Hellin Kay is a photographer, filmmaker, and stylist. She has worked in fashion and entertainment for two decades: photographing advertising campaigns, celebrities, and editorials; styling advertising, runway shows and magazines; directing short films, music videos and commercial work; and doing creative and design consulting for fashion brands.
Her celebrity clients include Laura Prepon, Matthew Perry, Abbie Cornish, Taryn Manning, Jessica Stroup, Brendan Fraser, Tia Mowry, and Nikki Deloach.
She was born in Moscow, Russia and emigrated to Baltimore, Maryland where she developed an obsession with music, fashion, film and art as a result of too many trips to the museum with mom as a kid and too many punk shows at an impressionable age while in high school.
After graduating with a BA and MFA in film and cinema studies from Bard College, Hellin moved to New York City where she completed six short films before she was 25. Her love of fashion and photography prompted her to accept her first job in the fashion magazine world as the assistant to Fashion & Creative Director Polly Mellen at Allure magazine.
Following Ms. Mellen’s retirement, Hellin was hired as the fashion editor for Russian Vogue, helping build the global Russian fashion market along side Mercury Group and Jamilco in Moscow, and has since worked as a stylist, fashion editor and photographer, both as a freelance contributor (L’Uomo Vogue, i-D London, British Vogue, Elle, Nylon, French, Blackbook, and others) and as the staff Fashion Director for the Russian editions of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle and Spoon Paris, where she styled, photographed, developed and packaged content and oversaw fashion shoots and on trend editorials with a long list of luxury brands.
Editorial clients include Vogue, ELLE, Marie Claire, The Fader, InStyle, L’Officiel and Cosmopolitan. She has directed and shot numerous music videos for up and coming artists as well as advertising and in June 2010 she launched this blog to share all the stuff she loves from music to fashion.
Her many years in the world of fashion and entertainment have given her a distinct approach and understanding of the behind the scenes creative as well as branding and marketing from every perspective. She has worked as a creative consultant with some of fashion’s top designers and magazines including ad campaigns for Joe’s Jeans, Anthropologie, Tara Subkoff’s Imitation of Christ, Guess Jeans, Godiva, Selfridges London, Black Halo and Club Monaco. Most recently she has been the in house photographer and stylist for New York based designer Erin Fetherston.
Hellin also really loves to feed people and throw parties, so she hosts intimate dinners in Los Angeles and New York for friends, editors, celebrities, filmmakers and artists. We like to celebrate life and talent.
Champagne & Heels
The name of the blog may not always match the content but that is somewhat the point. What you see is not always what you get and vice versa, and on a good day there should be a surprise beneath the surface. We are all walking contradictions and cliches. That is the beauty of it. #ProFaux forever.