‘Heartbreak Hotel’ | EXCLUSIVE | Jessica Sikosek By Akila Berjaoui For The Libertine Magazine | The Fall Flight | October 2013
by Kate Van Raden
As The Libertine transitions into the amber cast afternoons of autumn, we enthusiastically unveil the highly anticipated collection of stories that compose our second exclusive series here on The Zine: The Fall Flight. For the first installment in the series, The Libertine is honored to bring you another collaboration with one of our favorite lens masters, Akila Berjaoui.
Since foundation of The Libertine in 2009, Akila‘s work has been a constant source of inspiration and motivation in developing our own publication! The freedom, feminine idolatry and sensual revelry communicated through out her work, embodies our sybaritic philosophy here at The Libertine.
For our latest story, ‘Heartbreak Hotel’, Akila‘s Casting Director, Simone Hush, designated Libertine favorite, Jessica Sikosek, to portray the jilted bride that finds respite for her broken heart on the glistening beaches of the Italian Riviera. Adorned in edgy yet feminine looks created by stylist Amy Bannerman, Jess is every bit the ‘jilted bride’ turned ‘blissed out babe on the rebound’. Amy’s sultry vision was tangibly enhanced by the accompanying hair/beauty looks; expertly envisioned and executed by beauty pro, Helena Lyons. For the finishing touches on the editorial, the fabulous Madeline Carroll designed the illustrations for our cover; fierce and fresh!
As she always does, Akila formed a playful bond of friendship with her subject; allowing a natural emergence of gaiety and beauty throughout the vivid images. It is the youthful aura and unapologetic sass to Akila‘s work, that has us so enchanted with her here at The Libertine. She somehow, never fails to see the extraordinary in the quotidian…and for that Ms. Berjaoui has our unending admiration and adulation.
Without further adieu, The Libertine kicks off our second exclusive online edition: The Fall Flight. Enjoy!
Photographer: Akila Berjaoui
Stylist: Amy Bannerman
Model: Jessica Sikosek
Beauty: Helena Lyons
Casting: Simone Hush
Illustration: Madeline Carroll
1st Look: White dress: Christopher Kane, veil: Custom made by Lara Jensen, sunglasses: General Eyewear Company, Elvis belt: stylist’s own.
2nd Look: White dress: Christopher Kane, studded jacket: Isabel Marant, sunglasses: General Eyewear Company.
3rd Look: Applique top: Giambattista Valli, reading glasses: General Eyewear Company, necklace: stylist’s own.
4th Look: Towelling bikini top: Lisa Marie Fernandez, Elvis necklace: stylist’s own.
5th Look: Towelling bikini: Lisa Marie Fernandez, Elvis necklace: stylist’s own.
6th Look: Silk bra/top & shorts: Erdem, sunglasses: General Eyewear Company.
7th Look: Pink bodysuit: Burberry, Silk Robe: Presence customized by stylist, sunglasses: General Eyewear Company, Elvis necklace: stylists own.
8th Look: Pink bodysuit: Burberry, white studded sunglasses: General Eyewear Company, Elvis necklace: stylists own.