So excited for my second cover! I photographed AND styled this sizzling beach fashion shoot starring one of my favourite new faces; Meg G @ London Management. This shoot reminded me how much I loved conceptualizing an image, bringing together ideas and inspirations, clothing, makeup and people to make a story alive. Joining me is a long time friend and collaborator Kate McCleary, fellow cat enthusiast and amazing hair and makeup artist.
Models keep on modeling!
Setting up was fairly simple. I wanted the sex appeal of Dolce & Gabbana with the carefree attitude of Calvin Klein. We needed male models to complement Meg and got some stunning choices from Scene and in the end we went for Hamish and Nik who hesitantly but gamely got down and dirty (literally!) in the sand according to all my vague directions. The team was all set and location was also decided upon, so let’s go!I also knew I HAD to get some awesome clothing. I spent a week drawing from my own collection and pulled from stores and local designers for that sleek chic look…it was really hard work. Some of the labels included Sass & Bide, Phillippa Bain, Alexander Wang and Rachel Zoe. In fact I got so obsessed with this shoot that I was dreaming about it, I got up in the middle of the night every night to jot down specific poses and wardrobe combinations. At the very least it helped to make sure everything went as smoothly as possible.
Sass and Bide Ccloak over Phillippa Bain mesh bodysuit
Smokey eyes on our super blonde Meg!
On the day I was assisted by Alex (on set) and Naomi (on styling) on one of the quickest executed editorial ever….we finished at around 3pm and blazed through 11 changes! It’s all thanks to a great team, everyone was on point and helping through every moment. We even drew quite a crowd watching our progress but we powered on (with a few giggles or two ;) )
Taking a break
Shooting on ‘set’!
In the end it was a success. We were cold, exhausted, covered with sand and happy…well I was anyway, no more getting up with no sleep while thinking about this shoot! And in March 2014 we made the cover of Stilo with a 12 page editorial. Woot.
It’s been awhile, yet again! I’ve recently relocated to Dubai to embark on a new job and have been busy writing beauty reviews over at Belledemoiselle. Sadly that means I’ve been rather neglecting this blog even though I’ve been shooting quite a bit.
Last Melbourne Spring Fashion Week I shot for Stylemelbourne at QV where a glasshouse was erected to celebrate Spring with flowers, afternoon tea, a butterfly enclosure and it was launched with a fashion show for Jason Grech. I loved the dazzling fabrics mixed with leather harnesses and it certainly provided an interesting show!
I’ve been shooting straight for the past few weeks which has been great! There are still so many concepts I want to shoot it seems as if there’s no time. I’ve been wanting to shoot Sheer for ages and when I came across some spare fabrics at Lincraft I snapped them up immediately.
My lovely beauty artist is Samantha Nicholls and gorgeous models are Roxanne @ Vicious and Lorna Deng.
Lorna in the makeup chair
Furry thing being cosy during the shoot
Roxanne in the makeup chair
We busted out the wind machine aka the house fan and had lots of fun swishing cloth together. I wish I could do this all the time! Enjoy~
My dad absolutely hates Fashion Week, the city is inundated with people, the streets are filled with cars, it’s certainly not all glitz and glam! How I wish I could be there at the shows though. The offerings vary between opulent prints to minimalistic monochromatic looks. I have my eye on Miu Miu’s Koi Fish coat, Dries Van Noten’s gold flecked collection, Chloe’s deconstructed silk outfits and Stella McCartney’s nod to lingerie as outerwear. There’s top notch beauty notes too, from Alexander McQueen’s clean almost bare face look to Givenchy’s glitter encrusted faces. Enjoy.
Milan takes a break from the 90s throwback visible in the other runways and instead presented streamlined feminine silhouettes with a focus on draping and luxurious materials. Thought not my favourite of the season there are some notable key fashions notes here, from Dolce&Gabbana’s Roman inspired prints, to Bottega Veneta’s explicit pleating and Prada’s homage to the artist muse. Enjoy.