Hellin Kay

HK Nov 2009

Hellin Kay is a film and video director, stylist and photographer. She has worked as a branding and marketing professional for fashion and entertainment, and is a content creator for print and digital outlets and brands.

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, got bit by the styling bug and accepted 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. She has collaborated as a stylist on shoots with photographers including Deborah Turbeville, Tierney Gearon, Larry Fink, Guy Aroch and Greg Kadel, and as a photographer with fellow stylists Kate Young and Kusum Lynn.

Her traveling heart beckoned her to LA several years ago to work as the West Coast Fashion Editor for Women’s Wear Daily, producing and overseeing weekly fashion shoots for the daily publication, and Editor in Chief / Creative Director of Signature Magazine, an LA-based fashion and entertainment monthly which Hellin re-designed and re-launched with the September 2009 issue. Since 2008 she has worked in red carpet styling and brand placement, and in June of 2010 she launched this blog to share all the people, trends and cool things she comes across in her daily life.

For almost ten years she has covered the Sundance Film Festival, watching films, curating private dinners with brands, and staying current on new talent and trends, while continuing to produce and direct short films and music videos throughout her years in the fashion industry.

Her many years in the world of fashion and entertainment have given her a distinct approach and understanding of branding and marketing from every perspective. She has worked as a branding and creative consultant with some of fashion’s top brands, 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. Her red carpet styling clients Laura Prepon, Sosie Bacon, Nikki Deloach, Taryn Manning, Matthew Perry and others.

Other branded content and editorial clients include Marie Claire, InStyle, Cosmopolitan and Kohl’s.

Hellin also really loves to feed people and throw parties, so she hosts intimate dinners in Los Angeles, New York and at the Sundance Film Festival for friends, fellow editors, celebrities, filmmakers and other influencers. We like to celebrate life and talent.

She has an Instagram account that is her obsession, and occasionally likes to go on the road in her car in search of good food, old records, vintage finds and used books.

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.


15 Responses to About

  1. mireille says:

    i heart your work et sensibilities…… fashion-punk-music-art….you rule!!

  2. Hellin Kay says:

    Thanks so much Mireille! I heart you for reading πŸ˜‰

  3. I am a stylist here in NY and always in need of a mentor……….so glad I stumbled across your blog, and hope one day our paths will cross, until then I will follow the blog, and watch you in amazement from afar…………xx


  4. Hellin Kay says:

    Thanks Ashley! Very sweet of you, so happy you are liking what you read πŸ˜‰ xox

  5. Gina Walker Fox says:

    Love the intelligence behind this blog. Fashion sense + intelligence= Hellin Kay.

  6. Hellin Kay says:

    Thank you Gina! So sweet of you πŸ™‚

  7. Roger J says:

    Long time. Love the blog!

  8. Hellin Kay says:

    Thanks so much Roger!

  9. Mitchell says:

    Great blog !! Miss ya. Hope all is well

  10. Hellin Kay says:

    Hi Mitchell!! Hope you are well, send love to everyone from me πŸ˜‰

  11. Fallonista says:

    Love your blog! Been a follower for a while. I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Award http://www.bibleforfashion.com/?p=5304 xx

  12. Hellin Kay says:

    Thank you Fallonista! πŸ™‚ xx

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  14. Leks says:

    Very inspiring to have come across your site!!!

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