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T.B.N Interviews: Andrea Warmington

Posted in T.B.N Interviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2016 by James Field

 

“Creativity is contagious, pass it on” -Albert Einstein

Greetings! Its been sometime since my last T.B.N feature with the Master Jeweler & Sculptor, Mr. Wallace Chan, and I felt that it was time for some new material!

Today I have the pleasure of speaking with Andrea Warmington, a very talented Creative Director in the Beauty & Fashion industries by way of London, England. She discusses her passion for creativity, design, art and how she achieved her dreams in the overly saturated melting pot that is Manhattan.

TBN: Let’s begin with your background, where did you grow up? When did you decide that moving to New York was something you wanted to do?

A.W: I grew up in London England, I came to New York to go to Art school, The School of Visual Arts. I was always into art and design. I loved drawing. My sister was going to Parsons in New York. I was really inspired by her doing what she loved, which was fashion designing. So I decided to apply to art school.

I didn’t think I would have a career in the arts. I was really into computer science in a strange way. I loved that aspect of writing code and getting into the technical side of the computer system. But I had a passion for art and acted upon it. After art school the first job I got was senior designer at Harper Collins, designing book covers. I must say I felt like I was in a dream the first 6 months. I was doing what I loved to do… Designing… Designing books. A book cover to me was like designing a mini poster. Loved the process and how every book cover tells a story, working with the typography illustrations, photography and just being experimental.I did that for a year and wanted to try something new.

I got hired at McCann Erickson as a junior art director working on L’Oreal. It was great, fast passed, and a new creative challenge, beauty advertising. I did that for a year and shortly after that worked for Condé Nast where I freelance for a few years, for Mademoiselle and then Vanity Fair magazines. I loved working there and it really allowed me to work on some fun special projects. I was working on project invites and advertorial pages, and it was always fresh and new. I stayed there for a few years.  I really was ready for a change. And change was working at Ericsson Fina, a beauty boutique ad agency which was a part of Grey New York. I worked on Covergirl as an Art Director to Creative Director where I worked on campaigns with Taylor Swift, Queen Latifah, and Janelle Monáe to mention a few. I worked with a number of amazing photographers and directors, models hair and makeup teams. I loved it!

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TBN: What was your “Ah ha” moment? ( I borrowed this question from one my idols, Oprah) When did your calling speak to you?

A.W: I think that working at Ericsson Fina was a great “Ah Ha” moment because we pitched a beauty and hair campaign and we won the account. It was a great experience. We were a small creative team of say 8-10 and it was like working with your family. Really supportive, really creative and a good creative challenge.

TBN: As a Creative Director, is there a specific medium that you enjoy working in more than others such as photographic print campaigns vs. digital or television work? What’s the least favorite part of what you do, is there one?

A.W: I really love photography and film. I love the process of coming up with a creative campaign for a brand, the research and development and crafting of that campaign and then producing the final concept. I love the story telling aspect. I love how a photo alone can tell the story without words.

I love the idea of tapping into ones emotions…

I’m not sure if there’s a least favorite aspect of what I do. I have to think about that…

TBN: You work with what I assume to be large groups of talented individuals such as Photographers, Hairstylist’s, Makeup Artist, etc. Do you find it difficult to align on one common vision for a project?

A.W: I’ve worked with Pat McGrath an amazing British and Black makeup artist, Photographer Tom Munro, Micheal Tompson, Dan Jackson, some really amazing creative guys who have worked on some major editorial stories and advertising campaigns. I must say they are all so collaborative and creative. I love working with a team of experts who do what they do best, I have my vision, but it’s just the foundation. Working with a strong team is key and you must be flexible. I don’t like to work with drama queens because the end of the day we are all putting our names on the final product i.e ad campaign or editorial story.

TBN: Did you always envision that you would have a career in this field of work?

A.W: No… I really wanted to be a systems analyst. Can you believe that?!

TBN: This may be a bit of a touchy subject, but do you think that we’ve made collective progress in the availability of jobs within the Fashion Industry for people of color?

A.W: Wow… I’m black and was born in the UK. I remember working at Saatchi & Saatchi in the UK and I was the only black creative person in the building. I would say things have changed a lot over the years. I can talk for the beauty business which is somewhat similar to the fashion business. I do think I’ve had much opportunity to work in the Beauty business both here in the US and in Europe and Asia. It could be timing, but I feel blessed to have the opportunity to work were I’ve worked.

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TBN: Where do you see your career trajectory within the next 3-5 years? What goals do have on your list, and what advice would you give to readers on how to pursue and manifest their own dreams?

A.W: James that’s a good question. I really love the creative field. I really would love to strive to create work that not only inspires and educates people in some way, but touches you emotionally and in a positive uplifting way. So I’m keeping it open so I can explore new opportunities that will allow me to do this. My new creative challenge now is working for a start up magazine that bridges all the experience I’ve gained over the years. This magazine is a celebrity lifestyle publication that gives you exclusive stories and keeps you current with beauty, fashion, trends, with a European twist. The magazine is in both Spanish and English. I was brought on to take this European Tabloid magazine to the next level in the US market. Check it out on a newsstand near you, Hola! (Made in the USA)

TBN: Lastly Andrea, how has this journey been for you thus far? What has been the most interesting part for you, and what has been the most challenging?

A.W: It’s been a great journey…

I think that things are changing in the industry. I started out in the industry where you were an expert in your field i.e: Beauty. Now it seems that we are all experts. The internet has changed the industry and how consumer are involved in the process. Now you can create your own Youtube commercial and have thousands of people watching it from all around the world… that’s pretty major. From online Youtube videos to digital magazines, Instagram, Facebook, these are all creative tools to express yourself.

Andrea Warmington

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I would like to give a big sincere thanks to Andrea for taking the time to chat with me for The Black Nouveau!

It has been a wonderful insight into the exciting world of Creative Art Direction.

J.F

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ANAYI Fall 2015 Collection Campaign x OWN Magazine

Posted in Art Nouveau with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 9, 2015 by James Field

A few weeks ago my editor Kota from OWN Magazine flew in from Japan and asked my help with a photoshoot. As you may have read from my previous posts about Kota, we always have a great time and produce incredible work.

We shot on location in Long Island City, Queens in a really cool loft space full of antique French gilt mirrors, tufted antique settee’s and incredible light, not to mention some amazing hair and make up people, photgraphers and stylists. We shot the gorgeous Taylor Hill in the very chic Fall 2015 collection of the Japanese brand, Anayi.

The pieces have a classic, modern Chanel vibe with the tweeds suit seperates, day dresses, brooches and fur.

It was a fantastic (and very hot lol) day and I hope you enjoy the video.

I am actually standing on a ladder and sprinkling the white feathers on Taylor, so much fun! 🙂

Model _ Taylor Hill
Art Director _ Kota Kuramoto
VP _ Ben Carey
Gaffer/Dolly Grip _ Austin Castelo
Assistant Camera _ Marcos Herrera
Production Assistant _ Michael Comito
Stylist _ Ayako Endo
Hair _ Kenshin Asano
Make _ Yasuo Yoshikawa
Video Editor _ Phillostory
Casting _ Mister Lee
Stylist Assistant _ Chihiro Ishikawa
Stylist Assistant _ Manami Jinbo
Assistant to Mr. Kota Kuramoto_ James Field
Client _ ANAYI anayi.com/

Special thanks: ANAYI, IMG models, L’atelier

Nouveau Spotlight: Martin de Tours

Posted in Nouveau Spotlight with tags , , , , , , , on March 3, 2014 by James Field

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In our current economic climate, many people are finding themselves spending less on “fast fashion” and investing in more quality pieces with longevity. I  (reluctantly) have discovered the value in purchasing slightly more expensive, but longer lasting pieces for my own wardrobe that I may rotate through the seasons. However, at times the best alternative is made to measure and when it comes to fine suiting and tailoring, that is where quality craftsmanship vs “off the rack” prevails.

Enter a new such made to measure label by the name of Martin de Tours. Founded on the principles of accessibility, efficiency and the revolution of men taking pride in their appearance again, they have created a unique and exceptional tailoring experience for all.

Combining old world techniques and new technology to create custom fitted suits and shirting, this new brand is on its way to menswear sartorial importance.  The use of cut seems to be the most obvious statement as these looks will illustrate…

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I think it very important and economically savvy for more men to have a better understanding of their bodies and what fits their personal aesthetic, so that they may shop with greater confidence. Martin de Tours does just that, with a full-time “Valet” of sorts who will take your exact measurements and present material options for all your suiting needs. They are re-introducing the classic style and taste of custom suiting with made to measure, exceptional quality menswear.

Please visit Martin de Tours for more information, also please support the growing of this brand with sponsorship via Kickstarter, click here.

Thank you Alexandra of Martin de Tours and I wish you guys all the best. I will be meeting you soon for my measurements!

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JF

Nouveau Spotlight: Shelfies

Posted in Nouveau Spotlight with tags , , , , , , on March 24, 2013 by James Field

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So one day when I was surfing along on the internet superhighway looking for some cool brands, I happened to stumble upon one of the coolest EVER!

Shelfies is a new Canadian based apparel company specializing in these INCREDIBLE photo realistic, printed sweaters. I absolutely think they are such a fresh burst of vibrancy which is totally what the industry needs right now. I really enjoy the colors and the “take a double look” factor when you walk into a room with one of these awesome sweaters.

Yeah they will make you hungry, but more importantly make you look cool as well, a cucumber! Haha get it? Because one of my favorites is the cucumber sweater? Ahhhh….I know my jokes suck lol.

Check out Shelfies and see for yourself!

Theophilus London- Hum Drum Town

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on December 24, 2009 by James Field

Finally the full version of this song is AMAZING!! Theophilus you rock man!

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Pioneers

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on December 15, 2009 by James Field

Bubby’s

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on November 5, 2009 by James Field

Hey my fellow food fanatics! I’m back yet again with another great ‘budget friendly’ NYC restaurant pick. This week we feature Bubby’s Restaurant in Tribeca. I had the opportunity to eat there about a month ago for my friend Leia’s birthday, and it was AWESOME! Ok so let me begin, I had never heard of Bubby’s until Leia said that was were we would be meeting her for dinner. To much of my excitement she mentioned it was on Hudson Street in Tribeca, which  im obsessed with anyway. I got to the restaurant before my friends to scope the place out, and it reminds you of being in a North Carolina, down home country diner, I mean just listen to the name!

 It’s very cozy, warm, and “Martha Stewart” meets country fried chicken..get the picture? Anyhow let’s get to the best part, the FOOD! The place has a great menu of simple classics mixed up with a little mexican flavor. My fave was the Chicken burritos, and the salsa dip soup. Since it was Leia’s big day we of course secretly told our waitress, and she brought out the most delicious chocolate peanut butter pie that I EVER ate! This was all that remained…

Yeah so, not only was there mouth watering pies, they even have a vintage photo booth in the basement, which we of course could not resist to take some silly photos in…

So in conclusion, Im going to keep it simple, Bubby’s ROCKS! And everyone should visit this great place in the heart of Trendy Tribeca.

Bubby’s Restaurant

120 Hudson Street (N Moore Street)

www.Bubbys.com

212.219.0666

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