By Emily Glynn / Photo by Claudia Johnstone
Despite his breathtaking portfolio and impressive list of high-profile clients, photographer Eric Cassée insists that nothing ever comes easy.
“There are a lot of unknowns in the freelance world,” he says. “You love what you create, and you’re putting it out there to be judged and affirmed. It can be really tough.”
One sure-fire constant amidst the temperaments of the creative realm is Cassée’s understated wardrobe. He usually opts for Italian-made black leather ankle boots from To Boot New York, slim-fit denim, a synthetic belt he picked up at a military surplus store, and light weave cotton T-shirts in shades of black and gray.
“Like a photo, if there’s too much going on, it becomes distracting and nothing stands out,” he says. Even on special occasions, Cassée’s approach is minimal; he’s a huge fan of tailored Hugo Boss Super 130 suits.
His tried-and-true uniform kept the photographer focused during a recent shoot for the Arizona Animal Welfare League’s annual “Models, Mutts, Meow” calendar, a philanthropic project Cassée has donated his talents to since 2015. This year’s take, a collection of monochrome photos featuring models alongside puppies and kittens, is stunning and artfully simple – the epitome of Cassée’s style in every way.
Which pieces do you find yourself wearing again and again? Regardless of my intent, I end up back at nice T-shirts. Armani said that the T-shirt is “the alpha and omega of the fashion alphabet.” I think he is correct.
What is your go-to outfit for a long day of shooting? I call it “The Uniform” – a fitted V-neck T-shirt, soft denim pants with a tie waist and cargo pockets, a beanie to keep my hair back, and comfortable shoes.
Who or what inspires you? Personal relationships and, of course, my soon-to-be wife. Her presence in my life motivates me to become the best version of myself.
By Emily Glynn / Photo by beverly shumway / Hair by Casey Kirby
Makeup by Erica Mendoza
Ever since she was old enough to sit upright in a stroller, Katrina Fox perused the mall with her mother in search of emerging trends and figure-flattering pieces. These cherished shopping trips would serve as the catalyst for a full-blown fashion career. Years later, after holding merchandising positions with Macy’s and Dillard’s, Fox channeled her style prowess into founding The Foxy Kat Blog (www.thefoxykat.com).
Though she spends much of her time inspiring and styling other women, Fox’s own image never suffers.
“When you embrace your style, it definitely shows and radiates beauty,” she says.
Her daily ensemble, a classic combo of Joe’s Jeans, ankle boots and neutral blouses, is often embellished with Kendra Scott jewelry and oversized watches. Her black leather Gucci Soho purse is a compulsory accessory.
Colors and prints are reserved for weekend photo shoots with local designers, and while Fox’s readers swoon over her picture-perfect collaborations, she admits to swooning over others’ styles herself.
“Jennifer Lawrence and Taylor Swift inspire me – I love how they are both genuinely themselves,” she says. “Observing them has helped me learn to embrace my own imperfections and create uniqueness in my own personal style.”
What makes The Foxy Kat Blog unique? I talk about clothing, hair, makeup, shoes, etc. so the entire style is portrayed and readers can translate a look into their own personal style.
Which new looks are you most excited to try in 2018? I find ruching to be very flattering in the right fabrics and placements. Same with asymmetrical necklines. I love the off-balanced look.
What did you wear to ring in the New Year? A perfectly constructed silk cream/blush dress I purchased from the Brian Reyes’ showroom when I worked in New York City.