Sunday, 1 January 2012

Sounds of the Woods - Nadinoo & Wish Wish Wish








Getting up at 5.30am to be in make-up at 6am is never the most pleasant way of waking up – even if on this occasion it was the lovely Emily choosing my lip shade and expertly applying eyeliner. But shooting a video with Carrie directing, Nadia styling and Miguel shooting definitely ranks among the best things I experienced this autumn past.
What I enjoy most about my blog is the unusual opportunities it occasionally throws up, that would have been inconceivable had I, in some ‘Sliding Doors’ style parallel life, not decided to create ‘Clothes, Cameras and Coffee’ on a day off from school several summers ago. This alternate Rosalind wouldn’t have visited London Fashion Week twice, been honoured to be featured in a number of magazines and websites from around the world (including Grazia most recently – thank you so much to Hannah Almassi!), and she definitely wouldn’t be as interested in writing. She would also never have met the wonderful Carrie from Wish Wish Wish, and so the chance of modeling in a video in collaboration with delectable designer Nadinoo would have been entirely improbable. Luckily, here I am, two and half years after starting my blog – and here is the film I appeared in.

Sounds of the Woods - Nadinoo AW11 Film from WishWishWish on Vimeo.


I will state now that having a blog is a little like having a double life. I get up (often blearily) in the morning to catch the train to college – and with that comes the endless responsibilities of homework and extracurricular activities, alongside socialising with good friends. Another side of me writes potential blog posts in the back of my lined notebook during free lessons, replies to the wonderful emails I receive and puts together text and photos for features. This side attends Fashion Week and the occasional shoot in London – often involving a hastily organized train journey. The two aspects to my life are not entirely separate though. I cajole friends into letting me take photos of them for my blog, and although I don’t wear fifties' ball gowns and gold pleated skirts to college, I don’t particularly water down my style either.

However, this video divided me not into two halves but into three characters. Pixie, Lula and Fleur to be precise. The trio serve as the muses behind each Nadinoo collection – a brand that mixes whimsy and classic design to create clothes that can be labeled simply as ‘beautiful’ and ‘highly desirable’.
Pixie is book-ish, with a fondness for wildlife and the outdoors (possibly bearing the most resemblance to me). Lula is the mischievous one, whose red cape and lips give her away as she spies on her fellow characters. The constant advice given to embody her was to “scamper” and “look cheeky”. The third, Fleur, was perhaps my favorite to act out. I was thoroughly enjoying myself, and so really got into character as I pretended to read tarot cards – fulfilling her more ‘mystical’ aesthetic. We shot all three in a day in the outskirts of London, not that you’d know that from the locations. The only reminder that the city was not so far away was from the occasional clatter of trains as we crossed and re-crossed a railway bridge. In the course of the day – a real dawn to dusk affair – our small team walked from the trees where the Boy Scout-esque tent was pitched to the lake where I ‘fished’ (country girl? Pah – I know more about Balenciaga than bait) three times. It was roughly a mile each way, meaning that I probably did more exercise than I usually manage in a fortnight! And might I add that portions of those treks were completed in heels? I wore those black Mary-Janes, (which you may also recognize from this post), to do everything from clambering up a muddy bank to Kate Bush-style swirling while the smoke canisters did their work. I was told afterwards that the designer and make-up artist had been singing ‘Wuthering Heights’ as I spun.
I was immensely impressed by the props that Carrie had painstakingly collected and organized, and I took great delight in several ‘Observer’ leather-bound books she’d found – reading the miniature guides on birds, fungi and butterflies while filming. Her boyfriend Miguel, who is also working on this fascinating-sounding short film, did all the cinematography and is obviously intensely talented. The assembled crew of four (five including me) made the day both memorable and interesting. The yellow leaves and autumn light led to repeated praise of the perfect locations, and I'm still smiling when recalling the bemused expressions of dog-walkers who stumbled across us. It was an exhilarating time – and my first chance to perform on film (I’m more used to doing formal LAMDA speech & drama exams).
The stills were taken by Nadia, and for anyone not already familiar with her work, please do take a look at her incredible designs. Her personal style is top-notch too, making her a brilliant advert for her own brand. I hope you enjoy the video – I certainly enjoyed making it and am extremely honoured to have been asked by Carrie to be involved. The amount of work she put in to the making of the film was simply extraordinary.   

And of course, it being the first day of 2012 I wish everyone a very, very happy new year. May it be filled with adventures, opportunities and friendship. Thank you SO much for reading and commenting on my blog in the past year. I have so many ideas fizzing around my head at the moment, so I hope that I may continue to improve in all creative endeavours this year. 

57 comments:

Rebecca said...

I saw the video on Carrie's blog, and it is so, so amazing! You're perfect in it. And I know what you mean about the split lives thing (nothing to do with schizophrenia!), it's weird to go to college/uni and then you take the most amazing photos. Happy new year (:
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Frances Davison said...

this is absolutely wonderful miss jana! you did such a beautiful job embodying those three characters.
all of it is stunning. a very talented team indeed. x

Isabel Rose said...

The video is so beautiful! I particularly love Pixie's outfit, the bird blouse is gorgeous :)
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xx

YEYE STYLE BLOG said...

wow, that mini movie, is so lovely, you are amazing :)

Sara said...

Oh that was enchanting, inspiring too!

Thea said...

This is lovely! YOU are lovely!

Kelly-Marie said...

Your beauty is just breathtaking! That video had me in my element,the setting, the clothes and your beauty make it just magical to watch. You are a very inspiring lady and I love reaidng your blog so much. Wishing you a very happy New Year and think 2012 is going to be a brilliant year for you.
Kelly-Marie xx

Kb said...

Wow you look amazing I'm in awe of your modelling, Carrie's direction and Miguel's filming. In love with all of the clothes too, especially the printed blouse. I also feel like I have a bit of a double life, attempting to take photos of myself in various locations and going to events like lfw, in addition to working in an office. It's madness but I love it! Happy New Year!

Zorian said...

Absolutely, beautiful video. :)

The Fancy Teacup said...

I originally saw this shoot on Carrie's blog. I love how I could wondrously lost in it. So remarkable and other-worldly. x

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Vix said...

Happy New Year!
What a wonderful video and beautiful outfits, that cape is exquisite. x

bollykecks said...

Oh my giddyant Roz you are so very pretty :3 You just look like little red riding hood or something. I can't wait to see you in a few days time, even if it will be back at bc <3333

Katrina said...

I didn`t even realize at the start that all those characters were played by you! You really did a great job with making each of the personalities distinguishable. Hope 2012 will be full of wonderful opportunities like this for you! Happy New Year!

>'.'<

Closet Fashionista said...

WOW! That video was AMAZING! You looked beautiful and did a wonderful job of playing each of the characters!
And yea, I have a double life too, much similar to yours. But the fashion blogger version of myself is more outgoing than my real self, ha ha :)
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Rachel, Cold Knees said...

What a fabulous opportunity! I love that their are three different characters, each with their own distinctive style and personalities. It sounds like the whole team is rather talented :) xx

Polka Princess said...

A very very happy new year to you & your family dear! Here's looking forward to a fun, fabulous & fashionable year ahead!!! :)

May you get to be a part of many more such exciting & interesting projects & may this year bring loads of love, happiness & success to you!!! <3

Page Song said...

so so pretty!! i love the 2 outfits :)
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Amy said...

I've seen this video on so many blogs now, and never get sick of it! You were a perfect choice, and must be so happy with it. Just beautifully put together from all parts of the team xXx

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Irina Lakicevic said...

I love it!Styling and photos and video is just great!

Lady M said...

Love the red cape - gorgeous
Hope to see you at LFW again in February

LadyM
http://www.ladympresents.co.uk

Roxanne Rosensteel said...

I've been thinking about this video since I saw it a few days ago. I especially loved the Pixie character. Everything about it was beautiful and peaceful. And of course you look absolutely stunning! I hope you have a wonderful year, dear.

Crystal Lee said...

Such a brilliant collaboration! You look lovely in the photos & the film. Happy New Year!

Fashionistable said...

This is a fantastic collaboration. I love the stills and the film. Was it shot in Hadley Wood? Looks very much like Hadley Wood to me. Happy 2012. I wish you love, happiness and success this year. Xxxx

Taryn said...

This video is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen--the attention to detail and your metamorphosis are incredible--I hope the new year brings every thing your heart desires =)

Rebeccak said...

Stunning film! And happy new year!!

amateur idler said...

GORGEOUS! What a great film. And if "look cheeky" was the direction, you followed brilliantly!

Jo said...

Such a wonderful video! <3 You portrayed each character truly perfectly!

x
Lost in the Haze: Fashion Blog

Assez Blonde said...

that's incredible, i'm so jealous :) and you're right, it's not all glamorous, i'm the exact same with having to go to uni and expensive train journeys!
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x

Lydia said...

I loved this video. I actually watched it twice, once before and then after reading your description of it. I definitely "got it" more after. Fleur was my favorite too; I loved watching her dance. You did a wonderful job.

Sofie Marie said...

It's got to be said that the video and photos really do illuminate your beauty once again.but,compliments on what you happen to be born with can be dissatisfying.Instead,I applaud you for what you've achieved over the past year,it's been really nice to see your blog evolve.
Sofie
ps Nadinoo clothes are so lovely

Natalie Suarez said...

AMAZING!! i adore it :)

xx

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Autumn said...

Stunning! You played all three wonderfully! I especially loved Fleur. Gorgeous location and clothing. Loved it!
~
Autumn

Willow said...

Wow, great post! Watched the video three times, I love the outfit and locations - I've gone through every post on your blog and have always been in awe of all the great locations and how you can wear something that most people would look terrible in and pull it off brilliantly. You are stunning and very exotic - I don't think I've ever seen anyone suit red lipstick as well as you do. Happy new year,

- Willow
http://http://artclothesandcontemplations.blogspot.com/

Heather said...

Rosalind, I absolutely loved that film you appeared in! The clothes and cinematography were exquisite, as well as the beautiful music by Emilianna Torrini, but what impressed me most was your acting. You have great presence and did a wonderful job embodying those three characters.

Do you have any new years resolutions?

:)

Yen said...

It was dreamy and fairy-like. Something mystery was shown even just through the outfits of the three characters. They were perfectly styled, and somehow you just want to track down their characters just to fulfill the motivation of eager curiosity. I think you were really into them, partly because you have left me the same impressions that I have collected through your past posts.
I thoroughly enjoy every single second of the video, and just like you, Fleur is perhaps, my most favorite of all, though is it fair if I say that I love all three of them?
It takes daydreamers to make a video like this. Thank you so much.

Flis said...

You've done a great job in separating all three personas, and I particularly love Fleur - in my mind she resembles a cross between Effy and Cassie in Skins. It's funny that you say this was shot in the outskirts of London because the location looks very similar to a park near me. However, my park is not lucky enough to have a pond :(

Happy New Year!

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Fashionistable said...

Wow was it really only 2011 when we met. I feel like I have known you a lot longer. I have to say you juggle everything wonderful and with such flare. It is a joy to read and watch your blog. Just read your Flingly interview too. Loved it. Xxxx

Miu said...

Happy New Year to you, too!

The movie is wonderful, I love the atmosphere in there.

100%soie said...

ooooooooh my God you are so beautiful !! the video is full of sweat things, everything is perfect !! the music, your outifts, the colours ... I just love it !! happy new year !

The PvdH Journal said...

You are so incredibly beautiful- but the what is most incredible for me is how talented you are with your writing and that you transmit that in your blog.

I wish you all the best for 2012.

Paola

SabinePsynopsis said...

Happy 2012, Rosalind! What a beautiful film - all 3 of you are totally amazing :)
xoxo

Angela said...

This is just wonderful.

Wishing you the best in 2012 as well!

A x

lucia m said...

love it!

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Laetitia said...

AMAZING!!! Happy 2012!

xoxox

The Foolish Aesthete said...

I'm at a loss for words -- you, the film, the outfits are stretching all the superlatives I can think of.

I'ts been such a pleasure discovering your blog and following your journey. And if String Theory is correct, these alternate universes we imagine (and half live via blogs and photographs) are real. Perhaps we imagine them because they are a memory etched into the fibre of our beings! Have a wonderful and fulfilling 2012! xxxx

Maria said...

Truly beautiful, I needed a dose of inspiration and you have just provided it so thank you!

Maria xxx

aure said...

Amazing job :)

Mesqualine said...

I love these pictures ! You're beautiful and Carrie is really talented !
Kisses from France.

Toshiko Shek said...

you look absolutely gorgeous in the photos and of course in the video! i am really enjoying your blog and writing, keep it up!
itsnother-itsme.blogspot.com

Violeta said...

You are utterly gorgeous...and oh so smart! Serious girl crush on you dear ;-)

Miki's scrapbook said...

When I saw the video in Nadinoo's blog, I immediately recognized you. It made me so happy to see you there! Congrats on all your achievements, Roz! ;D

And may 2012 bring many more opportunities!

Miki.

Ginta said...

I'm blown away with the photos and the video! Everything is so amazing! Besides it's Nadinoo! You're one lucky girl!

rizzalana said...

Such a heartfelt video. I love it!

J. Ericson said...

I'v watched the video many times now and like everybody else, I'm awestruck by the beauty of you, the outfits and the video itself of course. The song was good and the colours and the photo, etc.

Congratualtions and well done young lady Jana. I wish you the best of 2012.

Regards,
Jens

Soccer Mom Style said...

Loved the movie, dear Roz. You're such an inspiration!
xx
maya

The Cat Who Walked by Herself said...

Lovely!
i recently discovered your blog,and Carrie's as well and I love 'em both.
can you tell me who is the singer of the track in the video.thankie!

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