SEXY Black and Gold OOTD, Inspired by Helmut Newton

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I have been meaning to style the STUNNING Cassandra Pennington for many months now.  Thank God we were able to connect before the temperatures dropped because, let’s be honest, Cassandra looks best when she isn’t wearing much :).

When my photographer and friend, Eraj Asadi, told me his concept for this shoot was “Helmut Newton meets Cassandra Pennington”, I knew it was going to be epic.  When I am asked who I would like to meet, dead or alive, Helmut Newton is the answer I always give.  He started his career at British Vogue in the 1950’s and remained the most sought after fashion photographer until his death in 2004.  While researching his work for this shoot, I came across 100’s of my favorite fashion photos I didn’t even realize were shot by him.  He was trained before the days of digital cameras and it SHOWS.  I included some of my Helmut Newton favorites below, following the photos of Cassandra in today’s Black and Gold OOTD.  Many of them are from his famous collection of polaroids, which shows just how legendary this mans fashion photography was.  Cue goosebumps…

Todays Sexy, Black and Gold OOTD starts with a black satin teddy, but it was really built around an INCREDDDDDDDDIBLE Vintage 80’s Black and Gold Chanel Belt I got from the treasure chest that is “The House of Findings”.  Instead having one of the iconic Chanel logo-ed belt buckles, it has a collection of 10 from past years.  Since the belt IS SO 80’s, I just had to pair it with another of my favorite vintage goodies from the 1980’s: these giant, baroque earrings by Dominique Aurientis.  Helmut Newton was famous for shooting models in wide-brimmed tilt hats, like the one Cassandra is wearing today.  I have had this hat awhile, but it never occurred to me to wear it with a pony tail peeking out!  Props to Cassandra for showing me a little something about style, and for having the incredibly long hair to pull it off.  The final touch of this sexy look?  Sky-high, mesh Christian Louboutins, of course.  Way to rock it Cassandra and Eraj!  Can’t wait to share more from this shoot!

I’ve included the perfect accompaniment to this Sexy OOTD below: Sam Sparro, Black and Gold.  If you don’t know it, listen to it below while you peruse Cassandra and the glory of Helmut Newton Photography.  It’s so catchy; I’m gonna be humming it all week.

Outfit Details:

Bodysuit: Victorias Secret

Hat: Vintage circa 1940’s

Earrings: Vintage Dominique Aurientis circa 1980’s

Bracelets (All): Vintage circa 1960’s

Watch: Vintage circa 1980’s

Belt: Vintage Chanel circa 1990’s

Shoe: Christian Louboutin

Credits:

Photography: Eraj Asadi, http://500px.com/erajkasadi

Styling: Karen Weaver, www.Ginger-Snap.com

Model: Cassandra Pennington, @cassandra_penn

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