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Posts tagged ‘fashion blogger’

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

ORIENT EXPRESSED

LINGERIE BY RIVER ISLAND. DEVORE KIMONO BY FOREVER 21.

I have two beautiful Chinese screens at home that had never been used on a shoot, so it was high time they were put to some good use. Opulent fabrics are abundant this season and I knew they would contrast wonderfully with the dark veneer of the screens. I opted for rich reds, pale petal pinks and some fabulous metallic little numbers to give a magnificent oriental vibe. Our model Sofie was perfect for this story with her glorious auburn hair. Make-up artist, Anna perfected her tresses evoking a pre-Raphaelite feel. Photographer Ian worked his magic with all sorts of innovative lighting and hey presto here are the fabulous images……..

LINGERIE BY MARKS & SPENCER. DEVORE CAPE BY TK MAXX. NECKLACE BY EAST.
LINGERIE BY AFFINITAS. KIMONO BY B by TED BAKER AT DEBENHAMS. JEWELLERY BY ROKIT.
DRESS BY AX PARIS. JEWELLERY BY ROKIT.
SWIMSUIT AND COVER UP BY RIVER ISLAND. NECKLACE BY ROKIT.
LINGERIE BY PRIMARK. ROBE BY BOUX AVENUE. NECKLACE BY ROKIT.
BEHIND THE SCENES…. RAILS OF BEAUTIFUL CLOTHES.

PHOTOGRAPHER – IAN HOOTON,  FASHION STYLIST – BECKY JOHN,  HAIR & MAKE UP ARTIST – ANNA DURSTON,  MODEL – SOFIE NIELANDER

PARTY ON! – STEPHANIE PRATT’S EVENINGWEAR LAUNCH

 

 

One of the perks of being a stylist is going to some fab launches. Last week was no exception. I found myself in London’s cool nightclub DSTRKT to celebrate Made In Chelsea star Stephanie Pratt’s debut collection with eveningwear brand Goddiva.  Provocatively named ‘French Kiss’ the range is hugely inspired by Stephanie’s time living in Paris, with romantic pastel cocktail dresses and sultry figure hugging evening gowns in rich vintage golds and bold blacks – oh la! La!

When it comes to eveningwear, Stephanie is the girl for the job. She has graced many a red carpet event. She was even spotted at the UK premiere of Fifty Shades Darker in one of Goddiva’s gorgeous dresses. From that moment the brand and Stephanie haven’t looked back. Stephanie was totally involved in her ‘French Kiss’ collection throughout the entire development process – creating mood boards, and fashion illustration sketches right down to fabric and production consultations.

 

Stephanie told me, “I am so excited to finally present this range; I am so proud of it. Goddiva have been an unbelievable partner and not just during business hours! I wouldn’t have been able to do this without them and I am so grateful that they let a first-time designer be so involved from A-Z.”

Way before her Made In Chelsea days, American born Stephanie studied at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, so this has all contributed to her keen fashion eye!

 

If you’re like me, you always wonder what these television personalities are really like. Well I must say I can only report good things about Stephanie. She was so friendly and mingled and chatted with her guests, making time to stop and pose for photographs with mostly everyone in the room! She did look amazing too in a full length cream beaded evening dress from the range.

 

Well, I can’t wait to get hold of one of the “French Kiss” dresses myself. I love a bit of sparkle! The 40-piece collection is out on 1st March Find it on www.goddiva.co.uk

A HELPING HANDBAG

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There’s nothing like a handbag to get your heartbeat racing. These bags designed by Alida Boer, former Miss Guatemala, definitely pulled at my heartstrings as they help support women from some of the poorest communities in her native country.marias-bag-img_1646

After Alida’s amazing success as an international model she decided to put something back into her country. Always a lover of handbags she decided she would help train women from 16 underdeveloped communities in sewing, embroidery and design to produce premium bags thus creating jobs for them with fair pay. Yay! And so the brand Maria’s Bag was born.marias-bag-img_1670-copy

All these bags are so beautiful with their intricate embroidery work, all one of a kind and taking up to 3 months to create. Each region of Guatemala has its own unique embroidery style – geometric shapes, animals, landscapes, flowers and in some cases stories and legends!

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Maria’s Bag is an amazing collection of fab soft clutches, bucket bags and totes. Prices start from £75.00. Take a look at www.mariasbag.co.uk you’re bound to find something fabulous for Christmasmarias-bag-img_1602

THE VALENTINE LINGERIE GUIDE

 

Red lace and silk bra, £45, 32B-36DD, knickers, £30, 8-14 and suspenders, £30 all by Tallulah Love.
Red lace and silk bra, £45, 32B-36DD, knickers, £30, 8-14 and suspenders, £30 all by Tallulah Love.

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I thought I’d do a little research into lingerie and see what’s out there – in both sense of the words!

Red lace bra, £70, 32B-42E and matching knickers, £35, S-L both by Wacoal.
Red lace bra, £70, 32B-42E and matching knickers, £35, S-L both by Wacoal.
Red lace balconies bra, £27, 28D to 38J and matching knickers, £14, 6-18 both by Cleo by Panache.
Red lace balconette bra, £27, 28D to 38J and matching knickers, £14, 6-18 both by Cleo by Panache.
Red mesh and lace push up cami suspender, £38, 32A-36DD by Next
Red mesh and lace push up cami suspender, £38, 32A-36DD by Next

It’s always fun to indulge in a smattering of RED around this time. I love the flamboyantly cheeky designs by Tallulah Love with it’s fabulous vintage feel. Other red siren lingerie I particularly like is the very alluring polka dot bra set by Wacoal. This underwired bra really gives a fab uplifting shape to any girl’s cleavage. The fun little number by Cleo at Panache is perfect for any loved up Valentine with its scattered heart shapes. This lingerie also sets my heart fluttering as it goes up to a magnificent J cup – bravo! The push up cami suspender by Next is a real show stopper and perfect to smooth out any lumps and bumps you may wish to conceal!

Black lace and silk bra, £117, 26D-36HH matching knickers, £48, 6-16 and suspenders, £89 S-L all by Katherine Hamilton Intimates.
Black lace and silk bra, £117, 26D-36HH, knickers, £48, 6-16 and suspenders, £89 S-L all by Katherine Hamilton Intimates.
Black silk scrappy bra, £111, 26D-36HH and matching thong, £51, 6-16 both by Katherine Hamilton Intimates.
Black silk strappy bra, £111, 26D-36HH and matching thong, £51, 6-16 both by Katherine Hamilton Intimates.
Black lace bodysuit, £90.95, 32C-36E by Le Mystere.
Black lace bodysuit, £90.95, 32C-36E by Le Mystere.

Sultry BLACK is always a winner for Valentine’s Day. I’m a huge fan of Katherine Hamilton Intimates who do amazingly stylish designs that go up to cup size HH – yay! This brand uses such sumptuous silk and lace as you can see in the suspender set and on- trend strappy bra and knickers ensemble. The black lace bodysuit by Le Mystere is really seductive and particularly flattering with it’s slimming front panel that helps to accentuate and flatter your curves.

Leopard print bra, £30, 28D to 40K and highwaisted briefs, £15, S-XL, Parfait by Affinities Intimates.
Leopard print bra, £30, 30D to 40G and highwaisted briefs, £15, XS-XL, Parfait by Affinitas Intimates.

Continuing with the vampy theme – I love a bit of LEOPARD. What better than this fabulous set by Parfait by Affinitas Intimates. The underwired bra gives you a lovely lift and those high waisted knickers are going to hide a multitude of sins!

Floral balconnet bra, £32, 30D to 38K and matching knickers, £15, 8-20 both by Panache.
Floral balconette bra, £32, 30D to 38K and matching knickers, £15, 8-20 both by Panache.
Coral lace underwired bra, £34, 30B -36E and matching knickers, £16 S-XL by b.tempt'd.
Coral lace underwired bra, £34, 30B -36E and matching knickers, £16 S-XL by b.tempt’d.

Lastly what’s Valentine”s Day with out ROSES? The floral print balconette bra set by Panache is so pretty and again should be commended for going up to a K cup. The coral lacy flower print lingerie by fab b.tempt’d brand also gives such good shape and perfect for low neck evening wear. And lastly if you  want even  more va va voom the rose print plunge bra set by Next will give you a cleavage to die for! Well I think we’re all set….. Happy Valentines!

Rose print plunge bra, £25, 32A-36DD and matching knickers, £12, 6-18 both by Next.
Rose print plunge bra, £25, 32A-36DD and matching knickers, £12, 6-18 both by Next.

MARIE HELVIN – LINGERIE SHOOT

Bra, £25, Briefs, £16, by Always Aliza at J D Williams
Bra, £25, Briefs, £16, by Always Aliza at J D Williams

 

You have to love Marie Helvin. Here she is looking inspirational at 62 years old doing a lingerie shoot for the Always Aliza range at J D Williams.

 

In fact, Marie Helvin has always been an inspiration to me. She was modelling in the first fashion show I ever went to as a teenager. Fashion designer, Anthony Price was doing a huge ‘Fashion Extravaganza” at the Camden Palace and my BFF’s and I travelled from Bristol for this monumental occasion. I like to think it was more like a pilgrimage. My friend Sophie had mastered the art of ‘ragging’ where you coil about a hundred sections of your hair in rag strips, leave them in for about 4 hours and once removed you have the biggest hair ever. So we all drove from the West Country in my friend Charlotte’s tiny hatchback car sporting our hair rags, the car hardly big enough to accommodate our heads. Fellow drivers up the M4 must have been fairly bemused at such a sight.

Bra, £25, Briefs, £14, by Always Aliza at J D Williams
Bra, £25, Briefs, £14, by Always Aliza at J D Williams

Anyhow, it was with perfect ‘big hair’ that I saw Marie Helvin and her chum Jerry Hall on that dazzling catwalk and as corny as it sounds now, I had that Eureka moment and decided my destiny was in fashion. So Marie, I thank you! From then on I avidly followed her career pouring over all those amazing pictures her then husband David Bailey shot of her. Some of them seemed quite ‘out there’ to me as a teenager, especially the one where she wore her stiletto in her knickers!

 

Decades later and Marie Helvin is still is looking fantastic in lingerie. She says she has to work really hard at looking this toned now. She goes to the gym four times a week – doing 45mins to an hour of weights, rowing machine, bike and floor exercises. Well it’s definitely paid off.

Bra, £25, Briefs, £16, by Always Aliza at J D Williams
Bra, £25, Briefs, £16, by Always Aliza at J D Williams

Modelling for Aliza Reger’s “Always Aliza’ range was particularly significant to Marie.

“Janet Reger was such an iconic brand throughout my modelling career,” she says, “and it feels great to now be modelling her daughter’s range for J D Williams almost forty years on.”

 

I love this collection with its pretty pastel shades and floral prints. The size range is really impressive too – it’s available in bra sizes 34B to 50G and knickers sizes 12-32 – hooray!

Marie says after 47 years of modelling lingerie this is definitely her last shoot. Oh no! Why stop now?

“Why?” She laughs, “I’d rather eat pizza…”

Bra, £25, Brief, £14 by Always Aliza at J D Williams
Bra, £25, Brief, £14 by Always Aliza at J D Williams

ABBEY CLANCY’S NEW FASHION RANGE

Lace-up front ,floral mini dress, £25
Lace-up front ,floral mini dress, £25

It’s been all go with Abbey Clancy. Just weeks after giving birth to her second daughter she has launched a fab new summer collection for Matalan.

Model and ‘Strictly’ champion Abbey looks amazing modelling this very 70’s inspired range. I love the strong floral prints and floaty maxi dresses – perfect for the festival season. But my favourite piece is the red wrap dress with its plunge neckline and thigh high split – oh yes!

Red wrap plunge neck dress, £40
Red wrap, plunge neck dress, £40

Abbey who is married to footballer Peter Crouch has a busy summer ahead looking after new baby Liberty Rose and 4 year-old Sophia Ruby. But she still has time to talk fashion!

“The 70’s are still a huge inspiration for the collection.” Says Abbey. “ I love the whole 70’s vibe and it’s big on all the catwalks – the entire collection is a great way to throw some glamour into summer holidays or festivals.”

Floaty, floral maxi, £40
Floaty, floral maxi, £40

She went on to say,

“ I’ve included some classic shapes including bell sleeves and lace-up front minis, with bold prints, which are ideal to brighten up your summer wardrobe.”

Ruffle front dress, £35
Ruffle front dress, £35

It’s definitely a winning collection, I might just pick up a few pieces for Camp Bestival this year. The prices are incredible, ranging from just £16 to £40.

High neck, side button mini dress, £30
High neck, side button mini dress, £30

The ‘Abbey by Abbey Clancy’ collection is available online and in selected Matalan stores nationwide.

 

MOONWALK 2015 – BARING THE BRA!

 

Moonwalkers a la Fruity Couture!

Moonwalkers a la Fruity Couture!

I’m SO excited. It’s just over a week before I do my first Moonwalk! At midnight next Saturday 16th May, myself and 15,000 other magnificent bra-wearing walkers will be marching a half or full marathon through the streets of London. I’ve always wanted to do it, but this year so many of my dear friends have been affected by breast cancer that I’ve felt I have to take action and Walk The Walk!

This amazing event is now in it’s eighteenth year! I feel so inspired by Nina Barough CBE, Founder of Walk The Walk. Originally, Nina was also a fashion stylist (proving that all the best people are!) before a series of events made her change her path. She is now Chief Executive of a grant-making breast cancer charity that has collected nearly £100 million of fundraising – wow!

 

Founder & Chief Executive Nina Barough with saucy Ham- Bra-Ger Man!

Founder & Chief Executive Nina Barough CBE of Walk The Walk with a very saucy man

So how did it all start? Well nearly twenty years ago, 13 women decided to power walk the New York Marathon in their bras to raise money and awareness for breast cancer. One of these ladies was Nina who ironically 2 months later discovered she actually had breast cancer and an aggressive tumour too. Nina’s life was thrown upside down, embarking on a programme of treatment that included a mastectomy and radiotherapy. Her girlfriends felt they desperately wanted to do something to help and spurred on by the ‘Girl Power’ era of the Spice Girls, they banded together, bra emblazoned and power walked the London Marathon. Fashion designers like Paul Smith and Mary Quant as well as other notables like Richard Branson were keen to get involved too. They designed the girls’ bras and these were then auctioned off at the first Walk The Walk Auction.

The following year a second team entered the London Marathon, half of them got places but the other half weren’t so lucky. Nina not wanting to disappoint and waste the girls’ hard work, fund raising and training, that she decided to organise a midnight marathon for these ladies. These bra clad night walkers would hand over the ‘baton’ in the morning in Trafalgar Square to the other official Marathon walkers. Nina and a girlfriend actually completed the night and day marathon in 24 hours and the Moonwalk was born!

Moonwalkers - Flower Power style

Moonwalkers – Flower Power style

The rest is history and The Moonwalk has grown from strength to strength. Over 350,00 people have taken on a walk challenge, such as The Moonwalk New York City, now in its second year and The Arctic Marathon – a backcountry skiing challenge in deepest Lapland! The success of this charity is amazing. Walk The Walk has made grants to Breakthrough Breast Cancer and to Breast Cancer Campaign for its ground breaking Breast Cancer Tissue Bank. It is also committed to providing funding to hospitals across the UK to purchase Scalp Cooling Systems – special machines that help people retain their hair when undergoing chemotherapy. My lovely friend Sue had brilliant results with this treatment and said it was such a relief not to lose her hair. She felt she could still go out and socialise and most importantly it wasn’t such a scary experience for her 2 little girls as although they knew their Mum wasn’t very well they were reassured that she still looked the same!

Moonwalk Fashion - True Britt style

Moonwalk Fashion – True Brit style

So all in all a brilliant charity…. I’m fundraising for my Moonwalk so please, please do sponsor me –

https://moonwalklondon2015.everydayhero.com/uk/becky-john

Now it’s all down to the outfit. Ever the fashion stylist I feel the pressure is on! As you can see, there have been some fabulously decorated bras over the years. The theme for Moonwalk 2015 is ”Saturday Night at The Movies”. So, rhinestone encrusted bra at the ready, I promise to bare all (well nearly all) in a post Moonwalk blogpost soon………

 

Myself with fellow blogger Catherine Sloman aka Battenberg Belle

Myself and fellow walker Catherine Sloman aka blogger Battenburg Belle