Who wears the pants?

To answer the first Mastered brief for 2017 our team decided to explore new ways of seeing gender. For the styling I referenced three moments in fashion history that were significant in interpreting the way we see gender - Christian Dior and the 'New Look' (1947) which was created as a return to femininity post war. The tiny waists and huge spreading skirts epitomized femininity. Helmut Newton for YSL 'Le Smoking' (1975) the iconic image of a woman in a tuxedo – blurring the lines between femininity and masculinity. Calvin Klein's 1994 campaign for CK ONE launching the unisex fragrance trend and the androgyny that epitomized the 90's. The main fashion influences are the 90's and 50's bringing them into today with two key AW17 trends (sheer fabrics and slogans). I teamed some original garments from the 50's with 90's influenced pieces to create a tug a war between the masculine and feminine. Our work explores the blurred lines of gender and seeks to depict the push and pull of that which is considered masculine and that which is considered feminine.

Photography - Matt Briggs Creative direction/Styling - Me Make up - Stevi Hopkins Hair - Candice Thompson Starring - Lillian Baker + Ruby Compton.

Into the Woods

When Renee from beautiful Newcastle based label VOUS started talking to me about the theme of her latest collection 'Into the Woods' I was immediately reminded of a quote from Haruki Murakami "And once the storm is over, you won't remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won't even be sure whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won't be the same person that walked in. That is what the storm is all about" Renee's theme explores the concepts of resilience, perseverance, strength and rejuvenation. In order to visually translate this powerful and poetic theme I created an installation of hand painted branches that floated in mid air creating a metaphorical woods - a place of rejuvenation, a place of transformation and change. Our beautiful model, Ruby, enacts this trans-formative journey expressing moments of vulnerability, resilience, power and strength. I hope you enjoy our story, beautifully captured by Edwina Richards Photography with hair and make up by Stevi Hopkins.

Reflections within

'She liked the sharp salty smell of the air and the vastness of horizons bounded only by a vault of azure sky above' – George R.R Martin

This photo story was inspired by the azure blue of the sea and sky. It is an inward journey of reflection and discovery. It is the story of the blue periods of our lives, the times of loss, of healing, of re inventing our dreams. The moments when we dip a toe into the water and the moments when we dive right in, re surface and become free. 

It was a dream styling this photo story! Beautifully shot by Edwina Richards Photography, stunning fashion by VOUS, gorgeous hair + make up by Steff Matheson and featuring my childhood friend, the beautiful dancer Leigh Murray. I hope you enjoy losing yourself in these dreamy images as we so enjoyed creating them for you!