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Posts tagged ‘photography’

KIDSWEAR – ROYAL BLOOD

On a crisp Winter’s day we travelled down to Hever Castle in Kent. We wanted to create a majestic look as might befit such a glorious castle as well as highlighting the theme of the land and nature. So I styled the kids very opulently in rich velvets and silks and added leaf crowns and foliage to mix the two looks. Here are the results..

Photographer – Dan Pangbourne   Fashion Stylist – Becky John   Hair & Make-up – Claire Portman

 

Clothes by I Love Gorgeous

Clothes by I Love Gorgeous

Dresses by Bonpoint. Crowns by Atticus and Gilda

Dresses by Bonpoint. Crowns by Atticus and Gilda

Sweater and breeches by Rachel Riley. Sheepskin gilet by New Look

Sweater and breeches by Rachel Riley. Sheepskin gilet by New Look

Girl wears sweater and breeches by Rachel Riley. Boy wears sweater and trousers by Bon Point. Both wear faux fue gilets by Angel & Rocket. Crowns hand made by Stylist

Girl wears sweater and breeches by Rachel Riley. Boy wears sweater and trousers by Bon Point. Both wear faux fur gilets by Angel & Rocket. Crowns hand made by Stylist

Dress by Mini Raxevsky. Feather shrug by No1 by Jenny Packham at Debenhams

Dress by Mini Raxevsky. Feather shrug by No1 by Jenny Packham at Debenhams

Crown print dress by Rachel Riley. Faux fur coat by John Lewis

Crown print dress by Rachel Riley. Faux fur coat by John Lewis

Clothes by I love Gorgeous

Clothes by I love Gorgeous

Behind the scenes with photographer Dan Pangbourne and H&M artist Claire Portman

Behind the scenes with photographer Dan Pangbourne and Hair & make-up artist Claire Portman

KIDSWEAR – AUTUMN SHOOT

Dress by Rachel Riley, Crown headband by H&M
Dress by Rachel Riley, Crown headband by H&M

I’ve always loved a redhead. It’s the nearest hair colour to gold or fire. But after my daughter was born with her Titian crowning glory it has almost become an obsession.

 

Photographer Katy McDonnell and I had talked ages ago about doing a redhead shoot and it wasn’t until this autumn that all the conditions seemed right. It has been a late glorious autumn with the trees not wanting to relinquish their leaves. The colour palette has been spectacular – gold, russet, burnt orange and saffron. So with this in mind I scurried around the fashion PR’s and collected a fabulous selection of rich Autumnal toned clothes for our shoot.

 

We decided The Downs in Bristol would be the perfect location with it’s leafy, rambling woods. The models were chosen from the aptly named Gingersnap Agency in the West Country and here are the results…

Sweater by John Lewis, Headress, Stylist's own.
Sweater by John Lewis, Headress, Stylist’s own.

 

Art clothes (left) John Lewis Finn clothes (right) Ralph Lauren
Art clothes (left) John Lewis, Finn clothes (right) Ralph Lauren

 

Clothes by Rachel Riley
Clothes by Rachel Riley
Dress by Marie Chantal
Dress by Marie Chantal

 

Clothes by Marie-Chantal
Clothes by Marie-Chantal
Dress by Rachel Riley
Dress by Rachel Riley

 

Wrap by Selfridges
Wrap by Selfridges

Behind the scenes…….

Photography, Katy McDonnell, Stylist, Becky John, Models, Gingersnap
Photography, Katy McDonnell, Stylist, Becky John, Models, Gingersnap Agency

MYLEENE’S MOST GLAMOROUS COLLECTION

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Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to musician and presenter Myleene Klass’s AW14/15 fashion launch in the Sanderson Hotel. By the time I pitched up, hoards of paps were waiting outside the venue all vying for the best position to photograph Ms Klass. No one was disappointed when this mother of two eventually arrived looking stunning and SO shapely in a tightly fitted orange maxi dress and smattering of gold jewellery.

 

I left the electrical storm of flash bulbs and made my way to the Penthouse where the party was in full swing. Since 2012 when Klass joined force with Littlewoods.com her collection has gone from strength to strength. The Myleene range now includes fashion, lingerie and make-up too.

 

STRAPLESS SEQUIN  LEOPARD PRINT EVENING DRESS £219
STRAPLESS SEQUIN LEOPARD PRINT EVENING DRESS £219

It wasn’t long before Myleene breezed into the press show looking radiant. She had changed from her show stopping number into a more ‘girly girl’ 50’s floral dress. Myleene happily mixed with all the journalists, stylists and bloggers. She’s very bubbly and her infectious laugh shows off her great sense of fun.

 

Myleene was keen to show off the rails of clothes at the launch. I studied the new Littlewoods.com range carefully. There is a great mix of clothes – tight shift dresses to relaxed sweaters, marshmallow pink faux fur coats to sexy red leather shifts.

Marlene explains she wants everyone to be included. “I always try and design for all shapes, all ages, all sizes.”

 

BLACK LEATHER FISHTAIL BALLGOWN £219
BLACK LEATHER FISHTAIL BALLGOWN £219

The lingerie range was really impressive. There’s a good array of colours and styles and I was very pleased that the range goes from 32B to 40E. These larger sizes are much appreciated by us more voluptuous ladies.

 

The make-up range looked beautiful too. Sporting Myleene’s signature leopard print on the packaging, it would look great on anyone’s dressing table. Like me this lady loves a bit of animal print.

MYLEENE'S SIGNATURE PRINT - LEOPARD
MYLEENE’S SIGNATURE PRINT – LEOPARD

 

But what I really LOVED was the eveningwear collection. Anyone who thought that Littlewoods.com was just for the older lady or great for dressing the kids has to think again when they see this collection. It is Klassy with a capital K !

 

The strapless, sequin studded leopard print evening dress, £249 and the black leather, fishtail ball gown, £219 are take your breath away stylish and look so current. They really are designer looks at amazing prices. As Myleene so proudly says,

“My collection is designed to provide affordable luxury for every woman – you deserve it”

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I’m not surprised these pieces are selling like hot cakes. In the fashion world this is ground breaking stuff, shaking off any old fuddy-duddy catalogue image. People will see the brand in a new light. It has to be praised.

 

Well I’ve been swayed. I’ve put my order in for the leather dress and really hoping   to raise a few eyebrows at the Christmas party – just need to lose a couple of pounds now…..

 

 

 

 

 

BEHIND THE SCENES AT SHOWGIRL SHOOT – GLEMHAM HALL


It was a chilly winters day when we arrived early in Glemham Hall, a magnificent stately home, in the heart of Suffolk. The team – photographer Richard Burns, Hair & Make-Up artist Sally Kvalheim, model Jessica from Models 1 and I, the stylist were all excited about our ‘showgirl’ shoot.

 

Photo shoots always sound so glamorous and although I wouldn’t trade in my job for anything else, behind the scenes, the reality can be quite different ! The first task in the morning is lugging all the props, clothes and heavy photographic equipment into the location. Glemham Hall really is a huge rambling house, originally built in 1560 and is packed with eclectic furniture and priceless antiques. We were shooting in one of the upstairs wings so we had to do umpteen trips, schlepping equipment through the meandering maze of rooms.

 

Lingerie by Fauve Lingerie. Kimono by Beyond Retro
Lingerie by Fauve Lingerie. Kimono by Beyond Retro

Eventually we chose a space which we used as our dressing room. I set up my rails and hung up all the gorgeous showgirl outfits, meanwhile Sally positioned her beauty quarters by a large window so she had the best possible light to do make-up and hair.

 

Whilst Sally was creating a fabulous look on model Jessica, Richard and I had a good look around Glemham Hall. How had he found this impressive location?

“When we first moved to Suffolk, we met other creative people who all said we should take a look at Glemham. I did and fell in love with it.” Explained Richard, “ I loved the faded grandeur, the rooms look opulent yet slightly crumbling in places. Photographically it really is a stunning place.”

 

Silk dress by Vera Mont
Silk dress by Vera Mont

We weren’t the first photographic team to shoot here. In fact it has long been a favourite with Tim Walker, a hugely inspirational photographer whose breathtakingly beautiful and magically eccentric work has graced the pages of Vogue, Love and I-D.

 

Glemham Hall was the perfect theatrical backdrop for the shoot. I wanted the sense of silver screen glamour with our starlet ‘dressing up’ in silk lingerie through to dramatic satin, feather and sequin stage wear.

 

Lingerie by Dolci Follie, Shoes, Louboutin
Lingerie by Dolci Follie, Shoes, Louboutin

Model, Jessica made the shots look effortless. You wouldn’t believe that most of the outfits had been so pinned down the back she could hardly move. Or the fact that it was so cold in our wing you could see your own breath! After every shot we would throw blankets over Jessica to try and stop her from turning blue!

 

Photographer Richard cleverly turned the cold, dull day to our advantage, balancing the daylight with artificial light for a beautiful radiant look.

All in all we were a great team and the shots look amazing. As we were leaving I couldn’t help but notice the wonderful garden and sculpture park. Perhaps we could shoot something fabulous in the grounds next summer. I do hope so – Fingers crossed.

 

All photography copyright Richard Burns
Glemham Hall. All photography copyright Richard Burns