February 11th, 2015 / posted by paularath
An organic approach to styling.

An organic approach to styling.               Photo by Therese Wahl

 

Therese Wahl, right, styles model Zoe Curtis, along with hair and makeup artist Pia Sundquist. Photo by Kaveh Kardan

Therese Wahl, right, styles model Zoe Curtis, along with assistant Heather Curtis.  Photo by Kaveh Kardan

Sometimes a seemingly small story can grow into something spectacular. This is one of those stories.

I had interviewed professional stylist Therese Wahl, who lives on the North Shore, for a story I freelanced for Hawaii Business magazine. My story addressed the subject: What is appropriate Honolulu business attire in the year 2015?

I was really impressed with what Therese had to say on the subject and wanted to know more about her. In addition, I have long believed that people in Hawaii don’t really understand what it means to be a wardrobe stylist. So I thought it would be interesting to write a “My Job” column about Therese and her 25-year career in wardrobe styling. The Hawaii Business editor, Steve Petranik, agreed.

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Photo by Therese Wahl

 

The Malaekahana driftwood evolves into a character in the story as Therese performs her styling magic. Photo by Kaveh Kardan.

The Malaekahana driftwood evolves into a character in the story as Therese performs her styling magic. Photo by Kaveh Kardan.

After the interview, Therese and I began talking about visuals for the story. She wanted to create an actual styling scenario on a beach somewhere. (A North Shore girl’s approach.)

She chose one of my favorite swimming beaches, just off Malaekahana Park. This is also the beach where I found my beloved adopted cat, Eleele, who was starving to death all alone  in the park’s hau patch.

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Photo by Therese Wahl

 

Therese adds the final touches to  model Zoe Curtis.

Therese adds the final touches to model Zoe Curtis. The props are all Therese’s.   Photo by Kaveh Kardan

Therese has a deep background in styling. She has worked in New York City, Los Angeles and Honolulu. Among her national clients are Delta Airlines, Target, Coors, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Budweiser, to name a few. In Hawaii she has styled for Ala Moana magazine and the Royal Hawaiian Center’s magazine, “R.” She also did a lot of work for Hawaii Fashion Month and Honolulu Fashion Week. In addition, she has private clients for whom she does wardrobing and even helps them clean out their closets.

To see more images of Therese’s work, go to: www. nichemodelsandtalent.com/Therese-Wahl or Instagram @Theresewahlstyling or email: Malibumermaid@wahltowahlstyling.com or www.mainartists.com/therese-wahl

Three of the photos shown here are simply iPad shots taken by Therese. Three others are shots taken by fashion photographer Kaveh Kardan, who actually appears in the photos for the magazine. The magazine’s photos will include Therese in the frame, working her magic with the model, Zoe Curtis, and Kaveh in his role as a fashion photographer. Therese loves to work with hair and makeup artist Pia Sundquist, a model from Sweden who now lives on the North Shore and has been doing hair and makeup for 25 years. Find her at www.nichemodelsandtalent.com/Pia-Sundquist.

Therese prefers to use local designers whenever possible. In these photos, gowns are by Kini & Dinko (that’s Kini Zamora of “Project Runway” fame), jewelry from Nordstrom and Macy’s and Fascinators by Chapel hat store in Ala Moana Center, with a few tweaks and additions by Therese.

I can just imagine what the images in the magazine will look like. I hope they saved plenty of space for photos! You can see the final result in the March issue of Hawaii Business.

Therese’s goal: “I want my images to be inspiring.” Goal achieved.

– Paula Rath

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