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Fashion Editorial: Woodland Fantasy

Fashion Editorial: Woodland Fantasy


Rachelle Willnus’ inspiration for this shoot came from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Something about the elves of Middle Earth is both alluring and powerful. She wanted to create something equally as powerful through art and photography. A powerful woman, a goddess, a protector — As women, we often wish to be that or to be nurtured by that.

Rachelle Willnus designed and created the headpieces in this shoot and the dress. The pink sinamay flower piece in this editorial is currently featured in the Detroit Historical Museum in the FASHION D.FINED Exhibit – Past, Present, and Future of Detroit Fashion. Rachelle’s creations are her own original designs and no two pieces are ever the same.

Detroit, Michigan – Design Team

Rachelle Willnus has been designing and creating headwear for almost seven years. She is an award winning hat designer in Detroit, Michigan; winning Best of The Best in Headwear Design at Michigan F.A.S.H. Fest 2012. Her bridal pieces have been listed in Michigan as a StyleLine Magazine Editor’s choice for headwear 2012 – 2014. Her creations and designs have been featured on local television stations, in several fashion shows and charity events, and in local and global magazine publications. Derby Hats by Rachelle can be found on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Derby-Hats-by-Rachelle/176781505706605.

Jennifer Alder is the extraordinary photographer who took the photos in this Woodland Fantasy Series. She is an award winning photographer in Michigan. Her passion is artistic imagery in fashion editorials, beauty stories, and personal portraits. She has also worked on global photography projects. Her work can be found at http://jenniferalder.com/

Hoda Salameh is the styling genius of this shoot. Hoda is the former Associate Editor of StyleLine, metro Detroit’s guide to fashion, beauty and home. She graduated at the top of her class, receiving a full-tuition scholarship to attend Wayne State University in Detroit, and study abroad in Paris, France. The metro Detroit native earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism, with a specialization in fashion design. Beyond excelling academically, she has been immersed in the media and fashion industries for over eight years. From writing and editing monthly features to coordinating and styling fashion shoots to covering New York Fashion Week, Hoda continues to express her love for the art forms of fashion and word crafting. http://www.thedamselindetroit.com

Stacey Manuel discovered her love of/for makeup at a young age. Her grandmother allowed her to wander department store aisles, where she would become mesmerized with the bright colors of lipsticks and eye shadows that made women feel beautiful. Stacey is an unabashed makeup addict! She loves makeup and has an unquenchable thirst for product knowledge. Stacey has 15 years of professional experience working with industry leaders such as MAKE UP FOR EVER, NARS, and Too Faced Cosmetics. She has fine-tuned her skills, making her a premiere make up artist. Stacey specializes in exquisite modern make up with pristine complexion. She posses the ability to create fantasy characters with special effects make up. Her work can be found at http://www.bousiemakeup.com

Jennifer Hudson Nelson has a natural ability to create perfect styles for any fashion shoot! She has been styling hair professionally for over seven years. She is locally known for her work with color and creating new styles.  Lia Morse is the stunning model featured in this editorial. Lia has been modeling for over five years and is currently signed with Ford Modeling NY. She loves bringing the artist’s vision to life with exquisite styling and breathtaking settings.


Photographer: Jennifer Alder
Model: Lia Morse @ FORD
Makeup: Stacey Manuel
Hair: Jennifer Nelson
Styling: Hoda Salameh
Fashion Designer: Rachelle Willnus at Derby Hats by Rachelle”