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.
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…
Mini Manhattan Clutches, £295
Large Marylebone Tech Tote in Vintage Tan Croc, £950
Mayfair bag in Vintage Tan Croc, £595
Mini Marylebone Totes, £595
Mini Eaton Clutch, £195
Brook Street bag in Black Embossed Flower, £695 and Cleopatra Skinny Cuff in Leopard Skin, £50
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.
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.
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…
Silk blouse by Hobbs and skirt by J.Crew. Lottie bag, £395 by Aspinal of London
Tuxedo suit by & Other Stories. Lottie bags, £395 by Aspinal of London
Beaded collar top by Maxmara and skirt by J.Crew. Soho Double Sided Clutch in Leopard Haircalf, £195 by Aspinal of London
Blouse by & Other Stories and jeans by J.Brand. Slouchy Saddle Bag, £450 by Aspinal of London
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.
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.
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.
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/