This weekend I was shooting on location with textile graduate and friend Mila Harris-Mussi at Southbank in London.
Mila specialises in knitwear and is just about to complete her degree at Chelsea School of Art (where has the time gone!). I find her work to be wonderfully strange, unexpected and arresting. When her designs and techniques are applied to the body they become something akin to wearable sculptures, so very exciting in terms of styling! We were hunting for a location with a raw appeal and soft greys to play against the colours and shapes in Mila’s work and Southbank fitted the bill perfectly.
I love Mila’s fearless experimentation and refreshing use of colour in her practice – she marries up unlikely palettes and somehow always makes it feel fresh and modern. We had three pieces and various additions to create several looks. Mila had put together a really good production team and my sis Francesca Thakorlal was modelling and bringing her dancer skills in to the mix, alongside fashion student and full-time babe Kate. The location was perfect; we were on an outdoor mezzanine at the National Theatre which is in the middle of Southbank and the weather was absolutely incredible; although rain had been forecast for the day, we had blazing sunshine throughout.
I was on makeup duty for the day so I had my kit and a few new items to go with the brief that Mila had sent me. She had a modern, minimalist, editorial look in mind, so it was an easy job for me. I went with a light base, lots of creamy highlighter and some very minimal amounts of Hoola bronzer used as a slight contour. Then a reddy-brown smokey eye, which was also only a soft wash of colour, nothing too obvious or intense. Easy on the mascara and plenty of gel through the brows. We finished off the look with a messy, tousled, slightly falling out updo with lots of texturising spray and pins.
It got so hot by late afternoon that the models’ eyes were watering and the word ‘sunstroke’ was being mentioned. Knowing that we’d already got loads of great material, we wrapped it up and swiftly found some shade and a cool pint.
Check out some of the amazing finished images taken by film maker and photographer Jess Frankland
Stunning pieces! Mila is clearly blooming with talent and I can’t wait to see where her work will go next. She has her degree show previewing on 17th June, until 24th June, which will also feature some of the rest of the teams’ shows too so I cant recommend it enough.
Check out Mila’s website, show her some love and get involved.