Monday, 19 March 2012

Boys Boys Boys..

.. In the whole time I have been working as a Fashion Assistant and Stylist I have only worked on two menswear stories. I recently began working with/ assisting Stevie Westgarth who is predominantly a menswear stylist and I worked on our first photo shoot last week.
I have never really followed menswear collections even though the classics always catch my eye like Jil Sander, Prada, Dior Homme and even then I never paid that much attention.

I always thought menswear must be harder to work on than womenswear as the choice is distinctively smaller in terms of clothing items and there is the risk of it all looking pretty 'samey'. Though looking through the collections with a story in mind it is actually very interesting and even with the obvious variation of suits, shirts, trouser length etc.. there is much more to see than I thought there would be.

I also get emails now from Model Agencies with pictures of half naked men which is always a bonus but I do understand you're not allowed to touch them (on purpose)! Anyway here are some of my favourite pieces of Stevie's work and I am happy to be working with him and I like that I am still learning all the time.

Saturday, 11 February 2012

The New Vogue

Since Francesca Burns has been Fashion Editor at Vogue UK there have been some outstanding changes in the fashion editorials. The classic Vogue that every one knows and loves has been completely shaken up with Fran's personal style, but she has also been able to keep things interesting and wearable for all Vogue readers. I am a huge fan and follower of Francesca Burns and was lucky enough to work with her once back in 2009. She does have a signature style and instantly recognizable work but at the same time manages to stay very fresh and is always one step ahead of the game.

I get excited again about buying Vogue now and I am sure many others do too. Reading the March Issue, it was no surprise to see such an absolutely beautiful Americana Story and it features my ultimate favourite mega babe Abbey Lee Kershaw. Using all of the best designer collections for such a popular story this season, but creating a goddess with a contemporary and vintage look.

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Give Me Givenchy

Oh Givenchy. You do make my heart shake.

Givenchy Haute Couture S/S12

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Things to come..

.. just a few mood boards for editorial shoots I have coming up. Keep up to date with mywebsite to see the final images.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Siobhan Lyons - Tribal Sweetness and Loveliness

What a lovely day.. I'm listening to the intense, bring-down-the-nation wind outside my window and browsing one of my favourite fashion websites, Volt Cafe and I come across some work from one of my new favourite Stylists Siobhan Lyons.

This bright, colourful, wonderfully interesting editorial by Siobhan really put a smile on my face and stopped me in my tracks while flicking through the stream of seemingly endless images that you can see on the website. With the classic clashing of prints and textures that I am always blabbing on about and such a fresh background to exaggerate the finer details in the layers and accessories, I would like to say this is one of Siobhan's best pieces of work so far!

I suggest everyone keeps their eye out for this lady as she will definitely be up there with some of the best stylists around in the near future. I am happy to say that she is also one of the nicest girls I have ever met. There is only a handful of stylists that are genuinely down to earth as well as being unbelievably talented and Siobhan is one of them! Hoorah for niceness.

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Seeing Double

Saw this and I've seen it before.
How Katie Shillingford does it. Dazed and Confused December 2011
Top - Beyond Retro

How I did it.. Unpublished July 2011
Top - Beyond Retro

Go on then Dazed, I'll let you use my pictures in the magazine then.


Working on a shoot which will turn any wall flower into a eye sore old woman on a swing with a fag. Check out the website to see the whole shoot soon!


About this time last year I had the chance to visit Munich with Jo Barker to assist her on a commercial job working with the specialist trouser label Cambio. The pieces were very wearable and excellent quality, we just jazzed them up a bit. Here are a couple of images from that campaign.

Cambio A/W 11
Stylist: Jo Barker
Photographer: Dancian
Stylist Assistant: Helen McGuckin

I just got back from Frankfurt with Jo too and will be going again in January to work with another brand. I am very lucky that I get to travel around a lot more with work. It is great to have the chance to work on beautiful creative editorials but it's essential to gain insight in styling commercial projects where you see the difference working with clients rather than pushing your creative vision. I think the images look great and I am very happy I was part of this and I will get our newest work up soon.

Friday, 21 October 2011

Oh What A Night..

.. Last Tuesday was the night myself and the wonderfully talented Stephen Lally showcased our Fashion Film, The Dionysian at Space Fiftyfour on Rivington Street.
Filming was completed quite a while ago now and my job was simply to style everyone in the production. I was lucky enough to work with some great new designers such as Rachel Freire, Shao Yen Chen and Ioannis Dimitrousis to produce some wonderful looks to create an array of dark atmosphere, story line and character. This is the first fashion film I have worked on and I thoroughly enjoyed putting it out there for people to see, only to receive some great feedback from friends, professionals and passers by. The show was publicized on VoltCafe who will also be showing the film online very soon.

As well as the film showing downstairs we had a small photography exhibition of our favourite shots taken by the other man in my life Patrick Schuttler who I worked with on my last Exhibition, The Chopped-Off Heads Of Leviathan last July. This guy really knows how to capture the mood. Here are some of his beautiful images.

If you couldn't make the show then here are some images from our Exhibition with props, a classic Tom J Newell display of text on the walls, and pieces from some of the aforementioned designers showing their garments are actually as gorgeous as they appeared on screen and that it was not all smoke and mirrors.

Me and Stephen proper chuffed.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

The Dionysian


5:30PM - 8:30PM

Thursday, 22 September 2011

So.. London Fashion Week

I plan to do a bit of a round up on all the Fashion Weeks at the end of the madness, but for now I just need to log one of the best and brightest looks I have seen so far.
A floral suit by Mary Kantantzou.. I have been breaking into clashing prints every now and again since the previous blog about Stella Tenant wearing bold prints in Vogue. This suit sums up how I hope to be boldly dressing by next season. It's kind of good to break into these things slowly as it makes it feel less like you're dressing in a trend and also goes with my don't- look- at- me persona.

We have seen so much colour for the past few seasons now and it's obvious to assume it will be sticking around till next season, but thanks to great editorials such as the In Bloom shoot styled by the wonderful Katie Shillingford in Dazed and Confused July 2011, it is easier to come to terms with this loud and proud style and it looks like Mary Kantrantzou could have been involved in this shoot.. Or maybe this suit should have been involved in this shoot. Either way I am loving them both just as much.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

White Weddings

It's that time of year when it feels as if every single person you know is getting married. There have been a few famous weddings lately. I'm a bit too late on the down low to publish about the Royal Wedding and I wouldn't even care to. I also was pleasantly surprised by the lack of fuss caused by the other and better Kate's wedding.
I am also a little bit late with this post but I have to mention the admiration for my favourite Stylist's wedding which proved that weddings can be very stylish and you don't have to lose all of your own personality and style to settle for meringue dresses and floral head pieces.

Katie Shillingford is a stylist that I have followed and admired for a very long time. I was very happy to see her marry her partner Alex Dromgoole at the end of July. I immediately had to see how great she looked, her Gareth Pugh pale grey slashed chiffon dress was the perfect touch of goth needed to go with her perfect pale skin and purple wash 30's waves.
I have never wanted to get or be married.. but if I did. This is how to do it. I am very happy for the couple and wish them all the happiness in the future.

All images by Amy Gwatkin and taken from here.

Cultured Clash

There are not many editorials that make me want to completely change the way that I dress.
Stella Tennant in Vogue (Sept) pretty much makes me want to become a "lady", dripping in clashing geometric prints and drowning in heavy perspex.