doesn't come so diligently pre-wrapped? This editorial feature explored what 100-calorie portions of steak, broccoli, and frozen greek yogurt (and more!) look like. In addition to demonstrating that all calories are not created equal, "This Is What 100 Calories Looks Like" was also an exciting creative undertaking. Floating broccoli? Yes, please!
Credits Ida Hariri (Art Direction & Photo Editor), Ly Ngo (Art Direction & Design), Amanda Ringstad (Photographer)
New Year, Nü Woman
January 25th, 2014
Description From the brain of Refinery29's News Editor Lexi Nisita came the concept of the Nü Woman (http://www.refinery29.com/2014/01/61039/nu-fashion). As Lexi wrote, "Nü Woman is a way of thinking about clothing that will allow every item in one's closet to match perfectly with its fellows, essentially rendering a bad outfit wholly impossible." It's Tilda Swinton meets Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct. It's a way of life as much as it is a style philosophy. For this original shoot we featured three R29 team members, emphasizing each person's individual take on the trend.
Credits Julia Finch (Art Direction, Photo Editor), Isa Wipfli (Photographer), Willow Lindley (Stylist), Sylvester Castellano (Hair and Makeup)
February 18th, 2014
Description Sometimes, you think you know what you want. But you don't. At least, that's what your hair stylist would have you believe. Sound familiar? No? Allow Laura Callaghan — the talented illustrator who created the artwork that accompanied out Our "7 Easy Steps For Handling A Hair Bully" (http://www.refinery29.com/hair-bully-tips) feature — to remind you. Her drawings skillfully captured the stress, the anger, and the anxiety of it all.
Description New (Chinese New) Year, New Refinery29 Fashion Team! With the rapid growth of our company, we wanted to take a moment to reintroduce the members of our stellar Fashion and Style teams. We created our own version of a traditional Lai See packet, with each 'dollar' featuring an editor, his or her animal sign, role at Refinery29, and contact information. Talk about some good fortune!
Credits Holly Stevenson (Design Direction), Ammiel Mendoza (Art Direction and Design), Anne Cassard (Project Manager) Jessica Nash (Photography), Printed at Masterpiece Printers
January 30th, 2014
Description Beyoncé, Cher, Lorde, Iggy Azalea, Kristen Wiig, Blake Lively, Harry Styles... what do these celebs all have in common? A+ hair game, of course. We tapped the talents of design duo Nous Vous to help celebrate the stars' signature hair moves with fun illustrated GIFs.
Description This year's brutally long winter meant steaming hot soups were a regular go-to. For this editorial feature, we teamed up with illustrator Giacomo Bagnara to create a colorful, fun guide to eating well with seven soup recipes that promised not to break the bank.
Description For its second year, Tinseltown — our pop-up holiday bazaar— was bigger and better than before. We showcased gift-worthy goods from our favorite indie brands, hand-crafted one-of-a-kind finds, and delicious snacks galore. This year's vendor lineup included Erica Weiner, Cloak & Dagger, Won Hundred, Bing Bang, Still House, and many more. We also tapped DJs JD Samson (of Le Tigre), G*LEE, and Matt Hitt of Drowners to spin us into good times. Not to mention the oversized igloo that housed DIY events and happy hours to boot.
Description Spring sprung at R29 with the freshest flowers and manicures photographed by Mike Garten. Because, go away winter!
Credits Piera Gelardi (Creative Direction), Laura Miller (Art Direction/Photo Editing), Photographed by Mike Garten, Prop Styling by Ashley Zangle, Manicures by Dawn Sterling, Modeled by Kseniya Baranava/Parts Models.
Description These original illustrations were created to accompany a feature detailing basic cooking techniques.
Highlights: Nominated for an American Illustration award.
Description On The Verge put the spotlight on seven up-and-coming power players guaranteed to make it BIG in Hollywood. Filled with talent, energy, and a seemingly unlimited supply of that je ne sais quois, these magnetic women are breaking through in their careers as writers, actors, and agents of Tinseltown. For this shoot, we kept styling and set minimal — solid colors, minimal jewelry, and a simple black and white background — to make sure the stars could really stand out. Not that they needed our help. When you've got Caitlin Fitzgerald, Samira Wiley, Greta Lee, Amanda Lund, Ida Ziniti, Lesley Arfin, and Tracey Wigfield in one room... they shine!
Credits Piera Gelardi (Creative Direction), Sara McDowell (Photo Art Direction and Production), Katelyn Kappel (Design), Olivia Malone (Photographer).