High Fashion Styling and Art Direction
The brief was to create some high fashion looks which both complemented and juxtaposed with the whole interior of our location, a superb 1960s architectural wonder. Our two models both had very different looks, one with striking red hair which was a perfect foil for the wood interiors throughout the house, and the other a petite dark-haired stunner whose clothes just draped off her.
Here you can see how the use of floor-length windows creates a sense of the outdoors becoming part of the whole image composition. The jacket and trousers are from Maison Scotch, whilst the bralet was a great find from Ann Summers. Below is a Boohoo leotard teamed with Kurt Geiger shoes (you don't always need expensive brands to get a high-end look).
Using the unique features in our amazing location, we created stunning scenes in different parts of the house. Above, a simple Mango herringbone jacket over the Boohoo leotard gives a seductive post-work look against the worn black leather inset sofa – an instant hit.
The hair and make-up styling embodies the kind of 1960s glamour that must have abounded in the house during its early years. Here, the simple use of colour with the lamp gives additional depth to the room, without which the image wouldn't be nearly as strong.
The key to great Art Direction on a shoot like this is to spot the areas which you'd usually ignore, like these trees. Walking in and out of the house to get another shot, we took no notice of them. An off-the-cuff comment led to one of the best shots from the day. With the bright-coloured dress, this could easily be used for a summer magazine cover – a world away from the internal glamour shots we'd been working towards.
Hair and Make up – Leanne Shaw.
Photography – Rob Smalley