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I Am Number Four

Foraging into the world of commercial photography with my first digitals commission for new Manchester-based modelling agency, Four Models (brap-brap).


Models - Chloe Borton (Four), Seun Oboite (Four)
Art direction, photography - Sum Yung Ho





This post looks terrible on pretty much all phone screens.

I really can't be arsed filtering through dozens of stack overflow
threads in hopes that I maybe figure out how to fix it.

You've been warned. Soz.



Valuable life lesson: your vibe, what you do, what makes you you... it ain't for everybody.


Chanel 2.0

Chanel Joan Elkayam AW17 | Ses Rêveries

Sneak peak at some styling work and stills I did for Chanel Joan Elkayam at Rivington Pike on Monday.


This is a Teaser

10 hours ago...

Snippets from the craziest shoot yesterday afternoon with the waviest girls in town + snippets from the set playlist I completely forgot about (might share later). Shoot was still pretty lit though.


Models - Amicia Fidalga, Chanel Folawiyo (J’adore), Liza Bogdanova, Maggie Onabanjo (J’adore), Mawata Musukwa and Montanna Rollins (J’adore)
Photographer – Joshua R. Drakes
Creative director/producer/stylist – Karina So.
Make-up artist – Annabelle Williams



Gang, Gang, Gang

Basically, my friends are cooler than yours. The proof is in the fashion-film pudding below.


Wireless 2017: The Real Starboy

Wireless Festival 2017 Wizkid Tinie Tempah Ezinne Asinugo | Ses Rêveries by Karina So

Fresh off the back of Wireless 2017, with the sore muscles and raspy voice to prove it.


New, Old Shit

Oh, my God, like, remember when I used to write about music?




Getting personal with it: snippets from the lituation at my girl Mim's birthday party last weekend.


Musings on Mains

Thoughts on black hip hop & grime in fashion...

The rise in inclusivity over the past few years has definitely been slow, but fairly steady. We went from doing our own thing with FUBU to clamouring for Versace Versace Versace and stacking $10,000 watches on champagne bottles for da gram, synonymizing Eurocentric labels with a certain strain of in-your-face wealth and success, common sense be damned. Today, Rocky's collaborating with Guess and Skep's new line Mains is Selfridges-exclusive.

With Wizkid's [very small] feature on Vogue last year, it looks like Afrobeats too has finally 'made the cut' years after its first explosion into the Western mainstream. Big up, Blackness, but I feel like there's still too much emphasis on being accepted by the big, mostly white names. It's like we've gone from dancing outside the club because we couldn't get in and having the most fun regardless, to racing for the crack in the door they've left open, vying for approval like the key to our self-actualisation is somehow in their hands.

"Where would Yeezy be without Adidas, amirite?"

Ironically, Mains rebukes this very notion with its minimalist logo and even more understated designs; a wake up call for our label-hungry, if-you-can't-tell-where-I-got-it-I-don't-want-it generation, all while preaching the universality of the tracksuit. Two things I can totally get behind. Take my money, Skeppy (in the sale though, not on that RRP level just yet and I have zero shame in it lol).

photography courtesy of Selfridges/Mains London


Technicolour Dreamcoat

Keep calm and peep these pictures from the set of Georgiana Ghetiu's fashion film that I styled and produced, featuring the dreamiest, most political* fur coat by MSOA fashion grad Bethan Currie - a small sign of life after my two-month blogger coma. I'd say it's back to the regular schedule but you know as well as I do that means absolutely nothing. Onward!

photography by your fave

*It says "no more nukes" on the back, in line with the 70s peace camp theme of her fantastic graduate collection, "Nuke Kid on the Block."



One Way or Another

April 8, 2017

Before you go any further, it is of the utmost importance that you click this link. It explains exactly why I was super excited to cast Cynthia Pratama in my first editorial shoot of the year as fauxtographer - you know, among other things like her flawless porcelain skin* and dreamy street-minimalist wardrobe. But we're getting ahead of ourselves. I've been out of the photography game for the longest for tragic personal reasons, falling in with the "phonography" crew as result, so I'm sure you're wondering how the hell my trusty Samsung phone managed to pull all of this off.

Well, it didn't. I got myself a new baby, y'all, and his name is Tony Park.

Like most new celebrity couples who keep their whirlwind romance out of the public eye until they realise they're not relevant anymore and get caught swapping spit in the outdoor seating area of their local cafe, I've sheltered Tony since the day he landed in my loving hands right outside London's Canonbury station on the 19th of February around 17:00. Not nearly as clandestine as it sounds (sadly), I adopted him from a very loving home and picked him up between shows at LFW: his mother is one of my all-time favourite influencers and creative raison d'être since 2013. That he took most if not all of the photographs that helped earn her that title makes me want to cry, it's that inspiring. But can we have a moment for the clarity?

I don't even feel guilty for putting Jarvis** on blast like this with the comparison. Each orgiastic click of Tony's shutter produces crisp imagery like I've never known. Right now, the only thing keeping me from shooting editorials worthy of Conde Nast's stamp of approval is me. Not a shitty processor or grain at ISO400, just me and my imagination. And my bank account but let's not discuss how empty that is.

I feel like a brand new woman, and this liberation is spilling over into all aspects of my life so prepare for incoming 'extra' behaviour all year round, honey.


Model - Cynthia Pratama
Hair stylist, make-up artist - Drew Suleman
Creative director, photographer, stylist - Sum Yung Ho
Karina So Cynthia Pratama Ses Reveries Manchester Fashion Stylist London Editorial Commercial Leeds

*Random aside but skin has been a major buzzword for me lately because I recently came to the conclusion that it holds the key to my happiness in this life and all the ones that follow. Too dramatic? You clearly don't have adult acne.

**My old camera, keep up. He was my first DSLR, the ugly duckling in Canon's canon and a tragic smear on the face of photographic technology ever. His epitaph reads: He tried. Boy, did he try.




Karina So Ses Reveries Manchester Fashion Stylist London Editorial Commercial Leeds

A bit of context: we shot these at 12:30 yesterday and Rachel had these bad boys edited and sent out by 20:00 last night.
As in, less than four hours after we wrapped. Turnover goals.


Chanel Joan Elkayam

Remind me, have I introduced you to Chanel Joan Elkayam, my collaborator turned boss turned really good friend who invited me to work on her show at London Fashion Week* in February?


House of Ghetto

Really want to catch this exhibition on House of Ghetto, one of Manchester's Vogue Houses which apparently includes a film by Amy Watson & Dennis Keighron-Foster alongside a series of stylised portraits like the one above by Cornel Simons.


Video Diary: Beyond the Tides

Stalk in sixty seconds: an Instagram/dwindling attention span-friendly vlog from behind the scenes of that editorial shoot I styled in Rhyl last summer, literally thrown together under two hours (so forgive accordingly) and set to the dramatic, remixed sounds of Rihanna's Goodnight Gotham.



Black Girl Malice

Close encounters of the woman-on-woman hate kind because it's Women's History Month, and I'm still mad.


Slouch Potato

Souvenirs from my Instagram Story...

Don't let the florals and dagger toes fool you, cocooning is still very much my sartorial M.O.


Spring 2017

Issa schpring schmoodboard, y'all.

Spring 2017 Mood Board | Ses Rêveries




Spring cleaning my backlogs: behind-the-scenes stills from a shoot I styled in Rhyl last summer.


Two Left Feet

Discussing stumbling around the blogosphere in such stressful times like a drunk "industry" reject.

Life has been particularly unforgiving in recent years, but lately it's been leaving a coppery taste in my mouth - probably the guilt as it dawns on me in the most embarrassing sense that its been this shit for a lot of people for a long, long time. I just didn't realise. Or maybe I did but didn't care to care.


Chinese Folding Screen

Save for my siblings, it's rare for pictures I've taken of people I know outside fashun/photography to surface "publicly".
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