Several weeks ago, I gave you a sneak peek into the fabulously fun photo shoot that Alison of Wardrobe Oxygen and I worked on together, along with the team at Foxcroft. Well, the Foxcroft 25th anniversary collection is available for sale this week, and to celebrate I finally get to share the finished photos of the gorgeous teachers of P.S. 159. I miss them. And might be a little bit in love with them all, too. If only I had an excuse to hang out at an elementary school in Bayside …
To quickly review, we worked with six women, all first and second grade teachers from P.S. 159, an award-winning school in Queens. Foxcroft selected this school – a 2011 National Blue Ribbon winner – for its record of academic excellence, and wanted to reward the hardworking teachers with a day of makeover fun. Foxcroft asked the teachers to arrive casual for their before shots, after which they’d get professional hair and makeup, and the full styling treatment with new Foxcroft duds from the 25th Anniversary collection and outfit tweaks from me and Alison.
Here are the final before and after shots!
So Marlene, right? She came into the photo studio downright nervous, clearly fighting off visions of a Stacy-and-Clinton-style intervention complete with judgment and shaming. It didn’t take long for me and Alison to convince her that she was in far gentler hands, and by the end of the day she was asking if we could all come back tomorrow and do it again! She was somewhat shy at first about slipping on that pencil skirt, but when we gushed over her shapely gams she stepped right up. I tied her button-front at her waist – a favorite styling trick of my own – to define her figure a bit more. And seriously, I think va-va-voom is the word we’re all looking for.
Tanya was soft-spoken and a wee bit shy throughout the process, but her natural elegance and classic beauty shone through in every photo. Alison worked more closely with Tanya than I, and she said, “I wanted to get her out of dark colors, and felt a soft floral near her face would highlight her porcelain skin and soften the silhouette of the shirt.” Love the result!
Maggie expressed some concern that we were going to give her a look that was, shall we say, lamb dressed as mutton. Although she came to the studio in a casual chambray button-front, formal shirts aren’t really her bag and she didn’t want to be made over into someone other than herself. We did end up doing a darling button-front look for her, but Foxcroft also makes sweaters, and we loved the way she looked in this chic-yet-timeless leopard print cardigan. And get a load of that updo. Gorgeous.
Can’t you just feel the warmth coming off Janice in big waves? She was completely unfazed by the makeover process, and came in just as happy and relaxed as she left. We asked all of the ladies to bring in a few basics – jeans, black slacks, flats, and heels – and Janice’s jeans fit her SO beautifully, all we really had to do was change out her top and add a few accessories. That painterly print looks absolutely dynamite on her, no?
Oh my gosh, Susan was such a firecracker. In the best possible way, of course, but she was curious and questioning from the moment she arrived. Susan’s casual style was very comfort-focused so she was a little unsure that a getup this fancy would suit her. But such is the magic of fance, and once we showed her that a stretchy ponte pencil skirt and properly fitting button-front could feel as fabulous as they look, she was sold. Check out that sassy pose!
I pretty much want to adopt Eileen as my auxiliary mom. She was SO kind and patient, even though she arrived in the afternoon when we were all starting to fray at the seams a bit. Eileen already looked dynamite in her black and white printed top – using black intentionally like a pro – so we swapped in some sleek heels and a gorgeous printed Foxcroft shirt, cuffed her sleeves, added a chunky bracelet, and let her smile that radiant smile. Easy peasy.
Can you tell I had fun? I had so much fun, people. Like Marlene, I wish we could do it all over again. I was absolutely floored by the expert work done by the hair and makeup team – Chrissy and Constantine – who were happy and funny and unspeakably talented and worked about a zillion times harder than I did. They put everyone at ease, helped all the ladies look and feel fabulous, and kept us all laughing.
Almost too much loveliness to fit into the frame
And! The Foxcroft folks are offering Already Pretty readers 15% off their first order, including the 25th anniversary collection. Just use code FXBLOG2 when you check out to get the discount. I swear, people, they must weave pixie dust into their button-fronts because they really, REALLY do not wrinkle. And, as I’ve mentioned, Foxcroft does petite and plus sizes!
Congrats to Foxcroft on 25 years of quality style, and thanks to the amazing teachers of P.S. 159 for an unforgettable experience!