Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Editor @ Large . . . Kat Prescott

Although I can get stressed, I know my job is perfect when I get to spend days hanging out @ The Sanderson Hotel's Penthouse Suite on Berners Street W1.

I rocked up to the hotel, where Tomo Kembery was in full swing of making his first mini video/film. I helped dress up some gorgeous girls in some sexy Agent Provocateur and then sent them on their way!
Also on set was my favourite band 'The Ruskins' and their manager Ed.
The Sanderson Penthouse was amazing, in fact the whole hotel was stunningly original, made of glass and draped in curtains it was very serene and cool. The lift was fab and looked like something out of the science museum, all dark and covered inside like space!
I then got to go in a private lift all the way to the penthouse! I was practically hyperventilating with excitement!
The hotel was gorgeous and I very much enjoyed having a nap whilst everyone went of to film in the lovely double bed!
I was really there to style Kat Prescott who plays Emily Fitch in E4 SKINS which starts its next series in late Jan/early Feb.
We went for a mixture of 80's Madonna and a bit of Urban Casual. So there were jeans, leather jackets, skater skirts and plenty of tulle! We had beautiful and quirky jewellery from, a stunning frock from Core Spirit, Jeans from Baby Phat and Applebottoms and 80's inspired pieces from Beyond Retro and Topshop

Here is Kat in Core Spirit, having the final touches put to her hair by Simon Webster, with Make Up artist Martina Luisetti in the corner there who did gorgeous red lips on a now dark haired Kat, it was perfect!

Kat was lovely to work with, so professional, yet bubbly and stunning at the same time. 
Also spotted on the shoot was fellow cast member Luke Pasqualino (SKINS - Freddie) who stopped by to say hi to Kat and The Ruskins.

Hey, it's just the way we roll!

Saturday, 19 December 2009

Editor @ Large . . . Hofit Golan and Brian Friedman . . . AGAIN!

Well I know I've been absent for an age, it just seems that this year has gone spinning past, I can't believe 2010 is almost upon us. Shooting for RANDOM, I rarely get to be creatively in charge of a shoot and worrying that I'd forgotten how to put anything together on my own, I set about organising a shoot. Now for those of you that haven't realised how obsessed with the X Factor I am, well shame on you! And a few weeks ago when I met Brian Friedman and Hofit Golan on Mayfair Fashion Magazines shoot, when Hofit suggested me shooting the two of them again, I was delighted. Hofit who already wears everything from D&G to Versace, didn't worry me a smidge. But Brian Friedman wanted high fashion and with unique taste, I had a task on my hand.

I was totally at a lost as what to do for the 'Fantasy Fairytale and Make Believe' issue themed shoot and called in the help of awesome Bedhead / Tigi photographer Roberto Aguilar to shoot and inspire us!
He came up with a fantastic puppeteer concept, which suited Brian as he is after all one of the leading POP choreographers. I developed the theme into a full on fairytale story of evil fantasy and captivity that was played out on our tuesday shoot.
I needed props, a puppet theatre mainly and some marionettes, that will be photoshoped out allowing us to make Hofit the puppet. I also needed backdrop fabric so that the studio in in SW11 would be transformed into a theatre. I roped in hot model Luke Abbey (who is currently studying set design at the BRIT school) to build my puppet theatre and set off on a hunt for wine coloured velvet. I also got a local store to loan me a vintage bird cage and we had various vintage chairs at hand on set. Out came Roberto with the smoke machine and with £6 puppet from the internet I thought I was set.
On the morning of the shoot when setting up with the set team and Roberto, I realised my fab £28 spend on fabric left me short of velvet by 2 metres. It was 9.30am and with the set needing to be dressed I had no choice but to walk to the local fabric store to buy some more. Unlike my cheap north London shop, I was faced with a depressing £140 bill for 10 metres of fabric (only if I paid in cash, cue another walk to the cash point). It was a choice between surviving with what we had or splashing more dosh to ensure for the best result and lets be fair what's the point of a half hearted job. The owners of the store found me a lift back to the studio and Luke did an amazing job of building the set!
Brian and Hofit arrived full of beans, though Brian insisted he'd rather have the day off, once I showed him the racks full of clothes and all my fab dress up bits (plus he was to be the master puppeteer) he soon became excited and happy to dress up!
My amazing hair and make up team got to work and my assistants busily unpacked and steamed three suitcases and 10 carrier bags of clothes and accessories while I buzzed around making sure everyone was happy. 

Brian was first up as he needed little make up and less face it, no hair! And we got him suited and booted. The first shot consisted of a stunning blue suit by Dimitri Stavrou (which was warn by William Tempest in January's Vogue) with a wet look shirt and a top hat. The shots were amazing and I started to relax.

Fashion TV arrived and both Roberto and I had to do a bit for the camera about RANDOM and the shoot. I took only one take, while Roberto seemed to need about 10, what can I say! I'm a natural!

Hofit's rack consisted of Matthew Williamson, Versace, DKNY, NOIR, JCDC, Pam Hogg, TBA, Elizabeth Lau, Core Spirit, D&G, Harriet's Muse and Jacob Kimmie as well as my favourite cheap but cheerful Galibardy and Rock and Rose Jewellery. 

Brian Friedman meanwhile spent the shoot frantically changing between Child of the Jago (whose clothes are my new crush!) JCDC, Canalli, Ferragamo, Jaeger, Unconditional, CK, Irregular Choice, DKNY, Farhi, Paul and Joe and Dimitri Stavrou.
The shoot was sooooo much fun and we got through tones and tones of looks. I think Brian enjoyed being evil WAY to much but he was great. While I have shown Hofit that she should be wearing Jacob Kimmie (she did that night to the X Factor wrap party at Jalouse). I even got her into a full on Pam Hogg look (inc. heel-less shoes) which looked outstanding on her. Brian agreed that we've found her a new look and we should so be channelling it in 2010!
By the end of the shoot I felt like death, I was soooo tired. We packed up and waved B and H off, with me lending a Jacob Kimmie dress to Hofit for the night and Brian and I arranging to meet up the next day so he could BUY one of Dimitri Stavrou's suits.

I threw myself into the back of Mercedes people carrier and spent the rest of the night sorting and booking couriers. I now have to wait for the pics, but I know they will be amazing. A weird but wonderful day!

Friday, 18 December 2009

Editor @ Large . . . Alice In Wonderland

OMG!!! loooook Check out the trailer for Alice In Wonderland! 

And it comes out on my birthday!! 5.3.2010

Friday, 11 December 2009

Editor @ Large . . . Me on FTV

There is me looking terrible in the background on FTV. I was styling Sophie Anderton for Every Model Magazine and FTV filmed it!

Photographer: Dave Wise
Hair: Noel Gibbins
MUA : Lauren Baker
Stylist: Rivkie Baum
Styling Assistant: Catherine Smith
Model: Sophie Anderton

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Fenchurch Party

Thursday night was party night and with an early start on Friday I decided to push the boat out!
I headed over to the Fenchurch catwalk show and party in Old Street's 'Classic Car Club' an unusual but brilliant venue.
All the cars were piled up (literally) outside in the courtyard so the venue was essentially a giant warehouse. It had that 'of the minute' Shoreditch vibe and while the crowd was very fashion, it was also nice and relaxed.

The venue was hard to miss due to the hologram logo pinged up on the building, very Gotham City! Myself and Bleu Mae of Fleur De Lis waited in the cold for the third member of our party (Alex Prinz of D1 models - face of the Worlds Most Expensive Suit - Don't you know!)
Inside the drink were flowing (a little too much) and we were soon slugging back a lethal mixture of cocktails, beer and wine! having made friends with the barman a top up was never long off!

The fashion show started and as the likes of Alistair Guy and Gemma Winter took up spots in the front row, we enjoyed the latest landing of indie brand Fenchurch. Styled by a member of Dazed and Confused, we were coveted to the long socks and round toed heels and fell in love with the backless sparkly dress. For the boys there were plenty of checks, solid knitwear and Indie band perfect cargo jackets. The show was accented by some fantastic break dancers which wowed and jollied up the crowd.

Post show we drank more, munched on chinese take away box style food and danced around to the thumping tunes of the DJ. The party was well attended considering there were tones of events that night. Post show we chatted to GT Mag, Wonderland and the rest of the D1 crowd who never seem to miss a party!

It was also Bleu of Fleur De Lis birthday that night! So we made it a night to remember by networking in the smokers pit! Oh how very fashion!