5 Questions

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Wendy McNett, photo by Michael Williams

Wendy McNett, photo by Michael Williams

For our 5 Questions series, we ask creative professionals five questions about the nature of creation and collaboration. This week we spoke with freelance fashion stylist Wendy McNett. Based out of New York, Wendy has worked as a stylist for 18 years, mixing the glamorous with the experimental to develop a highly unique style. With work that has graced the pages of publications such as the foreign editions of Harper’s Bazaar, Wendy recently wrote to us from her home office in New York to talk about some of her previous projects, her views on collaboration, and some photographers and subjects she would love to work with.

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Daniela Federici

Daniela Federici

For our 5 Questions series, we ask creative professionals five questions about the nature of creation and collaboration. This week we spoke with commercial director and fashion photographer Daniela Federici. Born in Australia and based out of New York City, Daniela’s career has seen her work with brands like Nike, Samsung and BMW, and photograph celebrities like Debbie Harry and Chloe Sevigny. With work that has graced the pages of magazines including Vogue, Interview and Elle, Daniela recently emailed us from  Mission Beach, Australia to talk about some of the celebrities she’s had the pleasure of working with, pulling inspiration from unlikely places, and an emotional photo shoot in Mumbai.

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Susan Hengst

Susan Hengst

For our 5 Questions series, we ask creative professionals five questions about the nature of creation and collaboration. This week we spoke with fashion designer Susan Hengst, owner of Hengstboutique in Manhattan’s East Village, and the designer for her own label, HengstNYC. Founding the HENGST label in the early 2000s, Susan has created beautiful collections designed for women with a busy lifestyle. A nominee for the National Design Award in Fashion at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian for several years running, Susan recently emailed us from her New York Studio to discuss the process of creating her current collection, the inspiration behind her “No Such Creature”  dress, and a new collaboration she is currently working on with some of her customers.

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Antoaneta Metchanova in Phoenix, Arizona

Antoaneta Metchanova in Phoenix, Arizona

For our 5 Questions series, we ask creative professionals five questions about the nature of creation and collaboration. This week we spoke with Antoaneta Metchanova, global créative director at Publicis 133 Lux, a french advertising agency that specializes in working with premium and luxury brands. Her career has taken her to cities like San Francisco, New York City, and Paris, where she’s worked with high end brands and visionary artists to create ads with some of the most prestigious agencies in the business. With over 15 years in the ad world, and a portfolio that would turn heads, Antonaeta has won just about every single award for advertising in existence, and established herself as one of the go-to creative directors for premium and luxury advertising. Though she’s constantly working on new and astonishing ads, Antoaneta recently wrote us while on a trip from Paris to Saint-Malo to talk about her favorite ad she’s ever created, some of the award winning artists she’s had the pleasure to work with, and how it’s important to find inspiration in everything.

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Richard Brown on the set of True Detective

Richard Brown on the set of True Detective

As executive producer on HBO’s Emmy nominated “True Detective,” Richard Brown has had an exciting year. Born in Scotland, Brown began his career in the music industry working as a talent scout for Island Records and Geffen Records, before moving into the film world in the mid-90s, transitioning into the role of producer. He’s since gone on to produce films in America and the UK, and create and produce “The Directors Label,” a hugely popular DVD series exploring the work of influential directors like Michael Gondry, Jonathan Glazer and Spike Jonze. Though he’s currently in pre-production for the highly anticipated second season of “True Detective,” Brown recently emailed LASTBLOG from his Soho apartment in New York City, to talk about the runaway success of “True Detective,” the ways in which his role as producer allows him to collaborate with directors, and several of the exciting new projects he has in the pipeline.

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Laura Albert, photo by Danny Nicoletta

Laura Albert, photo by Danny Nicoletta

Laura Albert is the author of three extremely popular novels – Sarah, The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, and Harold’s End – published under the name JT LeRoy. JT was Albert’s avatar, freeing her to craft a new voice in fiction, until 2006, when The New York Times revealed her to be the actual writer of the books. Albert had ingeniously hacked the literary establishment, and today enthusiasm for her writing – as JT and under her own name – continues to grow internationally. Jeffrey Deitch’s characterization of the JT LeRoy saga as “one of the most interesting contributions to art and literature of the past 20 years” is supported by such recent activities as Albert’s speaking engagement at The Moth and the hit Brazilian musical “JT, A Punk Fairy Tale.” Proclaimed “the indie fashion fighter” by the SF Chronicle, she has attended literary events and judged at film festivals worldwide, including Diane Pernet’s A Shaded View On Fashion Film. Laura Albert responded to LASTBLOG’s questions, emailing from San Francisco about her experience writing as JT LeRoy, some of her upcoming projects, and how her creative process has changed since she began publishing work under her own name.

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Howard Collinge

Though much of his career has been spent creating international advertising campaigns for brands like Levi’s, Audi and MTV, so much of Howard Collinge’s work falls well outside the world of advertising. He’s a partner in Architecture, Branding and Design firm, a founder of a publication and e-commerce platform that explores the style and ideas of the most interesting and “unique” people in history, and started his own fashion label inspired by the care and love of grandmothers.  He’s also created an award-winning branded entertainment series for Snoop Dogg, and written and published “Beautiful Economics – How Art, Design, Beauty and Unicorns Will Save the Universe”, which launched alongside a re-imagined version of the NASDAQ stock ticker. Collinge once placed stuffed fake birds in trees around New York City, delivering twitter posts to passers-by. Collinge has spent his professional life navigating the intersection between creativity and commerce, and though he’s constantly juggling a handful of different projects, he recently emailed us from his studio at Neuehouse, a shared workspace for entrepreneurs and creative professionals to discuss his theories on economics, some of his recent projects, and his “Unique Creatures” platform.

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