On Jeremiah’s very first video shoot, he attempted to collaborate with his stylist Leena Lorraine, who has recently also worked with Kanye West. Jeremiah said he wanted to be comfortable while shooting, and wear t-shirts and jeans. Now typically, a stylist would abide by the requests of the artist but not this lady. Leena had her mind made up from the start, insisting he wear tailored jackets and clean colors: “White was Right” she said, especially in this case, because she understood Jeremiah’s essence as a jazz/soul artist: a gentle man with class and grace.
And Leena knows. Ever since she was fifteen she’s been telling people what to wear, and telling…she does: “Ladies, do NOT wear jeans with your Thongs sticking out please. And if your shoes ain’t right, YOU ain’t right.” Inspired by Donna Karen (a fellow New York working woman) she styled Jeremiah and his co-star Stephanie for his video “Get Away”. Stephanie had a flowy, glowy look, wearing one of Leena’s favorite products of the shoot: a green Mac Studio dress.
Both stars looked stunning and the video became a far cry from the typical bikini clad poolside ladies sipping marguerita’s while the men smoke cigars and expose their bling bling. That wasn’t right for Jeremiah (or Stephanie) says Leela who believes “ladies should be in skirts and heels and men in suits sometimes.” Amen to that sister.
Some tips on what’s coming up next according to Ms. Lorraine? For the women: Skinny tailored pants, short skirts and heels. For the men? You heard it! Suits.
How about the looks created by makeup artist Dominique Andrese (who has worked with celebrity clients Tracy Morgan and Lisa Loeb)? Jeremiah was a simple subject, and only needed a little bit of Kiehl’s moisturizer and coco lipbalm. His beautiful co-star Stephanie didn’t need all that much glam, and Dominique kept it simple and clean by using bronzers, and La Mer cream (known to crystallize in the skin after application, and a heavy hitter amongst many celebs). In collaborating with artists, Dominique says she does have discussions with the director about the vision as well as with the artist. But once the shoot begins, back up! “It’s my domain and I do whatever I want.” You go girl!
Both Dominique and Leena voiced their opinion that anyone can get a rock star worthy look on a budget! How? Maybelline mascara, a good blush and a little lipgloss from the local pharmacy should cost no more than about $15. Leena suggests, for both women AND men stores like H&M, Banana Republic and Loehmanns (for great bargains). But never….oh no…never, leave your house without some stylin’ rims (and we are talkin’ CHANEL…at the very least..okaaay?), a fabulous pair of shoes and of course….mascara.