Art Direction

I remember seeing some gorgeous military green on the Prada runway and discussing it with our stylist Lewis Munro who put together a fantastic collection of looks with the help of photographer Tom Andrew.  On a scorching hot day in Tottenham, North London when the building next door called the fire brigade because our smoke machine wouldn’t stop and we packed our model Anna into layer after layer of military chic, almost to boiling point – we reinacted a mood board that incorporated the Navy, Airforce, Army and even interrogation (can you guess which shots they are?)

We kept accessories to a minimum, this was all about outerwear and we kept the palette punchy aided by Simone Rocha’s excellent red nylon coat for Moncler (which of course I’m obsessed with) It was a marathon of a shoot with wind machines, smoke machines, rain machines and just about every gadget known to man.  I think we captured the intensity of the atmosphere.  It’s a shame we didn’t run the smoke shot in the end.  God I love a smoke machine!

Fashion Red nylon coat, 4 Moncler x Simone Rocha, £2,850

Military green nylon cape jacket, £2,135/$2,665 and skirt, £510/$636. Blue Egyptian cotton shirt, £640, all Prada

Shearling parka with Kaffe Fassett print, Coach, £2,200. Military button skirt, Fendi at Flannels, £1,190. White silk shirt dress, Tom Ford at Flannels, £2,110. Black Jadon platform boots, Dr Martens, £169

Monogram print nylon jacket, Burberry at Flannels, £650

Belted trench coat, 4 Moncler x Simone Rocha at Flannels, £1,390. Flamingo printed wool jacket with oversized sleeves, £1,460, skirt, £585 and black leather Mary Jane shoes, £625, all Maison Margiela

Creative Team Art Director: Melanie Grant, Stylist: Lewis Munro, Photographer: Tm Andrew, Hair: Yusuke Morioka, Makeup: Claudine Blythman using Mac Cosmetics, Producer: Shona Hughes, Model: Anna Nevala from The Hive, Assistant: Joe Smart.

Photographed for 1843 Magazine at The Economist in September 2019.


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