Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Little Red pencil skirt

Hello hello. The weather is still as miserable as ever here, so all shoots have had to be conducted indoors for the time being. But as soon as there is as much as a sliver of sunshine I shall be outside again.
We were predicted to have some of the heaviest snowfall in the country today. What did we get instead? Drizzle! I really want some proper snow to materialise, even if just for a day. Ah well.
As I mentioned in the last post, most of our house has been redecorated and I thought his door to the loft would contrast nicely with the bold red of the skirt.
The red pencil skirt is one I made over the summer at a pattern cutting workshop, and the material is a raw silk. I love the vibrant colour, though unfortunately it's rather tight, meaning I have to stand around in it rather than doing anything active. The blouse used to be my maternal great-grandmother's. (I think I featured it on the blog a very long time ago, as I wore it to a test shoot last easter). I love the flower detail on the cuffs and neckline. The white brogues were from ebay and I love them to bits! Having said that, wearing them all day to travel by train to the Clothes Show (a fashion event in the nearest city- which is still pretty long distance) and back did take its toll on my feet. The socks were for christmas. The two gold watches are vintage ones. I love little dainty watches like these, even if they've stopped working. The blue belt is thrifted and the red hat is a family inherited one. The owl pendant is one of my favourite necklaces, a kind of lucky charm I suppose. And I've had quite a lot of luck wearing it!
The flowery vintage tin sits on my dressing table and is usually filled with with all sorts of oddities and various bits and pieces.

It was fascinating to hear all of your views on the retouching and editing debate on the last post. It really made me think about all the opportunities we have now in this digital age, but I have to admit that I'm probably still very traditional at heart. Like vintage fashion, I love looking at all the old photos taken by the greats such as Cecil Beaton, Irving Penn, Norman Parkinson etc.
In fact I was looking again today at a book done by a photographer friend of ours, Clive. He produced an exquisite book called 'Covent Garden. The fruit, vegetable and flower markets.' It is full of photos taken in the sixties and seventies of Covent Garden market.  I really recommend it to anyone who's interested in photography of the old London- the portraits of workers and pictures of the market deserted in the early morning are so breathtakingly beautiful. This description in particular really struck me:

"I would have three cameras around my neck, and I became adept at instantly changing from one to another- wide angle or telephoto, then back to 80mm, depending on how I wanted to frame the picture, for I always got the picture I wanted framed in the camera- I never cropped any picture in the dark room or on the lightbox."

It made me think about that real craft of planning and setting up an image, and without the security we now have of knowing that we can change or alter the photo if it isn't perfect. And every image on that roll of film had to count, you couldn't go back to edit what you had on the camera and delete the unsuccessful images. I really want to explore using film cameras, and really wish I had access to a dark room!

I'm off on a short holiday to see friends for a few days now, so a very happy new year to all of you! See you all in 2010.

32 comments:

Jacqueline said...

I love your blouse and as usual your photos are fabulous! Have fun on holiday! Thanks for visiting my blog. I was so happy when I saw your comment =) xoxo

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fashion doll said...

u r too tall u must be in a model agency
xx

Roxanne Rosensteel said...

Wow I love your outfit so much!! The styling is perfect. I think you were made to wear darling socks with perfect little shoes like that!

NiftyThriftyBeth said...

I adore everything about this outfit! It all works so well together, the bag is adorable too!

Laura. said...

I love this outfit! so amazing:) will follow
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Fuksjanna said...

So sweet red&white outfit! Your blouse is very oryginal:)

daisymay said...

I just lost a necklace exactly like that on ebay last week!!I totally love it! Plus the cuffs of that shirt are so so cute. We were predicted snow too and got a little but then it just decided to rain instead!!

Lemondrop Marie said...

Another inspired shoot, love the peeking behind the door one the most!
Happy New Year,
Marie @ Lemondrop Vintage

AVY said...

Classy and cute at the same time, well done.

Rianna Bethany said...

These images are fantastic! Every outfit I've seen on your blog is gorgeous!!!
Rianna Bethany xxxxxx

Denise said...

happy new year gorgeous!

can't wait to see more of you in 2010

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Sofi said...

OOH! Such a cute outfit! And you might like the photographer Robert Frank. He took really amazing and powerful pictures of America in the 1950's and such. The book is called the Americans. I love his pictures and wish i could take such bold pictures like him. Here's a link with just a few pictures: http://theselvedgeyard.wordpress.com/2009/08/06/the-photography-of-robert-frank-the-americans-50th-anniversary-tribute/

Saoirse (seer - sha) said...

This outfit is gorgeous! I love the red skirt and those oxfords are killer!

Pashupati said...

Good idea.

Dylana said...

Gorgeous blouse! And can I steal your shoes from you? hehe! I wish you a happy new year!

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Natalie said...

your blouse is beautiful! i love it :)
xoxo

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thatsorad said...

I love your owl pendent and shoes! super rad post.

Hey, Happy New year!!! I have digged checking out your blog and all your cool diggs and threads! <3 Cristi

Sarah Ann said...

Such beautiful photos! Recently found your blog and I have to say I love it! xoxo

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smalltownchic said...

love this!! i love the pop of color with the skirt. so unique!


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Jay said...

Red is such a good colour for you.
What Clive said really gets you thinking, particularly with your interpretation of it. We really do tend to rely on editing a lot; I know I touch up colouring on most of my photos.

Amelia said...

I love the socks and shoes! Cute.

Yeah, film has really interested me lately, too. I like that quote.

WARREN said...

very Dior-esque outfit! i like!

ANGIE said...

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Lilee said...

this outfit is so cute! love the socks+shoes!

superniko. said...

hey baby, happy new year!!
&& I wish you all the best ;]

&& i love your oxford :D:D:D

xoxo
NIKO

styleodyssey said...

red is so your color! i like everything about this outfit. gorgeous blouse.
your debates are always interesting- something i look forward to, gives us a bit more to think about than just fashion for fashion's sake.
happy new year, dear Roz!

karolina said...

this retro chic looks amazing on you and your hair are beautiful

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Fashion Pix said...

You've such a great style! I love the pictures and the outfit!

.:JoaNNa:. said...

great blog! i love your pics ;)

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Leslee said...

Hi Roz, I'm so happy that you liked it. Feel free to post it up. Take care.

-Leslee

Ana said...

I just cant decir: GUAO. un saludo desde EspaƱa

kimee said...

i love this outfit!!

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