Have you ever wondered what comes to the mind of those who encounter you for the first time? What happens in these very first few seconds as someone who’s never seen you before lay their eyes on you… What in the world are they thinking? Have you ever considered that before you even spoke or perhaps even met, there is already an existing expectation or perception? You could think, and this could be indeed considered as a very superficial question as we are indeed talking about appearance… But aren’t we all so sensitive to our visual environment, to distinctive symbols around us, to the images that the the world reflects and what it translates? It seems to me like we evolve in a society where the attention span is so short, that we base our judgments on few distinctive elements and signs to instantly make an assumptions and elaborate an opinion on something within less than a minute. We are all guided by our vision, and attracted or repulsed by what seems appealing or not. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Whether it’s how we judge food or even a place, our senses are guiding our actions. So, how much does our image speak for ourselves? Meaning, does it really serve us well or could the portrayal be purely misleading?
Fashion industry is so fascinating in this regard as so many brands base their marketing on such few, but extremely important and distinctive visual elements that will allow us, within seconds, to understand, or at least have a sense of their entire branding strategy. Whether it’s an artsy Céline add or a rock &roll androgynous Saint Laurent one (by the way, can we please talk about Hedi leaving!?), it says already so much about the products we’ll be able to get from them. If we compare the way labels brand themselves and how our own appearance might become our own, walking branding, what does it say about us, and especially about the person that we truly are, personality wise. I for example, like to toy around with my image and tweak it in many different way to perpetually re-invent myself. I often get asked the question “what does it feel like to be so exposed on your social media and blog”? Well, I truly believe, that us all, as visual humain beings are being affected by image perception. As un-superficial as we claim to be, the willingness to be detached from our images can also be thus… reflected in our appearance, and therefore reflect our choice to show that we actually don’t care.
I always thought that the image, the appearance, or the terrestrial envelope so to say, is an extension of who we are. It isn’t necessarily who we are. I like how it says something about me without me having to even open my mouth. I like how it’s a canvas to reflect a bit of my universe, a way to express my creativity, share my story and play with people’s idea of what I might be like, to then be the complete opposite. This is I guess why I love fashion so much. It is one of the greatest tools to play with perception. But then comes in the matter of subjectivity and how different people can perceive things in complete different ways. It is like looking at an abstract art photography with your friend, and you both seing two completely opposite things.
Since, I changed my hair color, I felt like the perception people had of me has become slightly different too, while I, on the inside, didn’t feel like I had changed. The adjectives are suddenly different. I hear “edgy, dark, sexy” instead of the usual “bubbly, cute and feminine” I used to get all the time. I won’t hide the fact that seing myself in the mirror now, makes me have a complete other approach to myself as well. It makes me want to dress differently, look at people differently, sometimes even act differently… So, to an extension, my appearance, is in a way, also leading me to become someone new, through my words and actions. I think both our body and mind work together and serve each other. Some manage to detach their mind from their body to such extend that they don’t even feel physical pain anymore. But good luck on mastering that…! You know what, and I will make a funny comparison, but my friends and I we love tiramisu. And honestly, it’s so hard to judge a tiramisu by it’s appearance because often the ones that don’t look that great are the ones that tastes the better. Fact is : you gotta try them all.
I’m so excited you guys as this is the first article I am posting an with my dark hair. I made the change a few weeks ago while shooting mx first L’Oréal Campaign in Paris. It was such a thrilling moment. It is possible that I go lighter soon again, but for now, I am so happy with this color which I think definitely adds an interesting twist. I had the pleasure shooting these images a few days ago while sporting this gorgeous Ermanno Scervino dress around the Milk Studios in Los Angeles. Nothing beats L.A weather… I promise it’s the best thing in the world. What a luck to be here. I am pinching myself every single day and wish you could all come and visit me. We’d go and hang by the beach in Venice and sing songs around a fireplace. I’ve also been enjoying spending some quality time with the team, and James who’s been travelling less with us, shot this new article that I hope you guys will love. I’ll speak to you soon. x
Photography by James Chardon
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Cette couleur te va vraiment bien, c'est dingue, on dirait que tout te va, que ce soit en habits, maquillages ou coiffures ! Et les photos sont vraiment belles, avec cette lumière ! Ça fait plaisir de revoir James le photographe ;)
So true. I get addressed as "sir" all day when I am dressed in suit and tie, whereas, I could wear polo shirts for weeks without anyone noticing.
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Love this look!
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I really LOVE this shoot. It's kinda different. ♥
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You look amazing with dark hair. And you're so brilliant, I love how much you open up in your posts. I agree, as much as we aim to not be superficial and not succumb to stereotypes and the prejudice attached to them, judging my sight is basic human nature. The way to rise above our base instincts and to avoid ignorance and hatred is to look beyond the stereotypes and to give everyone a chance. But this is very scary and requires bravery, which is why people choose the easy way.
loving the new look! suits you so much
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You just look so amazing!
And I love the location!
Your blog is amazing – keep up the good work!
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You managed to put this in words so well and I totally agree! I believe that our appearance affects how others and we look at ourselves.
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So beautiful !
This dress looks amazing on you! X
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I love your new look, it looks so cool and edgy! The photos from james are amazing, I do admire his skills and i missed a little bit his pictures on kayture. Even if the others have been good too - the ones from james do have something extraordinary! Xx
I love the dark hair! I've been blonde, brunette, and everything in between, so I also get the need to change. It's fun to change it up every once in a while! I liked the lighter hair, too, so I think either way you're good :)http://www.theretropenguin.com
It definitely gives you an edgier approach but I don't think it necessarily changes your personality unless you makes it change it
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Such a gorgeous dress Kristina! You look awesome! Dark hair really suits you. Definitely sexier ;)
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This hair looks so much better on you - absolutely loving it! <3
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I love your writing so much!
These photos are stunning :) x Alona
LOVE your outfit, Kristina! ♥
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It really is interesting how quickly we form opinions these days and use visual queues to tell a story in a matter of seconds. It's part of way the fashion magazines are so fun to me, perusing the latest designer ad campaigns. Each tell a distinct and captivating story. That's one of the things I love most about Kayture as well. Through photography, your posts are much more about visual storytelling than they are just showing a dress. There's so much thought to the mood, the lighting and the end product of each shot. Gorgeous look on your and gorgeous work...as always!
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Its so sexy
You're right in saying how different not only others act towards you but in how you being to see yourself. Every time I cut my hair short there is a new feel that I adopt. This post is amazing in the way that the photos really seem to portray the change that you've mentioned. This dress is really sexy and edgy, something that you can totally pull off but that I never thought I'd see you wear.
Keep doing you girl!
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This leather looks incredible with your dark hair! I love the red shoes with it as well.
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I'm loving the hair colour. Interested in seeing how it changes your wardrobe, especially in LA because you are so high fashion :)
Beautiful dress and I love your new hair!
The perception (that or which) people had of me has become slightly different too. :)
Very nice look
love your new look!
Great article, very inspiring and the photos are soo beautiful!
You're super pretty!
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Gorgeous! I love your new hair. It's so interesting to think that our own appearance is personal branding. You are such an inspiration as always!
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I really love this outfit, this could be great for a night out. Love the material as well!
Wow!!!!!! Gorgeous dress!!!! Love the pics!!
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I love you with dark hair, it totally brings out your features... gorgeous
Happy Monday darling, hope you have an amazing week
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Hot! <3 Love the bangs they really suit you.
Nice outfit too! <3
Love your new hair and this look!
Personnellement, je te préfère blonde, je trouve que ça te va mieux, mais on a tous à un moment donné besoin ou envie de changer de tête :)
Lovely pictures :) keep up the good work :*
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Wonderful post! !
You look stunning ! Don't go back to blond hair you look FANTASTIC being brunette ! It really highlights your blue eyes <3
So beautiful I'm obsessing over this outfit so edgy love it
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I am so in love with your hair, your dress, your writing <3! Just amazing!!
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The dress is so amazing!! And you definitely can rock this hair color too!
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So stunning! Beautiful photos. But honestly I miss your bright ,straight hair :(
Femme fatale! Very nice combination with the red shoes.
Love the hair colour! Looks great on you babe
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I think both blond and brunette matches you very nicely, both with a different vibe and feeling. Loving this shot by James! <3 He always captures such beautiful images!
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Beautiful! I love the dress!!
I have to say you really do look very different with dark hair, but dark color suits you very much, maybe better than blonde! And I loved reading this article, it really shows how intelligent and educated you are!
You look absolutely fantastic Kristina, love the hair and the outfit, anyone who encountered you for the first time, would fall in love with you instantly, I know I did.xx
Awesome dress!!! Love it
I am totally in love with the vibes of the photos! I can feel such a great LA spirit here. And the dress is very interesting, love the top of it.
Wow, amazing pics and very cool dress!
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You look absolutely great with your new hair color! I can't wait for more looks with it :)
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This look is looking so good on you specially the hair. I like your hair color because in this black outfit it looks marvelous on you.
I love your new hair especially fringe! It looks so effortless. My hairstylist refuses to cut my fridge so I'm left to admiring other's :)
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.... the dress is stunning!
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Such a "small" change but such a big difference in your whole look!! I'm loving your new, "darker" side! :)
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Absolutely stunning! And thank you for sharing your story. It is always so fascinating the way other peoples perception of us affects our perception of ourselves.
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Perception can be a deceptive thing and a shield at first blush. But does it matter from first impressions? How they perceive you afterwards from knowing you is quintessential
I am in love with your new hair Kristina! It looks amazing, and indeed more edgy! Both blonde and brunette suit you very well but I totally understand the need for a change we sometimes get! These pictures are amazing, so happy you're shooting with James again!
Have a great day!
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Beautiful and such an inspirational read. Love your dress and I am wishing and hoping that I will have the pleasure and opportunity to be able to call LA my home soon as well. <3
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Hi k! I prefer you more ligheter! I think This Very dark color don't suits you ! I'm glad that james come back, i miss his touch in the blog !
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