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.

White Out SS14 Drafted mag 1&2 - Stylitz

White Out SS14 Drafted mag 3 - Stylitz

White Out SS14 Drafted mag 4 - Stylitz

White Out SS14 Drafted mag 5 - Stylitz

White Out SS14 Drafted mag 6 - Stylitz

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.

Backstage stylitz 1

Jewellery by Maria Nilsdotter and Cornelia Webb

Backstage stylitz 2

Handcuff by Maria Nilsdotter

Backstage stylitz 3

Sunglasses and jewellery from HPR

Backstage stylitz 4

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

Backstage stylitz 6

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

Backstage stylitz 7

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

Backstage stylitz 8

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

Backstage stylitz 10

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


A fashionable friendship

You may or may not know, but the 90s are back.  For anyone who lived through the decade, the high-street’s recent store windows will have brought back a rash of memories –Topshop’s grunge (all flannel check shirts & chunky boots), Zara’s minimalist clean lines, and the sporty crop tops and bright hoodies of American Apparel.  There is also another retro throwback that has seen a resurgence in the last few seasons – the friendship bracelet.  At last week’s press days I saw no less than three different companies championing the knotted wristpiece – one supporting the makers in Thailand, another a £10 macramé number as seen on Rita Ora, Heidi Klum and Beyonce and the third by one of the originators of the fashion friendship bracelet, Links of London.

Stylitz - Links of London at Trace SS14 Press Day

A selection of friendship bracelets by Links of London (as seen at Trace PR SS14 press day)

Not to be confused with the humble knotted lengths of my youth, the Fashion Friendship Bracelet (or FFB) often retails upwards of £50 and when worn in multiples, has become quite a style statement. The trend was started by Links of London’s sterling silver and fabric accessories and gathered momentum with the Indian charm pieces beloved by travelling fashionistas.  Blame Ibiza ravers or a longing for a misspent youth – whatever the reason this fad shows no sign of abating.

And so to the brands making these pieces…  The first, by Gina Stewart Cox, are durable cord bracelets that incorporate precious metal charms.  The label produces ethical pieces (all made in Thailand) that support the Elephant Conservation Network and ensure a fair price for the makers in the surrounding Thai villages.  These retail for £40-£65 and have been worn by Jessie J, Cheryl Cole and The Saturdays.


Rose gold coin tassle bracelet, £55, by Gina Stewart Cox


Silver skull rope bracelet, £50, by Gina Stewart Cox

The second comes from Italian lace-makers Cruciani.  After a commemorative four-leaf clover bracelet sparked massive demand in 2011, the label launched several macramé wrist-pieces in a range of colours and styles, which have since been spotted on the likes of Rita Ora, fashion doyenne Anna Dello Russo and the fabulous Beyonce (as seen in main holding image above).   The absolute confirmation of the trend happened about one month ago when Beyonce Instagrammed a picture of her wrist full of our bracelets that she bought in the Capri boutique,” said Cruciani founder, Luca Caprai. Costing just £10, and available at Urban Outiftters, Fenwicks and Harvey Nichols, these are the ones to load up in multiple colourways.

 Stylitz - Cruciani at MLPR SS14 Press Day

Cruciani bracelets in an array of colours at MLPR SS14 Press Day

Stylitz - Clover - £10 - www.crucianibracelets.co.uk

Clover bracelet, £10, as worn by Beyonce, from Cruciani

The final is Links of London who can perhaps be credited with initiating the revival, with the launch of their Original Friendship Bracelet in 2006.  The iconic Friendship collection sees colourful cord woven through sterling silver and is a firm fashion favourite. These pieces are far more hardy than a simple knotted braid, a fact reflected in the higher prices, with items starting at £65 and going up to £4000(!) for the 18ct gold woven bracelet.

Stylitz - Links of London friendship bracelet red and gold glitter panel £150

Red and gold glitter bracelet, £150, by Links of London

Stylitz - Links of London Hot Pink Friendship Bracelet -£140

Hot pink Friendship bracelet, £140, by Links of London

Stylitz - Links of London Woven Cuff  BltTurquoise-Pink - £225

Turquoise and pink woven cuff bracelet, £225, by Links of London

Stylitz - Links of London men at Trace SS14 Press Day

Selection of men’s bracelets to celebrate next month’s Movember (with colours to match your hair type), by Links of London

This trend harks back to days of youth, when you wore your heart on your sleeve and your friendships on your wrist.  If you’re not already a devotee, then add one of these pretty knotted numbers to your collection pronto.  Or better still make one yourself.

Main holding image features Beyonce, Rita Ora, Dita Von Teese and Heidi Klum in Cruciani Bracelets.  For more info and to purchase online go to: www.crucianibracelets.co.uk

For Gina Stewart Cox visit www.ginastewartcox.com and for Links of London: www.linksoflondon.com/gb-en/online-shop/collections/friendship

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