Last winter in a freezing turn of the century building, I met up with photographer Hannah Mae Clark to collaborate on a long overdue photoshoot for my A/W 16-17 Star Child capsule collection. We had emailed back and forth building our mood boards up months prior, basing the shoot on our favourite musical muses from the 60’s and 70’s.
This was a perfect theme for us, as my dad (a talented multi instrumentalist and music producer) owned a studio space in Hull filled with beautiful vintage instruments and equipment that he had been collecting since he was a teenager.
If we couldn’t get any more fortunate, after putting a Facebook casting post out, a friend reached out to me recommending her sister Lydia (who happens to look like she could be a long lost 3rd child of Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg.) I was absolutely ecstatic and began feverishly collecting clothes to shoot, most of which were generously provided by dreamy Aussie label Lenni.
You can browse the inspiration for the shoot here
Photography by Hannah Mae Clark
Model: Lydia Romano
Makeup and Styling: Me
All Jewellery by The Serpents Club
Grey Kimono Dress by Reformation
Star Neck Scarf – Vintage
Pinafore Dress by Olive Clothing
Mustard Shirt by Chloe
Sparkly Top – Lenni The Label
Longline Bralet – Topsop
Silky Kimono Top – Asos
Black Flares – Models Own
Wooden Platforms – Topshop
Starprint Dress – Lenni The Label
Bodysuit – Reformation
This morning I awoke to an eagerly awaited parcel containing the top of my dreams – the Realisation Par ‘Bianca‘ blouse.
This coveted top amongst foxes worldwide has been on my to buy list since it came out and honestly, my soul needs it in every colour and print imaginable. At a price tag of $140 plus shipping and import charges – I unfortunately just couldn’t justify it as a recent and relatively broke graduate (how I mourn the days of getting a huge chunk of money every 4 months, that was the fucking one.)
After adding anything and everything Realisation Par to my eBay notification list, I found that the garm gods had shined down on me, offering the navy star print in my size. I pretty much watched it like a hawk for the final hour and went in for the kill, with great success. And i’m so glad i did; it’s so delicate and beautifully made it almost feels like a crime to wear it.
Unfortunately living in England where the weather is schizophrenic most of the time, I couldn’t commit to wearing this braless like i’d have liked to. I instead decided to wear it with a skinny bralet to spare me the embarrassment of nip slipping a total rando in the street.
I paired it with the greatest jeans i’ve ever owned (the Mile High skinny jeans by Levis), a pair of wedge espadrilles (how cliche of me) and my fave vintage clutch. I’m absolutely loving this whole basket trend at the moment but I just don’t feel quite Jane Birkin enough to pull it off; it looks a bit too kitch on me. This deep navy leather weave clutch I acquired whilst working for a vintage store is the perfect balance for me.
If you’re also feeling this outfit, i’ve linked to the stores below along with some more bank friendly alternatives.
High Waist Jeans – Mile High by Levis // HERE
Necklaces – Coin Necklace // HERE
Leaf Necklace // HERE