First up are 2 images of Lucie Jones of British X Factor fame, who has just been signed to Select Models (my model agency)! They were kind enough to share these exclusive images with me, and singer Lucie looks fantastic. Here, she is photographed by Kristin Vicari, wearing (in the first photo) a Christopher Kane for Topshop dress (A bit of a theme for this post!). Head of New Faces at Select, Susannah Hooker, said, “Lucie's test shoots were an opportunity for her to experiment with different styles and looks and to work with some great fashion photographers so that she can start to create her portfolio and familiarise herself with modelling. She was a natural - very relaxed in front of the camera and at ease modelling clothes … the results are fantastic and we're looking forward to working with her in 2010.”
Huge thanks to Select for lettng me share these images on my blog! It’s always great to see success stories and I really like the fact that these photos are in black and white. I love working with monochrome photography myself as it can create a very timeless and classic looking result. And as you can tell from most of my posts, my dad loves black and white photography too- as illustrated below.
I am aware that London Fashion week is rearing its oh-so-pretty head next week, and ah how I wish I was attending! If anyone has any spare invitations to Burberry/ Betty Jackson/Jaeger or any other fashion show then please let me know! Ha-ha, in all seriousness...
However, in the meantime I am amusing/consoling myself by styling outfits inspired by some of my favourite designers. These two ensembles are my petite homage to the great designer Christopher Kane. I loved his use of ginghams and checks, those pretty pastels, cut out sections and beautiful shapes that featured in his last collection. So my way of showing appreciation was firstly by creating a green, checked ‘skirt’ over a vintage shirt.
We had a bit of trouble shooting these photos, as the light outside and in was really flat, dull, grey and generally miserable. Also every surface and wall in our house is kind of covered in clutter/paintings/ vases/ general stuff. So we had to improvise with backgrounds and shifting stuff around, with dad getting more stressed with each place that didn’t work out!
The first outfit is made up of the aforementioned fabric skirt - formed by wrapping, folding , bunching and pinning a length of fabric to create a kind of pencil skirt/ fifties homage hybrid. I’m wearing it over one of my favourite shirts (I have a bit of a collection now...) It was my great-grandma’s. Then layered over that is a little vintage thermal vest. I really do like this underwear-as-outer wear trend. All the more excuse for dusky pink silk slips and camisoles! I also have on those old favourites of mine, the white brogues.
The second outfit includes a chequered dress, ahem, borrowed from my mum, layered underneath a black lace bodice. You may notice that this is the matching lace bodice to a white one that has been featured numerous times on my blog. The black one is slightly bigger, which is why I had to belt it very tightly to keep it in place! I know I’ve literally just featured these black, thrifted, men’s brogues, but I do seem to be living in them at the moment. And also you can’t really have Kane inspiration without some matching brogues! I added the little black watch at last minute after noticing it lying on the coffee table - it’s my brother’s.