I originally called my blog 'Clothes, Cameras and Coffee' merely on a whim when I started it in June 2009. However, little did I know then that my fledgling love of clothes and coffee would turn into a full blown obsession! Now I realise that the first two references in my blog title are regularly acknowledged, while the 'coffee' element is somewhat left out. However, this post should change the balance a little!
The inspiration behind this outfit was the idea of a lazy seventies morning - complete with breakfast and plenty of vinyl records. And of course it started with an outlandish dress that my mum bought a year ago from our favourite local market stall. On a hanger it looks like some hideous hybrid of beach towel and fire tinder (I was almost scared to brush my hair, lest a static spark set the incredibly flammable fabric alight!) However, when I put it on I felt much more elegant than anticipated.
As I have mentioned before, the seventies is not a decade I am naturally drawn to - I prefer the New Look of the fifties, or the youthful spirit of the sixties. However, I thought now would be a perfect time to showcase the dress, as the the next London Fashion Week (which I will be attending, if I actually manage to get into any shows!) is mere days away.
The percieved seventies trends that dominated the catwalks in September will now be available to purchase and wear. But the question is - is it already too late? The introduction of livestreaming shows, immediate dissection and discussion of the clothes on the internet, and in some cases the privilege of pre-ordering pieces the minute they hit the catwalk, means that the initial excitement can die away quickly. Much can change in the six months between the initial showing and the availability in shops. I posted my first seventies inspired outfit days after the spring/ summer trends had been established. Savvy bloggers will have probably already got the nylon out of their systems (And I have to say, as a bit of a fabric snob, I'm usually reluctant to let man made fibres over the threshold of my room), and are ready to interpret the next hand of cards flourished by the fashion world....
I really enjoyed the theatricality of this shoot. It was a fantastic excuse to pull out all the seventies crockery that my mum has found in various charity shops and on ebay! There is something about setting up a photographic scene that feels like putting together a theatre set - choosing the appropriate props.
And for matching accessories, I added some charity shopped faith wedges, a pair of chocolate brown tights and a necklace that belongs to my mum.
As a final point, I just wanted to thank AvaPilar who commented on my last post who suggested looking up some of Kate Bush's music videos. Having now done so, I feel the same way about her videos as I do about Tim Walker's photography - stunning in their variety and endlessly innovative ideas. For anyone who hasn't seen it, do look up 'Cloud Busting'.