Sunday, 23 December 2012

Skins shoot

Here's my 'skins' shoot from Scotland on Sunday's Spectrum Magazine last week.

It was all about fur, leather and animal print shot at Summerhall in Edinburgh. The former vet hospital still houses kennels, dissection rooms and beautiful wooden lecture theatres but now it is home to artist studios and exhibition space.

It was the obvious choice of venue when I was coming up with the treatment for the shoot. The creepy class rooms where students learned how to become vets seemed rather fitting....

I particularly loved this shoot because I got to show off some amazing Scottish talent such as Hayley Scanlan and Isolated Heros (Hayley's is the yellow snake skin two piece and IH are the two colourful faux fur coats) along side design icons such as DVF and Issey Miyake.

-images by Phil Wilkinson
-hair and make-up by Alexis Miller
-model Natasha at Colours

Monday, 10 December 2012

Lynne McCrossan: Best to go with what suits when in a man’s world - Fashion -

Lynne McCrossan: Best to go with what suits when in a man’s world - Fashion -
Lynne McCrossan: Best to go with what suits when in a man’s world - Fashion -

ELBOW patches have evolved past geeky science teachers preaching the work of Albert Einstein to become a bit of a fashion statement in their own right.

But what happens when you want to push the envelope a 
little further and remove them all together, leaving gaping holes so that the pattern of your shirt shines straight through?

You’d have thought the fashion mafia would have lapped it up, but apparently it was Jeremy Hackett’s biggest fashion faux pas.

The man best known for bringing impeccable style back to the British high street is happy to admit when he gets it wrong, but maybe that’s because its only happened once in a career 
spanning three decades.

He sits surveying his new George Street store looking calm and collected in a classically cut suit. To me it appears rather on-trend, but he assures me that the grey pinstriped number is nothing new, and when it comes to men’s fashion, it is all about subtle changes.

Tiny tweaks here and there will be widely accepted, but do something ever so slightly off centre and prepare for it to sit on the shelve. I always suspected men were creatures of habit. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining when they look that good. There is no need to tinker with what’s clearly already working.


At the beginning of November, I spotted a fabulous rose gold ring reminiscent of a double spiked bullet across the knuckles of a girl at a fashion show. She turned out to be an up-and-coming jewellery designer called Jane Gowans. I enquired about the trinket and she told me it was part of her new spring summer Captain collection. This very collection is only being stocked in Harvey Nichols Edinburgh four weeks after I lusted after it. Remember her name, I’ve a feeling she’s going to be a big hit.

*** Here's a snap from the end of the evening after copious amounts of wine. Jeremy Hackett, Ruth Walker (lifestyle editor of Scotland on Sunday) & myself channeling Liza Minnelli circa Cabaret. ***

Fashion: Christmas sparkle - Fashion -

Fashion: Christmas sparkle - Fashion -

The season of excess is upon us so it is time for more advice on how to indulge in a little dress decadence.

Last month we highlighted some of the main looks of this party season but now it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty of your outfit.

As invitations come flooding in for parties, lunches and festive get-togethers, there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to dress code.

Number one, you are never fully dressed without some short of shimmer. There are a ton of ways to take this, from full on sparkle to much more subtle accessories. Bead work on frocks is always massive come Christmas so it’s easy to get a hold of on the high street. Try a tame little black dress decked out in a spot of sequin to sass up the look. Remember, if your dress is embellished, try and keep accessories to a minimum with hair and make-up following a much more simple style.

If opting for a sequin dress is a bit too daring, there are other options out there. Piling a heap of accessories together to create a statement neckline is a sure-fire way of preventing bumping into someone wearing the same outfit as you. Pay no 
attention to the “less is more” fashion mantra and marry several pieces together to create one collective piece.

This is great for tarting up an older garment in the back of your wardrobe. By adding a few different accessories in strategic places you can create the illusion of a different dress for a fraction of the cost.

Metallics are always milling around at this time of year. Dare to be a little different by butching up a mini with some intense biker boots. This will counterbalance the sexiness of a skin-tight dress and give a much edgier feel to the overall aesthetic. Plus your feet will thank you for not forcing them into sky scraper heels when you are dancing the night away.

Studding is still a strong trend and it’s one which won’t be going anywhere come next season. Again the key to this is investing in a couple statement accessories. A studded shoe or belt can transform the look of an outfit giving it longevity in your wardrobe. Go girlie with a full-on sequin maxi dress by throwing a belt around the waist and finish it all off with festive feathers. Just remember it’s the only time of the year you can get away with excess, so fill your fashion boots.

Model Danni at Colours Modeling Agency.

Assisted by
Nigel Darling
Farah al Zadjaly

With thanks to The Dome George Street for our beautiful location.


Red dress £265.00 exclusive to Phase Eight on George Street
Snake skin shoes, Faith £50.00

River Island beaded black dress £100.00
Bronze Shoes £45.00 Debenhams

Metallic dress New Look £39.99
Boots Miss KG£95.00
Scull belt worn as necklace £5.99 New Look

White tuxedo Jacket £69.99 Mango
Top urban outfitters £35.00
Pencil Skirt River Island £22.00
Studded shoes £85.00 Urban Outfitters

Red sequin dress Debenhams £175.00
Black fur cape £130.00 Isla Skye
Belt river island £25.00

Oasis leather frock £65.00
Gold necklaces urban £16.00 each.
Pearl hand bracelets £2.00 each Primark
Urban outfitters shoes £95.00

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Scotland on Sunday shoot

Here's last months Spectrum Goddess Gown shoot. My model, hair & make-up team and photographer worked their socks off to create that gorgeous goddess glow. Playing with Jenny Packham, Alexander McQueen, Carolyn Baxter and Catherine Dean gowns all afternoon wasn't a bad way to spend a day.

Big thanks to the girl's at Jane Davidson and Harvey Nichols Edinburgh for letting me borrow their wonderful stock.