When I looked at these photos after Soph finished editing them I definitely got a Spanish vibe, which I was not expecting! We shot these on the balcony behind my flat, and the light turned out to be pretty good considering how dark it felt when we were there. Posting these now makes me wistful for the sunnier days…
Bodysuit – ASOS; Shorts – Levi’s vintage
I chose to leave this shoot towards the end of the day so we could take full advantage of the later light. This combined with a gold reflector made for a nice warm and summery feeling (..and if you squint a bit and put both your hands on the side of your face, when you’re looking at the photos you can pretend that it’s not pouring down outside!!)
Lanvin has created somewhat of a stir in the fashion world with their recently launched AW ’12 campaign, as it features…wait for it….real people. Alber Elbaz, creative director of the fashion house, cast people aged 18-82 to model for the campaign shot by renowned photographer Stephen Meisel. The ads claim to celebrate ‘individuals with individuality. Reality…not reality stars’, and include a waiter, a milliner, a recent US immigrant, a drag queen, and an 82-year-old woman who once dreamt of being a model in Paris.
And why should real people not be featured in high fashion campaigns? Personally, I’m tired of seeing the same over-used, underage, underweight, flawless (airbrushed) models in every luxury fashion editorial and ad campaign. What these images prove is that anyone can look great (the clothes look great too), and we are actually able to relate to them. Elbaz said that he wanted to ‘bring the clothes back to the street [and see] how they look on different ages, different sizes’. And you know what? They look pretty darn good.
Once you hit the age of 18 I think your mental age freezes in time. Sure, you continue to age and gain more life experience and knowledge, but every time someone asks you how old you are you still want to say “18″. It can’t just be me that has this issue – when presented with the question, I usually have to think for a minute before I answer. Therefore, I find it completely justifiable to dress like a schoolgirl still, if I want to!
Dress – A.P.C.; Satchel – Deena & Ozzy; Shoes – Marc by Marc Jacobs
As I’m writing this (sat on a beach on a Greek island) I have come to realise that the sun really is my best friend, right now thanks to him I’m turning a gorgeous bronzed colour… (who am I kidding .. If I’m lucky, when I leave I may resemble a nice piece of salmon).
In the case of the shoot, we woke up and it was a beautiful day, one where I could use my old pal to my advantage. I decided against the use of reflectors or fills. I wanted the images to be slightly gritty and thought that the heavy contrast would add to this.