This has got to be one of my favourite photoshoots. Not only because I had the best day, but also because pretty much 90% of what I’m wearing has been made by my amazingly talented, and just generally glorious, friends.
Accompanied with the perfect setting; we headed on a moody British summer’s day to the mystical Nunhead Cemetery (also known as one of Southwark’s hidden treasures) in London. I felt the luckiest girl in the world as Julia of CrownJules and Trudy of Trudy Elizabeth styled me up a dream.
We’re talking big hats, statement skirts, sizzling silky numbers, and the most incredible multi-tasking jewels. This was a serious case of playing dress-up (something a girl never grows out of) and I’m also honoured to make a debut for new-to-watch-brand, Prophecy the label – trust me, you will want to know about this.
I’m thrilled with the results, I hope you love this post too!
Here’s the lowdown:
The skirts, are made by Trudy Airey: For regular Sarah Woo readers, you’ll be familiar with the treasure that is Trudy (she’s also my loyal photographer) – who I am now desperately trying to persuade to open an online shop to sell her skirts. I cannot champion this lady enough. So many passers-by stop me to ask about her skirts, compliment them, and even ask me if she can make one for them too (yes, I mean strangers approach me and ask me this. It’s like a little Trudy appreciation society!). Please help me, go nuts and tell Trudy how amazing she is – I am determined to make this happen for all women-kind. Watch this space… ‘Trudy Elizabeth’ is happening soon.
The hats and jewels, made and supplied by the wonderful CrownJules: I showcased this magnificent lady in my latest Woo Hot Seat. Julia started making hats for a hobby (when she couldn’t find one anywhere she wanted for Ascot Races) and has now made it her business. Entrepreneur much… and now becoming the most lust-after accessories queen, she is also a Stella & Dot Stylist too. I tell you, going into her house was like entering Pandora’s Box, and it’s a moment I’ll never forget. She is mega-knowledgeable on how to accessorise anything and everything – and will make you a bespoke hat for every occasion. She also hosts hats and jewellery parties (happiness guaranteed). Here’s her website and Stella & Dot page for you to explore.
The silky numbers and beautiful bell sleeves, made by (and let me introduce you to) ‘Prophecy the label’: My ballsy and super lovely friend, Chloe, has just launched this exciting new label. She’s a fashion-tech by day for a leading high street retailer, and I’m so delighted – and sure you are too – she’s sharing her talents with the world. I melted on the spot when I saw the start of her first collection (it feels so good on too!) and I know big things await her. The website is coming soon, but in the meantime, check-in on her new Instagram account for the latest updates (and Woo Hot Seat to follow, I promise!).
When I asked about her inspiration behind the brand, this is what she told me…
“I’ve had many influences over the last few years. I am inspired by the details of the garments of the early 20th century. The gowns of the 1910’s were so beautifully opulent and I loved how this then transformed into the Art Deco period. There is such an emphasis on minimalist style at the moment, and it gives me a great challenge to combine the current influences with the details I love. Above all I love working with natural fabrics and hope to move more towards natural dye processes and sustainable fashion.” – Chloe Christopherson Kirby, founder of Prophecy the label.
Here goes, photo time! Shall we go for it? Let’s do it. Come into my kingdom and explore these magical creations…
I LOVE this necklace. It’s called the ‘Garland fringe necklace’ and you can style it five different ways (think of the joy). And as well as a necklace, you can wear it as a headband, rolling onto…
Denim and green = the dream
Lady in red
The moral of this story is, invest in:
- A great hat
- A trusty black cami
- A go-to statement skirt
- A silk slip (trust me, it makes you feel amazing!)
- A versatile pair of nude shoes
- A necklace you can style five ways
- A beautiful relationship with a creative friend 😉
…AND YOU ARE SET.
Thanks for reading. Let me know what you think!