Thursday, 21 April 2011

Grubby Gorgeous


Above, are shots of Miriam Rodruigez Juarez, taken by 20 year old photographer, Jessica Rigley. 

Our eyes were glued to the computer screen when we saw this gritty photo-shoot published on humble Facebook, only knowing Miriam as the red-haired fresh-faced aspiring model in the year below us at college. At just 16, she's been infront of several other photographer's lenses, but this is definitely our favourite portrayal of Miriam. Beautiful ain't she? We requested to publish the photos for you all to 'ooh' and 'aah' at as well, and asked Jessica to tell us a bit more about the shoot...

"The concept behind the images was to mix a trashy lifestyle (The burger, cola, grubby eating etc) with the glamourous lifestyle of a model to give a nice contrast. So to add to this I got Miriam to basically act as if she was completely off her head, falling over constantly to give the 'let loose' look in the falling images and giving her a great attitude when she was eating the burger. I even got her to growl, which as a first for her proved to be very interesting and amusing - getting us lots of attention from people shouting out of their car windows and trams pipping at us! For one of her first shoots, she conquered it all and proved extremely confident in front of the camera - and the audience we got every now and then! Also, with the images too I wanted to focus on hidden identity, covering her eyes taking that away from her, really adding to the edgy look to the images."

We love sharing Nottingham talent with you, and think you'll agree that Jessica has captured an 'ugly-pretty' that Tyra Banks would be proud of. To see more of Jessica's work visit her website here, and if you'd like to know more about working with Miriam, drop us a line (

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

The Print Report

Prints are set to be a prominent element of the new season trends, with a dizzying range of styles and colours gracing the Spring/Summer catwalks. Here, we've taken our favourites, and will point out where you can make them your own on a budget...

John Galliano

seen at: John Galliano, Diane Von Furstenburg, Louis Vuitton
Our Pick: Zara's printed kimono blazer, £69.99

Note - The key feature of orientalism, is the movement of the fabric. Settle for no less than silk.

seen at: Prada, Jil Sander, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Celine
Our Pick: Topshop (generally!), the store has a great range of stripes, thick and thin, in an array of colours.

Note: Choose vertical stripes in either a dress or a maxi skirt, keep a long length to create a contrasting yet casual look.

Graphic Prints - fruits, houses, leaves
Mary Katrantzou
seen at: Mary Katrantzou, Prada, Stella McCartney
Our Pick:  House of Holland Cropped T-Shirt with Banana Leaf Print, £55
Note: Clash eclectic prints for a more striking take on the season's trend.

Animal Print - Leopard & Python
Rebecca Taylor
seen at: Rebecca Taylor, Givenchy, Blurmarine, Burberry Prorsum
Our Pick: Reiss Dita Flared Animal Print Dress £159

Note: Pair animal prints with tribal shoes to complete the S/S'11 look.


Polka Dots
Seen at: Moschino, Micheal Kors, ADAM, Marni, Giles Deacon.
Our pick: Whistles; The Millie spot jacket and the Millie spot wide leg.

Note : Opt for a trouser suit and choose a subtle take on the catwalk's spots, through a smaller print.

Isaac Mizrahi
Seen at: Isaac mizrahi, Akris, Cacharel, Chris Benz and D&G
 Our pick: French Connection 'Beau Fleur' digital print silk dress, £135

Note: Buy into bold block colour lipsticks to change the look every time you wear it!

H&E xx

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Show & Tell - Funny Face

It's, thankfully, the start of the easter holdiays, and I guarantee you the perfect film to watch is Funny Face, starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Estaire. The movie is so inspiring and has some beautiful images within it, it also captures the 1950s era nicely.
This is possibly one of my favourite films as it combines everything I love; singing, fashion and Paris.

Wish I could have the pink dress with the fur that transform from a cape to simply additional detail that emphasises the waist!

Honestly captures the feeling when you arrive in Paris to a T. I miss Paris.

This scene is magical, it is really what fashion photography should be about. Capturing life. I love how they play around with colour too!

E xx

images couresty via Google Search and videos are from Youtube.

Monday, 18 April 2011

The Sheer Trend

It is safe to say designers were not hiding anything on the runways this spring, as fashion houses paid homage to the women’s silhouette through revealing her best assets. Skin was exposed through an array of strong to subtle prints, detailing from embroidery and presenting seams, as well as colours that were almost as shocking as the nakedness lying beneath.

Glorious chiffons and glamorous silks coolly glided the catwalk as long, lean, legs sneaked through fluid fabrics. Despite the look varying from Hawaiian glamour at Dior, 70s luxury at Marc Jacobs and Ballet beautiful at Chloe, there is one thing you must note; the length – the longer the better. Simplicity usually reigns through sheer graceful garments, however this summer designers seized at the opportunity to add exceptional detail to the neck. Embellished sequins and flamboyant ruching created a powerful and sensational edge to a summer grace.
However not everything was see-through on the catwalk, designers took pride in showing seams this spring. Proenza Schouler broke the traditional rules with sheer, by adding a feminine touch to a sporty silhouette. Seams created a chance for a sleek sport style through new constructed lines on top of strong black bralets. Christopher Kane did not steer away from his distinctive neons, the designer transformed structured silhouettes as the garments seemed to play with transparency.  Similarly Richard Nicoll kept the lower half more opaque whilst a metallic lycra bra showed through under the soft neutral palette.
Layering lace covered the catwalk, creating levels of lace for a more subtly seductive look when pure white enveloped roaring red at Erdem. Whilst at Dolce and Gabanna, lace appeared innocent in white, but revealed an underlying provocative edge with wedding-night lingerie underneath. A combination of lace overlaying only lingerie with a matching alluring fan in Louis Vuitton’s oriental collection, of course bearing the signature monogram. The look fully embraced lady-like desire, through the limitation of a tight-fitting skirt and the flirtatious see-through fabric.
Pheobe Philo at Celine returned to the original subtlety of sheer fabric, through a plain-cut chic to transfer minimalism by adding the freshness of summer. Contrasting nicely, Jonathan Saunders maintained a feisty bold colours within straight stripes.
H&E xx

Monday, 4 April 2011

We're going into hiding...

Until now, we've been juggling blogging with studying, part time jobs and many other commitments, but for a little while we're going to have to (try desperately hard to) focus for our exams, which means, deep breath, sparse amounts of blogging. Once we're both done drilling every important quote from Dracula and Faustus into our brains, Harriet's completed her sketchbook and Evie's master of all business knowledge, we'll be back.