I am also one-half of DJ duo, The Roustabouts!

We spin everything from Balkan Beats, Carnivalesque Cabaret, Electro-Swing and the filthiest guilty pleasures.  

 

Sunday
Nov302014

Q.U.E.E.N


I've really loved Dolce & Gabbana's recent collections, especially the use of byzantine-esque crowns in the AW'13 runway (see above).

I managed to track down a bespoke crown (luckily for a fraction of the price!), along with a beautiful couture neckpiece.

I just had to do a quick shoot with these, even though I'm super busy lately! 

The wig is Merida by Geisha Wigs







Makeup is:

Eyes - Sugarpill Love +Buttercupcake & Hi Viz, Illamasqua Liquid Metal in Gold, Collection Liquid Liner,Sugarpill Saint lashes.

Lips - Nyx Cosmetics Nectar Liner, Shien Cosmetics Gold Viper, Cleopatra's Pride Gloss by FierceMagenta



 

 

Sunday
Nov162014

Lotus Eater: An Experimental Short Film

After I finished photographing this head-dress, my partner (Mark Charade) and I decided to experiment with a short film!

Ever since we met 5 years ago, Mark has been experimenting with films, the most recent prior to the below being Pearlescence. Every time he just gets better and better, in this case experimenting with new colours and themes.

Watch below, watch full screen and in HD!

 

 

 

Thursday
Oct162014

Tigz Rice, Sparklewren and Pearls & Swine

Back in late August, when it was still possible to be out in the London air without much on, I finally got around to shooting with Tigz Rice!

Well known for her beautiful portraits, particularly of performers and vintage-inspired fashion, it's crazy that we didn't join forces earlier, especially as we attended the same University, and work with so many of the same people. I very rarely model for other photographers unless I particularly like (and trust!) their work - I'm not a model, so I need to work with someone with the skills to make me look good ;)

I wanted to put together a special look that gave off a couture feel, using a colour palette that I don't often use. I've been a fan of the absolutely stunning corsets by Sparklewren for quite a while, and was so glad when she agreed to lend me one of her Mink corset-bodies! The lovely Bink at Pearls & Swine also leant me this beautiful Ship Headpiece.

The Mink corset reminded me of stone being struck by the sea; with the netting, lace and freshwater pearls, it made me think of a decadent mermaid. I took this idea through the outfit, with fringing, silver chains and pale blue hair. I used silver jewellery that featured a lot of charms and burnished metal to create a decrepit opulence. To make the cape seem more special I covered the shoulders and front with brooches and a beaded capelet.

For makeup I used silvers and blues for the eyes, leaving off eyebrows and using an unusual cut-crease to alter the shape of my eyes. I used dark purple/red lipstick with a touch of silver pigment in the center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An exciting/scary thing about the shoot was that it was going to be filmed! David McClelland of Ginx TV got in touch with Tigz to see if we would be happy to be featured on Planet Of The Apps, a prime time TV series that focuses on modern technology and gadgets. They wanted to film the entire shoot through to post-production, but it wasn't very intrusive at all. 

I haven't seen the final show but apparently it aired internationally very recently, and we should be receiving the footage soon!

Onto the wonderful photos, thanks again to Tigz Rice!