West side story

Fashion loves its contrasts, and it’s safe to say that toughness and femininity have one of the most passionate – if tumultuous – relationships. When they get on, they get on like a house on fire.

Those two qualities – toughness and femininity – come together in Henryk Lobaczewski‘s latest shoot. Photographed in New York, it’s what characters of West Side Story might look like if you picked them up out of the 1950s and placed them in the now. The rockabilly pompadours, leather jackets, skinny jeans and cigarettes might not change, but now our lead characters are sipping from McDonalds paper cups and covering their quiffs with Alexander McQueen’s skull-stamped headscarves.

rockabilly 50s fashion shoot

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While We Were Dreaming by Henryk Lobaczewski
While We Were Dreaming by Henryk Lobaczewski
While We Were Dreaming by Henryk Lobaczewski
While We Were Dreaming by Henryk Lobaczewski
While We Were Dreaming by Henryk Lobaczewski
While We Were Dreaming by Henryk Lobaczewski
While We Were Dreaming by Henryk Lobaczewski

Starring doll-faced models Tamara and Sofija from Women Direct in New York, with styling by DeAndre DaCosta, it’s a collision of eras that works beautifully.

Click on the gallery above to view more.

You can view Henryk’s portfolio at henrykphoto.com.

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