Homegrown Collective

photography Spencer Ostrander

realization Valentina Ilardi Martin

1.3

models ESTHER DE JONG, OSCAR DE JONG
and KAYLYN SANS at WILLHELMINA NY
NICK REA at DNA MODELS
hair CLAY NIELSEN using BUMBLE & BUMBLE
makeup ALLIE SMITH at SARAH LAIRD & GOOD COMPANY
set design HANS MAHARAWAL

"DIVERSITY IS THE ONLY SAFEGUARD AGAINST ANNIHILATION" WARNED THE PUPPET MASTER IN HIS LAST MEMORABLE SPEECH. SOMEWHERE IN HARLEM OUR COLLECTIVE IS SHELTERED BETWEEN HOMESCHOOLING AND ILLUSIONISM, DISTANT FROM THE PARADE OF CLONES AND COPIES WHICH INFEST THE REAL WORLD. IN A TRANSMUTATION FEAST FOR THE SINGULARITY OF LIFE, POETRY IS THE KEY TO CULTIVATIONG THE BEAUTY OF BEING ONE OF KIND.

Searching for wentelteefje creatures on the stairs, Kaylyn wears a belted plunging v-neck dress embroidered with white pearl flowers by GUCCI, worn over a striped long sleeved t-shirt by EDITH A. MILLER. The look rests comfortably on a pair of dark sneakers by CONVERSE, and well-shaded by the ILLESTEVA honey squared sunglasses. Esther joins the Penrose steps wearing ILLESTEVA’s frames and a long-sleeved silk georgette GUCCI dress in cerise and orange shades, richly embroidered with ancient Asian blossoms, matched with a likewise embroidered knotted belt.

With the sounds of rolling drums Oscar summons the collective, impressing his fans with a total look by JEREMY SCOTT, complemented by a cardigan pierced with safety pins by ASHISH. The rock attitude continues with ankle boots by DAITA KIMURA and mirrored sunglasses by ILLESTEVA. On a softer tone, Esther wears a sleeveless silk jacquard top, embellished with raw cut gauze inserts and a printed jacquard skirt. The edgy silk and cotton knee socks complement the calfskin platform sandals with wooden heels, while the crystal and zircon earrings confer a precious touch of light. All PRADA.

Sitting with satisfaction on Esther’s lap, the Puppet Master strikes a pose. She wears an enchanting checked tweed top with a duchess thrush skirt secured by a tricotine belt. All MIU MIU.

The entrance to their kingdom is guarded by a ferocious tiger, who also serves as a comfortable seat for Oscar. He wears a large cotton sweater embroidered with stars and cool symbols in lurex, by HILFIGER COLLECTION, together with a pair of striped trousers by OAK and distinguishing ankle boots by DAITA KIMURA. Esther embraces her son wearing a striped maxi gown combined with a striped vest, both from the HILFIGER COLLECTION. The look ends with a pair of turquoise BURBERRY PRORSUM heeled sandals contrasted with short tights by PRADA.

Nick puts on a spectacular show (for real) wearing a total look by JEREMY SCOTT, sustained by purple COUSU MAIN espadrilles. Esther attends the performance wearing a mint green trench coat by RODEBJER, and a wool caramel sweater worn over satin pants, both by SONIA BY SONIA RYKIEL. The look continues with an unmatched pair of gloves by HESTRA, low socks by WOLFORD, the azure COUSU MAIN espadrilles and the necklaces by PASCALE MONVOISIN. Kaylyn wears an embroidered organza and tulle dress with sequinned flowers and a bomber jacket in mink fur, both by BLUMARINE. The vermillon gloves by HESTRA, tights by UNIQLO, MARIA LA ROSA socks, and purple espadrilles by COUSU MAIN complete the stage look. Standing with the best view, Oscar wears a striped patchwork top and blue cotton bermudas, both by FENDI, and old school CONVERSE sneakers.

Nick is about to deliver a punch line that will raise the dead, shielded with a striped cape in raw linen by VIVIENNE WESTWOOD RED LABEL, worn over a RODEBJER grey sweater and black sweatpants by JOHN VARVATOS. The boxing gloves by SELETTI complete the look.

Nick improvises a serenade the collective way, wearing a handmade embroidered jacket and short striped trousers by DRIES VAN NOTEN, while stamping his feet with the JOHN VARVATOS boots. Kaylyn holds the backing vocalist, dressed with silk and cotton embroidered jacket by DRIES VAN NOTEN worn over a pleated Russian blue tulle gown by BURBERRY PRORSUM. The orange tobacco gloves by HESTRA and the dazzling fuchsia pumps by MARSKINRYYPPY finish the look.

In front of a celestial barn a duo of wizards contemplates a shower of sparks, while we contemplate Esther wearing a silk tulle and organza gown featuring engineered Chantilly lace, silk flowers and smocked needlework by MARCHESA, worn with salmon sleeves by SAMUJI and rings by IOSSELLIANI. The Firestarter wears an OAK striped t-shirt, a mustard cardigan and black jogging pants, both by JOHN VARVATOS. The look is up-to-date with black NIKE “Airmax” trainers and ILLESTEVA sunglasses.

Keeping an eye for a golden egg, Kaylyn rocks the barn wearing a tweed blazer worn over a floral printed cotton shirt, both by CHANEL. The bright red tights by UNIQLO fire up the look, reinforced by grey WIGWAM socks. The suede loafers, the necklace and the bracelet are also by CHANEL.

Outside is where the real action takes place, and the hula hoop comes to life, twirling around this asymmetric dress in grey and off-white cotton with pleated yellow and polka dot frills by MARC BY MARC JACOBS, styled with a long-sleeved marinière shirt by EDITH A. MILLER and fishnet tights by FALKE.

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