Sunday, 20 February 2011


Some favourite shots from a recent test with Ella Woodcock who is a New Face at Boss. I was feeling the 70's vibe for the first two looks which is going to be huge trend for Spring, we also managed to go out on location for the second urban themed look. The last two looks go from All American to Show girl with a swish! Think Ella has showed she is both adorable and a chameleon!

Photography by Helen Kirkbright, Hair & Make up by Louise Adshead
Model Ella Woodcock @ Boss Model Management

Sunday, 13 February 2011

I recently got the chance to work with an old friend and brilliant artist - Katie Bowker. Katie invited me to style three of her pieces from a series of works exploring the use of cutting edge technology to produce modern representations of embellishment. Inspired by her work I chose three different themes around each piece. See below for the finished photos and my mood boards. Please visit Katie's blog for info on her work and what she is currently working on; Photography by Nic Chapman and our model was the fantastic Abigail Warren who was a trooper on the day not letting the cold and falling in the mud get in the way of fashion magic!

Death Becomes Her

Katie's cape is very gothic and dark, I have wanted to shoot in a graveyard for a long time and this seemed the perfect setting for the dramatic feeling I got from it. I wanted to involve different textures to match the capes intricate shapes, I chose this rubber effect leggings to reflect the light, the top's jagged print echoed the edges of the cape and the head piece gives the outfit a Beefeater vibe. The head piece by the way is a vintage duster that I bought at Emaus charity warehouse! :) As you can see from my mood board I was set on a colour scheme which reminded me of pictures from the bible, pale blues and deep reds. Inspiratin also came from Truffaut's film Le Mariee etait en Noir and Death Becomes Her. I made the above accessories to tie the outfit together and luckily Abi didnt mind wearing heavy curtain tassles in her ears they did look awesome though!

70's Circus

Katie's collar made me think about a pierot doll, the circus and the colour evoked a 70's vibe to me. I am totally in love with Mark Jacobs latest spring summer collection which cites Jodi Foster's character in Taxi driver as a muse so I went for a similar theme here. We hired the beautiful carousel horse from a furniture warehouse in Stretford, the horse had recently appeared in Doctor Who so we were honoured to work with such a star.

Cyber Housewife

Katie's amazing skirt looks like it has arrived from the future, it reminded me of Vivienne Westwood and evokes the baroque period however I decided to contrast its futuristic vibe with a 50's themed outfit hence the name 'Cyber housewife.' I am also somewhat obsessed with Mad Men at the moment. I made the top myself using some vintage fabric and vintage collar from a night gown. The kitsch element is counterbalanced by the sinister edge of the summer house and Abi's expression.