Updated: Jul 13, 2020
There's no place like home, and Julianne Boutique is family, literally.
My mother, Julie Ann Stark, dropped out of Fieldston High School in 1981 at 15 years old to pursue her dream of becoming a fashion designer after Bergdorf Goodman put in a purchase order for a variety of the hand knit sweaters she would spend her nights sewing in her bedroom (I'll tell the whole story another day). A very shy creative's creative, she kept a low profile as she sprinkled her brilliant eye across knitwear and swimwear. After years of successful designing, including designing the bathing suit for Elle Macpherson's famous sport illustrator cover before her 21st birthday (rated the #1 cover of all time), she opened Julianne Boutique as an ode to industry legend Janet Brown's shop (where Julie Ann was an avid shopper) after she died in a fatal car accident in April 2007.
Since the boutique opened in July 2007, Julianne has been an oasis for high profile women who want to spend their days shopping the best designers with the most beautiful fabrics that produce one of a kind garments at a tastefully designed getaway that reminds you of your best friends living room. She boasts everyone - from the well knowns like Rick Owens, Maison Margiela, and Dries van Noten, to smaller brands like Stouls, Odeeh, and Mantu - and her crowd of, as I'd call them, "Fashion Collectors" can't get enough.
Luckily - I get a chance to pick and choose any of the garments she has in stock to photograph, so today, Adriana Mora and I chose one outfit from each of the following three brands: Rick Owens, Sacai, and The Row.
Our goal was to capture the essence of each piece of ensemble we photographed while mixing in our own styles.
Ultimately, here's what we ended up with:
Sacai: The Sensitive Balance
Rick Owens: The Delicate Tower
The Row: The Powerful Brilliance
© Michael Orso