Ethan K The Wizard of the Secret Garden – Behind the Scenes

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Ethan K is the epitome of exotic leather and luxury goods with a heritage that dates back to the 1800s. So naturally we were extremely excited to welcome Ethan K’s most recent collection The Wizard of the Secret Garden and some very special guests into the studio to help us out with their latest campaign. 

Ethan K | Fashot

Having been born from a family who has specialised in exotic leather since 1887, Ethan’s name has been over one hundred years in the making. Ethan has also trained at the London College of Fashion and Central Saint Martins alongside internships at the likes of Louis Vuitton and Hermes to further perfect his craft in luxury goods. Today, his collections can be found in the UK in Harrods and Couture Lab as well as Paris, Russia and Ukraine, Singapore and the Middle East. Plus, he is renowned for offering a bespoke design service. 

Ethan K’s most recent collection The Wizard of the Secret Garden cleverly puts together the brand’s reputation in exotic leather with the imagination of the man himself. This collection was inspired by a dream Ethan had in which he visited a secret garden resembling the Botanic Gardens of Singapore. In this dream Ethan travels down his spiral staircase of his Mayfair flat to a re-imagined Hyde Park, meeting creatures like hedgehogs and frogs who turn into semi precious stones on his way.  

These creatures are represented as the animal motifs on the handbags and clutch bags in the collection and to bring these to life we brought in some pygmy hedgehogs, red-eyed tree frogs and a Brazilian rainbow boa snake for the occasion. To finish the concept for the shoot we paired the pieces with vibrant coloured backgrounds, allowing us to highlight the exotic shades of each colourful leather.

Please take a look at the rest of the final shots from the shoot here.

Ethan K | Fashot

Ethan K | Fashot

Ethan K | Fashot

Ethan K | Fashot

Ethan K | Fashot

Ethan K | Fashot

Ethan K | Fashot

For more information please check out our official Ethan K behind the scenes video below. In this exclusive video we speak in detail with the brand’s Marketing Executive Isra Shah about the inspiration behind the brand and its latest collection.

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5 Minutes with Lulutrixabelle & Chrissie Wunna – Fashot @ Clothes Show Live

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

During our time at Clothes Show Live 2013 we crossed paths with many a famous face, however it was bloggers Lulutrixabelle and Chrissie Wunna that stood out from the crowd. Luckily we managed to catch 5 minutes with both of them in the bloggers bar, here is what we chatted about.

Lulutrixabelle

Sporting an amazing two-piece, Lucy Race, AKA Lulutrixabelle, told us about how she began her blogging career after reading her mum’s fashion blog. At only 21, Lucy has already won two blogging awards and hopes to pursue blogging as a full time job. Currently studying fashion at University, Lucy has set her sights towards becoming a stylist or vintage clothes buyer. A fashionistas gold mine, her blog showcases her creative talent for styling and her eye for a well-crafted outfit. Not afraid to wear exactly what she wants Lucy is a fine example of the new generation of unapologetic, fabulous go-getting women.

Lulutrixabelle - Fashot @ Clothes Show Live

Lucy Rance AKA Lulutrixabelle in her stunning cloud printed two-piece.

Chrissie Wunna

Blogger royalty and glamour puss Chrissie Wunna chatted to us about the ins and outs of the blogosphere. The story of the birth of her blog is as memorable as the woman herself. A shameless LA party girl, Chrissie used to recount stories of the night-before to the barista and intrigued by her tales, he persuaded her to set up her own blog. And so the Chrissie Wunna blog was born, a place where she posts about ‘normal things, girl things’, from a delightfully glamorous perspective. She loves fun and inventive labels like Lipsy and loved the club-feel Models Own stand at the Clothes Show this year.

Chrissie Wunna - Fashot @ Clothes Show Live

Chrissie Wunna in head to toe glam – lace and sparkle included.

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Fashot @ Clothes Show Live

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Clothes Show Live is the most talked about fashion and beauty festival in the country, with fashion and beauty shows, live music, celebrity interviews and industry experts all jam packed into 5 days – every fashionistas haven. Luckily Fashot had the privilege of covering the very special event this year – packing up our equipment and making camp in Birmingham for the week, off we went to the UK’s largest fashion extravaganza.

Clothes Show Live 2013 | Fashot

One of the gold adorned models hits the runway at Clothes Show Live 2013.

As soon as the doors flung open for a star studded 9am press call, the halls of Birmingham’s NEC were filled with a buzz of excitement for this year’s Clothes Show Live. With big names like Peter Andre, Henry Holland and a considerable portion of the Made in Chelsea cast. Swathes of guests came dressed in their finest, ready to enjoy the largest fashion and beauty celebration in the UK.

The highlight of the event was the main show, held in the ALCATEL ONE TOUCH Fashion Theatre, presented by Henry Holland and Becca Dudley it was a breathtaking spectacle. The crowds turned out to watch over 40 top models and dancers bring to life the very best from the world of high-street, designer, couture and boutique fashion. Adorned in decadent gold headdresses, the models brought a fresh energy to the auditorium.

Clothes Show Live 2013 | Fashot

Clothes Show Live’s fashion show in the ALCATEL ONE TOUCH Fashion Theatre.

Clothes Show Live 2013 | Fashot

Dancers get into the groove on Clothes Show Live’s main stage.

The Made in Chelsea stars really made an impression at Clothes Show Live 2013, promoting their burgeoning ventures. With Oliver Proudlock’s urban inspired line Serge DeNimes, contemporary streetwear Jam Productions from Andy Jordan and Caggie’s ISWAI collection. And not forgetting Jamie Laing’s playful Candy Kittens – decadent, pink and overrun with fans.

From boutiques, vintage and high-end the halls were filled with something for everyone. Blogging glamour puss, Chrissie Wunna mentioned that she loved the club-like aesthetic of the Models Own stand, which won a prize for its impressive display. Particularly prominent in the halls, was the high quality of boutique designers selling futuristic, brightly printed pieces. Major London showcased a range of fluorescent pastel prints, drawing inspiration from urban and sportswear tailoring, they were definitely one of our favourites.

Clothes Show Live 2013 | Fashot

Fashion lovers shop to they drop with champagne in hand.

This year at the Clothes Show Live there was also a strong focus on promoting diversity within the fashion industry. Insider Caryn Franklin hosted a selection of educational talks about her campaign All Walks Beyond the Catwalk, and her call to widen the industries definition of beauty, making it gender and size inclusive. Giving an insiders perspective on careers in fashion, Caryn called for a deconstruction of the stereotypical body image underlying the fashion world. She reminds us that it is crucial to retain your individuality. In communication with Caryn’s message, reality television star Gemma Collins showcased her line of plus sized designs. Gemma maintains the importance of providing fuller figured women with the choice of glamorous clothing.

Clothes Show Live 2013 | Fashot

Caryn Franklin joins our producer to celebrate Clothes Show Live’s 25th Anniversary.

Check out our Clothes Show Live 2013 highlights here.

Did you attend Clothes Show Live this year? Let us know what your highlight was in the comments box below!

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Nymphomaniac by Lars Von Trier – Fashot Spoof

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

One thing we look forward to every Christmas is the warm and fuzzy film releases, but one film that bucks the trend this year is Lars Von Trier’s hotly anticipated Nymphomaniac

Nymphomaniac Film Poster | Fashot

As avid fans and followers of Von Triers’ work we couldn’t wait to find out more about his latest production – the film dubbed ‘poetic’ and ‘sexually charged’. Telling the story of a self proclaimed Nymphomaniac/ sex addict, Nymphomaniac takes us on a woman’s (Joe) sexual journey from birth to the age of 50. The cast lineup is just as seductive as the film itself, with Charlotte Gainsbourg taking the lead and Stellan Skarsgård, Shia Labeouf, Christian Slater, Jamie Bell, Uma Thurman and Willem Defoe all taking places in the O shaped spotlight.       

However if the narrative and lineup hasn’t already whet your appetite then maybe their film posters will firmly place Nymphomaniac on your must-see list. As Von Trier, renowned for not doing things by halves, has our rose-tinted actresses and actors donning their O-faces for the official film posters. In fact, these posters have had such a buzzing reception that the film is on everybody’s lips. So to celebrate its upcoming release, we decided to spoof the iconic film posters for a bit of festive Christmas fun.   

Nymphomaniac will be released in two-parts at the beginning of 2014 and you can check out our Nymphomaniac worthy film posters below. 

Nyphomaniac Fashot Spoof | Fashot

Nyphomaniac Fashot Spoof | Fashot

Nyphomaniac Fashot Spoof | Fashot

Nyphomaniac Fashot Spoof | Fashot

Nyphomaniac Fashot Spoof | Fashot

Nyphomaniac Fashot Spoof | Fashot

Nyphomaniac Fashot Spoof | Fashot

Nyphomaniac Fashot Spoof | Fashot

Nyphomaniac Fashot Spoof | Fashot

Nyphomaniac Fashot Spoof | Fashot

Nyphomaniac Fashot Spoof | Fashot

Nyphomaniac Fashot Spoof | Fashot

Nyphomaniac Fashot Spoof | Fashot

Nyphomaniac Fashot Spoof | Fashot

Nyphomaniac Fashot Spoof | Fashot

Nyphomaniac Fashot Spoof | Fashot

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Clubland 24 – The Making Of & Behind The Scenes

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

For one day only our studio was transformed with ice blocks and ice sculptures, but the cold fingers and toes were well and truly worth it, as it was all in aid of Clubland 24′s official TV commercial.

So wrapped up in coats, scarves, hats and gloves our Fashot crew were ready and raring to start smashing up some ice, while our lovely model donned an electric blue bikini, aviators, Eskimo boots and a Cossack hat to get into true Clubland spirit.

We brought in 4 blocks of ice and 4 carved Clubland 24 ice sculptures for the special occasion. Firstly we shot the ice blocks to catch some original ice cracks in action, before our model got to work on the exclusive Clubland ice designs. Using the newly released Black Magic Cinema Camera and slow motion special effects, we were able to capture every intricate detail of each ice particle in high definition.

Here are a couple of behind the scenes images from the day.

Clubland 24 Behind The Scenes | Fashot

Clubland 24 Behind The Scenes Ice Smash | Fashot

The final commercial sees footage of the model smashing up the Clubland sculptures, alongside highlights from this season’s most iconic music videos placed on ice particles, finished in perfect Clubland style with their logo, graphics and voiceover.

If you haven’t spotted the Clubland 24 commercial on TV yet, you can view the final edit and our behind the scenes video of the day below.

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Sports Day @ Fashot

Friday, November 8th, 2013

It’s official – summer’s well and truly over.

But here at Fashot, we weren’t ready to break out the knitwear just yet. We decided to do something extra special to bid a fond farewell to the sun with that Great British summertime staple – Sports Day.

Bringing together some of the best sporting figures in the country, top-notch in-house creative talent and one very special roll of turf – the stage was set for Fashot’s Sports Day shoot.

Our goal was simple – to create a standout sports promo to remember. With the studio prepped, crew assembled and our willing models all too ready to show off what they do best, we were good to go.

Flying Kick: Alex Scott was first in the spotlight and set the bar high.

Flying Kick: Alex Scott was first in the spotlight and set the bar high.

Arsenal L.F.C. defender, Alex Scott, was first under the spotlight and showed us just why she’s one of the highest cap-earning players playing in the women’s league, and we were there to capture every glorious second. With floodlights beaming and rain machine at the ready, Alex pulled out some of her very best ball tricks as our photography team and video crew got to work.

Football Scene - Sports Day | Fashot

Here we utilised dynamic lighting and painstaking compositing techniques to create a spectacular sporting scene.

It’s safe to say, she set the bar high. But our assorted bench of rugby stars, medal-winning gymnasts, pro tennis players and BMX superstars were hot on her tail and ready for their turn in front of the camera. Dropping in from Gloucester Rugby Team, Shane Monahan wasn’t adverse to getting his hands dirty, all in the name of art, and couldn’t wait to put our freshly laid turf through it’s paces. Suffice to say, we’re more than happy with the results.

Gloucester's Shane Monahan scores a try for Fashot in slow-motion, high-definition glory.

Gloucester’s Shane Monahan scores a try for Fashot in slow-motion, high-definition glory.

And all that was just for starters. For the finishing touches we paired up each sport with an element to showcase it off in all its glory – powder, fire and flare. To highlight the intricate detail of every sports star in action, we opted for slow motion and high speed effects to highlight their moment in the spotlight.

Check out some of our final shots and video feature from the day below. 

Tennis Forehand - Sports Day | Fashot

Tennis Backhand - Sports Day | Fashot

Martial Arts - Sports Day | Fashot

Dance 2 - Sports Day | Fashot

Dance 3 - Sports Day | Fashot

Golf Swing - Sports Day | Fashot

Just in case you missed it. Here is a behind the scenes look at what went into the day.

Fashot has grown from a small team of photographers into an international company of over 200 creatives. We’ve studios throughout the UK and Europe, with offices in as far flung locales as Hong Kong and Beijing and are always expanding. Bringing together the very best creative talent from the worlds of photography, video and digital marketing – Fashot is you’re one-stop-solution for all your image, video and copy needs. From lookbooks to billboards, eCom to broadcast video; we’ve something to offer to everyone. Drop us a line or pay us a visit to see how we can help you.

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Marc Jacobs Leaves Louis Vuitton: A Fashion Biography

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

As Marc Jacobs leaves Louis Vuitton we look back at the designer’s rise to success before and during his time at the iconic French fashion house.

Marc Jacobs leaves Louis Vuitton | Fashot

Often in fashion, designers can become lost behind the collections that they produce. However, there are those few who so embody the spirit of their aesthetic that it is impossible to miss them amongst the waves of drop-waists and tall hairstyles. Marc Jacobs’ unconventional style has distinguished him on the fashion scene for the entirety of his 30-year career, backing up his bold, new-generation looks with a lifestyle and wardrobe to match.

Like many visionaries, his path to success was paved with doubt and rejection. After excelling at Parson’s School of Design and winning three of their most prestigious awards in his final year, he entered the industry designing for Sketchbook and eventually landed a job at Perry Ellis with his friend and business partner Robert Duffy. It was at this point that his commitment to his own vision began to make waves in the fashion community, as in a single year he won the CFDA award for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and was fired from Perry Ellis for his notorious SS93 grunge collection. In complete apposition to the brand’s sportswear aesthetic, he nonetheless managed to capture the burnout spirit of a generation in a series of slouchy checked shirts, oversized beanies and devil-may-care combat boots. He unabashedly established himself as a maverick who followed his instincts; a trait that would prove to serve him well. Despite his dismissal, his evident talent overcame and he received support from many prominent figures as he showed his own collections over the following years.

Marc Jacobs' notorious SS93 grunge collection | Fashot

Marc Jacobs’ notorious SS93 grunge collection.

It was in 1997 that he was recruited to Louis Vuitton as their Creative Director, and charged with designing their first ready-to-wear line of clothing. Until this point the brand had been relatively limited, dealing predominantly in travel cases and luggage, but with Jacobs’ singular vision he transformed it into the internationally renowned giant that it is today. Sticking to his own, occasionally unorthodox, path, he lead Vuitton through a series of collaborations with unusual and cult designers such as Yayoi Kusama, Richard Prince and Stephen Sprouse, continually delighting the critics and producing daring and forward-thinking styles. Despite his success, behind the scenes he was battling to keep up a demanding career alongside a lifestyle of eye-watering decadence. Like many in the public eye, this penchant for partying gained him notoriety and even more media attention, contributing to an overall image of a fashion rebel whose raucous, hedonistic lifestyle spilled over into his designs.

Louis Vuitton SS14 | Fashot

Photo credit: Style.com. Louis Vuitton SS14 runway. 

However, this portrait is not one that many would recognise today. His last Vuitton show at Paris Fashion Week SS14 was one filled with remembrances and epitomised the dark, edgy elegance that he perfected over his years with the company. It was a tearful affair for many, not only reflecting back across his revolutionary designs and troubled rise to success but also looking forward to his next venture into his own label. The fashion industry will now wait with baited breath for what his next collection, assured that although entirely unpredictable, it certainly won’t be dull.

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Nasir Mazhar Spring/ Summer 2014: London Fashion Week Highlight Three

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Turning heads at London Fashion Week was London-based designer Nasir Mazhar, with a collection inspired by East London’s street culture, grime soundtracks and underground raves.

Nasir Mazrah SS14 | Fashot

Photo credit: Dontpaniconline.com. Nasir Mazhar SS14 runway.

Bringing a show stopping collection to the fashion scene for SS14 was Nasir Mazhar, who filled Regent’s Park courtyard with a Chola girl gang house party. Honest to his roots, Mazhar’s designs grew from East London street culture, grime soundtracks and underground raves. His Fem fashion icons include the likes of Lil Kim, Mariah and Amy Winehouse and it shows in his SS14 collection. His girl gang of models filled the space kitted out in thigh-high metal embellished boots, string vests, industrial suspenders and a whole lot of attitude. Intersecting his love for underground music and fashion, the ghetto gathering also saw live performances from Merky Ace, Kozzie, Marger, Nolay, Flirta D and Faze Miyake.

Mazhar’s showcase took a firm step away from the conventions of London Fashion Week’s usual catwalk trends, which is further reflected in its choice of styling and make-up. Alongside the perfectly crafted atmosphere, his gang of models were perfectly cast for his throwback hyper future gear with a mixture of ethnicities. The girl’s razor sharp nails, gelled baby hair curls and dramatic shaved eyebrows were impeccably styled by Anna Trevelyan too, matching Mazhar’s quintessential urban street style. Plus, there was a special appearance from Japanese It girl Kiko Mizuhara who modelled one of the most iconic ensembles of the show – a quilted cropped pink skirt suit and matching visor. This not only topped the collection’s story off perfectly, but made it one hard to forget.

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Burberry Prorsum Spring/ Summer 2014: London Fashion Week Highlight Two

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

The iconic British label Burberry Prorsum is renowned for mixing the traditional with the modern and their SS14 collection doesn’t disappoint, so here is a round-up of the show’s highlights.

Burberry SS14 | Fashot

Photo credit: Style.com. Burberry SS14 runway. 

Burberry’s look this season took us back to basics, combining classic English style with the modern inventive force of designer Christopher Bailey. He is quoted as saying, “I like the idea of something sexy, and a little vulnerable but with something protective and safe on top”, and this concept is reflected throughout his show. Skirts fall just below the knee but in many cases translucently reveal the high-waisted undergarments that lie beneath; where the skirt is conservative, Bailey often includes an expansive cut-out in the back of the jacket or shirt. He also covers the catwalk with long jersey cardigans and bulky cashmere jackets that are hardly the kind of fare expected on such an internationally recognised runway, but overall his bold move pays off and the sexy shock factor is tempered by a swathe of wearable, classic pieces.

Although some of the garments present pushed the contemporary boundaries of modesty, many aspects of the show were intentionally kept traditional. The colour scheme for example was a perennially elegant palette of pastels, with mint green and lilac featuring prominently alongside the iconic Burberry fawn. Bailey has spoken about his wish to keep the show home-grown with reference to fabric as well as style, using materials from local sources such as traditionally loomed lace originating in Nottingham and cashmere from Scotland. This decision, although ostensibly remaining behind the scenes, certainly creeps in to the overall look of the collection and gives it an essentially British feel. With the stripped-back raincoats, oversized gems and sculpted silhouettes, Burberry seems to have captured a contemporary feeling that combines the requirements of outlandish style and complete comfort in one high-fashion package. Cara Delevingne closed the show with a final, clear-plastic statement jacket, her heavy-browed good looks and defiant walk providing an apt summary for the collection’s mash-up of retro and cutting-edge fashion.

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Vivienne Westwood Spring/ Summer 2014: London Fashion Week Highlight One

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Dame Vivienne Westwood’s SS14 collection centred on the ‘Climate Revolution’ campaign. We un-pick the highlights from the show everyone is talking about.

Vivienne Westwood SS14 | Fashot

Photo credit: Style.com. Vivienne Westwood SS14 runway. 

Dame Vivienne Westwood is hailed as one of Britain’s most iconic designers, fiercely anti-establishment and politically conscious her recent collection at London Fashion Week called upon fashionistas to consume less and ‘invest in the world’. With the help of model and actress Lily Cole, yet again Westwood delivered a catwalk show with a message. This SS14 collection is centred on the ‘Climate Revolution’ campaign, working in partnership with the Environmental Justice Foundation to raise people’s awareness of the climate refugee situation.

The Red Label’s show was opened by a dancing Lily Cole dressed in a draped Grecian dress. Backstage Westwood told Associated Press that this metaphor followed the dark Hans Christian Anderson fairytale of the Dance of the Red Shoes. This fairytale features a dancer trapped in her shoes and Cole’s interpretive dance spoke of this destructive trap of mankind’s overconsumption. The main show held echoes of Westwood’s call to action, with the model’s faces painted to resemble animals trapped in the glare of headlights, alluding to the people and animals set to lose their homes as a result of climate change. The endangered models looked tragically beautiful and startled, showcasing her new designs and enacting her message. With this collection the designer is committed to bringing eco-politics to the forefront of her follower’s minds.

Vivienne Westwood SS14 - Lily Cole's Dance of the Red Shoes

Lily Cole’s Dance of the Red Shoes. Picture Source: Vivienne Westwood Press.

This collection showcased Westwood’s iconic sartorial swagger with beautifully cut two piece suits, corsetry floral dresses and bow detailed socks. The monochrome face-paint and the model’s dishevelled hair juxtaposed the signature Westwood tailoring. Her ready-to-wear collection included a handful of less gregarious pieces like the short-legged black jumpsuit with a striking low cut detail, blending androgyny and feminine elegance in a way only Westwood knows how.

Westwood and Cole closed the show with a request to the audience to fill out a postcard, communicating the ‘Climate Revolution’ campaign to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. It may seem that the message that Westwood preaches is the antithesis of her trade, but she insists that it is through the power of her designs that her voice manifests. Her defiant punk-attitude remains, and boldly commands her social critique through her clothes.

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