My week at Harrods

So this week (and for the next two weeks) I am working at Harrods magazine, where I am covering someone who is heading off to get married.  I thought her position was Fashion Editor. Turns out I was wrong. The cover is for a prop stylist/production job and has resulted in one of the most random weeks of my life. Today’s post is a tribute to my crazy first week at Harrods Publishing.

Day 1 – Hoovering fake snow from a giant toy lion. You have to see it to believe it…

Harrods Day 1 - hoovering a lion

Day 2 – I had to oversee a shoot for The Ultimate page in the mag.  This meant watching as 2 grown men created a model of Harrods. Out of tiny magnetic ball bearings.  Seriously!  They’re called Nanadots – http://www.thenanodots.uk.com/ – and they’re the next big thing in tiny construction.  Think Lego, but with ball bearings.  They have a cult following apparently.  I made a cute little necklace as they built a mini Harrods.

Harrods Day 2 - Nanodot tastic

Harrods nanodots

The magnetic field in the balls is super strong

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2 grown men + 2 hours + 52,000 tiny magnetic balls = £58k sculpture of Harrods

Day 3 – based in the office.  Today I had to find a disused airfield to use as a location for a photoshoot.  Within the M25.  No mean feat especially with a limited editorial budget.  Whilst researching online I stumbled across this amazing old airbase in Germany.  I want to do a fashion shoot here one day.  The colours are awesome.

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Wittstock Airbase in Germany

(taken from http://www.urbanghostsmedia.com/2010/11/abandoned-aircraft-airfields-airbases-airport-terminals/)

Day 4 – a day of prop sourcing, which varied from searching for 20 orange traffic cones and a chequerboard flag for a car shoot, to sourcing vintage theatre lights and old lanterns for a Home Theatre backdrop for a kids shoot.  Where to start?  Prop houses (companies that lend props for a fee) are the answer. There are plenty of these, but on Friday I used www.themetraders.com for the car shoot props and www.stockyard.tv & www.farley.co.uk for the lanterns and lighting.  Take a look.  You can find almost anything.

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Images taken from www.stockyard.tv

This has literally been the most random week ever. On Monday I have an induction in the store – all staff have this, even if you are not employed on the shop floor.  I have been informed that this day is a tour of Harrods that includes grooming guides (I kid you not, there is a grooming area near the staff entrance complete with mirrors and strong lighting) and a history of the store. I will let you know what next week brings…

Main holding image courtesy of Harrods Publishing http://www.harrodsmagazine.com featuring the cover of the current/September 2013 issue.

Glam squad

A month ago I styled the cover and main fashion shoot for Velvet magazine’s July/August issue.  Whilst it may be scorching outside fashion mags are already focusing on the forthcoming winter season and this story features looks from the AW13 collections at Chanel, Burberry Prorsum, Gucci and Stella McCartney. Above is the cover (photography by Jenny Brough) and below are some behind-the-scenes snaps of the shoot. I hope you like…

The fashion rail with (from left to right) dress by Gucci, dress by Bottega Veneta, skirt & top by Burberry Prorsum, dress by Prada.

The rail featuring (from left to right): Dress by Gucci, Dress by Bottega Veneta, Skirt and top by Burberry Prorsum, Dress by Prada.

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The talented hair stylist Craig Marsden works on model Lisa.

3. The nails-small

Black and gold foil nails by Megumi Mizuno add metallic glamour.

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5. The Editing-small

Photographer Jenny Brough & Fashion Director Natascha Hawke viewing the images.

6. The Burberry Prorsum skirt

Amazing Burberry Prorsum AW13 skirt!

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Lisa looks striking in high-shine quilted Chanel.

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Photographer Jenny Brough shooting the final look.

 

Cover and main shoot credits

Photographer : Jenny Brough
Fashion Director: Natascha Hawke
Stylist: Alicja Jasnikowska
Make up : Caroline Barnes @ Frank Agency
… Nail artist : Megumi Mizuno
Model : Lisa Akesson @ Union Models
Hair styling : Craig Marsden @ Carol Hayes
Retouching: Monica Chamorro
Photographers Assistant: Ruben Hart