Monday, 3 February 2014

Androgyny







Above is a shoot inspired by London Collections Men 2014 and another collaboration with Harry Cooke. Previously uninspired by men's fashion, i have the three day event to thank for my recent attempts at giving styling the mysterious gender a go. There is this new feeling in men's fashion, a kind of emancipation. Where it's becoming increasingly acceptable for men to dress how they want, arguably in a more feminine way. But it's not about men in dresses but men in new fabrics and textures, florals, sheers and leathers all brought back to 'masculine' with familiar tailoring and traditional 'male' cuts. This is totally exciting because there is so much more scope for individual expression and style.

Of course it'll take time for the everyday man to embrace new adventurous looks, but perhaps in the very near future it'll take more than the pink t-shirt to spark homophobic remarks. Above are some images styled with the hope that gender stereotypes can be considered more loosely in fashion for both men and women. See J.W Anderson's AW 14 collection for a feel of what's to come. The silver shoes are from River Island if you want to know (which you almost definitely do) ALWAYS buy stripper heels in the sale.

http://www.fashion156.com/collections/j-w-anderson-london-collections-men-aw-14/



Speak Soon,

H.V x










Photographer, Harry Cooke
Stylist, Harriet Victoria
Models, Luke Sevette, Mac Palima, Connie Wilson & Harriet Victoria

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Menswear, First try
























This shoot came about a little by accident and a little not. I was going to meet Harry so we could do some strange conceptual distorted images for the project i'm doing at the moment on Art foundation and i wanted to make him look mental. Unfortunately i've been so busy at the moment that it totally escaped my mind to check the studio availability and it is largely full most of the time if not booked days in advance around this time (University applications and exams). So we went on location- to a car park for an urban feel without the parking cost (can you blame me) and/or onlookers. Harry is usually the one taking the photo's and i work with him frequently. We both found it so weird to switch roles. I styled him in a combination of my clothes and his clothes for both the looks, it was basically a 'working with what you've got' type of situation as we were not particularly prepared post- plan change, but i'm actually loving the outcome. I would consider myself to be anything but an 'urban' 'streetwear' kind of girl but it is definitely a look that's growing on me. Hence the images of myself at the bottom that Harry took when i insisted on wearing the outfit for fun. The second look is something i would more typically go for, grungey and all-black. I'm hoping to do some more men's styling in the near future because i don't feel it's right to totally neglect styling the opposite sex because of a fear of the unknown. Besides, i'm feeling incredibly inspired by London Collections men- particularly J.W Anderson's rockin' platforms. This has got a sporty feel about it because sportswear is coming back with a vengeance in S/S 2014 and i'm super excited for that. 


Speak Soon,

H.V x





Photographers & Models, Harriet Victoria & Harry Cooke
Stylist, Harriet Victoria

Eclectic










Above is some styling of a recent look that, truthfully, i've been struggling to think of a name for! So 'eclectic' is what i have picked S/S 2013/14 looks set to hold lots of exciting cultural clothes with inspirations from all corners of the globe and this is what i wanted to incorporate into this look. 
Look out for fringing, tribal prints, pleats and folds, brave colours and rugged accesories in preparation for the new season!
Photographer, Katy Thomas contacted me and asked me to style this shoot, sending me several images on Pinterest to work from. The hair is very much inspired by a particular editorial image from Pinterest that i felt was a futuristic- and exciting twist on an 'everyday' hairstyle. The shoot was great because Katy let me do my own thing and allowed me the added luxury of choosing the hair and make- up done perfectly by the wonderful MUA Elaine Pearcey. I wanted pastel colours to compliment the bright outfit without making the look 'too much' and so Elaine dusted soft pastel pink on the lids and a random request from myself to put blue on the cheeks was embraced and i love it.  We shot on location in Exeter in the freezing cold but the whole team did a great job of getting on with it anyway and i'm really happy with the images. Despite actual barking sounds from one lovely male passer-by..



Speak Soon, 

H.V x



Photographer, Katy Thomas
Hair and MUA, Elaine Pearcey
Stylist, Harriet Victoria
Model, Izzy Weaver




Sunday, 12 January 2014

Subtle Winter












Throughout winter i've been noticing lots of beautiful oversized pastel coloured coats in high street stores- although i'm not one to dress in pastel colours i really see the beauty in them. It was important that the model for this outfit was blonde because blonde hair works well with softer tones. The outfit is inspired by A/W catwalks 2013/14 with particular reference to the oversized coats by Hermes, Stella McCartney and Céline. These 'boyfriend' style coats are both gorgeous and practical and perfect for the festive period. Turtleneck's have licked the wounds of the searing cold over the past few months so my trusty grey one gets a feature as a thank you. The MUA and I decided that the hair just needed a little texture with some very natural make-up to compliment the soft pastel tones of the outfit. We shot on location in a hotel lobby in Exeter, Devon. 

Speak Soon,

Harriet x


Photographer, Katy Thomas
MUA, Elaine Pearcey
Stylist, Harriet Victoria
Model, Izzy Weaver

Styling for Killstar










A few months ago friend and photographer Rachel Sherlock asked me if i'd like to style and model for KILLSTAR who had seen her photography and mentioned they loved my 'look'. I jumped at the opportunity because it was something a little different. The clothing line is grungy, gothic and dark featuring haunting slogans and very little in the way of colour so i chose some items from my wardrobe to reflect this. Amongst the large bag of essentials i always bring to shoots were the leather dungarees (featured above) that i knew i bought for a reason, a black fur coat and my Bitching & Junkfood suspender shorts. All items that i thought embodied the edgy nature of the brand. It's difficult for me to imagine a time when i haven't brought chunky black heels to a shoot and this time was no different- what else compliments an outfit like them after all. 

Speak Soon,

Harriet x


Photographer, Rachel Sherlock
Model, Harriet Victoria
Stylist, Harriet Victoria



Saturday, 4 January 2014

Good Morning Mr. Magpie











I was recently asked to style an 'urban' shoot and model for clothing company Good Morning Mr. Magpie, a line based in Devon designed by London College Of Fashion graduate Yasmin Ross. The clothing is colourful, exciting and contemporary using a wide array of textures and fabrics. Myself and two other models spent the day in Exeter getting 'urban' blog-style shots for the line's sale on Asos Marketplace. I brought along my usual shoot essentials- big heels, casual flats and jeans. Along with some accessories to meet the 'urban' theme of the line (e.g orange beanie). I paired my items with the garments to compliment them without detracting any focus. The decision was to keep hair and make-up natural and minimal, again, so as not to distract from the garments. Other than freezing cold it was a super fun day with really lovely people, I met an incredibly talented and efficient MUA Laura Light who i'm sure i'll be working with in the future. The items can be purchased on Asos Marketplace and many more designs are available on the website, both are linked below. I recommend the hand made products for their quality and individuality, with many designs made in very limited numbers making them 'bespoke to you'. 


Speak Soon,

Harriet

x

Models, Harriet Victoria, Connie Wilson & Amber Gratton- Davey
Photographer, Katy Thomas
MUA, Laura Light