This week, I’m trying to decide what shade I actually want my hair to be. I’m inspired by mysticism, nature and monochrome textures. I’m looking forward to having a few days where doing my make up properly is actually important during fashion week. I find it counter-productive to bother with every day as it cuts into my working time and isn’t great for my skin anyway.
I’m late writing this post (as with most of my posts), but I needed to share this magical project.
Winter themes really inspired me this year and I wanted to bring together elements from fairy tales, wildlife documentaries and fashion in a shoot.
This was the second project I shot in collaboration with Katelizabeth photography who came to Manchester for an intense couple of days of almost constant shooting. She did a great job re-arranging the set, directing the models and editing the finished images and was a total pleasure to work with. I’m sure she will be up to great things in the future.
The point was mainly to show off my creations for Eustratia but I styled it with some wintery items from my personal collection as well as some specially made headpieces to complete the look.
And for those of you who don’t know, this in my beautiful friend, Amber AKA Sapphire Black, if you follow my work you will have seen her before.
I particularly love this images because of the composition and the fact that it shows the whole set. I had been searching for a new front page image for www.eustratia.co.uk for a while and I decided to use this one.
I also made the headpieces for this shoot, which gave me a welcome break from working solely in latex. I have made antler headbands and bunny ears plenty of times before but the crowns were definitely something new for me and I really enjoyed working on them. I hope to have time to work on more special pieces and props this year. One of my goals is to create as complete an image as possible through my shoots and to keep my personal projects as close to the original idea as possible.
The wonderful make up in the images was provided by Laura Wilson. She is super talented and I hope to collaborate with her again this year. One of her best qualities is being able to realise somebody else’s vision as well as just her own, I find a lot of MUAs have a problem with this. She can also work well with different styles of make up while still retaining her signature.
In the past I’ve always considered brogues or similar styles of footwear something very style-specific that is not easy for a female to wear but I’ve seen so many creative takes on them around this season I’m seriously considering getting some. With androgynous styles ranging from classic to eccentric, girly flats, a whole range of different heels and chunky platforms there is bound to be something for everyone. I have included some of my personal favourites in this collage.
2. Next black patent trim wedge shoe boots. £55.00 www.next.co.uk
3. TK Maxx £32.00
4. Pilot high heel lace up brogue shoe £35.00 www.pilotfashion.com
5. Platform wedge brogues by Japanese brand R&E Rosessence http://rosessence.jp/ I’d really love to buy these but can’t actually find them on the site so if anyone has seen them or similar ones around please let me know!
6. Melissa Joy and Alexander white brogues £60.00 www.zalando.co.uk
7. Bank grey heeled brogues £30.00 www.bankfashion.co.uk
8. Melessa x J Markey Crystal ‘Joy’ Brogues. These are a bit older so not sure if they are available to purchase any more
9. Dorothy perkins Black mega platform town shoes £49.00 also available in burgundy www.dorothyperkins.com
10. Melissa Joy and Alexander Herchcovitch lii black glitter brogue £59.50
11. Alexandre Herchcovitch X Melissa Patent Troupe Wedge Brogue on sale at asos.com for £58.00
12. Pewter brogues on sale at miss selfridge for £12.00
13. Glitter girly flat brgues veganshoeaddict.com
14. Melissa Kissing lace up ankle boots £75.00 (also available in black) www.zalando.co.uk