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STYLING A JEWELLERY CAMPAIGN

 

I had such a blast styling Aymer Amale’s SS18 campaign! This new, luxury jewellery brand was founded by Ruth Aymer and Sade Amale in 2016. The latest collection has been inspired by ancient ruins, with fabulous rings designed around the magnificent Roman architectural wonder, The Pantheon. These dramatic rings are aptly named – Doric, Ionic, Corinthia……

 

This beautiful and bold collection called for statement styling. I chose strong metallic clothes and backdrops, mirroring the jewellery with bronzes, golds and platinum. To add a bit more drama I threw in a fab 70’s leopard print throw, gilt curtain and antique lacquer screen that I nabbed from my Mum’s house! Like me, she’s a natural born hoarder and never throws anything out!

 

It was all hands-on deck on the shoot day. All the crew pulled together to produce these fantastic images. Even Ruth’s cat thought that he’d grab a piece of the action and managed to star in quite a few shots!

 

The jewellery is stunning, all hand crafted in the heart of London’s Hatton Garden. Have a look for yourself Aymer Amale

PHOTOGRAPHY – LESLEY EDITH,  FASHION STYLIST – BECKY JOHN,  HAIR & MAKE-UP – KETI NIKOLOVA,  MODELS – HEMA RICCHETTI & ALI IBRAHIM AT FIRST MODEL MANAGEMENT.

VALENTINE VIBE

Coral lace lingerie, Figleaves. Orange faux fur coat, Top Shop.

Well, Valentine’s Day is nearly here. So I thought I’d do a very glamorous lingerie shoot to put us all in the mood. Being February it’s far too chilly just to wear JUST your bra and knickers so I thought I’d throw in a couple of fur coats (faux of course darlings!) for good measure! Happy Valentine LOVE BIRDS !

Coral lace lingerie, Figleaves. Orange faux fur coat, Top Shop. 70’s print furniture, Monica Rivron Homeware at Hampstead Antique Emporium.
Pale pink lace lingerie, b.tempt’d. Pale pink faux fur coat, Amazon Fashion.
Pale mink coloured lace lingerie, b.tempt’d. Grey leopard coat, Peacocks.
Pale mink coloured lace lingerie, b.tempt’d. Grey leopard coat, Peacocks.
Purple and Red lace lingerie, Figleaves. Faux fur red coat, Zara.
Purple and red lace lingerie, Figleaves. Red faux fur coat, Zara.
Pale pink lace lingerie, Freya. Feather cape, Lalla X RR.
Pale pink lace lingerie, Freya. Feather cape Lalla X RR. Cane furniture, Monica Rivron Homeware at Hampstead Antique Emporium.

FASHION STYLIST – BECKY JOHN, PHOTOGRAPHY – IAN HOOTON, HAIR & MAKE-UP – ANNA DURSTON,  MODEL – CHRISTINE ILIEVA, HIVE AGENCY LONDON.

 

STREET LIFE

RECYLCLED JUMPSUIT BY LALLA X RR AT ASOS. EARRINGS BY ROKIT.

Although my roots are in Wales with my teenage years in Bristol, I now definitely feel like a Norf London Girl. So, it was great to do an urban shoot around the streets of Kentish Town. Fab photographer, Lesley Edith had just arrived back to the capital after living in LA for 8 years so she really enjoyed searching out all these great locations. I love all the hot pink clothes around just now and we opted for backgrounds that really made each outfit really pop! Amazing model Akira really made the pics with her strong beautiful look. All in all, a great success with Nude Magazine using the images for their latest issue. Talk about tickled pink!

RECYCLED DRESS BY LALLA X RR AT ASOS. EARRING AND BANGLES BOTH BY ROKIT.
FAUX FUR LILAC JACKET BY MANGO. SEQUIN SKIRT BY H&M.
FAUX FUR PIN COAT BY STORY OF LOLA AT TOP SHOP. PINK JUMPSUIT BY TOP SHOP.
PINK FRILL SHIRT AND SEQUIN SKIRT BOTH BY H&M
RECYCLED PINK AND WHITE LACE DRESS BY LALLA X RR AT ASOS
RECYCLED DRESS BY LALLA X RR AT ASOS. EARRINGS AND BANGLES BOTH BY ROKIT.

PHOTOGRAPHER – LESLEY EDITH,  FASHION STYLIST – BECKY JOHN,  HAIR & MAKE-UP – MIRA PARMAR,   MODEL, AKIRA MALAIKA, FIRST AGENCY.

LAVENDER DREAM

Dress, LALLA X RR. Kimono, Rokit.

I had always wanted to do a shoot in a lavender field. So, when lovely photographer Tory Smith emailed me to say she’d found a great one in Hitchin I jumped at the opportunity! The team met at my house early one morning. I had a rail all ready, overflowing with gorgeous lilac and purple clothes. Model, Kitti tried on the various outfits and we picked our 6 favourites. Then make-up artist Sarah Mcllwain-Bates worked her magic creating a beautiful look. We all piled into my car and we whizzed up the A1 and spent the day shooting in the heavenly scented lavender fields. It was such a productive day – Tory did so many amazing shots and videographer, Ben Ramasami directed and then edited the fabulous film below. Take a look…….

Faux fur coat, Peacocks. Lilac lace dress, Top Shop.
Feather headdress, Astrobohemia. Leopard print coat, TK Maxx.
Feather headdress, Astrobohemia, Jumpsuit, WtR London
Sequin dress, LALLA XRR. Kimono, Rokit.
Headdress, Astrobohemia. Leopard coat, TK Maxx. Purple body, Miss Selfridge.

Photography – Tory Smith. Fashion Stylist, Becky John. Hair & Make-Up, Sarah Mcllwain-Bates. Model, Kitti Kulcsar. Videographer, Ben Ramasami.

Prepping for the shoot – rails of beautiful lilac and purple clothes. Couldn’t resist trying on this fab faux fur coat!
Behind the scenes in the Hitchin lavender field

Have a look at the film now on the SuperStylingUK channel on YouTube

 

 

FALL FOR PASTELS

Satin bomber jacket, bonprix. Faux fur trim top, Bershka.

Pastels aren’t just for summer. They’re so many fabulous faded shades around this winter, like baby blue and the super popular millennial pink. I’ve always admired the sugar almond coloured houses around Kentish Town in London so this was the ideal location for our latest shoot. Take a look……

Sheer top, Lace & Beads. Tassle earrings H&M. Jeans and handbag, River Island.
Faux fur jacket, Zara. Sheer top, Lace & Beads. Jeans, River Island.
Dress, LALLA X RR. Ankle boots, Misguided.
Satin bomber jacket, bonprix. Faux fur trim top, Bershka. Sunglasses and skirt, Primark.
Faux fur jacket, Mango. Pink top Bershka. Jeans, River Island. Bobble hat, Primark.
Pastel houses in Kentish Town, London.

Fashion Stylist – Becky John, Photographer – Ian Hooton, Hair & Make-Up – Anna Durston, Model – Melody Sanderson.

THE MOONWALK POSTER GIRLS

Cathy Sloman and I – The MoonWalk Cowgirls

Well I didn’t expect to be a poster girl at my grand old age (especially in one’s bra!) but I have suddenly found myself emblazoned on billboards in nearly every tube station across London.

How did this happen? You may ask. Well my lovely friend Cathy Sloman and I did The MoonWalk two years ago and we were spotted and photographed in our flamboyant cowboy outfits. Miraculously enough the theme for Moonwalk 2018 is The Wild West, so the wonderful gals at WalkTheWalk thought our look was just perfect!  Yee! Haa! We’re so delighted because it is such an amazing cause, raising funds for research and aid for people with breast cancer. This charity is so close to my heart as so many of my lovely friends have been affected by this deadly disease.

The MoonWalk London Poster

The MoonWalk is a fantastic experience and Cathy and I are SO up to doing it again next year. If you’d like to get involved, here’s what happening . Well, it’s on 12th May 2018 in London and over 15,000 women and yes some guys too will either walk or power walk a full moon marathon (26.2 miles) of half-moon (13.1 plus 2 miles) through the streets of the capital wearing fabulously decorated bras. It really is a sight to behold I can tell you!

Fellow Walkers Jennifer Saunders and Harriet Thorpe

The great thing about The MoonWalk is that you have such fun whilst raising vital money needed to fight breast cancer. There’s such a great camaraderie amongst the walkers. Even Jennifer Saunders takes part! In fact, she was our pacer and every time I lost sight of the Absolutely Fabulous actress during the Moonwalk I knew we had to get a move on. Thank you Edina – you kept us going!

It’s such an exhilarating challenge! So, if you do feel inspired to get involved either as a walker or a volunteer contact www.walkthewalk.org

Cowgirl Fun Yee! Haa!

LAST OF THE SUMMER WHITE

White Dress by River Island.

There’s nothing like a British summer! I know this shoot looks all sunny and effortless but behind the scenes we were dodging the rain, rushing for cover in between each shot. The location, a beautiful country house in Essex complete with rolling lawns and meadows was perfect for this boho style shoot. I love this look with its white flowing cotton and lace and really hoping for an Indian Summer so were can wear it a little longer – I’m not ready for heavy autumnal layers just yet…

White Dress by River Island. Boots by Hotter Shoes.
Textured top by Zara. Shorts by H&M.
Lace top by River Island. Shorts by H&M. Boots by Hotter Shoes. Cowboy hat, stylist’s own!
Lace top and duster coat by New Look. Shorts by H&M. Sunglasses by Rayban. Boots by Hotter Shoes.
White lace dress by River Island.
White lace dress by River Island. Bralette by Primark.
Hat and dress by Rokit Vintage.

FASHION STYLIST – BECKY JOHN. PHOTOGRAPHY – IAN HOOTON. HAIR & MAKE-UP – AMANDA ROBBINS. MODEL – MILOU GORT.

SWEPT AWAY

Cold shoulder top, New Look. Shorts, H&M.

When most people think of fashion shoots, they always imagine they’re terribly glamorous. Well, I’m afraid it’s not always the case. Working in fashion, you’re constantly shooting out of season. Our poor models are always baking in faux fur coats in the middle of Summer or freezing to death in bikinis in the depth of Winter.

Another myth is that we’re always jetting off to somewhere amazingly exotic – maybe Bali, Maldives or Fiji?  No such luck, this time I was heading for the not quite so sunny Kent!

Dungeness is one of the most unusual places I have ever visited with its barren flat landscape and nuclear power station. On the plus side, this beachside location does have amazing light. Unfortunately for our crew, we plumped for the coldest, windy day ever – It must have been over 20 knots. I felt chilled to the bone even in all my layers of sweaters and puffa jacket. How our amazing model Ishika kept her act together in these flimsy cotton and lace little numbers I’ll never know. But she did, not complaining once as the wind practically blew her hair away. What a trooper! Anyhow all is forgotten when we look back at the pics. I love them and can now only think warm thoughts!

Ruffle top, and shorts, and sunglasses all by River Island.
Kimono and crochet dress, Primark. Bikini and sunglasses, New Look.
Bodysuit, Bershka. Lace duster coat, River Island. Sandals, Boden.

 

FASHION STYLIST – BECKY JOHN, PHOTOGRAPHER – IAN HOOTON, HAIR & MAKE-UP – ANNA DURSTON, MODEL – ISHIKA AT NEVS

THE SHINING

Sequin Cape and Jewellery, Top Shop.

I love anything shiny. I must have been a magpie in another life. So, this shoot was paradise for me. The clothes were all of a shimmer in gold and silver with a good sprinkling of sequins. Even the background was metallic –  completing my total bling-bling bliss!

Sequin Bikini, River Island.Metallic Skirt and Jewellery, Top Shop. Visor, Primark.
Velour Hoodie, Zara Larsson for H&M. Sequin Bikini and Sunglasses, River Island.
Black Cropped Top, Forever 21. Gold Lamé Jacket, Top Shop. Sporty Shorts, H&M.
Silver Dress & Jewellery, H&M. Leopard Belt, Rokit. Visor, Primark.
Velour Hoodie, and Silver Shorts, Zara Larsson for H&M. Sequin Bikini and Sunglasses, River Island.
Biker Jacket, Forever 21. Bronze Bikini and Visor, Primark.

FASHION STYLIST – BECKY JOHN,  PHOTOGRAPHY – IAN HOOTON,  HAIR & MAKE-UP – ANNA DURSTON,  MODEL – LUANNA PINHEIRO

THE LAST TANGO

Body and embroidered biker jacket both by New Look.

I love the drama of the tango – black lace, salsa dresses, Cuban heels and blood red roses. So, I was in quite a quiver about this Latin shoot. As you can see our South American model, Nohemi was perfect for the role. We had such fun creating this smouldering look – I hope you enjoy it too!

Lace body by Top Shop. Jewellery by Kaleidoscope.
Embroidered dress by Zara. Jewellery by Top Shop.
Dress by Lace & Beads. Embroidered bralette by River Island.
Floral appliqué and lace dress by New Look.
Lace body by Top Shop. Shoes by LK Bennett. Jewellery by Kaleidoscope.
Embroidered jacket by Zara. Lace dress by H&M. Jewellery by Accessorize.
Fabulous make-up by Anna – glowing skin, dramatic winged eyeliner and full red lips.

PHOTOGRAPHY – IAN HOOTON    FASHION STYLIST – BECKY JOHN    HAIR & MAKE-UP- ANNA DURSTON   MODEL – NOHEMI HERMOSILLO