Aspinal of London SS16 campaign shoot

Last December I, along with a fantastic team of talented people, had the privilege of styling the Aspinal of London SS16 campaign & lookbook. For anyone unfamiliar with the brand, Aspinal make beautiful luxury leather and exotic skin handbags in all manner of styles from totes to mini trunks and saddle bags to clutches. They are a celebrity favourite, with style icons such as The Duchess of Cambridge, Fearne Cotton, Donna Air and Laura Whitmore all a fan of their bags.

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The Duchess of Cambridge with the Mini Manhattan and Donna Air with the Mini Trunk Clutch

The quality is fantastic, the colours superb and the range is perfect for anything from work to a glamorous night out. Here are some of the images from the Spring Summer 2016 lookbook (as styled by me). This season they drew inspiration from classic English gardens, featuring pretty florals, vibrant colours and botanical prints. Be prepared for some serious lusting…

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Mini Manhattan Clutches, £295

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Large Marylebone Tech Tote in Vintage Tan Croc, £950

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Mayfair bag in Vintage Tan Croc, £595

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Mini Marylebone Totes, £595

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Mini Eaton Clutch, £195

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Brook Street bag in Black Embossed Flower, £695 and Cleopatra Skinny Cuff in Leopard Skin, £50

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Hobo bag in Soft Taupe Pebble, £325

Of course as well as me there was a whole fabulous team on hand to make these bags looks superb. Photographer Clara Copley and I have worked together before on several editorial shoots and she did a superb job of capturing the many looks on this two day shoot.

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Photographer Clara hard at work 

Our delightful model Joanna Stubbs is an Aspinal stalwart having been the face of several of their campaigns. Hair stylist Julie Read is a genius with a set of tongs and ensured that Joanna’s locks were super glam at all times. Make-up artist Salina Thind, a whizz with an eye-shadow brush created pretty, sophisticated looks that every woman dreams of.

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Hair stylist Julie Read and make-up artist Salina Thind doing touch-ups on set

Marco from Aspinal Head Office was Art Directing the shoot, and along with Sara and Ashley made sure all the bags were photographed, as well as assisting Joanna with the unenviable task of making the ‘triple handbag look’ appear natural! And lastly thanks to my wonderful assistant Rebbeca Davies who helped me to steam, hang, pin and clip all the clothes that accompanied the handbags. We shot 9 outfits in total and numerous bag combinations. Here are a few behind the scenes shots…

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Silk blouse by Hobbs and skirt by J.Crew. Lottie bag, £395 by Aspinal of London

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Tuxedo suit by & Other Stories. Lottie bags, £395 by Aspinal of London

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Beaded collar top by Maxmara and skirt by J.Crew. Soho Double Sided Clutch in Leopard Haircalf, £195 by Aspinal of London

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Blouse by & Other Stories and jeans by J.Brand. Slouchy Saddle Bag, £450 by Aspinal of London 

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Lace dress by Karen Millen. Mayfair Bag, £595 by Aspinal of London

One of my favourite outfits was this gorgeous beaded top and skirt combo which had a youthful fresh sporty feel.

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Top by Maxmara and pleated skirt by J.Crew

This stand-out lace dress from Self-Portrait was also another favourite and a great accompaniment to this colourful duffle bag.

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Dress by Self-Portrait. Mini Padlock Bucket bag, £395 by Aspinal of London

If I were to choose one style it would have to be the stunning Mini Trunk Clutch which comes in a range of colours and has superb metal detailing. A cute spin on a traditional English travel trunk.

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Aspinal of London SS16 campaign images:-

Photography: Clara Copley

Styling: Alicja Jasnikowska

Hair: Julie Read

Make-up: Salina Thind 

Model: Joanna Stubbs at Models 1. 

All behind-the-scenes images by Alicja Jasnikowska

For stockist details and to view and purchase the Spring Summer 2016 collection head to: https://www.aspinaloflondon.com/ 

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Flower power

Back in April I styled a campaign for Interflora that pushed the boundaries of petals beyond the traditional floral bouquet. Flowers were fashioned into a statement wide-brimmed fuchsia hat, a multi-coloured shrug, a pretty head garland and even a 60s style boxy handbag by the masterful hands of florist Neil Whittaker. They really were amazing and smelt divine. As a stylist my task was to add garments that would complement the pieces and not detract from their focal point. Below are some of the shots which can be seen online now, as well a behind-the-scenes video where can you can spot my polka-dotted back on several occasions.

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Photography: Charlie Troman

Styling: Alicja Jasnikowska

Hair and Make-up: Charlotte Jones

Florist: Neil Whittaker for Interflora

Model: Ellie at MOT and Natalija at First

Video: Daryl Boyden

Also here are a few of my BTS snaps on the day, including some of my favourite shots that didn’t quite make the final edit.

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Ellie as our own little Bree van de Kamp

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Our model on day 2 – The gorgeous Natalija looking very Bridget Bardot in a bridal headdress

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I love this shot! An amazing floral crown makes a unique wedding day look

Go to http://www.interflora.co.uk/content/fashion-flowers-to-wear/ to view all images and order your own flower hat just in time for Ladies Day at Ascot.

White Out

In Jan I styled a shoot for Drafted magazine – the popular London based monthly mag – and it is finally out.  Yay!  The theme of the shoot was SS14 white and we decided to go with a futuristic architectural feel (the moodboard I made up for the shoot is above). Shot by the talented Jay McLaughlin (who directed the lovely Bethan Maye from Models 1 to channel Milla Jovovich in Fifth Element), with hair and make-up by Amy Brandon.  Amy kept things modern by opting for an on-trend grungy 90s look with dishevelled hair, a brown lip and minimal mascara.

We shot 7 looks but sadly there was only room for 6 pages.  Here is the shoot along with some behind-the-scenes extras. I hope you like it.

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All clothing credits as listed on images

Photography: Jay McLaughlin @ Kayte Ellis Agency

Styling: Alicja Jasnikowska @ Carol Hayes Management

Hair and make-up: Amy Brandon using MAC and Nars

Styling Assistant: Joanne Mulcare

Model: Bethan Maye @ Models 1

Location: Milk @ Grace Bar

And here are some of my behind-the-scenes shots of the amazing jewellery and numerous amounts of clothing.  Thanks to Whitehair Co, HPR, Varg, Trace PR, Dust PR, BPR, Bright Light PR, Kurt Geiger and Marks & Spencer.

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Jewellery by Maria Nilsdotter and Cornelia Webb

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Handcuff by Maria Nilsdotter

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Sunglasses and jewellery from HPR

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Heels by Kurt Geiger, brogues by Dune and boots by United Nude

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The chicest (& whitest) cloakroom rail I’ve ever seen

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Model Bethan Maye (Models 1) with hair and make-up artist Amy Brandon

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Amy wearing sunglasses by Wildfox, Silk top by Filippa K at Atterley Road, pleated A-Line skirt by Jean-Pierre Braganza

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Amy channelling Milla Jovovich in Fifth Element wearing organza coat by Hemyca, swimsuit by I.D. Sarrieri, brogues by Call It Spring.

http://www.draftedmagazine.com 

All I want for Christmas is…

Ooh yay!  I have finally got my hands on a copy of this month’s Harrods magazine with their annual Christmas gift guide.  And no, I haven’t just won the lottery and am therefore considering my next lofty purchase, but this month is the issue that I contributed to. Back in September I did a 3 week stint at the luxury title (check out my previous blog on the unique experience – https://stylitz.com/2013/08/31/my-week-at-harrods/) and the work has now been published.  My still-life styling skills can be seen on the front & back cover of the Christmas Gift Guide 2013 & one of my cashmere style-ups also made it into the supplement.

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Styling: Alicja Jasnikowska  Photography: Arthur Woodcroft

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Styling: Alicja Jasnikowska  Photography: Studio 21

With regards to the gift boxes featured on the cover – these two images were the result of a whole day of ribbon twisting, petal fluffing and handbag stuffing, but I think you’ll agree the final results look very luxe.  Included was a selection of fabulous accessories from Tom Ford, Alexander McQueen, Givenchy and Smythson (among others).  The boxes were 1 metre squared and the freeze-dried petals had to be pre-ordered – it took over 16 litres to fill each box.  I believe they will be offering this exact gift box in store should you have a spare few thousand to spend on your loved one.  They also used one of the images as the Ultimate page in the November issue of the magazine, which shows details of what is contained.  I hope you like the images…

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Styling: Alicja Jasnikowska  Photography: Arthur Woodcroft

All images courtesy of Harrods Publishing http://www.harrodsmagazine.com featuring the Harrods Christmas 2013 supplement and also the current/November 2013 issue.

All products can be found at http://www.harrods.com

Vivid Lines

Today sees the second issue of Exalt magazine hit newsstands, featuring a shoot I styled way back when the sun was still shining (it appears to be the fortnight all my July shoots are published).  I have been (impatiently) waiting for this 8 page shoot to come out for some time as I loved the concept and was very excited about seeing the final result.  Here are a few of my favourite published shots.

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All images photographed by Rossella Vanon for Exalt magazine – Issue 2

Shot by the talented photographer Rossella Vanon, the inspiration was volume with strong graphic lines.  In order to focus on the silhouette of the garments, the story was shot in black and white and features AW13 designs by the likes of Jean-Pierre Braganza, Georgia Hardinge, Sorapol, Ashley Isham and Malgorzata Dudek.  The stunning jewellery was a mixture of Sarah Angold Studio, Bjorg jewellery and Julia Clancey.  Despite a rather manic few days of prep – which saw me travelling the length and breadth of London – the shoot day itself went brilliantly.  Unique hair by Yoshifumi Masuda and stunning make-up by Beth Alderson ensured the final looks were supremely strong.  Furthermore, our gorgeous model Stephanie from Storm was amazing, and really worked those poses despite the overbearing heat in the studio.  Below are some behind-the-scenes shots.  I hope you like…

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Amazing architectural jewellery by Sarah Angold Studio

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The lovely model Steph

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The shoot begins with paint splattered trousers by A La Disposition

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Photographer Rossella takes to the floor to shoot look 2 (Jean-Pierre Braganza skirt, I.D. Sarrieri bra and Julia Clancey necklace)

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The dress I nicknamed ‘The jellyfish’ by Malgorzata Dudek

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A stunning embroidered lace coatdress by Sorapol

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A quick hair change – this time a triple bun

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Steph strikes a pose in a Maryling coat and Emmanuel Katsaros glasses

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One of my favourite looks (dresscoat by Georgia Hardinge, ear cuff by Bjorg jewellery, bodysuit by Dans la Vie)

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An extra look that wasn’t published made 9 in total. Phew! (Jumpsuit by Jean-Pierre Braganza, leather harness stylists own, glasses by Bjorg Jewellery)

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A behind-the-scenes feature from the mag

Credits for main images as seen in Exalt Magazine http://www.exalt-magazine.com/blog/:

Photography, creative direction & retouching: Rossella Vanon

Styling and fashion direction: Alicja Jasnikowska

Hair: Yoshifumi Masuda

Make-up: Beth Alderson at Carol Hayes

Model: Stephanie Rad at Storm

Photographer’s Assistant: Drew Morgan