I had worked with Karina recently on a Pan & The Dream beauty shoot entitled ‘Karina: Unadulterated Beauty’. The tones were pale and creamy with a 1970’s feel. I adored the images. I really wanted to work with Karina again and when the opportunity came up, literally on the day of her departure back to Russia, I jumped at the chance.
I really wanted to go with her ethereal beauty again but I had to come up with something different. I had to think fast and come up with a concept almost on the spot.
I immediately thought of ZAMBESI. It is dark and romantic, hard edge avant-garde and wistful at the same time. I’ve had a long standing love affair for this timeless label and it seemed like a natural fit to inspire another feel for this set of images with Karina.
…and then there was the moment when makeup artist Isabella Schimid brought out the gold leaf and applied it to Karina’s eyes…
KARINA wears ZAMBESI Flash Shirt and Skate Skirt www.zambesistore.com
Photo: Paul Westlake