From showing NAGNATA'S movement 001 collection at Cabana Show SS18 in New York to  shooting NAGNATA GIRLS on a Brooklyn rooftop to road tripping along California’s Route 66 Highway and visiting the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, designer Laura May shares with RUSSH some of her favourite moments captured during a recent trip Stateside.

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1/8 _ My first weekend in New York we photographed my girlfriend Purvi for our NAGNATA GIRLS on film series. Purvi has the most beautiful smile, which is why I like this outtake from the day.

We walked the streets of Brooklyn from Williamsburg to Greenpoint. An artist saw us taking photos in someones yard and let us into her studio to shoot.  We ended the day drinking fresh grapefruit and vodka at Purvi’s favourite local Achilles Heel. It was a great day!

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2/8 _ We met Tierra through friends and photographed her for NAGNATA on the streets of Dumbo in Brooklyn. She braids her own hair using $6 hair extensions from the pharmacy. We were so impressed she does the whole hair-do herself! She’s so good all her friends come to her instead of the salon. She’s also the coolest, loveliest girl and we felt like naughty kids when we sneaked onto a rooftop to shoot.

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3/8 _ This is the view from the rooftop in Dumbo, Brooklyn that we sneaked onto to photograph Tierra. I had coffee with a friend before the shoot who used to work in the warehouse. We pretended we were from one of the lingerie brands in the building, I had to write the brands name on my hand because I kept forgetting their name! We got all the shots we wanted then another team turned up with a huge production crew and we bailed.

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4/8 _ My sister took this photo of me one day in New York on a basketball court.  We were walking the streets and testing out the Pentax film camera we bought.  It was one of those great New York days where you lose track of time just walking the streets and was especially nice hanging with my sis.

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5/8 _ We launched our NAGNATA movement 001 collection at Cabana Show SS18 in New York. This is me working the booth, like a good booth girl ! We arranged the show only a week prior so it came together really quickly as things tend to in NY.  We presented to top buyers and media and had an incredible response from people over the 3 days, which was wonderful. There were a lot of other Aussie brands in the show and everyone was friendly and really supportive of each other.

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6/8 _ While in LA a friend asked me to drive home with her to Sante Fe in New Mexico, so we hit the road together with her two dogs. I took this photo on my phone as we were driving through the Mojave Desert a few hours out of LA. The colour palette of the landscape is so pretty especially at sunset.  I love being in the expansive space of the desert especially after a few weeks in the city.

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7/8 _ We drove from California through Arizona to New Mexico. This is part of the original Route 66 highway and the old signs and motels in the area are still standing and relatively untouched. We stopped here to get gas and it’s the only photo I took on my disposable camera the whole road trip.  I wanted to remember this little strip of Route 66.

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8/8 _ Georgia O’Keefee is an artist I admire for her courage, spirit and lifestyle as much as I do her work as an artist.  I wanted to visit her Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu while I was staying in Sante Fe, but I didn’t plan ahead very well ! Instead I went to the Georgia O’Keefee museum in town that held rooms full of her original drawings and artworks.

Georgia O’Keefee became a woman of the land living out in the desert of New Mexico. You can see in these photographs she had great personal style.

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