Behind the Scenes Fashion Shoot- Durdle Door Dorset

Last weekend I had the opportunity to go to Durdle Door in Dorset to assist a shoot with Stylist Tena Strok. We were working on the shoot with Swiss photographer Amanda Camenisch and make up artist Daniela Koller. Beth Brown@premier was our beautiful, mermaid like model for the weekend.

DURDLE DOOR!?… Yeah it sounds like a Harry Potter type town! It was such a breath of fresh air, an incredibly beautiful, magical setting.. It had been so long since I had left London, it was nice to adventure out of the big smoke! We all bundled into a car  Saturday evening and set off from the offices in Shoreditch. We stayed in a little picturesque town called ‘Wareham’ It was so lovely and as Tena kept saying.. You could not make this place up!… Here are a few images from behind the scenes. I have so many so I will share some more with you over the next few days. Have a wonderful weekend. x

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Summertime

Hello there catch coco readers! Although the weather has been a bit mad. It is summer, so time to show a bit of skin and get into your favourite dress. Here’s more of Emma’s shots from the other day. I really adore this Paradisa dress. The bright block Royal Blue is so striking. I love the fact that it can be dressed up or down. It can look cool and minimal, worn at a summer BBQ with ballet bumps/hat/cardigan. Or it can look modern and elegant, if you accessorize well with high heels and Jewelry. An Indian wedding would be perfect..! I think when you want to invest in a statement piece like this, its better if you can wear it in more than one style. Nothing worse than spending 200 quid on a dress and only wearing it once.

The necklace is by Gogo Philips at Topshop. I really love their stuff. It resembles cheap costume jewelry. Its very out there, 70’s vintage, most pieces are gold, chunky but so kitch & cool. Check it out next time you’re in Topshop.

Oh and don’t talk to be about that hat. At the moment its permanently on my head!..

Paradisa Dress and Hat from Reiss

Disco 70’s Platforms from Office

Necklace by Gogo Phillips @ Topshop

Sunglasses from H&M

Gold Casio watch from Urban Outfitters

Photos by Catch Coco ♥

Avril at London Fashion Week

What I was wearing by Avril

There I am on the first day of London Fashion week looking effortlessly cool and oh so Irish in my green shirt!  Perfect shirt for Paddy’s day, which is coming up on 17th of March by the way.  You think I would be used to the camera, having Emma around snapping away all the time…haha, I’m not!

The night before the start of LFW I went through what is left of my great-aunt Anna’s wardrobe.  I absolutely adored her silk green shirt the first time I saw it!  My cousin Tommy informed me that Anna was really into style and fashion – she really believed in spending money on good quality pieces, and would save to buy what she really loved.  She was in her late 90s when she died so she was clearly a woman before her time.  This shirt was one of her favourites.  It is lovely and silky, feels nice against your skin and is bright green – what more could you want in a shirt?

The little Aran island cardigan was also Anna’s.  I love the brown buttons and the fact her name is written on it – reminds me of something I wore as a child and if you’re Irish it probably reminds you too.  The necklace over the shirt belongs to my mum, she never wore it but she’ll probably want it back now!  The black animal print leggings are from a small boutique which I can’t remember the name of!  And finally the lovely high velvet green shoes, aka ‘the sexy leprechaun shoes’ are from Office and belong to my very stylish friend Tena.  So there you go peeps that’s what I was wearing on the first day of LFW!

Photos by Catch Coco ♥

Fuudluxe

These shots were taken by Emma just before Christmas at Somerset House.  As always, it was such a pleasure to do this shoot.  There was a real festive vibe in the air.  Fashion Accessories brand, Fuudluxe, were kind enough to let us feature their hoods.

Fuudluxe was founded by Lousie Halswell and Laura Boyle.  These two creatives are constantly conjuring up new ideas and are forever experimenting with new materials.  I love their fresh outlook and willingness to mix it up a little.  Not only are these hoods seriously comfy and warm but they also look effortlessly trendy.

It can be tricky to look good in cold weather!. . . Believe me when winter comes, runny-nosed and red-faced I find myself reaching for my not so stylish sleeping bag coat!  I’m all about the comfort.  So it’s nice to have a practical, warm, easy to wear accessory like this, that also looks great.  You can get your hands on one of theses hoods at Asos Market Place They come in a variety of styles from brown leather, tweed, and faux fur, to lumberjack cotton, suede and sheepskin.

Photos by Catch Coco ♥

 

60 Second interview with artist: Sally Jane Fuerst

Sally Jane Fuerst is a young, talented American Artist living in London.  Sally studied in the states before she progressed to studies in classical painting in Florence, Italy.  In order to complete her training Sally moved to London in 2009 to study at The London Atelier of Representational Art.  It is in London that Sally really seems to have developed and blossomed into the extraordinary talent she is today.

Portrait of me!

I had the pleasure of posing for a portrait for Sally over the past two weeks.  I had never posed for a portrait before, needless to say I wasn’t sure what to expect.  When I told my mum about the portrait, for some reason she was convinced I was posing nude.  I had to reassure her that it was in fact just a portrait, (I’m not sure I’d have the nerve to pose au natural. . .but mum you’ll be the first to know if I ever do!).  Every day I would sit for a few hours wearing a little wooly owl hat!  It is this quirky detailing that makes Sally’s work shine.  She often scours the internet and shops for unconventional items and attire.  She has painted people wearing blow up blue Mohawks, zebra’s, monkeys, and crab costumes.  It is obvious that Sally paints a little piece of herself in every one of her paintings.  They are colourful, quirky and slightly off kilter . . just like her!  Sally is charming and sweet and it is through her paintings that we see a sneak peek of her wild side.

Over the two weeks of my painting, I watched as the other artist’s were busy perfecting their own works.  It was quite inspirational to see the pain staking time, effort and plain hard work these artists put into their paintings (One man spent two weeks on the still life of a pear…two weeks…on one pear!)  As Charles Horton Cooley once said ‘An Artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one’.

Now, for a few words with Sally herself:

Avril: When did you first realize you were an artist?

Sally Jane: I’ve always loved to draw and paint, when I was little I used to draw the same picture of my dog over and over.  I also remember drawing portraits of my dad and accidentally putting his moustache over the bridge of his nose.  It’s nice to see how much my observational skills have improved!


A: Tell me a bit about your work?

SJ: My work is a blend of my interest in classical painting, fancy dress, fashion, and unusual props.  I spend hours researching for costumes and large, playful things to use in my work.  I guess a lot of my paintings are a way to say, “Look at this! Isn’t it cool!”

A: What artists have influenced you/Do you have a favourite artist?

SJ: My favourite painter has to be John Singer Sargent, and he greatly influences how I paint technically.  However, I feel most inspired by fashion photography.  I love Richard Avedon and his brilliant use of shape and humour.

A: What inspires you to paint and how do you keep motivated?

SJ: Usually while I’m working on one painting I think of five more that I want to do.  I wish I could paint faster!  They’re really starting to pile up, but that’s what keeps me motivated.  I have all these ideas that I’m desperate to realise.

A: What is it like to be an artist in London & do you find London to be a place of inspiration?

SJ: Yes, I adore London!  I think I have a very romantic idea of it, but it’s a city that’s full of art and fashion and coffee chains!  Just walking down the street I can find inspiration from a poster, someone’s outfit, a store window, etc.

A: What qualities do you believe you need to posses to be a successful artist?

SJ: Haha persistence!  With so many amazing artists in London it’s easy to feel lost in the crowd.  However, I strongly believe that if you stick with it and push yourself to always produce your best work then you’re bound to catch someone’s eye.  At least that’s what I’m hoping.

A: What are your artistic plans for the future?

SJ: I am determined to keep painting full-time, and hopefully begin selling my work through a gallery here in London.  I would also love the opportunity to participate in art fairs like the Frieze and Art Basel.

A: What other interests do you have outside of painting?

SJ: As sad as it sounds, everything that interests me somehow relates back to painting.  For instance, I’ve always loved animals and therefore often include them in my work. I’m fascinated by the interaction between humans and animals, especially if the animals are artificial – it makes the painting wonderfully surreal.

A: What is your favourite colour!?

SJ: My favourite colour is pink, I’m even happier if it sparkles.

Sally certainly caught my eye and is definitely one to look out for in the future.   To view more of Sally Jane’s work click here.

Geek Chic

  • Styling – Steph & Avril
  • Photography – Emma
  • Editing – Emma & Steph


Le geek, c’est chic

Geek chic is a trend that has been popping up all over the place recently.  Particularly amongst East London’s cool kids.  Sensational YouTube video entitled ‘Being a dickhead’s cool!’ takes the piss out of the empty frame wearing trendy wendies.  Nonetheless I guess I always thought glasses were cool, as I never got a chance to wear them..  geek chic is embracing the stereotypical traits of a nerd and in return is uniting all social misfits!  D Squared2 Spring/Summer 2011 collection had geek chic written all over it.  I love the trench coats, blazers, brogues with socks, the hats and of course the black framed spectacles.

Our geek chic shoot was really spur of the moment.  I was looking a bit nerdy anyway in my buttoned to the collar shirt.  We threw in the preppy wine jacket & glasses and were good to go!..I have to admit I loved embracing my inner geek and really didn’t want to take those glasses off!..Being a geek is cool!…and so much fun!

Photos by Catch Coco ♥